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Rachel Van Riel

Director

Rachel is responsible for the strategic direction of Opening the Book and leads all its activities. She is much in demand as a speaker and has addressed many national and international conferences over the past 10 years. Sometimes challenging as a 'critical friend' to libraries, Rachel is a passionate advocate for public libraries in the wider cultural and educational sector. In founding Opening the Book, Rachel brought together her experience in university and adult education, where she learned that people have a hunger to be stretched; community arts, where she found that everyone enjoys expressing their own creative views; and libraries, where she discovered the community-based, flexible institutions for the kind of audience development work she wants to do. She loves the creative satisfaction of making change happen, whether in transforming a space, planning a strategy or motivating staff to experiment with new approaches.

RACHEL LOVES
Walk behind our house

Walk behind our house

Sisters & Brothers

Sisters & Brothers

Renaissance Portraits

Renaissance Portraits

Reading Groups

Reading Groups

New Office

New Office

Italy

Italy

Best US Comedy

Best US Comedy

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

Rachel Van Riel

Opening the Book Team

Olive Fowler

Olive Fowler Design Manager

Carol Cooper

Carol Cooper Business Director

Anne Downes

Anne Downes Training Manager

Richard Van Riel

Richard Van Riel Layout Designer

Fiona Edwards

Fiona Edwards Education Co-ordinator

Arianne Goldsborough

Arianne Goldsborough Library Designer

Tristan Campbell

Tristan Campbell Website Developer

 Linda Geraghty

Linda Geraghty Finance Coordinator

Terry Campbell

Terry Campbell Web Support

Opening the Book Furniture Team

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas Director

Jane Jackson

Jane Jackson Marketing Manager

Chris White

Chris White Sales Manager

Michelle Tomlinson

Michelle Tomlinson Library Designer

Jonathan Turner

Jonathan Turner Library Designer

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor Warehouse Manager

Shreena Maughan

Shreena Maughan Administration Manager