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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.

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Opening the Book Team

Oliver Fowler
Olive Fowler

Design Manager

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Carol Cooper
Carol Cooper

Business Director

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Anne Downes
Anne Downes

Training Mentor

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Richard Van Riel
Richard Van Riel

Layout Designer

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Fiona Edwards
Fiona Edwards

Training and Schools Co-ordinator

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Amera Salejee
Amera Salejee

CAD Designer

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Simon Cooper
Admin & IT Officer

Admin & IT Officer

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Tristan Campbell
Tristan Campbell

Website Developer

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