The Trust would like to introduce you to Margaret Adjaye and Emily Jewell who have been appointed as joint Hub Directors – sharing the post. They will be responsible for the development of the community hub and the day to day running of the Upper Norwood Library building, which remains home to the library services operated by Lambeth Council.
“We are delighted to introduce Margaret and Emily to our local community in their new shared role as Hub Director and we look forward to this new and evolving phase in the life of our much loved library’, said Laura Wright, Chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust.
Margaret Adjaye has considerable experience and skills in helping communities develop services for their area – she was Director of Delivery and Learning at Locality – a national charity overseeing a number of government funded programmes. Before that she was, for six years, the Head of Quality and Equality at the Learning and Skills Improvement Services (LSIS) overseeing the intervention services, equality and diversity and community development programmes. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a strong interest in managing diversity, change management, partnership development, relationship building, learning and people development.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this exciting new initiative to create a dynamic community hub in Crystal Palace for local people to meet, work, learn, share, develop and grow together, and to access a range of local services. The hub will create a focal point for residents, local businesses, voluntary, community and other smaller organisations to work together to improve the quality of life for everyone in Crystal Palace”, says Margaret.
Her enthusiasm is echoed by her colleague Emily Jewell, joint Hub Director.
Emily Jewell, a highly skilled programme manager, joins from Groundwork London – a leading environmental charity that seeks to transform the of lives and places of communities in need. Before that Emily worked for Disability Action in Islington working closely with disabled people from all six impairment strands. She set up and ran her own successful businesses and, as a qualified communications skills tutor, she has worked closely with General Practitioners, refugee and overseas doctors, the Royal Society of Dentistry, as well as Carphone Warehouse, to improve customer/patient experience.
“I am very proud to be part of the new community Learning Hub and to be working alongside the library service. The Hub offers an exciting opportunity to respond to local needs by providing a range of extended services to the varied and vibrant residents of Crystal Palace and the surrounding areas.
“As a local resident I am greatly looking forward to working in, and for, my local community and welcome all suggestions as to how local residents would like to see their learning Hub evolve. I look forward to meeting you in the library in the very near future!” says Emily.