YLG North West is operated by a team of enthusiastic volunteers:

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Jake Hope – National YLG Committee Representative

Jake is a freelance reading development and children’s book consultant. He reviews for numerous publications, has judged the Carnegie, Greenaway, Blue Peter and Diverse Voices awards and is a passionate advocate and commentator on children’s literature and reading.

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Lizzie Ryder – Chair

Lizzie is a school librarian in Bury, where reading copious amounts of YA fiction is happily part of the job description. That said, her heart truly belongs to the world of the picture book. She has previously judged the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals and is an enthusiastic advocate of their shadowing schemes.


Ann Cowsill – Committee Member

Ann is Senior Librarian responsible for services to secondary schools for Cheshire Education Library Service  which includes Cheshire West , Cheshire east , Warrington and Halton schools and a few subscribers in Stockport and Manchester. She works with 51 subscribing secondary schools across those authorities and works with their very lovely librarians to provide stock, advice,visits and training. Ann has been a chartered librarian since 1982 and only ever gets to read books for teenagers.


Karen Poolton – CKG Rep

Karen is a school librarian in Manchester and has been on the YLG North West Committee for over 10 years with previous responsibilities including Publicity and Chair. After qualifying in 1982, she has had a great time working in schools and public libraries. She loves the challenge and variety of working with young people – and being able to buy and read lots of books! Karen is thoroughly looking forward to being a Carnegie and Greenaway judge.

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Jillian Connolly – Vice Chair/ Treasurer

Profile coming soon!

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Julie McDonnell – Secretary

Profile coming soon!

Becky Lyons

Becky Lyons – Committee Member

Becky has recently completed her PG Dip in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. She worked part time in a public library whilst studying, but her strong interest in youth reader development ultimately led to her current role as a school librarian. She loves the fact that her job allows her to fully immerse herself in the wonderful world of children’s fiction and she takes full advantage of opportunities to meet authors and attend exciting events.

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Gabrielle Wood – Committee Member

Emma Ali – Publicity

Emma is a Collections Access Officer (Libraries & Learning) at Bolton Library & Museum Service. She works with children and young people of all ages – from babies to young volunteers – across the public library and museum and Schools Library Service. Emma loves the rich variety of her job and loathes the fact that there are only 24 hours in a day! Emma enjoys reading YA fiction and, with two children under five, shared reading and picture books feature heavily at home too.


If you’d like to get involved then drop us an email at  We’d love to hear from you!


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