We have an active and committed Trustee Board, which meets regularly and is managing the campaign to reopen the library. There are a number of sub committees tasked with handling specific areas of work, as follows:

Fundraising: Lia Colacicco, Tariq Dar, Sally Long, Wendy Tyrrell
Buildings and Finance: Andrew Aiken, Edward Lazarus
Programmes and Resources: Steven Cary, Mary Langford, Sonja Nerdrum
Staffing and Volunteers: Annie Simpson, Tariq Dar, Sally Long
Communications: Jacqui Grahame, Wendy Tyrrell, Orna Ross


Michael Norton is the Honorary Director and a Trustee of CIVA (Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action).

His early career was in merchant banking (Samuel Montagu), where he invented the split capital investment trust and in publishing, where he helped establish the book club and mail order publishing division of BPC Publishing (part of the British Printing Corporation) which he became Managing Director of in 1970.

In 1966, on an entirely voluntary basis, he set up the country’ s first language teaching programme for non-English speaking immigrants in London which involved over 200 volunteer tutors, plus a separate 7-day a week supplementary school and youth programme for young Bangladeshis based at Toynbee Hall, which involved a further 50 volunteers.

In 1971 he decided to pursue a career in the voluntary sector. Here are some of the other organisations he has been involved with:
Directory of Social Change – Founder
Changemakers – Co-Founder
YouthBank UK – Founder –
UnLtd – Co-founder

He is the author of numerous books on fundraising and charitable status including ‘Writing Better Fundraising Applications’, ‘The WorldWide Fundraiser’s Handbook’, and ‘The Complete Fundraising Handbook’, all published by Directory of Social Change.



Andrew Aiken, FCA MA

Buildings and Finance Committee

Andrew Aiken MA is a Chartered Accountant
Andrew is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He worked in accounting for Rank Hovis McDougall for 20 years (£16m budget responsibility), in a number of roles, including Marketing Accountant, Divisional Accountant and Company Secretary. Andrew worked as Commercial administration manager at RHM Foods Ltd.

Andrew was Bursar at St Clement Danes School, Chorleywood and spent 10 years as Bursar at The Hall School, London NW3.

Andrew’s volunteer roles include trustee of Wilf Slack Young Cricketers Trust for two years and has volunteered at Coram Fields charity for five years.


Lia Colaccico

Fundraising Committee

Lia represents Mapesbury Ward on Brent council.

Lia’s marketing career, is extensive and varied, she’s worked on campaigns for diverse products and markets, including education, luxury furniture and diamond jewellery. Lia draws on a wide range of creative and analytical skills to make things happen working both BTL and ATL.

Lia’s volunteer roles include several years as a governor in primary and secondary schools. As coordinator for the campaign for sustainable Brent Cross Development she helped secure cross party support from GLA members, MPs and councillors in four boroughs, 20 residents associations. This led to the Secretary of State reconsidering the £4.5bn project.

Tariq Dar

Fundraising Committee


Rob Dyke BA Hons

Rob is an expert on the digital information environment. As Senior Partner at Neova Health he advocates and implements openness, supporting NHS and Healthcare organisations adopt and adapt to the dynamics of open data, open standards and open source.

Rob is Director of not-for-profit organisations HANDIHealth CIC & openGPSoC CIC and a Trustee of MediDrive Foundation, and has developed training materials for people setting up Community Interest Companies.

Rob defined and monitored Comwifinet’s Information Governance and Information Security policies and procedures to ensure QA and certification were maintained. Rob worked on EU sponsored Kendra Foundation, and maintains IT for

Rob’s work has won prizes and been published by the Cabinet Office.

Rob is chair of Gladstone Park Consultative Committee.


Jacqueline Graham, BA Hons

Communication Committee

Jacqui has worked in publishing for over forty years, including at Puffin, Penguin, Picador and Macmillan, where she was Group Publicity Director and Group Director of Corporate Communications. For the last four years she has worked freelance, representing many authors including John Banville, Shirley Conran, Clive James, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Andrew Marr, Oliver Sacks and Graham Swift, working in partnership with many leading UK publishers.

She has also worked for the Charleston Trust, organised events and literary festivals and has worked pro bono helping self-published authors and small start-up publishers. Jacqui is a member of the advisory committee for The Literature Prize, now The Folio Prize, and has lived in Cricklewood for twenty years.


Mary Langford, MA

Programmes and Resources Committee

Mary is an educator, author and researcher, whose leadership posts include Director (Primary) London Islamic international School, Director of a bilingual school in Spain, and Deputy Director of the European Council of International Schools.

Mary’s work in the field of international education includes administration and personnel, admissions, alumni, public relations, marketing, communications as well as teaching EAL and Spanish. Mary works as a trainer for parents, corporate professionals and teachers on international education, bilingualism and mother tongue issues and on the effects international transiency and relocation on children and families.
Mary has experience of charity start-ups, including Southbank International School, Hampstead, and Halcyon London International School.

Born in the US Mary has lived in Cricklewood for 28 years and was founding Secretary of the Friends of Cricklewood Library, started by local residents in 1998.


Edward Lazarus, FRICS

Buildings and Finance Committee

Edward Lazarus is a Consultant Building Surveyor with 56 years’ experience and runs a personal practice.

Edward served on Brent council for 12 years and London-wide committees including: London Planning Advisory Committee; London Committee on Accessible Transport and Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee
Chairman of Brent Business in the Environment – established by Brent Council, Guinness International Ltd & Wembley Stadium Ltd.

Treasurer of Gladstone Park Consultative Committee-GPCC and currently Chairman of Shir Hayim – a synagogue registered as a charity.

Sally Long, BA Hons

Chair, Cricklewood Library Campaign, Staffing and Volunteers Committee, Fundraising Committee
Sally is an editor, copywriter and writer. She works for LexisNexis. She has written for the Metropolitan Police, TimeOut and The Grocer. She has edited government inquiry reports and policy documents.
Sally has administrative and marketing experience, and worked in education for the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. Her skills include document management, running and chairing meetings, conferences and community fairs and activities in private and public and voluntary sectors. She was dramaturg and promoter for successful fringe production Frank’s Closet, coordinating PR, raising funds and profile through social media, and coordinating promotional activities. Sally and has experience raising funds for art projects through crowdfunding platforms, grant applications and sponsorship.


Sonja Nerdrum, Hon RCM

Campaign Co-Founder and member of Programmes and Resources Committee
Sonja is an opera singer, with a long international singing career, as well as a French language coach. She originally trained for the stage at the Central School of Speech & Drama and Drama Centre, London.
As a language coach Sonja works with a wide range of organisations, theatres and music schools, including: the Royal College of Music; Royal Opera House; BBC Singers; CBSO; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Britten Sinfonia; Cardiff International Academy of Voice; Deutsche Grammophon; EMI and the National Theatre.

Orna Ross

Communications Team 
Orna Ross is an author-publisher and Founder/Director of the non-profit, global membership association for self-publishers, The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) ‘one of the 100 most influential people in publishing’ The Bookseller. She writes novels, poems and the Go Creative! books.

Orna is a member of Creative Cricklewood and runs weekly shut-up and write, a write-in open to all writers in local venues.

Annie Simpson

Staffing and Volunteers Committee

Annie is a qualified teacher with 30 years’ experience of adult and community education and community development. She has experience managing staff and volunteers; managing budgets and writing funding applications as well as teaching. Annie has worked in a local authority, a large national charity and a small charity.

Annie teaches a variety of courses to groups of staff and parents in children’s centres.
Annie is interested in developing the opportunities for parents, children and older residents to access education, and has contacts within the local education service.


Wendy Tyrrell MA Hons, DipTrans

Web Manager and Communications and Fundraising Committee

Wendy has an MA in Information Services Management from London Met University. She is a local mum of one and and has lived in Cricklewood since 2006. Her working life currently consists of developing and managing WordPress sites for small businesses and not-for-profit organisations, and, more recently, handling social media for non-profit organisations. When not working for money she is a serial volunteer and general campaigning busybody.

Amongst her other passions are reading (naturally), playing the ukelele, and singing. She runs an amateur a cappella harmony group called Wrablers.



Steven Cary

Programmes and Resources Committee

A lifelong bibliophile, teacher and librarian, I completed a BA and MA in education and worked in schools in the United States, Australia and the U.K. I have been a resident in London for 33 years living in the borough of Brent for the last 22. I recently retired from the American School in London after 24 years as a teacher and Lower School librarian. I am a passionate believer of the importance of books in the development of children’s intellectual and creative growth and the enjoyment that all can derive from reading.

Marco Smith, BSc MBA

Marco Smith is a business owner and founder of Grow the Top Line – a coaching/training business and Redstone – a strategy consultancy.

Marco has 20+ years’ experience in senior roles in sales and marketing strategy, key account management, brand building, new market entry, product development and training and coaching.

Marco has worked all over the world within multinational companies in the legal, real estate, logistics, publishing and training industries. He has worked for Baker & Mckenzie and DTZ having started his career in market research and sales.

Marco lives in Olive Road with his wife Galya and children Dexter and Ana. He is passionate about Cricklewood and helping to develop the local community. In 2012, Marco led the organisation of the Olive Road Jubilee Street Party.