The State Library Senior Management Team

Chief Executive Officer and State Librarian
Ms Margaret Allen

Previous positions Associate Director, State Library of South Australia and a variety of roles in both public and special libraries. Margaret spent some 15 years working with a Library management systems vendor in all aspects of the business including support, development, marketing and consulting roles in Australia and overseas.

Professional activities

  • Chair, National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA)
  • Director, Australian Digital Alliance
  • Chair, Australian Libraries Copyright Committee
  • Associate, IFLA International Leadership Program 
  • Member of Strategic Library Partnership Agreement Steering Committee
  • Member, Curtin University, BA Media & Information Advisory Board
  • Member, Book Industry Collaborative Council
  • Member, Lending Rights Expert Reference Group
  • Member, eSmart Libraries Reference Group
  • Member, Australia Libraries and Information Association (ALIA) e-book Working Group
  • Member, State Library of Western Australia Foundation Fundraising Committee
  • Member, INELI-Oceania Steering Committee
  • Member, ALIA Excellence Awards Panel
  • Member, F A Sharr Medal Award Panel 
  • Chair, 2012 National Year of Reading Founding Partners
  • President of ALIA 2011 2012

Director, Collection Services
Ms Alison Sutherland

Alison started her involvement with libraries at the age of 6 when she created her first date due slips, progressing at the age of 9 to her first date stamp via her Christmas stocking!  Her first voluntary post was at Marmion Primary School at the age of 11, then at Duncraig/Sorrento public library when she was 14.  Sad but true!

During the past 20 years Alison has worked in School, Health, Special and Academic Libraries in areas including records management, acquisitions, serials, cataloguing, circulation, information literacy, reference and electronic resources; both in Western Australia and London.

She started at the State Library in August 2005 and is currently Director of Collection Services responsible for the life of all State Library collection materials (including Public Library materials) from the time they enter the building to the time they are conserved, digitised or discarded.  

Alison is a life member of the Australian Library and Information Association, and an Aurora Leadership Institute Alumnist.

Director, Strategic and Corporate Services
Mr Mark Woodcock

Mark commenced work with the State Library in January 2008. He joined the public sector in September 2000 as Executive Director at the Department of Land Information (now Landgate), followed by a period working at the Department of Justice on the funding bid for the implementation of recommendations from the Mahoney Inquiry including the split of the Department, stints as Business Manager in Aboriginal Policy and Services and Director Financial Management at the Department of the Attorney General and time working with the Director General at the Department of Indigenous Affairs on a restructure and funding model.

Previous to that he has held senior management positions for over 16 years in the private sector as CEO of a private hospital for the Alpha Healthcare Group, Business Development Consultant/Operations Manager of a large group of general practices for Westpoint Healthcare, General Manager of LifeCare, a sports medicine and physiotherapy group and Administrative Co-ordinator of the training program for GPs in hospitals and practices at the Royal College of General Practitioners.

In addition Mark has run his own small business in the meetings industry plus 6 years experience working in tertiary education in Perth (UWA), Ireland (National Institute for Higher Education) and UK (Brighton Polytechnic). Mark has an honours degree in economics and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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