Objectives & Activities

Manchester Central Library Development Trust (registered charity no. 1150161) was established in 2012 with the priority of enhancing aspects of the library’s major transformation for public benefit.

It has raised funds that will help provide additional capital items such as new furniture and fittings for the children’s library, the media lounge and the reading room, plus equipment for the performance space.

The Trust recently started raising  funds to support exciting new educational and cultural activities and will continue to help develop innovative ways of making library services and resources accessible to all and sustainable in the years ahead.

The additional support the Development Trust secures will help the venue to stay dynamic and fresh for many years to come by funding new acquisitions, conservation work, educational and cultural programmes and new key features of the library, like Archives+.

Meet The Directors

Stephen Sorrell
Chair

Stephen is 53 and married to Jane who teaches special needs pupils and raises funds and sponsorship for her school in Highgate. They have two daughters, Imogen (22) and Ruth (24). Stephen and Jane live in Manchester and London. Read more

Vicky Rosin MBE
Director

Vicky Rosin has worked in local government for over thirty years, both in service departments and in central policy departments. From 2001, she headed Manchester City Council's Commonwealth Games Unit responsible for coordinating those Council services that contributed to the successful delivery of the Games. After the Games, Vicky was responsible for ensuring that its legacy was captured for the city, through the development of an integrated Marketing and Events strategy... Read more

Peter Fell
Director

Since 2000, Peter Fell has been the Director of Regional and Economic Affairs at the University of Manchester. He has responsibility for managing the University's complex civic and regional strategic relationships. Peter has a very comprehensive understanding of the region's political and business environment having worked previously at senior level for a number of public bodies - including the North West Regional Assembly, Stockport Council and Merseyside TEC... Read more

Brendan O'Shea
Director

Brendan is an independent Technology Consultant who specialises in managing large-scale IT and change programmes. He brings a wealth of professional experience to the Board of Directors as the next iteration of Central Library strives to meet the digital learning demands of the 21st century. Brendan is committed to contributing to the city region's educational and cultural agendas and is passionate about the role public libraries play in society... Read more

Sara Todd
Director

Sara is Deputy Chief Executive at Manchester City Council and is a Planner by trade. She is very much a Mancunian having been born in Gorton, educated at Manchester High School for Girls and Loreto Sixth Form College before going on to secure a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning and a Bachelor of Planning at the University of Manchester.Her current role involves leading services in the Growth and Neighbourhoods directorate of the Council which play a... Read more

Richard Bond
Director

Richard has been at SKV Communications, one of Manchester’s most respected independent PR agencies, for ten years. As SKV’s Director of Strategy he works across many different sectors for a diverse range of organisations with a particular specialisation in public sector, cultural and business to business communications. Current and prior client experience includes The Lowry, MOSI, The Lever Arts Prize, Future Everything, Salford University... Read more

Selina Ullah
Director

Selina is passionate about people and communities, this has led to her involvement in national, regional and local government; think tanks; charitable foundations and NGOs working on policy formulation, transformation, service modernisation, regulation and governance. Selina has an in depth knowledge of engaging diverse communities in particular ‘hard to reach groups.’ She has over 25 years of experience of working with charities and the not for... Read more

Annual Account & Report

The Development Trust recently produced its first externally examined annual accounts and report which detail its activities and future plans.