Zoe Toft – Chair
Zoe works in children’s publishing. She’s passionate about libraries because she sees them as a gateway to opening horizons, enabling everyone, irrespective of their background to discover more, be inspired, feel empowered and become more engaged.
Jonny Mayner – Secretary
Jonny has worked in the private sector since 2000, in roles as varied as bookselling, marketing, accounting and lawyering. He is keen to ensure that the whole community in Sutton Coldfield benefits from the public library service in the town. “For me it’s not just about the books. It’s about the opportunities provided by a place dedicated to satisfying curiosity, whether for study or leisure. It’s about breathing space for the mind, more important in today’s busy world than ever.”
Jenny Wilkinson – Treasurer
As a parent and Sutton resident, Jenny sees the important role that libraries play in the heart our community. Beyond their educational and cultural role, libraries are places where individuals gather to explore, interact, and imagine. Upon hearing of the plans to close Sutton Coldfield library, Jenny took immediate action in kick-starting a community campaign which became The Library Lobby and subsequently FOLIO. Outside of community activism, with her background as a Chartered Accountant she brings financial acumen to the team.
Noran Flynn – Fundraising Lead
Noran has lived in Sutton Coldfield for eighteen years. She is committed to developing inclusive communities that have an ethos of mutual support and friendship. Noran is a Charity Director in Nechells where she leads on fundraising.
Sutton Coldfield has been John’s home for over 45 years and he is committed to making it an ever better place to live and work. John brings extensive business acumen to FOLIO’s Board of Trustees.
Daksh came to UK in 2012 to study robotics and now works in the aerospace sector. He has always been passionate about giving back to the society, and believes libraries are the best place to share your experience and skills with the society. He’s a really avid reader, passionate about programming and cricket and originally got involved with the Sutton Library and FOLIO by running code clubs.
Cassie has a background in community organising, democracy and engagement in the higher education sector. Having recently moved to Birmingham in July 2019, she’s keen to engage in local community activity and bring her experience of governance and the charity sector to the FOLIO trustee board. Graduating in 2017, she studied English and has had a passion for books and literature from a young age.
Liz has worked in the health and social care sector for over 30 years and has been an active volunteer within the local community, particularly with Highbury Theatre on Sheffield Road. She first became involved with The Library Lobby while a member of the Sutton Coldfield Town Council, supporting their campaign to save the town centre library. She brings experience in governance as a trustee.
Clare is currently taking a career break from being a commercial property solicitor to focus on bringing up her young family. She is keen to make sure that the facilities within the library are available to the parents and children of Sutton and to help promote the library to a new generation of children to develop their love of books. The library can offer so much to so many people and FOLIO want to encourage people to walk through the door and see what’s on offer.
If you’d like to become a trustee, please read the Charity Commission’s advice on what’s involved and then get in touch with us.