Governance and management

The Curators of the University Libraries are responsible to the University for ensuring that provision is made for the University's library and information requirements for teaching and research and for ensuring that the University's major research libraries are maintained as a national and international scholarly resource.

Bodley's Librarian, Richard Ovenden, together with the Bodleian Libraries' Round Table, is responsible for managing the Bodleian Libraries on their behalf and, together with the Bodleian Libraries' Executive, provides strategic direction for the development and management of library and information services.


The Bodleian Libraries' Executive meets monthly to consider the major strategic issues facing the Bodleian Libraries.

The members of the Bodleian Libraries' Executive are:


Richard is the 25th Bodley's Librarian to hold office.

Read Richard's biography


Catríona Cannon became Deputy Librarian and Keeper of Collections in December 2014. Before that she was Associate Director, from June 2011, having joined the Bodleian Libraries in January 2010 as Assistant Director. From 2005 to 2010 she was Head of Information Resources and Bibliographic Services Manager, Information Services and Systems at King's College London. She previously held posts in a variety of different higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland.

Having graduated from Trinity College Dublin in French and Latin with First Class Honours in 1990, she went on to complete an MPhil in European Literature at the University of Oxford in 1992 and an MA in Library and Information Studies from University College London in 1995. She became a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in 1997.

In her current role, Catríona deputizes for Bodley's Librarian and has leadership and management accountability for libraries and learning spaces, special collections, the public engagement programme, information skills training and liaison with the academic community. She is Gardens Libraries and Museums Liaison Fellow and Vice-President of Reuben College. Currently a member of the University’s Research & Innovation Committee and the Public Engagement with Research Academic Advisory Network, she was part of a University Human Resources initiative to build leadership and management capability, and was seconded part time from 2016 to 2018 to set up and lead the shared services programme for Gardens, Libraries and Museums.

Externally Catríona is an Advisory Council Member for the Institute of English Studies, University of London; a Trustee and member of the Audit & Risk Committee, Students' Union at Bournemouth University; and a member of the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) Leadership Programmes Working Group. She has published and presented on library leadership, resource discovery, collection management, open access to scholarly publications and legal deposit, and curated a display on the 20th-century novelist Barbara Pym.


Laura How joined the University in January 2008, initially as the Bodleian Libraries' Accountant. In August 2010 she became Head of Administration and Finance and since 2017 has been Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to Oxford, her role was as a Management Accountant for the Open University, where she produced the year-end financial statements and looked after the finances of one of the University departments.


Amy Warner May joined the University at the start of 2018, when she became the Associate Director of Scholarly Resources. In late 2019, Amy was responsible for the restructuring of Scholarly Resources to enable it to provide enhanced support for Open Access and Open Scholarship, Research Data Management and Digital Collections, as well as to ensure Scholarly Resources will be better placed to respond to and help lead future changes within these areas.

Before Amy joined the University, she was the Associate Director of eStrategy and Technical Services in the Library at Royal Holloway, University of London and previously worked at the National Archives at Kew.

Andrew Bonnie, Associate Director of Scholarly Resources (maternity cover)

Round Table

Round Table meets monthly to consider, decide and review library policy, strategy and administration.

The members of Bodleian Libraries Round Table are the Executive plus:

  • Natalie Awdry, Head of Communications (secondment cover)
  • Andrew Bonnie, Chief of Digital Operations
  • Louise Clarke, Head of Social Sciences Libraries
  • Ann Evans, Head of Collections Management
  • Gillian Evison, Keeper of Oriental Collections
  • Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections
  • Samantha Henney, Commercial Director
  • Isabel Holowaty, Head of Humanities Libraries (job share)
  • Paul Layland, Head of Finance
  • James Legg, Head of Humanities Libraries (job share)
  • Sarah Lockwood, Head of Facilities Services and Health & Safety Lead
  • Donald Mackay, Head of MSD and MPLS Libraries
  • Ruth Mallalieu, Head of Open Scholarship Support
  • Linda Pope, Head of Human Resources
  • Suzanne de la Rosa, Head of Communications (on secondment to GLAM)
  • Madeline Slaven, Head of Public Engagement
  • Frankie Wilson, Head of Assessment

Current strategy

Previous strategic plans