University Librarian and Director of The John Rylands Library
Jan Wilkinson has been a senior leader at The University of Manchester since 2008. With over 25 years’ experience of senior management in the HE sector, Jan joined the University as University Librarian & Director of The John Rylands Library. Prior to this she was a member of the Senior Leadership Team of the British Library (July 2004) in a new role of Head of Higher Education. Previous experience includes the University of Leeds, as University Librarian & Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, the London School of Economics, as Deputy Librarian, and a range of roles within the former polytechnic and college sectors.
Jan has led major strategic development and modernisation programmes to ensure that libraries remain relevant, innovative and accessible in the 21st century. While at the LSE, she also led a major philanthropic capital campaign for a very large, newly designed building, by Sir Norman Foster.
Jan is involved in the leadership of a number of national and international library developments, either as a board member, or in a consultancy capacity. Jan is also Course Director for a number of international leadership development programmes within the sector and was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Leicester in 2014.