John Woolley

Development Director


photograph: John Woolley John Woolley is Development Director at the Collections Trust, where he is responsible for delivering growth across the Collection Trust’s portfolio of income-generating activities, including partnership and membership programmes, retail and publishing activity, and events. He is also responsible for enhancing the profile and reputation of the Trust with external partners and stakeholders.

Prior to joining the Collections Trust, John was Managing Director of CILIP Enterprises, the commercial arm of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, which publishes magazines and books, organises training courses, presents conferences and events, and provides recruitment services for the library and information community. At CILIP he was also a member of the Senior Management Team and director in charge of Corporate Marketing and Media Relations.

Previously he was: Managing Director of The Shephard Group, a leading international publishing and events business focused on military and commercial aviation; Head of Conferences at Lloyd’s of London Press where he led the development of its commercial and third-party conferences; Conference Director at international banking and financial intelligence providers Lafferty Group; and a Group Publisher at Benn Publications. John is a qualified journalist and started his career in various roles on local newspapers, before joining Benn Publications, where he became a group publisher.

“I am extremely pleased to join Collections Trust as it seeks to build on the solid foundations laid down over the past four years”, says John. “Current difficult economic conditions are putting unprecedented pressure on museums, archives and libraries as they seek to maintain and grow their collections, digitise their assets, and unlock their full potential. The Trust is uniquely placed to help by offering a wide range of practical advice and support and being a catalyst for positive change”