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The trust is managed by a board of five independent trustees.

Richard Heseltine is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. For 24 years until his retirement from the post in April 2016 he was University Librarian at the University of Hull, leading the £28 million transformation of the University’s Brynmor Jones Library completed in 2015, and also leading the University contribution to the creation of Hull History Centre in partnership with Hull City Council.  Prior to moving to Hull his career was focused mainly on the application of technology to library and information services, working in a variety of public and private sector settings, including University College London and the National Library of Scotland.  For eight years prior to coming to Hull he worked at a European level for CLSI, a North American computer company specialising in library automation systems.    

Graham Chesters is an Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Hull where he served at one time as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Library Committee. He has been closely involved in promoting the work of Philip Larkin through the Larkin Society and Larkin25, as well as in other cultural activities in the City of Hull, including the Freedom Festival and the UK City of Culture bid.

Philip Evans is a solicitor with Graham & Rosen in Hull.  He is a trust specialist and acts as a trustee of several local grant giving charities. He has a particular interest in tax, legal and investment matters.

​​Councillor Rilba Jones has been a trustee of the JRLT since February, 2008, having been elected to the Council in 2007.  She is committed to the excellent work carried out in Hull's libraries and the moves to modernise the service.  As a former health visitor and now a grandmother she is very aware how important reading is for children of all ages, and improving literacy for adults.

A graduate of the University of Hull, Councillor John Fareham has been a public servant for more than 30 years and currently represents the Bricknell ward on Hull City Council. An author, historian, planning consultant and public sector transformation specialist, he also serves as a trustee of several organisations, including the James Reckitt Library Trust. He is an inveterate library user and has been so since he was five.

For details of the charity, including its published accounts, please go to the link here

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