Ciara Eastell OBE is an experienced senior leader working within the cultural and charity sectors. She was the founding Chief Executive of Libraries Unlimited, the charity that runs 54 libraries across Devon and Torbay. She led the successful establishment of the charity in its first 3 years, helping it secure a reputation as a recognised national leader in entrepreneurial and innovative libarary and cultural services.
Since may 2019, Ciara has been running her own consultancy business and she is currently working with Tate on a large scale transformation and organisational development programme. In addition, she has recently been awarded an Automation Fellowship from the South West Creative Technology Network. As part of the Fellowship, Ciara is exploring the leadership issues associated with ensuring automation (including artificial intelligence and robotics) has positive transformational change with cultural health and third sector organisations.
Ciara is a National Council member of the Arts Council England and sits on the Advisory Council of the British Library. She was President of the Society of Chief Librarians in 2014-16 and was awarded an OBE in 2017 for her services to libraries. Ciara received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in January 2019, the university where she did her Masters in 1994. She was amongst the first cohort of Fellows to take part in the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme in 2004/5.