Ayub Khan spent his early career in education and children and young people’s services. He was later Project Officer for the new Library of Birmingham and is now Head of Libraries and Face to Face frontline services for Warwickshire.
Ayub is an Executive member of the Society of Chief Librarians and Digital Universal Offer lead. A Fellow and former Trustee of CILIP, he is a member of the Library Buildings Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations, and a former member of the UNESCO Culture Committee. He is on the British Library’s Public Lending Right Committee, and the editorial board of New Library World. He is a peer reviewer of library and cultural services for the Local Government Association, and a Council-member of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Ayub has written articles and publications on library design and theory, and chaired the CILIP working group on national guidelines for locally-elected politicians. He recently led on the national procurement of digital online content for public libraries in England – which yielded savings of over £1.5 million for the sector.
Ayub’s interest extends to international library development, with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. He has worked on library projects in several countries for the British Council and is currently advising on modernising public library services in Bangladesh, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Bangladesh.
In 2013, Ayub was awarded an MBE for his services to libraries. He is currently President of CILIP – the Library and Information Association in the UK.