Meet the Team
Peter Francis is the Warden of Gladstone's Library, and has held this position since 1997. Peter is in charge of the day-to-day running of Gladstone's Library, its yearly programme and the Writer in Residence Scheme. He is festival director of the literary festivals, Gladfest and Hearth, and is the direct link to the board of trustees. The role of Warden of Gladstone's Library has led to Peter's interest in the life and influence of the Library's founder, William Ewart Gladstone, and to editing two collections of lectures on Gladstone, The Grand Old Man and The Gladstone Umbrella. Concerned to make Gladstone's Library more than a shrine to the Victorian statesman, Peter is keen to encourage debate about liberal values in contemporary society.
Annette Lewis is Development Manager at Gladstone’s Library. Her main role is to administer the Library’s fundraising activity. She also has responsibility for the Library’s many Friends and acts as Treasurer to the US Friends of Gladstone’s Library. Annette started working at the Library in 1998 as a volunteer before being appointed Conference and Exhibition Manager in 2001. She has worked in her current role since 2007.Read More
Sarah Robertson is Finance Manager at Gladstone's Library and has worked at the Library since 2010. She is responsible for all financial aspects including monthly and annual accounts as well as the day to day finances of the business.Read More
Maria is Operations Manager at Gladstone’s Library, responsible for the hospitality aspects of the Library which has 26 bedrooms and a very busy Food for Thought restaurant. Having spent 28 years working in hotels, Maria joined our team in April 2019.
Having trained in hospitality, Maria undertook a Trainee Manager position in a local hotel and quickly progressed to a Senior Manager. Maria has experience in front office, revenues, reservations, housekeeping, maintenance, food & beverage, accounts, HR and training. In 2018 Maria took on a General Managers position in Widnes before joining us here at Gladstone’s Library to return to Flintshire.Read More
Director of Collections and Research
Louisa Yates is Director of Collections and Research at Gladstone’s Library, a post she has held since its inception in 2012. Louisa combines her post at Gladstone’s Library with a role as Visiting Lecturer in English at the University of Chester. Alongside Peter Francis, Louisa is Festival Director of the Library’s major and micro festivals, Gladfest and Hearth, and is on the longlisting panel for the Library’s successful Writer in Residence programme.Read More
Warden's PA / HR
Groups and Conference Coordinator
Kitchen and housekeeping
Consultants / Associates