Friends of the National Libraries is honoured to have HRH The Prince of Wales as its Royal Patron.

FNL is run by an Executive Committee of ex officio and elected Trustees. Among the trustees are the directors of the leading institutions in the UK, such as the British Library and the National Libraries of Wales and Scotland, as well as writers, historians and archivists. 

Eminent historians, authors, scholars and public figures have supported and been closely involved in the running of the FNL since its inception.  You can find out more about the history of FNL by downloading Friends of the National Libraries: A short history by Max Egremont.

FNL officers

Geordie Greig Chairman
Charles Sebag-Montefiore FSA FCA Honorary Treasurer
Nell Hoare MBE FSA Secretary
Paul Celerier FCAMembership Accountant

FNL Trustees

Ex officio 


  • Rachel Bond  Director of Collections, Eton College
  • Felix de Marez Oyens, President, B H Breslauer Foundation
  • James Fergusson  Proprietor, James Fergusson Books & ManuscriptsJenny Uglow OBE  Historian author and critic
  • Mark Storey   Venture capitalist and book collector
  • Jenny Uglow, author
  • Christopher Whittick   Former County Archivist, East Sussex Record Office
  • Joan Winterkorn  Archives and Manuscript Consultant
  • Dr Christopher Wright OBE    Former Head of Manuscripts, British Library
FNL, PO Box 4291, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9JA | Registered Charity No. 313020
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