Meet the team

Here at FG Library & Learning we know the value of our people, in fact we view them as the most important part of what we are about and what we offer. Please take a look and learn a little bit more about the people who make FG Library what we are today.

Our dedicated, loyal and hardworking team are crucial to us, we hope this snapshot of what they do both in and out of work gives you an insight to the make-up of an FG Library team member.

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Josh Hughes

General Manager

With an array of experience and knowledge, Josh oversees the daily business activities aswell as acting as project manager and provides a hands on approach both with colleagues and customers alike. In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his family and watching his beloved Watford play.

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Andy Standen

National Sales Manager

Andy has in excess of 20 years’ experience within the Commercial Furniture sector, historically working for Dealerships, Independent consultants and more recently manufacturers of standard and specialist solutions to the market. With a keen interest in ‘quiet spaces’ that promote independent, group and collaborative meeting and learning, he’s looking forward to bringing this expertise into public and educational library spaces. Andy’s spare time is spent with his family, this often involves much time assembling elaborative train tracks whilst entertaining, as often as possible, his Grandson.

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Julian Glover

Design Consultant

Julian has been involved in contract furnishing since completing his degree back in 1986. He has since gained a wealth of experience, most notably over the last twenty-plus years as a Library Interiors specialist, where his passion for innovation keeps him at the forefront of contemporary library design. A keen sports fan, Julian also loves music, food & drink, reading, crosswords and quizzes. However, it is a life-long passion for the great outdoors that sees him regularly hiking the hills and trails, both home and abroad.

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Andy Parker

Design Consultant

With a publishing background that led him to many weird and wonderful places, Andy formerly worked in Scandinavia for a major UK book distributor. More recently, working for Better World Books, a socially minded and environmentally conscious company, his perception of business changed, and he has become a strong advocate for both libraries and literacy.  Working with libraries since 2012, Andy now creates innovative, modern learning spaces. Andy spends as much of his spare time as possible with his young family, and remains hooked on ball sports, rock music and good food!

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Meryl Blanchard

Design Consultant

After fifteen years working for Surrey Libraries Meryl now uses her front line library experience to work with our clients turning their ideas and vision into reality. Passionate about intelligent library design and an advocate for reader development, Meryl creates inspirational spaces for both public and academic libraries that will encourage and promote a love of books and reading.

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Jonathan Hawkins

Design Manager

Jonathan is a lover of all things design led and is deeply passionate about creating innovative concepts, and enjoying their realisation. Whilst spending time with his family, he will often have one eye on the motor racing whilst thinking of what he might be eating next!  Cooking up a storm in the kitchen whenever possible, and leaving a bigger one in his wake, his love for all things edible holds no bounds.

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Caroline De Frates

Creative Designer

Caroline is our talented Creative Library Designer who boasts 10 years’ interior design experience and has a string of inspiring libraries under her belt. Responsible for some of FG Library’s most innovative space and product designs, our very own “Queen of Colour” is much loved amongst staff and clients alike. Caroline will always go the extra mile to ensure a job is done to the highest standards and that our clients experience gold standard customer service. She is not happy unless you come away from her designs beaming from ear to ear!

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Iain Hazell

Creative Designer

Iain has been working in the field of design since leaving university, and specialising in libraries since 2004. Working on designing feature primary school libraries, to large city and university projects.  His experience has drawn him to the problem-solving side of design and finding ways to make things happen!  When not working at his desk, Iain likes the challenge of racing in Ironman and Ultra events, and generally running and cycling around the Pennine landscapes of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales.

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Elaine Jolly

Project Sales Coordinator

Having worked for over thirty years in customer service Elaine is a true specialist in her field. She is skilled in quickly getting to the heart of the customer’s needs and advising accordingly. Her mantra “to always smile” really does come across. She has a real love of sailing, all things music and the outdoors whilst spending much of her well-earned spare time with her family. 

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Steve Hughes

Project Sales Coordinator

An experienced operator who has seen a lot of changes in his thirty years in the industry. There isn't many things in the industry that Steve doesn't know! He loves to travel and has the aim of visiting 100 different countries before he retires. Also a keen sports fan although this is limited to golf these days, preferably in warmer climates.

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Megan Nelson

Group Marketing Manager

A naturally creative individual with a focus on the full marketing mix, Megan leads the development, design and delivery of marketing strategy.  With over twenty years business experience, she is passionate about seeing the ‘bigger picture’ and creating solid marketing plans that help drive business growth.  An avid reader of detective and murder mystery novels, Megan also enjoys spending time with her two sons and is known for her positive attitude, good natured smile and ability to talk to anyone! 

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