Guest Speakers




Matt Greenhall, Deputy Executive Director, RLUK

Matt is the Deputy Executive Director of Research Libraries UK. He is the Executive lead for the Digital Shift, Digital Scholarship, and Copyright and Licensing strands of RLUK’s strategy, Reshaping Scholarship 2018-2021. In this role he works closely with members of RLUK’s networks and working groups, and has authored a number of research reports including Digital scholarship and the role of the research library (July 2019) and Covid-19 and the digital shift in action (July 2020). He leads on several of RLUK’s strategic relationships and is a passionate advocate for cross-sector collaboration across the GLAM sector, research community, and between wider communities of practice.

Before coming to RLUK, he worked for six years at The National Archives (UK) in a number of leadership roles, concluding as Head of Academic Engagement, a role responsible for leading the organisation’s relationships with its academic and scholarly audiences. Prior to this, Matt worked within Durham University’s Archives and Special Collections where he led elements of the university’s widening participation and youth engagement programmes. It was at the University of Durham where he completed a BA Hons and an M.Res in history, and a PhD in early-modern British economic history.


Masud Khokhar, Director of Libraries and Archives, University of York and RLUK board member

Masud is the Director of Library and Archives at the University of York, where he oversees all developments for the Library and Archives, and contributes to the overall governance of the Corporate and Information Services Directorate. A computer scientist by education, and with libraries in his DNA, Masud is passionate about digital leadership and innovation in the changing library and archive environments. His core interests cut across the topics of strategy development, digital technologies, innovation, open research, leadership, staff empowerment and talent realisation.

Masud has had a varied career with roles in the private sector and higher education, including Bodleian Libraries, Lancaster University and the University of York. Masud is a member of the Board of Directors of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) where he leads the Digital Scholarship and Digital Shift themes, and is keen on introducing new models of leadership, thinking and diversity in academic libraries.