Pam joined Borderline Books as a volunteer in 2013 and became a trustee in 2014. As a board member, she took on the position of treasurer, having previously worked for the Post Office. After going back into full time employment, she had to give up volunteering but has remained as treasurer and continues to represent Borderline Books at community events.



Kate currently works as the Local Studies Librarian for Northumberland. She has a PGDip in Information and Library Management as well as a degree in English. She previously volunteered at the Kittiwake Multilingual Library for over a year. Kate has worked in the publishing and IT industries in South Africa. She feels fortunate to have lived on three continents but is now very happy to call the north east of England ‘home’. She joined the Board of the Kittiwake Trust in 2020.



Until her retirement Rosie Jennings was headteacher of a primary school in Sunderland and then went on to form a company ‘Training Ladder’ to deliver programmes to professionals and families within the School and Family Nurturing Programme, which was established by the charity Family Links. These courses were structured to raise the profile of emotional health in schools and families. Additionally, she worked as a tutor, supporting education students from Sunderland University during the school-based part of their course. She became a Trustee in 2018.


Jola has been volunteering at the Kittiwake Trust Multilingual Library for over three years and has taken on an increasing amount of responsibility. She was invited to join the Board of Trustees in 2018 in recognition of her hard work and for her extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the library work and for her additional expertise in supporting refugees.


After finishing his education as a teacher Sjaak travelled around for a year and learned a lot. He was able to use this experience in his job as a teacher in a primary school in Leiden, where he worked for 15 years on a children’s farm in the education department. After this period he worked as a manager of parks and public spaces in the municipality of Leiden. In Leiden Sjaak is a volunteer and Chair of the BookSpace ‘Boekenzolder,’ and of the Kittiwake Stichting.

Ken was born in China in the southern city of Guang Zhou. She grew up and worked in Hong Kong. In 2009 she settled in Newcastle with her three children, and explored another view of the world – Charity and community. Ken volunteered for various organisations including breast-feeding peer support, her children’s school, and the multilingual library. She also spent many years on the committee of the music charity, Crossings. Living in the environment of a multicultural community gave Ken and her children a deeper understanding of the importance of communication and education. She joined the Board of the Kittiwake Trust in 2020.



Acting Chair

Amina has spent her whole life with books; working in the library of the Institute of Race Relations, bookshops in Sydney and London, publishing companies in the Netherlands and spending 35 years as a freelance foreign rights agent, during which time she also worked as a freelance editor and translator. When she realized how many people did not have easy access to books, while some publishers were pulping books by the skip load, the idea for Borderline Books was born. The embryo of the project took shape in the early hours of 11 September 2001 after a brainstorming session with Sjaak van Rijn who facilitated the setting up of the project in Leiden. In 2007 she brought the project to the UK where it has flourished.  She started the Multilingual Library in Eldon Garden, Newcastle in the summer of 2015. After becoming the first Library of Sanctuary in the North-East, the landlords took the space back in 2021 and it is still awaiting new premises.

Amina was offered – and declined – an MBE in late 2016. She was chair of the Board from 2009 until 2017