Introducing Timothy Adetuyole, our new shipping coordinator!

In this Q&A, we introduce the ILBF community to Timothy Adetuyole, our new Shipping coordinator. Timothy is a law student at the University of Surrey, currently on his work placement year. He will be working as ILBF’s shipping coordinator for the remainder of this academic year.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time out to read this article. To everyone who doesn’t know me, I am Timothy Adetuyole. I was born in Ogun State (Nigeria) and moved to south east London at a young age. I am a law student at the University of Surrey. Prior to attending university, I played basketball and American football in high school in the United States (Boston Massachusetts) but returned home because I saw a greater value in being around family and friends. As life is sweet yet short, I value those who make me smile everyday as opposed to living out the sporting dreams most had growing up. My interests include fitness, cooking and reading the macroeconomics of the foreign exchange market, but I won’t bore you with my life stories!

When and how did you come to be involved with the ILBF?

Being in my third year of university and, with COVID causing so much chaos, finding a placement was very difficult. Luckily enough, my university tutor was able to get me in touch with Katrina Crossley who is the ILBF’s CEO. Katrina welcomed me to the ILBF with open arms and the biggest smile. 

What does your role as shipping coordinator involve?

The shipping coordinator role involves: keeping on top of ILBF records with details as to the shipments of books to recipients (which includes a good understanding of Microsoft Word and Excel); drafting and sending emails on behalf of the ILBF; managing applications from potential recipients; reviewing applications for books; packing shipments; liaising with the relevant contacts at universities, book stores, high courts to agree on dates for collection and packing of books; tracking applications and shipments to ensure they are progressing; following up with recipients to ensure they have received their books.

What do you enjoy most about working with the ILBF? What are you most looking forward to in the role?

What I enjoy most about working with ILBF is being around a team of people who support each other because everyone understands the bigger mission. I am looking forward to completing my first ever shipment and knowing I was part of the team who helped put a smile on the face of hundreds of people who receive law books internationally.

What does the ILBF’s mission mean to you?  

Being an individual who grew up in Africa, where millions lack knowledge on their common legal rights, the ILBF’s mission is an important one because I understand the books shipped and received internationally go towards a good cause. There is power in knowledge and to be able to coordinate the shipment of legal textbooks that potentially enrich the knowledge of others, to me is the best reward.

What are your future goals and career plans?

My future goal is to complete my degree and pursue a training contract. Property and personal injury law are areas of law that pique my interest. I understand working in the legal field won’t be easy, but I am a very teachable person who is willing to learn all that there is in this area of law. 

What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is a book called ‘Born a Crime’ written by Trevor Noah. Trevor Noah is a political commentator, actor, writer and television host, who expressed his life story and the battles he faced being raised in Johannesburg during the apartheid at a time being mix-raced was a crime!

We are delighted to welcome Timothy to the ILBF team. For shipping queries, Timothy can be contacted by emailing