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Dr Jane Davis MBE, Founder and Director
Jane had a challenging upbringing and left school at 16 with two GCSEs. She eventually returned to education as a young single mother and gained a First Class Degree and a PhD from the School of English at the University of Liverpool.
Over many years, Jane became aware that literature’s ability to open up our imaginations to new worlds and thoughts had been instrumental in helping to turn her life around. This realisation inspired Jane to leave her career as an English lecturer and to set up The Reader with the aim of starting a Reading Revolution that would get great literature into the hands of people who needed it.
Thanks to the support of a growing movement of 1,000 volunteers and a range of funders and partners, there are now more than 500 Shared Reading groups that take place each week in care homes, hospitals, prisons, mental health settings, libraries, recovery centres, schools and community spaces across the UK.
The Reader is also the inspiration for an emerging global Shared Reading movement, with sister projects developing in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the USA and New Zealand.
Jane’s blog: http://readerjanedavis.wordpress.com/
Sarah Fletcher, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance
Sarah joined The Reader in January 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for implementing and strengthening the organisational processes that will allow Shared Reading to grow and fulfil its ambition across the UK. In her role, Sarah develops and delivers The Reader’s financial strategy, oversees Shared Reading delivery and development and manages our Head Office at Calderstones, Liverpool.
Sarah started her career with PwC in August 2000 where she trained to be a chartered accountant. Following this she moved to another top ten accountancy firm RSM (formerly known as Baker Tilly) where she worked as a manager overseeing a team delivering internal audit, technology and risk assurance services.
Sophie Clarke, Director of Communities and Communications
Sophie is responsible for developing learning programmes in both literary and social business practice, working with colleagues to create and deliver a body of teaching and learning that builds internal capacity and addresses the needs of external partners. She joined The Reader in early 2008 and has held a wide variety of roles in the organisation including Young People’s Project Worker, Calderstones Project Manager and more recently, Head of Development, where she led the team responsible for developing new Shared Reading projects within the health and education sectors nationally.
Zoe Gilling, Director of Programmes
Zoe leads our team of People and Project Managers, ensuring that our projects across the country reach the people who need shared reading most and are delivered to plan and in accordance to commissioners and funders requirements. Zoe came to work at The Reader following a career in Higher Education.
Jemma Guerrier, Director of Development and Partnerships
Jemma joined The Reader in March 2016 as Head of Development, leading the Development Team to shape opportunities that enable The Reader’s work to scale nationally and to build in key areas including health, education and criminal justice. She previously worked at the digital youth charity YouthNet in the role of Deputy Development Director.
Jennifer Martin, Executive Assistant
Communities and Communications
Criminal Justice Team
Development and Partnerships
Jennifer Jarman, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Joanne Sarginson, Administrative and Evaluation Assistant
Shared Reading North West
Josephine Harwood, Volunteer Coordinator
Fiona Magee, Training Support, Volunteer Coordinator & CJ Reader Leader