Staff

The Reader is a national charity with a headquarters established at Calderstones Park in South Liverpool. While much of our core and support staff are based at our North West HQ, we also have teams based in London, the South West and remotely across the UK.

Directors Group

Dr Jane Davis MBE, Founder and Director

As Director, Jane’s job is to represent The Reader in public, spreading the word about the power of Shared Reading. She is an engaging and moving speaker and enjoys meeting people at festivals, conferences and events. She enjoys reading, through our masterclass programme, with members of our Shared Reading community. Jane also develops new partnerships and projects and is the vision lead for our project at Calderstones Mansion House.

In November 2013, Jane was launched as an Ashoka UK Fellow. Read her personal Story of Change on Ashoka UK’s website.

In March 2014, Jane was appointed by Liverpool Learning Partnership to run the Liverpool City of Readers campaign. City of Readers aims to raise the profile of reading in the city and develop a new generation of readers, as the importance of reading for pleasure has been recognised as influencing social mobility and development.

email: via Helen Wilson Helenwilson@thereader.org.uk

Twitter:@readerjanedavis

Jane’s blog: http://readerjanedavis.wordpress.com/

Sarah Fletcher, Deputy Director
sarahfletcher@thereader.org.uk

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.

Craig Bentley, Associate Director of Facilities and Support
craigbentley@thereader.org.uk

Craig joined The Reader in May 2014 as Head of Facilities having previously worked as IT Manager for LCVS. Craig is responsible for overseeing the development of our IT department as well as looking after our facilities at Calderstones Mansion House and Coach House.

Sophie Clarke, Associate Director of Learning
sophieclarke@thereader.org.uk

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, Associate Director of Operations
zoegilling@thereader.org.uk

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, Associate Director of Development
jemmaguerrier@thereader.org.uk

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.

Helen Wilson, Executive Assistant
Helenwilson@thereader.org.uk

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Criminal Justice Team

Rosie Bailey, Reader Leader
rosiebailey@thereader.org.uk

Sara Helen Binney, Reader Leader
sarahelenbinney@thereader.org.uk

Ian Collinson, Reader Leader
iancollinson@thereader.org.uk

Charles Darby-Villis, Reader Leader
charlesdarbyvillis@thereader.org.uk

Irene Garrow, Reader Leader
irenegarrow@thereader.org.uk

Veronica Greer-Spencer, Reader Leader
veronicagreerspencer@thereader.org.uk

Val Hannan, Reader Leader
valhannan@thereader.org.uk

Brendan Harrington, People and Project Manager (PIPES)
brendanharrington@thereader.org.uk

Heidi Holis, Reader Leader
heidihollis@thereader.org.uk

Pamela Howe, Reader Leader
pamelahowe@thereader.org.uk

Cheryl Hunter, Reader Leader, Hull
cherylhunter@thereader.org.uk

Jo Jungius, Reader Leader
jojungius@thereader.org.uk

Shaun Lawrence, People and Project Manager (PIPES)
shaunlawrence@thereader.org.uk

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Development and Communications

Amanda Brown, Head of Criminal Justice Projects
amandabrown@thereader.org.uk

Martin Gallagher-Mitchell, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
martingallagher@thereader.org.uk

George Hawkins, Development Manager
georgehawkins@thereader.org.uk

Ailsa Horne, Specialist Development Manager
ailsahorne@thereader.org.uk

Rachel Parker, Development Coordinator
rachelparker@thereader.org.uk

Emma Walsh, Communications Assistant
emmawalsh@thereader.org.uk

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Evaluation

Jennifer Jarman, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
jenniferjarman@thereader.org.uk

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London

Gillian Cross, Reader Leader
gilliancross@thereader.org.uk

Val Nobbs, Reader Leader
valnobbs@thereader.org.uk

Rosie Ernst Trustram, Volunteer Coordinator (West London)
rosietrustram@thereader.org.uk

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Membership, Training & Quality Practice

Amanda Boston, Practice Mentor
amandaboston@thereader.org.uk

Katie Clark, Practice Mentor
katieclark@thereader.org.uk

Sue Colbourn, Practice Mentor
suecolbourn@thereader.org.uk

Ben Davis, Head of Membership
bendavis@thereader.org.uk

Clare Ellis, Lead Reader
clareellis@thereader.org.uk

Grace Farrington, Specialist Practice Mentor
gracefarrington@thereader.org.uk

Beverley LaRoc, Course Leader
bevelrleylaroc@thereader.org.uk

Kate McDonnell, Head of Reading Excellence
katemcdonnell@thereader.org.uk

Andrew Parkinson, Membership Coordinator
andrewparkinson@thereader.org.uk

Lisa Spurgin, Courses Coordinator
lisaspurgin@thereader.org.uk

Tom Young, Course Leader
tomyoung@thereader.org.uk

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North West

Neil Mahoney, People and Project Manager
neilmahoney@thereader.org.uk

Kate Hughes-Jenkins, Reader Leader
katehughesjenkins@thereader.org.uk

Christopher Lynn, Volunteer Coordinator
christopherlynn@thereader.org.uk

Kate Weston, Reader Leader
kateweston@thereader.org.uk

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Shared Reading North West 

Megg Hewlett, People and Project Manager (North West)
megghewlett@thereader.org.uk

Michelle Barrett, Project Manager
michellebarrett@thereader.org.uk

Natalie Hughes-Crean, Project Coordinator
nataliehughescrean@thereader.org.uk

Cat Millar, Reader Leader
catmillar@thereader.org.uk

Katie Stevenson, Volunteer Coordinator
katiestevenson@thereader.org.uk

Charlotte Weber, Volunteer Training & Support
charlotteweber@thereader.org.uk

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Social Enterprise

Anton Clarke, Head of Social Enterprise
antonclarke@thereader.org.uk

Conor Clarke, Calderstones Operations Manager
conorclarke@thereader.org.uk

Tina Davis, Deputy Manager
tinadavis@thereader.org.uk

David Kennedy, Catering Site Manager
davidkennedy@thereader.org.uk

Cheryl Tanton, Duty Manager
cheryltanton@thereader.org.uk

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South West

Sarah Dangar, People and Project Manager (Rest of UK)
sarahdangar@thereader.org.uk

Emma Crago, Reader Leader & Volunteer Coordinator
emmacrago@thereader.org.uk

Samantha Weaver, Bristol Reader Leader & Volunteer Coordinator
samanthaweaver@thereader.org.uk

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Support Services

Meera Bala-Lane, Finance Coordinator
meerabalalane@thereader.org.uk

Paul Bartlett, Finance Manager
paulbartlett@thereader.org.uk

Nicola Copeland, Facilities Manager
nicolacopeland@thereader.org.uk

Kate Harrison, Finance & People Assistant
kateharrison@thereader.org.uk

Anthony Horton, Cleaner

Lee Keating, Systems Developer
leekeating@thereader.org.uk

Sandra O’Hare, Cleaner

George Pinnington, Building Coordinator
georgepinnington@thereader.org.uk

Sue Russell, Deputy Head of Support Services
suerussell@thereader.org.uk

Ben Spencer, Systems Administrator
benspencer@thereader.org.uk

Heather Watts, Cleaner

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The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour

Monica Aslanian, Cafe Supervisor
monicaaslanian@thereader.org.uk

Sarah Gannon, Cafe Supervisor
sarahgannon@thereader.org.uk

Jennifer Peers, Second Chef
jenniferpeers@thereader.org.uk

Niall Grindrod, Ice Cream Parlour Supervisor
niallgrindrod@thereader.org.uk

Charlotte Weber, Ice Cream Parlour Supervisor
charlotteweber@thereader.org.uk

Dijon Moore, Ice Cream Parlour Supervisor
dijonmoore@thereader.org.uk

Elizabeth LeVardi, Ice Cream Parlour Supervisor
elizabethlevardi@thereader.org.uk

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The Storybarn 

Annie Lord, Storybarn Coordinator
annielord@thereader.org.uk

Holly Wagstaff, Storybarn Developer
hollywagstaff@thereader.org.uk

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