Our headquarters is in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, and while most of our core and support staff are based in the North West, we also have teams in London, the South West and remotely across the UK.
Want to know more about Shared Reading? Would you like to get involved, as an individual or organisation? You can get in touch with us at our Headquarters in Liverpool’s Calderstones Mansion by email, phone or by filling in the form below:, 0151 729 2200

Who’s Who

Directors Group

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.


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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

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Communities and Communications

Amanda Boston, Learning and Quality Leader
Amanda Brown, Head of Publications
Katie Clark, Learning and Quality Leader
Sue Colbourn, Learning and Quality Leader
Clare Ellis, Learning and Quality Leader
Grace Frame, Learning and Quality Leader
Martin Gallagher-Mitchell, Marketing & Communications Manager
Jo Spragg, Head of Communications
Lisa Spurgin, Learning and Quality Coordinator
Kirsty Styles, National Membership/Community Development Manager
Tom Young, Learning and Quality Leader
Natalie Kaas Pontoppidan, Learning and Quality Leader
Chris Lynn, Learning and Quality Leader

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Criminal Justice Team

Kate Bramhall, Reader Leader
Lizzie Dass, Reader Leader
Irene Garrow, Reader Leader
Veronica Greer-Spencer, Reader Leader
Val Hannan, Reader Leader
Brendan Harrington, People and Project Manager (PIPES)
Heidi Hollis, Reader Leader
Pamela Howe, Reader Leader
Cheryl Hunter, Reader Leader
Belinda Jack, Reader Leader
Shaun Lawrence, People and Project Manager (PIPES)
Katie McLean, Reader Leader
Emma Taylor, Reader Leader
Melissa Wride, Reader Leader
Emily Wright, Reader Leader
Bethany Rivers, Reader Leader
Rachael Collier, Reader Leader
Sam Owen, Reader Leader

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Development and Partnerships

George Hawkins, Development and Heritage Manager
Kyla Hall, Partnerships Manager
Ailsa Horne, Associate Director of Calderstones Development
Rachel Parker, Partnerships Manager
Jamie Barton, Administrative and Calderstones Assistant
Grace Fletcher, Development and Partnerships Coordinator

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Jennifer Jarman, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Joanne Sarginson, Administrative and Evaluation Assistant

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Bryony Littlefair, Project Coordinator (Croydon)
Liz Ison, Volunteer Coordinator (West London)
Erin Calstrom, Volunteer Coordinator (West London)

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North West

Sophie Verbeke, Wigan Volunteer Coordinator & Calderstones Programmes Coordinator
Izzie Major, Project Coordinator and Community Engagement Coordinator
Kate Weston, GMMH Volunteer Coordinator

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North Wales

Sophie Trow, North Wales People and Projects Manager
Daisy Williams, North Wales Volunteer Coordinator

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Kara Orford,  Children and Young Person Manager
Helen Wilson, Head of Operations
Tom Youds, North West & National People and Projects Manager
Anna Farrell, Head of Calderstones Programmes

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Shared Reading North West 

Michelle Barrett, Acting Team Leader
Cat Millar, Volunteer Training & Support
Charlotte Weber, Volunteer Training & Support
Esther Harsh, Project Coordinator
Anna McCracken, Project Coordinator
Rachel Gnagniko, Project Coordinator and Reader Leader

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Social Enterprise

Anton Clarke, Associate Director of Social Enterprise
Cheryl Laslett, Facilities Coordinator
George Pinnington, Building Manager
Nicola Williams, Site Operations Manager

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South West

Josephine Harwood, Volunteer Coordinator
Fiona Magee, Training Support, Volunteer Coordinator & CJ Reader Leader

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Support Services

Kate Harrison, People Coordinator
Georgina Hogg-Fraser, Management Accounts Apprentice
Lee Keating, Systems Developer
Sarah Guinan, Finance Manager
Suzanne Russell, Head of People
Ben Spencer, IT Systems Administrator
Neil Mahoney, People Manager
Katie Stevenson, Volunteer Recruitment Manager

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The Reader Catering

Megan Buffel, Senior Catering Supervisor
David Flesher, Chef Coordinator
Alice Lilley, Café Cook
Megg Hewlett, Catering Site Manager
Laura Kershaw, Catering Supervisor
Niamh McCarthy, Catering Supervisor
Kaila Sharples, Catering Supervisor
Nina Pritchard, Catering Supervisor
Karolina Wiktor, Senior Catering Supervisor

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The Storybarn 

Annie Lord, Storybarn Manager
Rachael Sumner, Storybarn Sales Assistant

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