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

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.


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Sarah Fletcher, Deputy Director

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, Associate Director of Learning

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

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

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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Criminal Justice Team

Sara Helen Binney, Reader Leader

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 Holis, Reader Leader

Pamela Howe, Reader Leader

Cheryl Hunter, Reader Leader

Belinda Jack, Reader Leader

Shaun Lawrence, People and Project Manager (PIPES)

Fiona Magee, Reader Leader

Kate Mayfield, Reader Leader

Katie McLean, Reader Leader

Bethany Slinn, Reader Leader

Emma Taylor, Reader Leader

Emily Wright, Reader Leader

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Development and Communications

Amanda Brown, Head of Criminal Justice Projects

Martin Gallagher-Mitchell, Marketing & Communications Manager

George Hawkins, Heritage Manager

Ailsa Horne, Head of Calderstones Development and Communications

Rachel Parker, Development Manager

Emma Walsh, Communications Coordinator

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Jennifer Jarman, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

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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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Membership, Training & Quality Practice

Amanda Boston, Learning and Quality Leader

Katie Clark, Learning and Quality Leader

Sue Colbourn, Learning and Quality Leader

Clare Ellis, Learning and Quality Leader

Grace Farrington, Learning and Quality Leader

Kate McDonnell, Head of Reading Excellence

Lisa Spurgin, Courses Coordinator

Tom Young, Learning and Quality Manager

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North West

Neil Mahoney, People and Project Manager

Christopher Lynn, Wigan and Leigh Volunteer Coordinator

Izzie Major, Project Coordinator

Kate Weston, GMMH Reader in Residence

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North Wales

Kate Hughes-Jenkins, North Wales Volunteer Coordinator

Daisy Williams, North Wales Volunteer Coordinator

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Helen Wilson, Head of Operations

Kara Orford,  Children and Young Person Manager

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Shared Reading North West 

Michelle Barrett, Community Engagement Manager

Natalie Hughes-Crean, Volunteer Recruitment & Community Engagement Manager

Cat Millar, Volunteer Training & Support

Katie Stevenson, Volunteer Coordinator

Charlotte Weber, Volunteer Training & Support

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Social Enterprise

Anton Clarke, Head of Social Enterprise

Natalie Kaas Pontoppidan, Personal Assistant to Head of Social Enterprise

Cheryl Laslett, Facilities Coordinator

George Pinnington, Building Manager

Nicola Williams, Operations Site Manager


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South West

Samantha Weaver, Bristol Reader Leader & Volunteer Coordinator

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Support Services

Suzanne Russell, Head of People

Kate Harrison, People Coordinator

Georgina Hogg-Fraser, Management Accounts Apprentice

Sarah North, Management Accounts Supervisor

Paul Bartlett, Finance and IT Manager

Lee Keating, Systems Developer

Ben Spencer, IT Systems Administrator

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The Reader Café and Ice Cream Parlour

Alison Ashton, Café Cook

Rosie Ashton, Catering Supervisor

Brigid Bell, Catering Supervisor

Megan Buffell, Catering Supervisor

Niall Grindrod, Catering Supervisor

Megg Hewlett, Catering Site Manager

Laura Kershaw, Catering Supervisor

Elizabeth LeVardi, Catering Supervisor

Kaila Sharples, Catering Supervisor

Karolina Wiktor, Catering Supervisor

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The Storybarn 

Annie Lord, Storybarn Manager

Tina Davis, Storybarn Coordinator

Sarah Gould, Storybarn Assistant

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