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National Literacy Trust staff

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Directors

 

Jonathan Douglas

Director

As Director, I am responsible for the strategic direction, financial management and day-to-day running of the charity, ensuring that everything we do contributes to our charitable purpose of transforming lives through improved literacy.

jonathan.douglas@literacytrust.org.uk

Diana Stewart
Personal Assistant to Director

020 7820 6251
diana.stewart@literacytrust.org.uk

Biography

Jonathan was appointed Director of the National Literacy Trust in January 2007. Previously he was Head of Policy Development at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, where he also worked as Head of Learning and Access. Prior to that, he was Professional Adviser for Youth and School Libraries at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. He has also worked as a librarian and in children’s services for Westminster Libraries. Jonathan is on the Advisory Committee of the Man Booker Prize and is Chair of Governors at his local primary school.

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- Executive Management

 

Clare Bolton

Head of Marketing and Communications

020 7820 6262
clare.bolton@literacytrust.org.uk

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Darranda Rowswell

Head of Fundraising

I am responsible for leading the fundraising team and our income generation strategy, increasing income for the charity from diverse income streams to achieve long-term, sustainable growth. 

020 7840 9553
darranda.rowswell@literacytrust.org.uk

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Fiona Evans

Head of School Programmes

020 7820 6267
fiona.evans@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Rosemary Thomas

Head of Operations

I’m responsible for strategic financial management and financial planning, as well as maintaining an accurate overview of the financial health of the charity and managing the organisational cash flow. I am also responsible for the development and maintenance of effective and accurate financial controls across all areas of work of the organisation, and for our strategy to generate income from our resources and training.

020 7820 6268
rosemary.thomas@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Sam Brookes

Head of Information and Resources

I oversee the management of our office, IT and human resources, lead the strategic development of our database and information systems, and represent these functions on the Executive Management Group. I also act as Company Secretary, managing relationships with trustees and ensuring compliance with charity and company law. 

020 7840 9552
sam.brookes@literacytrust.org.uk

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Communities and Local Areas

 

Adam Holmes

Project Manager, Books Unlocked

I am responsible for delivering Books Unlocked, working with prisons, young offender institutions, libraries and schools. I look after the relationship the programme has with Man Booker Prize-shortlisted authors and key partners such as National Prison Radio. I also support the development of new programmes and projects as part of our wider work with communities.

020 7820 6255
adam.holmes@literacytrust.org.uk

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Allison Potter

Middlesbrough Hub Manager

I manage the Middlesbrough hub. My role is to help more people to access literacy support and to improve the support that is available. I facilitate links between partners and help identify and share good practice. I am the Literacy Adviser for Middlesbrough Council but am seconded to the National Literacy Trust, three days per week, to manage the hub. I work in Middlesbrough.

01642 728752 / 01642 266291 / 07736 280322
allison.potter@literacytrust.org.uk

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Clare Argar

Head of Community Campaigns and Programmes

I am responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for our wider communities work; working with local areas as they embed literacy, particularly areas with high levels of deprivation and low literacy.

I facilitate the delivery of existing programmes in the community arena; develop and deliver new programmes, in particular those where literacy is a mechanism rather than the end goal; establish and lead regional campaigns and, more broadly, work across the sector, bringing key stakeholders together to share best practice and advocate at a local and national level. 

020 7820 6257
clare.argar@literacytrust.org.uk

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Imran Hafeez

Bradford Hub Manager

My role involves working with partners across Bradford in order to identify the literacy challenges and develop practical approaches to raise levels of literacy.

01274 439246  / 07736 280323
imran.hafeez@literacytrust.org.uk

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Jason Vit

Literacy Hubs Manager

Literacy Hubs are our response to entrenched intergenerational low literacy which most affects areas of high deprivation. As the Literacy Hubs Manager I oversee all the current Literacy Hubs, supporting delivery, evaluation and setting the direction for future work. I also work to identify new areas where Literacy Hubs are needed and help to establish them.

020 7820 6273
jason.vit@literacytrust.org.uk

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Rebecca Parsons

Fundraising Officer

National Literacy Trust Hubs are long-term place-based approaches to tackling low literacy, working with some of the most deprived communities in the country. Relationships with local businesses play a vital part. I provide fundraising support to our Hubs team, including making initial contact with businesses and local authorities, setting up meetings, coordinating event logistics and maintaining ongoing communication.

020 7587 3062 
rebecca.parsons@literacytrust.org.uk  

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Sally Atkinson

Peterborough Hub Manager

My role involves working with partners across Peterborough in order to identify the literacy challenges and develop practical approaches to raise levels of literacy.

07920 160399 / 01733 863726
sally.atkinson@literacytrust.org.uk

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Early Years

 

Clare McGread

Programme Manager

I am responsible for leading our early years activity, including delivery of existing programmes, development and design of new programmes and offers, and policy and stakeholder management within the early years sector and across health, education and government. 

020 7820 6276
clare.mcgread@literacytrust.org.uk

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Tara Parker

Project Manager

020 7587 3064 
tara.parker@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Finance

 

Irfan Younas

Financial Accountant

020 7840 9559
irfan.younas@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Rosemary Thomas

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations and part of the Executive Management Group, I’m responsible for strategic financial management and financial planning, as well as maintaining an accurate overview of the financial health of the charity and managing the organisational cash flow. I am also responsible for the development and maintenance of effective and accurate financial controls across all areas of work of the organisation, and for our strategy to generate income from our resources and training.    

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Sam Twomey

Management Accountant

sam.twomey@literacytrust.org.uk

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Zuzanna Arcichowska

Sales and Credit Control Assistant

020 7587 1842
zuzanna.arcichowska@literacytrust.org.uk

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Fundraising

 

Aisha Otiti

Fundraising and Office Assistant

020 7820 6279
aisha.otiti@literacytrust.org.uk

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Beccy Fellows

Corporate Partnerships Manager

020 7820 6252
beccy.fellows@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Darranda Rowswell

Head of Fundraising

I am responsible for leading the fundraising team and our income generation strategy, increasing income for the charity from diverse income streams to achieve long-term, sustainable growth. 

020 7840 9553
darranda.rowswell@literacytrust.org.uk

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Diana Stewart

Supporter Relations Manager

I am responsible for managing our events, including those involving our ambassadors and celebrity supporters. I am also the main point of contact for our relationship with our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. 

020 7820 6251
diana.stewart@literacytrust.org.uk

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Griselda Payne

Trusts and Statutory Fundraiser (maternity cover)

020 7840 9551
griselda.payne@literacytrust.org.uk

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Lisa Rootes

Head of Partnerships

I lead the development of partnerships with business, which enable us to promote literacy to our target audiences and support the sustainability of the charity. There are a variety of ways of working together from fun, engaging consumer-facing activity, such as our McDonald’s partnership, to sponsorship of our projects.

07585 117125
lisa.rootes@literacytrust.org.uk

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Neil Grogan

Corporate Partnerships Manager

020 7820 6260
neil.grogan@literacytrust.org.uk

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Suzie Curran

Senior Fundraising and Events Manager

I am responsible for developing and delivering our individual giving strategy including our programme of fundraising and wider cultivation events.

suzie.curran@literacytrust.org.uk

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Information and Resources

 

Ed Brenton

Office Manager

020 7840 9555
ed.brenton@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Sam Brookes

Head of Information and Resources

I oversee the management of our office, IT and human resources, lead the strategic development of our database and information systems, and represent these functions on the Executive Management Group. I also act as Company Secretary, managing relationships with trustees and ensuring compliance with charity and company law. 

020 7840 9552
sam.brookes@literacytrust.org.uk

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Shafique Kumbay

IT and Database Manager

020 7840 9557
shafique.kumbay@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Marketing and Communications

 

Clare Bolton

Head of Marketing and Communications

020 7820 6262
clare.bolton@literacytrust.org.uk

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Danielle Wright

Hubs and Fundraising Communications Manager

I manage the communications for our National Literacy Trust Hubs and regional campaigns, working closely with partners in each area to spread literacy messaging, deliver creative initiatives and secure media coverage. I also lead the communications around our fundraising activities, including our annual Where's Wally? fun run.

020 7820 6262
danielle.wright@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Diana Jarvis

Designer

I am responsible for producing artwork and design for our printed and digital materials, and developing our brand guidelines and visual identity. 

020 7587 3068
diana.jarvis@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Greg Chivers

Website Manager

I am responsible for managing website development across the charity, developing strategies for increasing traffic and working with all teams to deliver content for a range of audiences. 

020 7587 3068
greg.chivers@literacytrust.org.uk

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Harriet McCann

Senior Policy and Communications Manager

I manage our public affairs activity, increasing awareness of our work among policymakers. This involves managing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy and nurturing relationships with key policymakers. I also provide marketing support to projects and campaigns across the organisation.

020 7820 6253
harriet.mccann@literacytrust.org.uk

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Laura Flinn

Media and Communications Officer

020 7820 6278
laura.flinn@literacytrust.org.uk

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Lisa Gilbert

Media and Communications Manager

I am responsible for developing and delivering media relations and campaigning activity for our national, sector and local campaigns. My role involves securing high-profile coverage in the media to raise awareness of our work, drive support and influence change. 

020 7820 6275
Lisa.Gilbert@literacytrust.org.uk

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Lizzie Coan

Media and Communications Officer

020 7820 6256
lizzie.coan@literacytrust.org.uk

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Premier League Literacy Programme

 

Jim Sells

Programme Manager, Premier League Reading Stars

Families from our target audiences often feel that educational activities are not for them; yet sport, and in particular, football, has the power to inspire. Working directly with all 20 Premier League clubs, we gain the "permission" needed to take part in educational activities: our project is perceived as a football activity, which enables us to reach those who need it most.  

020 7820 6263
jim.sells@literacytrust.org.uk

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Tim Judge

Senior Programme Manager

I am responsible for developing and delivering programmes that motivate and engage young people to improve their literacy. These programmes draw on partnerships across sports, culture and broadcasting sectors and include the flagship sports programme, Premier League Reading Stars. 

020 7820 6264
tim.judge@literacytrust.org.uk  

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Research

 

Anne Teravainen

Research Manager

I manage a range of research activities, including local area surveys of children, young people and adults, programme evaluation and generating new research opportunities.  

anne.teravainen@literacytrust.org.uk

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Clem Pabion

Insight and Knowledge Manager

My job is to assess whether the National Literacy Trust achieves everything we set out to do. I conduct surveys and interviews for our annual evaluations, and help the programme teams ensure their work contributes to meeting the charity’s ambitious goals. 

020 7820 6260
clem.pabion@literacytrust.org.uk

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Dr Christina Clark

Head of Research

Through my work I provide children, young people, their parents and literacy practitioners with a platform to voice their opinions on a variety of literacy subjects. I work closely with project staff and our communications and policy teams, translating our research findings into cutting-edge practice. Working alongside project staff, I explore the impact of our work.

christina.clark@literacytrust.org.uk

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Irene Picton

Research Manager

020 7820 6270
irene.picton@literacytrust.org.uk  

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Schools

 

Alex Bousoulengas

Project Manager, School Improvement

I manage Literacy for Life, a project that aims to systematically embed literacy across the whole curriculum in secondary schools. I work closely with the participating schools through set-up and monitoring visits, organise training to enhance subject knowledge and teaching and learning, and collate data to measure impact. The project aims to eventually influence literacy practices in every secondary school across the UK.

020 7820 6266
alex.bousoulengas@literacytrust.org.uk

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Amy Grilli

Project Manager

020 7820 6272
amy.grilli@literacytrust.org.uk

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Catharine Driver

Secondary Schools Adviser

I research and observe good literacy practice in secondary schools and synthesise local, regional and national policy and research to provide excellent advice and content for the Network.

I am also involved in planning and developing high quality training, with a particular focus on literacy within the secondary curriculum.

I have worked for many years in schools and local authorities leading EAL and Literacy and providing teacher training courses.

catharine.driver@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Fay Lant

Project Manager

020 7587 3066
fay.lant@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Fiona Oakley

Literacy Adviser, Schools Partnerships

I am responsible for the strategic development of our whole-school literacy programme, Literacy for Life. I work closely with several teams to identify and establish new partnerships and networks through which the programme can be embedded in secondary schools. This involves identifying key literacy needs, building bespoke training packages, supporting implementation and monitoring impact. 

I am an experienced school improvement adviser and have worked in secondary education for over 20 years.

020 7587 3067
fiona.oakley@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Gemma Niebieszczanski

Membership and Competitions Manager

I manage the National Literacy Trust Network, a professional network that supports schools to develop outstanding literacy provision. In collaboration with our network advisers I collate useful resources and examples of excellent literacy practice in schools and disseminate these to our members. I support network members to ensure they get the most out of their membership, providing the first point of contact for any queries about network benefits.

I also run our national literacy competitions and challenges, which aim to inspire children and young people to get involved in activities to improve their literacy.

020 7820 6261
gemma.nieb@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Isobel Gibbon

Membership Officer

I’m here to ensure that members of the National Literacy Trust Network are able to access all the benefits membership provides to schools and other literacy professionals. This includes supporting members through the joining and renewal process, as well as making sure our website is up to date with resources, blogs and tools to inspire and help you with literacy development. 

020 7840 9554
isobel.gibbon@literacytrust.org.uk  

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Judy Clark

Network Adviser (primary)

As a teacher, leader and literacy specialist consultant, I seek out excellence in theory and practice to help inform, inspire and support professionals in transforming the lives of primary school pupils.

judy.clark@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Schools Business Development

 

Catherine Boulton

Head of Schools Business Development

020 7587 3061 
catherine.boulton@literacytrust.org.uk

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Emily Best

Professional Development Manager

020 7587 3067
emily.best@literacytrust.org.uk

I co-ordinate the development, marketing and delivery of our training offer to schools.

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Nell Armitage

Sales and Marketing Officer

020 7820 6258
nell.armitage@literacytrust.org.uk  

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Words for Work

 

Laura Pope

Programme Manager

I support schools, students and volunteers to set up and run Words for Work in their community. The programme provides young people with authentic opportunities to develop the literacy skills they need to shape and achieve their aspirations by working alongside volunteers from their local business community. Words for Work helps to improve  literacy, oracy and communication skills; as well as giving young people a taste of the world of work. We work with businesses large and small, and across the spectrum of services, sectors and professions. 

020 7840 9556
laura.pope@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Young Readers Programme

 

Alice Harman

Project Manager

020 7820 6274
alice.harman@literacytrust.org.uk

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Irene Picton

Senior Project Manager

I visit new Young Readers Programme project coordinators in schools, libraries and other community organisations to train them in how to run our programmes. I pass on practical tips and ideas for books and events to help inspire the children and families they work with to enjoy reading. My job role includes researching and developing our programmes, and  I occasionally attend events and read stories in silly voices.

020 7820 6270
irene.picton@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Lizzie Jones

Project Manager

020 7820 6265
lizzie.jones@literacytrust.org.uk 

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Sinead Naidoo

Programme Manager

Working across England, Scotland and Wales, I support schools to raise the profile of literacy in their communities, increase the number of books in children’s homes and train teachers and librarians to instil a love and culture of reading in the children they work with.

020 7820 6269
sinead.naidoo@literacytrust.org.uk

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The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.