In 2002 Miranda McKearney OBE founded The Reading Agency alongside Anne Sarrag and Debbie Hicks. She was CEO for the next 11 years, and oversaw the development of the charity during a period of massive change in the library, education and publishing sectors.
Miranda's highlights from these years are the feedback from people whose lives have been changed. One of the most poignant is from Tina Hewitt from Hull. She'd never read a whole book before and had a very tough start in life but she decided to take part in the Six Book Challenge. At the awards ceremony Tina said: "All my life, since I was young, people have told me I was thick, but I knew deep down that I wasn't and now the Six Book Challenge has changed all that and proved what I can do. I am somebody now".
Read more about the history of The Reading Agency and some of our key achievements since 2002.
After The Reading Agency
When she stepped down in December 2013 Miranda said: "The Reading Agency has grown from being an entrepreneurial experiment into a force for change - helping change lives through reading. Through our programmes like the Summer Reading Challenge we have given 7 million people opportunities to become more confident and enthusiastic readers. I'm immensely proud of what we have achieved and as I approach 60, it's time for a new leader to take the organisation into the future."
Miranda is now on a series of new adventures - tackling some of England's big walks, exploring how reading can build young people's emotional literacy, and finally learning how to grow vegetables properly. You can see what else she's up to by following her on twitter.
In January 2013 Sue Wilkinson took on the CEO role.