As Chief Executive of The Reading Agency I am responsible for developing the policy and strategy which guides our work and for overseeing the delivery of the programmes we run. We do this in partnership with a wide range of organisations including publishers and public libraries and we know that these programmes make a real difference to people's lives.
I have worked in the public sector for most of my career having read history at Cambridge and then trained as a teacher and as a museum educator. Most recently I was Director of Policy and Research at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Director of Government and Academic Liaison at Elsevier.
An avid reader from childhood, I spent several evenings a week in Barnsley library working my way through the children's books then pestering my parents to go to the adult library so I could access their collections as well. I have ended up in a bus depot because I was too deeply immersed in my book to hear the driver tell everyone to get off or to see everyone leaving. So, given my own love of reading, what could be better than leading an organisation which wants everyone to become confident and enthusiastic readers?
I have a list of my top 200 books and have a rule that I have to give away any fiction books I haven't re-read. It's a different matter for my history books though, which are allowed to stay however long I've had them.
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