Monday 19 August, London
Miranda McKearney OBE, Founder Director of The Reading Agency, has today announced that she will be stepping down from her position in December 2013.
Miranda McKearney says: "Over the past ten years, 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, but as I approach 60, it's time for me to step aside and for someone else to lead the organisation into the future."
The news follows a particularly successful year for The Reading Agency, in which it has launched the new Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme with the Society of Chief Librarians, forged ahead with digital developments such as the Summer Reading Challenge's Booksorter, and launched the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge in Trafalgar Square. The charity's social impact has attracted the support of even more authors and public figures such as Peter James and Frank Lampard, and a £1 million gift from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. None of this would have been possible without the support of the Arts Council England, libraries, publishers, funders, staff and trustees - to whom McKearney would like to offer a heartfelt thanks.
It has been an inspiring journey for McKearney, but the journey for The Reading Agency is far from over.
Chairperson Liz Cleaver says: "Miranda has achieved great things with The Reading Agency and she will be sorely missed. But we have high hopes and big plans for the future. Over the next five years, the charity aims to offer ten million more opportunities to get involved in practical, fun and relevant reading activities that empower people, and give everyone an equal chance to become a reader. The Reading Agency will be aiming to appoint a new CEO to help deliver this vision; an inspirational leader with a passion for reading in all its forms, and the energy, resilience and tenacity to fight for it."
The Reading Agency has retained the executive search firm, Liz Amos Associates, to help in the appointment of Miranda's successor. The post will be advertised at the beginning of September 2013. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Read more about our work, including Miranda's latest blog introducing our Summer Reading Challenge donations campaign and why it's important to bring more reading to more children - particularly those who used to hate books.