Dawn Barnes | Nicky Briggs | Professor Teresa Cremin | Sam Hudson | Santiago de la Mora | David Roche | Hugo Shanks | Carol Taylor | Fiona Wheeler OBE
Alistair Burtenshaw (Chair)
Alistair Burtenshaw is Director of Publishing Connections Ltd, a specialist consultancy that provides strategy and project management support to publishers, literary festivals, book fairs, cultural relations organizations and government departments operating in the global books and publishing sector.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Society of Bookmen, Alistair is also Chair of the Trustees of Booktrust, the UK's largest independent literacy charity, which promotes reading for pleasure and administers national and targeted book-gifting programmes that distribute over 5 million books a year to children across the UK, advises on government policy and administers a host of prestigious literary prizes. Alistair is also President of Honour of the 2013 Paris Cookbook Fair, taking place at the Carousel du Louvre, which includes the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Alistair was Director of The London Book Fair, the world's leading spring publishing event for over eleven years to September 2012 as well as Director of Books and Publishing (worldwide) at Reed Exhibitions from April 2011 until September 2012 during which time he had responsibility for the strategy and business development focus of Reed Exhibitions portfolio of leading book fairs in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia - which included The London Book Fair.
Alistair was also formerly a Trustee of the Book Trade Benevolent Society and an Executive Committee Member (Trustee) of English PEN, the founding centre of the global writers organization. He is also a former Management Committee Member of the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and a former Chair of the KPMG Publisher of the Year Award.
Lynne Murray (Deputy chair)
Lynne is Partner for TLT LLP in the Social Housing team. She specialises in the constitutional, regulatory, governance, funding and structuring side of the social housing sector. She is also recognised for her expertise in the social care sector, especially in the transfer of care homes from the public to the not-for-profit sector, and in advising on supporting people matters.
Lynne is ranked in Chambers as a leading individual in the field of Social Housing, and in the Legal 500, as a key individual in Social Housing finance.
Meredith Niles (Treasurer)
Meredith is an Investment Director at venture philanthropy funder Impetus Trust, where she helps charities and social enterprises to increase significantly their social impact through targeted business support. Prior to joining Impetus, Meredith was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, managing mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory assignments for clients in the consumer goods and retail sectors.
Dawn has over ten years' experience as a communications professional in the private, public and charity sectors, including for Blackwell's Bookshops.
She loves books and has set up around 30 reading groups in London and the Home Counties to bring together people who share a love of exploring new titles.
A parliamentary candidate in 2010 and with a record of campaigning for change, Dawn is committed to equal opportunity and social mobility and believes that literacy is a key skill to help deliver both.
Nicky has held a number of senior roles largely in the media and content publishing. She was Head of News at the Press Association before moving to be News Editor and then Deputy Editor at Express Newspapers. More recently she worked at publishing company LexisNexis International where she was Editorial and Publishing Director and latterly Commercial Director, taking a lead role in the company's transformation into a leading digital content provider. Her passions include reading (naturally!), theatre, running and music, including learning to play the saxophone.
Professor Teresa Cremin
Teresa works at the Open University and is a Trustee of the UKLA and the Poetry Archive, a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and co-coordinator of the BERA Creativity SIG. Teresa has worked as a teacher, Staff Development coordinator, Director of a Reading centre, Principal Lecturer, Reader and Professor. Much of her career has been involved in educating the teachers of tomorrow and in undertaking research, publication and consultancy, both nationally and internationally. She has published over 25 books and numerous research papers. Her work focuses upon aspects of literacy teaching and learning and the development of teachers' and younger learners' creativity.
Sam is passionate about writing and reading, has an MA in Creative Writing and tries to write whenever time allows. Sam has worked in public services in the UK and Australia for over 15 years and joined the NHS in 2001. She is currently Head of Experience and Engagement at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement where her role encompasses several programmes, including the ambitious NHS Patient Feedback Challenge. Sam is a Board Trustee at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and has a special interest in creativity, co-design, service experience, service user engagement, new technologies and communications.
Santiago de la Mora
Santiago is the Director of Print Content Partnerships for Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa and as such he and his team manage Google's relationships with large and strategic partners in the book publishing industry as well as those with newspaper and magazine publishers. Prior to Google, Santiago de la Mora worked in content production and sales on behalf of newspapers and magazines. Most recently, he was founder of a media company that worked with European business magazines to produce sectorial and country reports on Emerging Markets. He started his career in Investment Banking in France.
David runs his own company David Roche Enterprises which develops projects both inside and outside the publishing sector, acts as a literary agency for authors and runs a consultancy. He also is non-exec Chairman of the London Book Fair and he has a number of other NED and advisory board roles.
Beforehand, David sat on the boards of HarperCollins, Waterstones and HMV as well as being CEO of Borders & Books etc. He also chaired the Booksellers Association/Publishers Association Liaison Group (2003-5) and was President of the Booksellers Association (2005-7).
Hugh graduated from Cambridge University in 1977 with a degree in economics and joined Citibank in the UK HR department. After nine years he joined Towers Perrin , the global HR consultancy , where he worked for 24 years in a variety of consulting and leadership roles .For the last seven years he was on the Main Board of the firm and chaired the HR and Remuneration Committee. Since retiring from Towers Perrin in early 2010 Hugh has focused on advising charities such as Save The Children and Centrepoint . Hugh is married with three children, all of whom are pursuing careers in the arts.
Carol is the Director of Research and Development for the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE). She has 30 years' experience of teaching and managing learning, with all ages. She has been a primary and secondary teacher, worked in HE and FE, and in local authorities. She was formerly an adviser for Travellers and for Family Literacy, head of outreach at an FE College and a Community Tutor for Derbyshire's Adult Community Education Service. She became Director of Read On Write Away!, a partnership literacy organisation in Derbyshire ion 1997, and Chief Executive of the Basic Skills Agency in 2006.
Fiona Wheeler OBE