Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is Book Trust's Patron. Her Royal Highness took the reins from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 2011, who stood down after many years in the role.


Find out more about The Duchess of Cornwall





Michael Morpurgo is the award-winning author of over 120 books for children, including War Horse, which has been adapted into a phenomenally successful stage show and film


Find out more about Michael Morpurgo





Karen Brown


Deputy chair

Lynne Murray



Meredith Niles



Dawn Barnes | Nicky Briggs | Professor Teresa Cremin | Sam Hudson | Santiago de la Mora | David Roche | Hugh Shanks | Carol Taylor | Fiona Wheeler OBE



Karen Brown (Chair)


Karen has served on the boards of several charities and has chaired Oxfam GB's board of trustees since 2011. She is also a trustee for Oxfam International. She has a particular interest in supporting children and young people born into disadvantage. Karen previously enjoyed a distinguished career in television, as deputy director of programmes for Channel 4 and Managing Director of 4 Learning. Leading Channel 4 in this area for a number of years, she devised and supported several programme campaigns, including a drive (in conjunction with libraries) to encourage reading, and another tackling hidden illiteracy amongst adults.


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 Barnes


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 Briggs


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 Hudson


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 Roche


David is the Owner and Director of David Roche Enterprise Ltd - a business that helps exploit the links between the creative, media and retailing environments in the publishing, entertainment and arts fields. Previously, David finished a two-year post at HarperCollins Publishing in 2011 as Group Sales and Trade Marketing Director. During that time he completed a major cultural and structural change to focus the company on its content to match the requirements of a rapidly changing marketplace.


David was also the Chief Executive of Borders UK Ltd he was responsible for leading the business and the overall direction and development of the Borders and Books etc brands throughout the UK and Ireland. David left the business in January 2008 having instigated a turnaround, led Borders to winning every book industry best retailer trade award for two years running and completing the successful sale of the company. David was named Retail Personality of the Year at the inaugural Bookseller Retail Awards in September 2005. He was elected President of the Booksellers Association in 2005, a two-year post that he held until 2007. David has also been a member of the Advisory Board for both the London Book Fair and the MA in Publishing at Kingston University.


Hugh Shanks


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 Taylor


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


Fiona is a former civil servant, holding policy posts across 42 years within the Home Office, Department of Health and Department for Education, where latterly she managed Book Trust's Government grant. Her relationship with Book Trust started through the Sure Start Unit's funding of the Bookstart programme. She worked closely with Book Trust to develop the Booktime and Booked Up programmes. 
On secondment she worked directly to Barnardo's Chief Executive on initiatives to support children and families. She is a former school governor responsible for literacy, a Trustee of the Buckhurst Hill Community Association, and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.