Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall is BookTrust'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



Dawn Barnes | Nicola Briggs | Sam Hudson | Santiago de la Mora | Meredith Niles | Hugh Shanks | 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 among adults.

Meredith Niles


Meredith is the strategy and innovation director at Marie Curie.  Prior to joining Marie Curie, Meredith was an investment director at Impetus Trust, the venture philanthropy funder, and an executive director at Goldman Sachs. Meredith also donates her time as a trustee of Hestia Housing & Support and Toynbee Hall.

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.


Nicola Briggs

Nicky has held a number of senior roles, largely in 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 later commercial director, taking a lead role in the company's transformation into a leading digital content provider. After LexisNexis, she was senior director of change and transition on the executive team at Amnesty International. From there, she moved to the National Trust, where she is regional director for London and the South East. Her passions include reading, theatre, running and music - and she is learning to play the saxophone.


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 International Print Content Partnerships for Google 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.

Hugh Shanks


Hugh graduated from Cambridge University in 1977 with a degree in economics. He 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.

 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 she managed BookTrust's government grant. Her relationship with BookTrust started through the Sure Start Unit's funding of the Bookstart programme. She worked closely with BookTrust to develop the Booktime (now Time to Read) 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.
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