The charity is led by a small team of part time staff, supported by volunteers in our schools.
The day to day running of the charity is led by Teresa Harris, Founder and Trustee, and Anna Culwick, Head of Programmes.
Learn to Love to Read was founded and developed by Teresa Harris with advice and support from many generous friends. She has a background in publishing and several years training and experience as a literacy volunteer with various other organisations. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Difficulties in Literacy Development and an Elklan Early Years Speech and Language qualification. She leads the team in our flagship school, Ronald Ross Primary, and is also one of our trustees.
Our Head of Programmes is Anna Culwick. She has worked with the Founder to develop and manage the project since it started and also leads the teams at three of our partner schools. She worked for 10 years as a public affairs and communications consultant and for three years as a church preschool worker.
Nigel Harris is our chair of trustees. He became Tearfund’s Chief Executive in November 2015. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Farm Africa, a long-term rural development NGO focused on east Africa, and before that was Chief of Staff at Save the Children UK. He has worked as a consultant for the Department for International Development and Tearfund, and was previously a trustee of Medair. From 2004 to 2008, Nigel was the Chief Executive of New Philanthropy Capital, the charitable think tank. He spent the earlier part of his career as an investment banker at Schroders.
Teresa Harris, the Founder of Learn to Love to Read is also a trustee – see details above.
Jackie Carson qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and worked in the City for many years as a Commercial Litigator. She now works part time as a Professional Support Lawyer for a national firm of solicitors, working with a team which specialises in dispute resolution and another which focuses on the professional disciplinary sector.
Sally Lucas trained and worked for 4 years as a nurse and then 8 years as a midwife. After having her own children she retrained and worked at our church nursery for 17 years, the last 11 years as the Nursery Manager. She helped to design our 'Sounds, Songs and Stories' early literacy sessions.
Steve Melluish is Vicar of St Michael’s Church, Southfields and has supported the project from its start in 2014. St Michael’s Church is involved in many initiatives which serve those in need in the local community, particularly on the large housing estates nearby. These initiatives include a community playgroup, coffee mornings for the isolated elderly, a homework club, Messy Church, foodbank, community lunch and winter homeless shelter.
Carolyn Stubbs qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PWC). She is no longer working as an accountant but acts as treasurer for a few small charities/entities. She has also been a reading volunteer in a local primary school for many years.