Trustees

The National Literacy Trust is governed by our board of trustees, who come from a range of sector backgrounds. Trustees are responsible for the governance, strategic direction, general management and control of the charity and for the appointment of the director.

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Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE (Chair)

Our board of trustees is chaired by Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, a passionate and practical campaigner, who inspires individuals and organisations to come together for the common good. As Chief Executive of Business in the Community, Julia worked closely with the President HRH The Prince of Wales to build a movement of 850 member companies. She has also been Chair of Teach First and is Vice Chair of the Fair Education Alliance.

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Lara White (Treasurer)

Lara White (Treasurer) is a Chartered Tax Advisor and the Tax Director at BlueGem Capital Partners LLP.

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Frank Carter

Frank Carter is a Senior Adviser with KPMG, having recently retired after more than 30 years with the firm. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in many community-linked projects and has acted as mentor to headteachers.

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Luisa Edwards

Luisa Edwards is Legal Director at Google and has led the Legal Deal and Product Team for EMEA since March 2011. In her spare time, Luisa participates in a variety of fundraising and voluntary activities.

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Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher is President, UK and Europe at Clarks. Previously, he was Managing Director of Boots Opticians, from 2013 to 2017, and Finance Director of Boots UK.

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Joanna Prior

Joanna Prior is Managing Director of Penguin General Books, one of seven adult divisions at Penguin Random House. She has also been a board member for the Women’s Prize for Fiction since 2012 and is Chair of the Publisher's Association’s Reading for Pleasure committee.

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Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson is headteacher of Surrey Square Primary School, where language and literacy development are key school values and important in transforming a complex community. Liz also works as Consultant Director for primary for Future Leaders Charitable Trust, supporting aspiring headteachers.

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Neil Sherlock CBE

Neil Sherlock CBE has been a partner at PwC since 2013 and takes a lead on Brexit political issues. He has also chaired the charity Working Families, is a trustee of the think tank Demos and serves on the Advisory Board of NPC.

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Joanna Trollope OBE

Bestselling author Joanna Trollope has been writing for over 30 years. Her latest novel is City of Friends; she also wrote Britannia’s Daughters, a study of women in the British Empire, as well as historical fiction published under Caroline Harvey. Joanna received the OBE for services to literature in 1996.