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 Chief Executive.


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. She was Chief Executive and then Vice President of Business in the Community, where she 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.

Joanna Prior

Joanna Prior (Vice Chair)

Joanna Prior is Managing Director of Penguin General Books, one of nine publishing houses at Penguin Random House. She is a past President of The Publishers Association, and has been a board member for the Women’s Prize for Fiction since 2012, taking over as Chair in January 2016.

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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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Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is an award-winning writer, author and critic. She has been a judge for the Booker Prize and Costa Book of the Year Award. She champions new writers and set-up writing scholarships for black, Asian and minority ethnic students.

Luisa Edwards

Luisa Edwards

Luisa Edwards is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Comcast, having previously been Legal Director at Google until March 2018. In her spare time, Luisa participates in a variety of fundraising and voluntary activities.

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Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher is Chief Financial Officer at Shop Direct, and a board member of the British Retail Consortium. Prior to that he held senior roles at Clarks, Boots Opticians and Boots UK.

Natasha Kizzie

Natasha Kizzie

Natasha Kizzie is Industry Manager at Google. She joined the company in March 2018 having been Director of Marketing and Communications at the National Citizen Service since 2013.

Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson is Co-Director of Big Education, a multi-academy trust of innovative primary and secondary schools based in London. She was previously head at Surrey Square Primary, from January 2006 until August 2018.

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Neil Sherlock CBE

Neil Sherlock CBE was a partner at PwC from 2013 until 2018, leading 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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Professor Clare Wood

Clare Wood is professor of psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Her research interests include the early identification and remediation of literacy difficulties in children, the relationships between spoken and written language skills, and the educational potential of technology.