Katie has overseen the expansion and development of the charity since 2010, taking the team from 4 to 130 volunteers, employing 12 members of staff and expanding the number of projects, with more in the pipeline for 2020-21. Katie has always had a passion for reading, and since joining Doorstep Library has been determined to share that passion with as many children as possible.
Katie’s favourite children’s book is: ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr.
Contact Katie for strategic partnerships, funding and development opportunities.
Emily manages Doorstep Library’s operations team to deliver our projects on the ground. She joined in 2011 and has helped it grow in many areas of programme delivery. She has set up and run 8 projects, managed over 200 volunteers and established a successful programme of signposting and family support. She is driven by opportunity, wellbeing – and the simple joy of a good book – for all.
Emily’s favourite children’s book is: ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Contact Emily to discuss sector partnership working, referral pathways or to organise a book drive or donation for one of our new projects.
Henri manages the Marketing and Communications for Doorstep Library. A qualified English teacher Henri has a wealth of senior level experience within the charity sector with a focus on education. She previously held the role of Director of Marketing and Communications at BookTrust and has a background in early intervention, reading for pleasure and literacy.
Henri’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll
Contact Henri if you have any media, marketing or branding queries.
Sandy is responsible for our business operations and charity governance. She studied English & Scottish Literature at university and her love of books & literature saw her train as a book and archive conservator. She worked for many years at the British Library in conservation, gaining an MSc in Conservation Science, and latterly in collections management. After leaving the BL she spent five years running a housing charity in South London.
A huge rugby fan and keen gardener, her favourite children’s book is Carbonel: ‘The King of the Cats’ by Barbara Sleigh, which was read to her as a child by her older sister.
Olivia leads the Volunteer Engagement Team and has strategic responsibility for the recruitment and management of volunteers for both online and home reading programmes. Olivia’s has several years of volunteer management working across different educational charities including IntoUniversity and City Year. Olivia is a keen volunteer herself and has consistently been involved in volunteering opportunities, for example, she is currently Chair of Governors at Archbishop Tenison School in Oval.
Olivia’s favourite children’s book is: ‘My Naughty Little Sister’ by Dorothy Edwards.
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Ruta has joined the team with 10 years of experience in the financial sector. She began her career as a deputy hotel manager before joining the Marriott finance team. Ruta has since worked at the international NGO, several national and local charities in London including the Children’s Society.
Ruta’s favorite childhood book is: ‘Around The World in 80 Days’ by Jules Verne.
Helen manages the everyday finance functions of the charity and works with the Trustees and Management Team to develop financial growth and sustainability. Helen has over thirteen years’ experience in charity finance, working in the dance, youth and disability support sectors. She joined us in September 2019 following a role as Finance Manager for Girls’ Brigade Ministries. Helen also works as a community dance facilitator and is driven by a love for stories and a passion for enabling people to live life to the full.
Helen’s favourite children’s book is ‘Come Over to My House’ by Dr Zeuss.
Contact Helen for any finance-related queries.
After joining in 2021 as our Westminster Project Coordinator, Eliza has moved to the Fundraising Team, helping to grow Doorstep Library and reach even more children.
After completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Cambridge, she worked in education, theatre, and television. She is delighted to be able to share her love of a good story with families who need it the most. She firmly believes that access to a good story should be a right and not a privilege.
Eliza’s favourite children’s book is: ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen
Contact Eliza to find out more about Fundraising for Doorstep Library.
Daniela is our Senior Marketing Officer and manages our social media accounts as well as assisting the Head of Marketing and Communications in delivering various pieces of Marketing Comms. Daniela is a Journalism graduate with a background in social media. Since joining Doorstep Library Daniela has continued to grow her skills and has become passionate about sharing the amazing work Doorstep Library is doing through the use of online media.
Daniela’s favourite children’s book is: ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate Dicamillo.
Adela manages volunteer recruitment at Doorstep Library, making sure that we have the right people on board who can share their love of reading with an ever-growing number of families across London. She has a background in marketing and plenty of volunteering experience. She is passionate about helping children access books and discover the magic of stories. She loves getting carried away by a good book as well as reading with her children.
Adela’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ by Dr Seuss.
Contact Adela to find out more about becoming a volunteer at Doorstep Library.
Taylor (they/her) recently joined us as Volunteer Coordinator, working with volunteers to get them on the path to their first reading sessions. With previous experience working at a Primary School, Taylor understands the powerful impact of dedicated reading time, especially with books that children find fun or tailored to their interests. Taylor also has a wealth of experience in charity and education sectors, advocating for students and teachers alike. In their spare time, Taylor likes to write poetry, try new recipes and let her imagination run wild!
Taylor’s favourite children’s book is: ‘The Myth Atlas’ by Thiago de Moraes.
Stephanie is an associate with Doorstep Library and leads our volunteer training programme. She has worked on the training programme since 2014 and on our projects since 2013. Before her involvement with Doorstep Library she worked in education and the voluntary sector, in roles ranging through CEO of an international aid organisation, to teacher/trainer, education adviser and volunteer manager.
Stephanie’s favourite children’s book is: ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ by C. S. Lewis.
After a few years spent coordinating our home reading projects, Anna now manages and works on the development of our Online Reading Corner, which aims at spreading the love of reading with families far and wide, and reach children outside of the areas our home reading projects are currently based in. Before joining Doorstep Library Anna was running behaviour change projects across Westminster schools, focusing particularly on empowering parents and children to choose healthier and environmentally-friendly lifestyles. She is passionate about tackling inequality and promoting social mobility.
Anna’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Madeline’ by Ludwig Bemelmans.
Contact Anna to find out more about our Online Reading Corner, from partnership opportunities to referral pathways, or if you would like more information on how to join the sessions as a family.
Amy is our Programme Manager, overseeing our 15 home reading projects in four London boroughs, and supporting our Projects team to continue expanding to even more families. She has worked with Doorstep Library since 2017, where she was a Project Coordinator in Lambeth, setting up 4 new projects and establishing our connections in the borough. She is passionate about enabling access to books for all children, with a particular focus on the early years, and the importance of stories in early childhood development.
Amy’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo.
Contact Amy to find out more about getting involved in our on the ground projects.
Naomi coordinates Doorstep Library’s projects in Hammersmith and Fulham, supporting teams of volunteers to share the fun of books and reading with children across the borough and online. Naomi studied English literature and philosophy and worked as an English teacher before joining Doorstep in 2021. While teaching, she saw how important a love of reading is for young people’s success in school and in life. She is driven by the desire to give every child access to the joys and empowerment that reading brings.
Naomi’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak.
Contact Naomi if you’d like to get involved in our Hammersmith and Fulham hub.
Eren (she/her) joined Doorstep Library in 2021 and works closely with a team of volunteers to oversee and carry out our Westminster reading projects. After completing a degree in English Literature she worked as a coordinator for Project Play, an organisation facilitating trauma-informed play sessions to migrant children living in transit on the Franco-UK border. She’s an avid reader and looks forward to delving further into the Westminster community to build external organisational links, provide adaptable reading support, and read a lot of Wimpy Kid.
Her favourite children’s book is “Anne of Green Gables”
Julia is our Camden Project Coordinator. She is excited to grow Doorstep Library’s newest borough, launching projects in Camden in 2021. Julia has previously worked as a Doorstep Library Team Leader for a year, and in the charitable sector for ten years. She is passionate about local solutions and working within her community. She loves reading and is thrilled to be able to work with Doorstep to share books every week.
Julia’s favourite children’s book is: ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norman Juster
Contact Julia to find out more about getting involved in our Camden hub.
Faith started with Doorstep as a volunteer before becoming a Team Leader. She works alongside volunteers in Westminster to bring the joy of our reading session to families in the area. She was a product manager at the Co-Op, the Home Office and the BBC before joining. She loves Doorstep visits because “if you get a book that a child really clicks with, reading together is just plain fun!”
Faith’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Judah coordinates Doorstep Library’s projects in Lambeth and supports teams of Doorstep Library volunteers to share the magic of books and reading with children across the borough. Judah studied Literature and worked on several children’s literacy initiatives before joining Doorstep in 2017. Judah is driven by her passion for Doorstep’s work and her commitment to educational equality.
Judah’s favourite children’s book is: ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by Philippa Pearce.
Kirsty has been volunteering with Doorstep Library for 3 years before joining the team as a Team Leader in Hammersmith and Fulham in 2021. For 8 years Kirsty worked in the television and film sector and more recently turned her passion for storytelling to designing her own range of greetings cards featuring short stories for children and adults.
Kirsty is constantly inspired by the enthusiasm, imagination and vibrance that she encounters from the younger generation of readers she meets through Doorstep Library and is proud to be part of the team.
Kirsty’s favourite children’s book is The BFG by Roald Dahl.
Charlie joined the Doorstep Library team in 2022 as a Team Leader for Lambeth, working closely with volunteers to share the joys of a good book with families in the borough. Having worked in public relations for ten years, Charlie has previously worked with brands and charities across the arts, fashion and lifestyle sectors with a focus on improving efficacy, sustainability and accessibility. Charlie is a keen reader and delights in the opportunity to share her love of books with the children she works with through Doorstep Library.
Charlie’s favourite children’s book is ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl
Pia joined in 2021 as a Team Leader for Lambeth, working alongside volunteers to bring families exciting stories and the joys of reading a good book. Previously, Pia worked as a Caseworker to support communities across West London whilst volunteering with the Baytree Centre in Brixton to deliver after school activities to young girls. Pia’s passionate about ensuring equity and equal access for younger generations through systems change and education.
Pia’s favourite children’s book is: Mog The Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr.
Sarah is a Team Leader and works with the Online Team and dedicated volunteers to ensure a love for reading is fostered across the Online Reading Corner. Sarah previously worked as an ESL Teacher, and for several years, she taught children aged 3 to 11 and encouraged a love for words and the English language. Sarah loves the ease with which Doorstep Library can change a child’s life and allow them to widen not only their imagination but their prospects too through the love of reading.
Sarah’s favourite children’s book is ‘Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian’.
Martin joined Doorstep Library in September 2021 and works as one of two Team Leaders supporting the ongoing projects of the Online Reading Corner. In particular, working alongside our volunteers to ensure both they and the families we work with have everything they need each week. Before joining, Martin worked in both the Arts and Education sectors, specifically with Early Years projects, and is passionate about ensuring every child has the support they need to build a strong early foundation to ensure they can thrive in later life.
Martin’s favourite book is ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.’