Katie has overseen the expansion and development of the charity since 2010, taking the team from 4 to 100 volunteers, employing 12 members of staff and expanding the number of projects, with more in the pipeline for 2018-20. Katie has always had a passion for reading, and since joining Doorstep 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 over 20 years 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. She more recently headed up Marketing and Communications for WorldSkills UK, working with schools and colleges and marketing WorldSkills UK Live, the nation’s largest skills and careers event.
Henri’s favourite children’s book is: 'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll
Contact Henri if you have any media, marketing or branding queries.
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.
Olivia has the pleasure of supporting our committed volunteers to share their love of books and reading with local children. Olivia has a BSc in Communications and Cultural studies and has over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. In roles including Development Officer and Programme Manager she has facilitated creative, educational and cultural workshops to children and families in schools and other community settings across London.
Olivia's favourite children's book is: 'Malory Towers' by Enid Blyton
Contact Olivia if you'd like to get involved in our Hammersmith and Fulham hub.
Anna coordinates Doorstep Library’s Westminster projects, and works with teams of volunteers bringing the joy of reading to children and families across the borough. 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. Anna 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 getting involved in our Westminster hub.
Amy is our Lambeth Project Coordinator, and works to recruit and manage volunteers and expand Doorstep Library’s home reading sessions to children and families throughout the borough. Amy is an International Relations graduate and a fellow of social innovation programme Year Here. She has worked in a variety of roles with young people including delivering citizenship education, working as a teaching assistant and running social mobility projects.
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 Lambeth hub.
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 of 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.
Judah is Doorstep Library’s Fundraising Officer, working to ensure sustainable foundations for the organisation’s growth through building strong connections with supporters. Judah studied Literature and worked on several children’s literacy initiatives before joining Doorstep in 2017. As a Team Leader Judah supported volunteers in bringing the joy of reading to family homes. As a Fundraising Officer, 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.
Daniela is our Marketing Assistant and manages our social media accounts as well as assisting the Marketing Manager in delivering various pieces of Marketing Comms. She also works to recruit volunteers to join and take part in the charity.
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.
Julia works with volunteers in Westminster and Lambeth. She is excited to grow Doorstep Library’s newest project, recently started near Brixton. Julia has worked in the charitable sector for ten years and has lived in London for most of that time. She has studied International Development and 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
Stephanie is a Team Leader in Hammersmith and Fulham, working with volunteers to bring the benefits of Doorstep Library to families across the borough. Stephanie has had many years of experience developing and managing a wide-portfolio of Learning projects at the BBC including adult literacy (RaW) and mental health (Headroom). She also works as an artist educator in community settings.
Stephanie's favourite children's book is: 'The Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Faith started with Doorstep as a volunteer before becoming a Team Leader. She works alongside volunteers in Westminster and in Hammersmith and Fulham, where she grew up and has lived most of her life. 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.
Annabel James (Chair)
Fundraising consultant advising a wide range of local, national and international charities on all aspects of funding and development.
Highly experienced publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry, currently head of Adult Publishing at Pan MacMillan.
Asset management professional with 20+ years of experience in the sector. Experience in managing teams of staff, marketing and change management within senior leadership positions.
Is Programme Director at Timewise, a social consultancy which helps organisations to create inclusive and flexible working practices. Claire has worked in people and organisational change for over 20 years, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Masters in Work Psychology.
Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder at IntoUniversity with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Qualified chartered accountant with experience in charity accounting and financial management.
Olly Minton (Treasurer)
Head of Finance at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with responsibility for major projects including the construction and commissioning of clinical buildings and rollout of new systems and technology. A qualified accountant and project manager with experience from working in five hospitals in London and the North East, as well as a healthcare charity.
Chief Operating Officer at the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and works closely with government departments, local authorities and other agencies to support over 600 independent and state boarding schools in the UK and overseas. She is a board member of the Boarding Schools Partnership group which aims to place vulnerable and refugee children into boarding schools.
Doorstep Libraries are the brainchild of the international anti-poverty organisation ATD Fourth World (www.atd-uk.org), which has a long history of developing cultural and educational projects with disadvantaged families in European cities and worldwide. In the UK, ATD Fourth World assisted Fulham resident Agnes Paroissien in piloting a Doorstep Library on a west London estate between March 2007 and July 2010. As founding chair from 2010-2017, Agnes Paroissien brought 15 years of volunteering experience to the project and was instrumental in establishing the charity within the community.
The Doorstep Library soon demonstrated that it was supporting families on low-incomes and had the capacity to reach out to parents with the greatest needs, many of whom were not engaged with services that had been designed to help them.
Doorstep Library Network was founded as an independent charity to establish Doorstep Libraries in the London Borough of Hammersmith& Fulham. We registered with the Charity Commission in October 2010 as registered charity number 1137861 and in October 2014 became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – 1158197.