Who we are

Our staff

Our Directors

Board of Trustees

Annabel James (Chair)
Fundraising consultant advising a wide range of local, national and international charities on all aspects of funding and development.

Jeremy Trevathan
Highly experienced publisher with a demonstrated history of working in the publishing industry, currently head of Adult Publishing at Pan MacMillan.

Amanda Lennon
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.

Claire Campell
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.

Hugh Rayment-Pickard
Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder at IntoUniversity with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Robert Mackenzie (Treasurer)
Qualified chartered accountant with experience in charity accounting and financial management.

Oliver Minton (Co -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.

Aileen Kane
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.

Our History

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.

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