Our Trustees

John Coughlan | Radha Chakraborty | Peter Roche | Fiona Collins | Paul Davies | Harpal Dhillon | Professor Anthony Kessel | Hsin Loke | Claire Malcolm | June O’Sullivan MBE

John Coughlan CBE (Chair)

John Coughlan

John was previously Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council and has many years experience leading children’s services and education across local government. As Director of Children’s Services for Hampshire County Council, he achieved a unique record nationally of three good and outstanding Ofsted judgments; he also led a schools system of 540 schools with an established reputation as a sustained and supportive local education authority with particular success in narrowing the gap for pre-school and primary children. John is a Past President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

Radha Chakraborty (Vice-Chair)

Radha Chakraborty

Radha Chakraborty is Creative Director at Development Media International, an NGO that focuses on improving child health and cognitive development through TV, radio and mobile campaigns. She oversees DMI’s creative content in London and across 14 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Radha is the producer and writer of a number of award-winning feature films, commercials and short films. After a mathematics degree at Imperial College Radha qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor at PwC and worked at Shell before becoming a partner at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), where she led one of their GB lines of business. She was also Operations Director at Comic Relief. Radha is married with one child. In her spare time she enjoys reading with her son, yoga and scriptwriting.

Peter Roche (Treasurer)

Peter Roche, Treasurer

Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant and after some time in Kenya has spent the last 40 plus years in Book Publishing. His last executive role was as Chief Executive of The Orion Publishing Group and Deputy Chief Executive of Hachette UK. He is currently Chairman of Atlantic Books.

Fiona Collins

Fiona Collins, Trustee

Fiona M. Collins was a lecturer in English Education at the University of Roehampton for 25 years. She taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules linked to primary teacher training and children's literature. She also had various managerial positions within the School of Education. Throughout her time at Roehampton she was involved in a number of externally funded research projects. Children's literature has always been an important part of Fiona's professional interests and, as such, she has contributed chapters/articles to various edited books and academic journals. At the present she is a trustee for both the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and BookTrust. She also continues to review children's books for a parent/teacher website and acts as a freelance consultant occasionally.

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Paul is the Director of Marketing & Audiences at the BBC, where he leads the marketing activity for TV, Radio, & Education, including the iPlayer and Sounds apps. With 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, he has a track record of creating innovative work using digital media and technology. Paul has been included on Campaign’s Power 100 for several years, with other accolades including being named Marketer of the Year (2011). Paul is also Vice-Chairman for Punchdrunk, the global leaders in immersive experience. Most importantly of all, Paul leads a busy family life in Brighton with his wife and two young daughters.

Harpal Dhillon

Harpal Dhillon

Harpal has more than 13 years of experience as legal advisor in the nonprofit, international development and financial sectors. She is currently an Executive Director in J.P. Morgan's private banking legal team. Previously, she was legal counsel at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Grameen Foundation, where she advised the organisation on legal and governance matters. Harpal holds a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School and is originally from Hong Kong. Harpal is married with two children, who love reading books. In her free time, Harpal enjoys reading, yoga and dancing and can speak six languages.

Professor Anthony Kessel

Anthony Kessel

Anthony is a public health physician, medical ethicist, academic and a GP. Over eight years, he has led the international health work as Director of Global Public Health at Public Health England, and has also been Director of Public Health Strategy, Director of R&D and Medical Director at the Health Protection Agency in addition to work at Camden Primary Care Trust.  

Over the past two decades, Anthony has also held a university position as Honorary Professor and Co-ordinator of the International Programme for Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where he has an active research portfolio and has written over 100 publications. Anthony is a Trustee Director at GambleAware, a Council member of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and advises other charities working in global health, mental health and health research. Anthony has authored a children’s book The Amazing Adventures of Perch the Cat, trained as an executive coach, and writes a personal column exploring his global health leadership work through a lens of psychological wellbeing, ‘Global Health Experience’.

Hsin Loke

Hsin Loke, Trustee

Hsin, who is originally from Malaysia, qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, and completed her BA (Hons) in Biological Sciences and D.Phil. in genetics and immunology at Oxford University. Hsin has spent most of her career in a variety of finance and business leadership roles at GSK and is currently VP, Head of Finance and Strategy at OMass Therapeutics, an Oxford University spin-out, focusing on drug discovery. Hsin is married with two young children, and enjoys reading, yoga and cycling in her spare time.

Claire Malcolm

Claire Malcolm, Trustee

Claire Malcolm is the founding Chief Executive of New Writing North, the writing development organisation that works across the north of England to develop new writers and to inspire young people to write. She created many of New Writing North's flagship projects such as the Northern Writers' Awards, Read Regional and the Gordon Burn Prize. As well as leading the company she also works directly on higher education projects with partners, commissions new work, is editorial director of the publishing venture Mayfly, produces the annual Durham Book Festival, the North East's largest celebration of books and writing and oversees the David Cohen Prize for Literature. She has an MA in Leadership from City University and is a graduate of Newcastle Common Purpose. Claire has worked as a consultant for Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. She regularly speaks and writes at industry conferences and events on issues of diversity and regional representation.

June O’Sullivan MBE

June O'Sullivan MBE

June has more than 30 years hands on experience gained from within the Early Years, Social Services, Social Enterprise and Learning and Development sectors with specific skills in Business and Stakeholder Performance, Business Growth and Development. She has an excellent record of initiating and leading innovation and award-winning growth, not least creating the first Social Enterprise Childcare Group in the UK.

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