Sue Wilkinson MBE has been appointed Chief Executive of The Reading Agency. She will take up her post in January 2014, succeeding Founder Director Miranda McKearney OBE.
Sue is currently the Director of UK Academic and Government Alliances at Elsevier. She has been a freelance Learning and Development Consultant and before that held a number of prominent roles within the arts and education. Sue was formerly Director of Policy at the MLA where she created the ground breaking quality and impact framework, Inspiring Learning for All, which is now used in museums, archives and libraries all over the world. While at MLA she worked with public libraries and their partners to deliver a wide range of programmes, and with local museums to establish and secure funding for Renaissance in the Regions programme.
With this track record of impact on learning outcomes, Sue is well placed to take The Reading Agency to the next level and to reach a target of 10 million people over the next five years. The charity helps people who don’t regularly read by encouraging them to get involved in social, motivating activities like reading challenges and reading groups such as the Summer Reading Challenge and World Book Night in partnership with the public library service nationwide. The ultimate objective of this work is to give everyone an equal chance in life by becoming a confident and enthusiastic reader and by developing a life-long love of reading.