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William (Bill) Dee
Chief Executive

In addition to serving as director of Listening Books, Bill serves in a number of advisory roles across the Public and Third sectors. He has also served as a Trustee or advisor to several charities.

Bill was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005 and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He was a Finalist at the Director of the Year Awards in 2013 (London and the South East) in the Public and Third Sector category.

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Louise Barling
Library and PR manager

Louise joined Listening Books in April 2004 on a six-month contract to cover maternity leave. Initially, she worked full time in the library and then moved on to divide her time equally between the library and our sponsored membership programme. Louise now manages the library and looks after the charities marketing and PR, on top of this Louise also runs our educational initiative, Sound Learning. Louise also volunteers during the summer months for Campaign Against Arms Trade.

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Robert Marchant
Development and office manager

Robert joined Listening Books in September 2009, having previously worked for King’s College London - as both administrative and research assistant - and as a volunteer in the education & student team at Amnesty International. Robert loves to read, especially books on history, politics and economics.

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Claire Bell
Deputy Library and PR manager

After graduating from the University of Surrey, Roehampton in 2005, Claire worked as publicity officer and administrative assistant for Bexley Academy of Music and Performing Arts. She joined Listening Books in May 2008 as a membership services assistant.

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Jeremy Stokes
Library and Membership officer

Jeremy joined Listening Books in 2003 and enjoys helping our members. He previously worked in an adventure playground and as a chef.

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Wail Qasim
Library and Membership officer

Wail came to Listening Books in October 2018 having previously worked at an independent bookshop and as a freelancing journalist. He is a fan of literary and experimental fiction and enjoys reading non-fiction, especially philosophy. Wail volunteers for a number of charities regularly and has a great passion for singing choral music.

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Jenny-Ann Lewis

Jenny joined Listening Books in February 2013 as a bookkeeper from a marketing agency in Central London. She loves Sci-fi books, especially anything to do with Star Trek. Jenny also really enjoys doing voluntary work in her spare time.

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Amy Flinders
Copyright Manager

Amy joined Listening Books in August 2014 as an Acting Copyright Co-ordinator to cover maternity leave. Prior to joining Listening Books she studied Film and Literature at Warwick University and worked for a camera hire company and as an administrator for ITV. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and volunteering at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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Claire Gosden
Membership and Recruitment Administrator

Claire joined Listening Books in August 2018. Prior to this, she studied English Literature with Geography at the University of Gloucestershire and went on to work in roles supporting volunteers at the charities Age UK Bromley & Greenwich and Alzheimer's Society. She volunteers for a local arts charity during the summer.

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Abigail Jaggers
Membership and Marketing Assistant

Abbie joined Listening Books in June 2016 as Membership & Marketing Assistant to cover maternity leave. Prior to this she studied a Masters in Literature at the University of Brighton. She loves audiobooks even though she was so scared by Roald Dahl reading Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator on tape that she had nightmares about vermicious knids. In her spare time she volunteers doing social media for a Canal Trust and knits scarves with big holes in (not on purpose).

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Martin Hardie

Martin has been accountant at Listening Books since 1998. A Chartered Accountant and Finance graduate from the University of Wales, he manages the accounts of several not-for-profit companies. He also studied engineering and philosophy at university and counts reading amongst his most enjoyable pursuits.


Alan Watling

Alan retired from BT in 1996 after 31 years during which he worked on the development of Data Transmission Systems. He joined Listening Books in March 1998, and helps in the library where he checks in returned audiobooks and makes repairs or new copies for our MP3 CD library.

John Weale

John, who has recently joined Listening Books as a volunteer, was Head of Learning and Development at VisitBritain/VisitEngland. He retired five years ago but continued to work, running his own consultancy. John lists his interests as cinema, walking and real ale.

Gillian O'Driscoll

Gillian joined Listening Books as a volunteer in January 2013, helping to deliver and set up mini libraries. She worked previously as a librarian and Bookstart coordinator with Brent Libraries, and is happy to be promoting access to and enjoyment of books.

Barbara McDonald

Barbara returned back to live in the UK in 2008 after over 20 years living in New Zealand where she was working as an administrator in an university library, and has been volunteering at Listening Books since October 2011. Originally from Kent, she has moved many times in the UK and also lived in Singapore many years ago thanks to life in the forces. She also volunteers at another charitable organisation where last year she had the thrill of meeting and shaking the hand of Bob Geldof—she is now waiting for Listening Books to match that!


Gillie Howarth

Gillie Howarth is former Head of English at Westminster Under School where she is now responsible for the school’s Public Benefit and Outreach programme. She is a passionate believer in the capacity of books to open up new worlds for young and old alike. One of her first initiatives at Listening Books was to develop the children’s library and she is a keen advocate of the charity’s educational programme, Sound Learning, which gives young people who have difficulties accessing or decoding print the opportunity to excel alongside their peers. ‘Listening to stories goes far back into prehistory and is the original way knowledge passed down through generations. Far from being a second best option, listening captures the distinctive atmosphere of a book in a way reading may fail to do. After all, which of us would prefer to read a play rather than see it? Once you have listened to a great book, you feel the same way’.

Anne-Marie Williams

Anne-Marie Williams has been treasurer of Listening Books since 2006. It is her job to make sure the charity's money is properly looked after, something which is obviously vital for the charity's success. As treasurer she draws on her previous work experience in the City, firstly as an investment analyst for a stockbroker, and then as a fund manager for an insurance company. Anne-Marie says, 'I value my role in the charity since I believe passionately in what the charity does, and feel strongly that books should be available to be enjoyed by everyone, whatever their circumstances.'

Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare is co-director of The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. Julia is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer, and The Guardian’s children’s books editor. She is a judge of the Branford Boase first novel prize and was a judge for the Whitbread Children’s Book prize in 2001. She won the Eleanor Farjeon Award in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to children’s books. In addition to numerous anthologies, her books include 'Treasure Island: The Woman’s Hour Guide to Children’s Reading' (BBC Books, 1987), 'A Guide to the Harry Potter Novels' (Continuum, 2002), 'Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter: Portraits of Children’s Writers' (National Portrait Gallery, 2002) and, with Nicholas Tucker, 'The Rough Guide to Teenage Books' (Rough Guides, October 2003).

Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson

Christopher Sinclair-Stevenson has been connected with the world of books for nearly fifty years. First as a publisher and subsequently managing director of Hamish Hamilton, then as an agent after he left the company which he set up under his own name. He is also a writer, mainly in the area of history. He has been a trustee of Listening Books for over a decade, and has been able to make use of his experience and contacts built up over the years.

David O'Neill

David has worked as the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) strategy manager for the London borough of Lambeth. He worked with the senior leadership team in schools and their ICT managed service provider to implement Lambeth’s ICT strategy. Previous to this he was the ICT curriculum advisor for Redbridge. He was a secondary national strategy consultant for ICT prior to that. He has 14 years’ teaching experience. He is also an ICT mark assessor. David has completed the graduate certificate in education leadership, management and consultancy at the Institute of Education in London and has a BA degree and higher diploma in education from University College, Cork. He is currently teaching and working as a consultant.

Nick Forster

Nick Forster is Head of Sales at W F Howes. His knowledge of the publishing sector and of the commercial audiobook market are an invaluable addition to the board.


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