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Our Staff

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.  In her spare time Louise looks after her two young children, and tries to fit in as much reading/listening as she can.

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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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Emily Baggs

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Jenny-Ann Lewis

Bookkeeper

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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Jessica Stone

Audio Producer

Jessica moved from Dublin to Kent a few years ago where she produced a radio show and podcast called Dear Reader. She began volunteering for Listening Books in early 2018, cutting samples for the website, proof-listening, and assisting the audio producer with various projects. She is now employed full time as our Audio Producer, producing titles for Sound Learning.

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Martin Hardie

Accountant

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.