UK Board Members 

Hermione Ireland | Board Chair

Co-Founder, Byte Consultancy
Hermione Ireland has worked in publishing for most of her career, with over 13 of those years at Dorling Kindersley as marketing director, working on both books and digital products. She is currently working at Hachette UK as the marketing director of Little, Brown. She also works as a consultant with publishing tech start-ups and author clients. She has been volunteering with Worldreader for six years, working on the acquisition of new UK titles and business development opportunities.

Colin McElwee | Board Trustee

Co-Founder & Senior Director, Worldreader
Colin McElwee is the co-founder and senior director of Worldreader. Previously, Colin was the first director of marketing at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a world-class business education provider. Prior to that, he served as an economist for several Brussels-based lobbies to the European Commission and later worked in global marketing in the consumer goods sector for Scottish & Newcastle PLC.

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David Risher | Board President

Co-Founder & President, Worldreader
David Risher is the co-founder and president of Worldreader. He served as an executive at Microsoft Corporation and then as’s first senior vice president for US Retail where he helped grow the company from a small bookstore into the world’s largest internet retailer. Following his departure from Amazon, he taught at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He founded Worldreader in 2010 after spending a year traveling the world with his family. He is a Wilson College Honorary Doctorate recipient and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur awardee.

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Ranila Ravi-Burslem | Board Trustee

Ranila has wide experience across diverse sectors in the UK straddling financial services, professional services and the charitable sector. She brings deep expertise of the corporate market from all her roles and a strong understanding of the philanthropy market in the UK from her time at CAF. Having served as a Board member for two international NGOs, Ranila also has over a decade’s experience of governance and leadership in medium sized UK charities.

Lucia Halpern | Board Trustee

Consultant & Executive Coach
After 20 years as a journalist and investment banker, Lucia Halpern is now devoted primarily to not-for-profit work. In addition to her role as a board member for Worldreader, Lucia serves as chairman of the Friends of the Courtauld Institute of Art and as a member of the Courtauld’s Investment Committee. Through the charity Kilfinan Group, she mentors chief executives of other charities. She also teaches literacy at a local primary school, a role which allows her to continue to indulge her love for children’s literature. Her professional work includes executive coaching and speechwriting. Lucia has a BA from the University of North Carolina, where she was a Morehead scholar, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Martin Nye | Board Trustee

Chairman, World of Books
Martin Nye has had a broad-ranging business career over more than 30 years with a variety of senior management positions in a number of private and public companies. He currently has a portfolio of non-executive chairman, director, and advisory roles for several businesses, including World of Books, the largest used book retailer in Europe, and Syncreon, a leading international logistics operator. Martin is chairman of the Wiltshire Museum and a trustee of the Soil Association, the food and farming charity. He read history at the University of Cambridge.

Peter Mallinson | Board Trustee

Vice Chairman, Brown Advisory Ltd.
Peter Mallinson is vice chairman of Brown Advisory Ltd. and a member of Brown Advisory International Advisory Board. He joined CDK | Brown Advisory, a predecessor firm focused on hedge fund advisory solutions, as a senior advisor in 2005, and continues in that role today with the Brown Advisory Investment Solutions Group. Prior to this, he spent more than 20 years at Goldman Sachs International, where he was a partner and managing director from 1994 to 2002. He is a director of Nextam Partners SGR, an Italian asset management company. Peter attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead scholar and received his BSc (Economics) and MBA there. Peter is currently the chairman of the Governors at Wellington College, and also chairman of the Queen’s Club. He was a founding trustee of New Philanthropy Capital.