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UK Board Members

Lucia Halpern | Board Member

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.

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 and also works as a consultant, with publishing tech start-ups and author clients. She has been volunteering with Worldreader for six years, working with the Content team to acquire UK titles, with Ruth Sorby, Worldreader’s UK senior development manager, on business development opportunities in the UK, and is currently the chair of the UK Board of Trustees.

Peter Mallinson | Board Member

Vice Chairman, Brown Advisory Ltd
Peter 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 partner and managing director from 1994-2002. 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 (Econ.) 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.

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Colin McElwee | Board Member

Co-Founder & Senior Director, Worldreader
Colin McElwee is the co-founder and senior director of Worldreader. 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 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.

More on Colin: http://www.worldreader.org/about-us/team/

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Martin Nye | Board Member

Chairman, World of Books
Martin 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. He lives on a farm in Wiltshire and is married to Victoria with three grown-up children.

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David Risher | Board Member

Co-Founder & President, Worldreader
David Risher is the co-founder and president of Worldreader. He served as an executive at Microsoft Corporation, then as Amazon.com’s first SVP 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 Washington University’s Foster School of Business and 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.

More on David: http://www.worldreader.org/david-risher/

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Elizabeth Wood | Board Member

Senior Business Development Manager Kindle, Amazon
Elizabeth is currently a Senior Business Development Manager for Amazon Kindle in London. Previously, she lived in Barcelona where she had the good fortune to meet David and Colin as they were starting Worldreader; she joined the early team and led the development of the Worldreader digital library, the Blue Box program and the first suite of Worldreader Mobile applications. Elizabeth has an MBA from INSEAD and before joining Worldreader was a consultant at Accenture focused on Travel and Consumer Products.