Angie has a background in publishing (ELT and then art books) and after moving to Oxford co-founded and directed the Oxford Literary Festival for 11 years. In 2010 she founded Bookfeast which reflects her belief that we will be a poorer society if the habit of reading for pleasure dwindles – books are the key to both understanding the world broadening our views of it, engaging with it or escaping from it, whether it be as children or adults.
Amanda worked for many years in PR and then as a freelance copywriter. She joined Bookfeast as a Lunchboox volunteer in 2011 and became the TeaBooks co-ordinator in 2013 until 2021. She loved the fact that the job combined working alongside a great team of volunteers, talking about books and meeting new people.
Having gained an HND in community dance practice from Coventry University, Rhonda went on to receive her BA (Hons) in dance performance from Middlesex University. Her work includes teaching in a variety of settings and age groups, choreographing, performing, arts managing and directing. She is currently a director for Dance Creative, which specialises in leading dance for older adults and those with Parkinsons and dementia.
Rhonda has experience of running creative art sessions with small children and their families and has worked on various intergenerational projects. She is passionate about using the arts to communicate with all ages and abilities.
Mari Prichard (Chair)
Mari started her career working for the BBC, including Radio 4, schools television and Radio Oxford, where teaching liberal studies to FE students on afternoons off led to a career in adult education. She then taught adult literacy, numeracy and work skills, trained volunteer tutors and developed writing and publishing projects; then worked with primary schools, under fives and family centres. Mari was Head of Adult and Community Learning for Oxfordshire until 2005. Together with her husband, biographer and children’s author Humphrey Carpenter, she compiled the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, recently republished, revised and updated by Daniel Hahn.
Danielle practised as a solicitor for 15 years, specialising in charity law and intellectual property. Since 2005 she has worked in a freelance capacity in the arts and charity sectors, advising, researching, fundraising, developing and managing projects. As Education and Community Coordinator for the Jacqueline de Pre Music Building at St Hilda’s College, she leads concerts for schools and Moving Music concerts for people living with dementia and their carers. Danielle is also a trustee of Pegasus Theatre.
John is a Qualified Accountant and Executive Coach. He has spent most of his working life in publishing, with Oxford University Press, then trained as a coach, working with individual and corporate clients to help them achieve their business and personal objectives. He also volunteers for ‘Restore’, a mental health charity based in Oxford, which helps those who have suffered mental illness back into work.
After a first degree in Literature, Amy studied International Business and Technology and has subsequently spent most of her working life in a variety technology businesses and consultancies. She is currently a Business Development Director at KPMG UK. Amy is also Director and Founder of a social enterprise based in Madrid called “Como Ser” Como Ser runs workshops and classes intended to provide space for groups to explore some of the most universal questions in life using philosophy, psychotherapy, arts and culture as a basis.
Sue has taught children and young people in Indiana, East Africa and Oxford, where she was a primary head teacher for many years. She was also a Co-opted Member of Oxfordshire County Council’s Education Scrutiny Committee and on the Council of Friends of the Ashmolean Museum Sue’s love of reading and books have been central to her teaching and learning and she champions Early Years as the crucial stage of embedding the love and delight in books. She is currently also volunteering as Club Leader for the Lunchboox Club at SS Mary and John School.