Literacy charity names next CEO

Bookmark Reading Charity has appointed Graihagh Crawshaw-Sadler as its next chief executive.

Former teacher Crawshaw-Sadler joins in September from teaching charity Teach First, where she has spent 13 years as a director, most recently overseeing strategy and learning teams.

“For a child, being able to read independently on leaving primary school is a key determinant of future academic success,” said Crawshaw-Sadler.

“As a parent to three young readers – be it lift the flap, phonics or chapter books – the last seven years has taught me the importance of being read to and being listened to whilst decoding, inferring and blending.

“At a pupil and system level, I am committed to accelerating the pace of change for those who have had an unfair start. I am hugely excited to lead a charity that harnesses the passion of a volunteer community and meets the need of schools to help re-write children’s stories.

“I look forward to working closely with the talented staff and trustee team, our supporters and partners, volunteers, primary schools and their pupils to grow and deepen the impact of our work, to ensure even more children can read well and go on to have the futures that they are entitled to.”

Bookmark chair Sharon Pindar added: We’re delighted Graihagh will be joining us in our mission to change the story for many more children.”

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