Meet our team

The day-to-day running of Ethical Reading is done by the five directors, with the support of a talented Advisory Council and a growing group of volunteers

The Ethical Reading team

Ethical Reading is run entirely by volunteers. Below you can see profiles of our current line-up, but we’re always looking for more people to get involved. If you would like to join our team as volunteer or Advisory Council member, or contribute in some other way, please get in touch

Gurprit Singh

Gurprit has over 30 years’ experience in computing and IT as a software engineer and as the consulting services Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and Hewlett Packard across Europe, Middle east and Africa.

He has always been fascinated by philosophical questions and co-founded Ethical Reading after completing an ethics course. Gurprit is passionate about developing healthy and ethical workplaces where people are treated fairly, are shown and show respect in turn, have a clear social purpose and understand their responsibilities, duties and obligations to themselves and those around them.

Gurprit holds an MSc in Electronics from Southampton University and is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He is married with three grown-up children and, in his spare time, enjoys long-distance running.

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Gill Ringland

Gill is an expert in foresight and strategy.

From 2002 to 2017 she was CEO and Fellow of SAMI Consulting, a global scenario planning consultancy, research and training organisation. She is now a Fellow Emeritus. She is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the World Academy of Art & Sciences. She has been part of several EC High-Level Expert Groups and was previously a member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council and an ICL Fellow.

​Gill realised the importance of ethics while working on the future of governance and became a director or Ethical Reading shortly after it was established.

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Antoine de Vazelhes

Antoine became a director of Ethical Reading in August 2019, having joined earlier in the year as a volunteer focused on helping us engage new Partners.

An ex-officer of the French Navy, he went on to dedicated much of his career to managing the risks and compliance exposures of a global not-for-profit IT and telecoms organisation supporting the air transport industry. A true believer in the benefits of a ‘beyond profit’ culture, he is determined, along with his three daughters, to make a material impact in supporting society’s harmonious development.

Equally passionate about education, Antoine chairs the Finance & Audit Committee of Europa School UK, the only UK accredited European School, in Culham near Oxford.

He holds a Masters of Law and a Masters of Economics, both from the Panthéon-Assas University of Paris, and enjoys cooking, fine-line drawing and choir singing.

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Professor Brad Hooker

Brad Hooker has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Princeton and a doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford. He worked at Virginia Commonwealth University before moving to University of Reading in 1993. His book Ideal Code, Real World: a Rule-consequentialist Theory of Morality was published by Oxford University Press in 2000.

Brad has published 80 articles and edited or co-edited 7 collections of new essays. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Utilitas from 2011-2016, and has been an associate editor of various other journals. He was on the Executive Committee of the Mind Association 1998-2005 and the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association 2003-2009. His recent research has been on fairness and on financial regulation.

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Margaret Gardner

Margaret is a seasoned professional with over 28 years’ experience, having worked in large global companies such as Xerox, Nortel and Microsoft supporting projects and training needs globally. She is passionate about learning and development and helping make an impact on people’s lives. Margaret is adept at creating trusting relationships and is highly skilled in managing large projects, vendors, budgets and operational needs. She sees her purpose as that to make others successful and is passionately customer focused and proficient at adapting to shifting business conditions. She is excited to be a supporting various projects of Ethical Reading.

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Chris Beales

Chris is the current Chair of the Reading Climate Change Partnership. He has represented the Environment Agency of the board for the last three years.

Chris is very keen to develop a strong climate action network to help engage all sectors of the town.

Chair, Reading Climate Change Partnership

Lorraine Briffitt

Lorraine is Connect Reading’s MD, bringing businesses, charities and individuals together for mutual benefit to make Reading a better place … for everyone! She founded Libera Voce and consults on organisational and leadership development for the MoJ, charities and faith organisations. Lorraine is also a Co-Director (and occasional celebrant) at Berkshire Funeral Pastors.

In her spare time she is mum to two lovely small people, active member of a Reading church, trustee of the national charity Beyond the Streets and loves Reading (as well as, um, reading).

Managing Director, Connect Reading

Linda Duff

Linda is an experienced leadership coach who helps people align the work they do with what they enjoy and are good at doing.

Linda is passionate about ethics and particularly environmental sustainability. She previously spent 25 years running an organic farm in New Zealand before relocating to the UK due to family commitments.

Owner, Your Life’s Work Leadership Coaching

Andy Dewis

Andy is a co-founder of Pineapple Partnerships, responsible for growth, development and managing its global network. He has 15 years’ experience of launching, buying, scaling and selling sustainable businesses.

Andy is passionate about sustainability and sees Pineapple, as a social enterprise, as the key to helping companies working in this space to scale, grow and make a bigger impact.  He loves the outdoors, living sustainably and spending time with family and friends.

Andy and the team at Pineapple helped to get us up and going over the summer of 2017.

Head of Growth at Pineapple Partnerships

Nigel Horton-Baker

Nigel leads Reading UK CIC. He is an experienced and highly motivated leader of not-for-profit public and private sector partnerships. Politically and commercially aware, he is committed to transforming local economies and communities through expert advice, lobbying, deal making and delivery of projects and services.

He has worked as a CEO of a small not-for-profit organisation and has directed a large public agency and his own commercial enterprises. He also has extensive board level non-executive experience.

Nigel has helped us connect with key business groups and leaders in the Reading area.

Executive Director at Reading UK CIC

Prof Beverley Kracher

Prof Beverley Kracher  is the Robert B. Daugherty Endowed Chair in Business Ethics & Society at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also the Executive Director and CEO of the Business Ethics Alliance, whose purpose is to promote an environment in Omaha where the discussion and practice of business ethics is encouraged and expected.

She is widely published in the field of business ethics and is a frequent presenter and speaker in the field. She serves as an advisory board member of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics in Financial Services at The American College and was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders by Trust Across America. In 2013, she was the Omaha Business Woman of the Year.

Professor, Department of Philosophy at Creighton University and CEO of the Ethics Business Alliance, Omaha.

Willem Londeman

Willem is a passionate believer in encouraging ethical behaviour and ethical trading practices and sustainability.

He is actively involved in a number of initiatives in Reading which further these causes, including Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), True Food Co-op and of course Ethical Reading.

Services Client Manager, Bottomline Technologies

Kathryn McCann

As a freelance copywriter, Kathryn specialises in helping organisations get their
message across in a clear, compelling way that engages their target audiences.

She works both through agencies and directly for clients in a wide range of sectors,
from architecture to water purification. However her real passion is helping
organisations that work to make a positive difference, including charities, social
enterprises and green start-ups.

She also manages Reading Farmers’ Market and is the co-ordinator of Reading
Green Drinks.

Kathryn is an active volunteer for Ethical Reading and has been helping with our
marketing communications, including our website, since we started. As part of our
sustainability team, she also helps to run our Trees for Reading initiative and keeps
in touch with our growing list of sustainability champions.

Copywriter at Kat Creative

Jason McMahon

After taking actions to end his life, Jason now uses his recent journey in life to inspire employers to be more educated, and employees to reach out for support at times of need through personal talks and mental health awareness training as a professional provider – delivered with the passion of his own lived experiences. With a new found purpose of motivation, mindset and method through learning and making positive change, Jason studied as a mental health first aid instructor to have a greater understanding of mental health, and now combines this with his own self-learnings to support others to have a better, brighter and more positive future.
 

Inspirational Speaker & Mental Health Awareness Training Instructor

Mark Neild

Mark has had a varied career ranging from Chief Flying Instructor in the Navy through technology innovator and transformation consultant with Virgin Media, PA Consulting and Nokia Networks (the bit that is still going strong!).

Since 2012 he has run his own innovation coaching business, was Chairman of the charity Grow Movement before founding his own social venture – Grow Inspires, to empower social inclusion through entrepreneurship. He teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol, is an award winning mentor, author and speaker with a keen interest in culture, innovation, leadership and social justice along with a bit of yacht coaching in the summer.

Director at Grow Inspires

James Parkin

James is an experienced professional services recruitment consultant with over 15 years in the industry. He is Associate Director in the Reading office for Eximius Group, which he established in Reading in 2017 to support the local entrepreneurial digital economy and established technology sector. Prior to joining Eximius Group James has worked for international and UK recruitment businesses including being a founder member of a start-up recruitment company in Reading in 2010. He’s hired countless local people into the recruitment industry within Reading since 2005 and continues to do so today. He believes passionately in improving the service level provided by the recruitment industry.

Associate Director at Eximius Group

Jim Rogers

Jim joined Grant Thornton in 1990 and became a partner in 1993. He is an experienced audit and advisory partner. His specialism is helping ambitious businesses unlock their potential for growth and supporting them in the critical two to three years leading up to and during a major transition. Many of his clients are private equity backed and international.

He was previously Head of Growth and Strategic Services for Grant Thornton for four years, leading teams throughout the UK in delivering strategic support to fast-growing, mid-sized corporations.

He led the Vibrant Reading Live Lab exercise that first got Ethical Reading co-founder Jim thinking about setting up an organisation like this, and he has been an invaluable contributor and mentor for us.

Partner at Grant Thornton

Nina Smith

Nina specialises in mergers and acquisitions at Shoosmiths in Reading.

Nina was very quick to understand our vision, aims and values and has provided us with input regarding legal matters through Shoosmiths.

Partner at Shoosmiths

Kirsti Wilson

Kirsti is Head of Marketing and Fundraising at Launchpad – Reading’s homelessness prevention charity – and is an experienced marketing and business development professional. She has been instrumental in helping us reach out to potential collaborators and business leaders.

Head of Marketing & Fundraising at Launchpad Reading

Emma-Campolucci

Emma Campolucci

Emma is a passionate people person who has devoted the last decade to learning ways to support people grow and develop. She completed a psychology degree with the Open University when her children were small and then began a 4-year journey to become a qualified counsellor. In 2013 she joined Reading Samaritans and became a trainer, both designing and delivering courses and loved watching people have lightbulb moments where they learned about themselves and others and she really took inspiration from that.

So much so that she decided to undertake a teaching qualification to teach adult learners. She has designed course on understanding anxiety, managing depression, improving listening skills, stress management and how to improve sleep. Emma combines her busy lecturing work with a successful private counselling practice working from home.

Trainer for Thrive and Seek, qualified counsellor in private practice, lecturer for a variety of counselling courses (level 2, 3 and 4) and designer of wellbeing courses.

Shweta Choudaha

Shweta has 20 plus years of experience in developing, leading and delivering tech projects. She is a lifelong learner and a natural collaborator who believes in leading by example. She has been a STEM ambassador for many years. 

She is passionate to engage, enable and empower different strata of society to help build a more ethical, sustainable and inclusive world.

Principal Engineer at AT&T

Callum Cromwell

Callum is a young local photographer and urban explorer. He loves to capture the changing face of Reading’s urban environment, especially after dark. He also enjoys researching the history of some of the town’s older buildings and lesser known corners.

All the night photos of Reading on this site were taken by Callum. We think you will agree that he has a real talent. We wish him well in pursing his passion for photography.

Urban explorer and night photographer

Dan Dennis

Dan lectures on philosophy for the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. He taught the Ethics course Jim and Gurprit attended, which provided crucial inspiration for the development of Ethical Reading.

Dan is a regular contributor to our public events and also advises us on ethical matters.

Lecturer at the University of Oxford

Caroline Gratrix

Caroline, our resident professional photographer, specialises in headshots, business events and education marketing.

She grew up in Reading and is passionate about community, progression and kindness. She hosts a yearly event to raise funds for local Reading charities, is a trustee for Brighter Berkshire and enjoys connecting people.

Photographer at Viva Photography

Rob Hill

Rob spent over 35 years as a secondary school teacher in Islington. Since retiring he has been involved with Launchpad in Reading and is involved with a number of local sustainability groups.

He is particularly interested in the challenges of sustainability and developing Ethical Reading’s work in schools.

Volunteer, Ethical Reading

Ula Howlett

Ula, dubbed ‘UlaSuperConnector’ is an ardent matchmaker, storyteller, ambassador of change, promoter of people and believer in kindness. She loves ‘making things happen’, and thrives on helping people by connecting them with the resources they need to progress, and lives by the motto: ‘if not now, then when?’. Ula is a certified facilitator of ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, and an avid supporter of developing resilience in the workplace, and outside of it.

Ula has just set up “Vulnerrebels”, a company that offers talks about creativity, vulnerability and emotions at work, as well as ways of learning how to develop your inner talents and use them to your advantage.

Ula supports Ethical Reading with its social media outreach, regularly posting to LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Volunteer, Ethical Reading

Verity Leal

Verity has more than 6 years’ experience working across Environmental, Communications and Corporate Responsibility disciplines for private and public sector companies and is nearing Chartership level attainment for the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. Verity has also produced environmental research for DEFRA, a Nuclear Defence GOCO company, Cheltenham Borough Council and The Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda.

Verity is passionate about ethical practices, working with charities and ensuring that companies do the right thing to reach sustainable development paths.

Verity is taking a leading role supporting the Ethical Property Programme and is also a Sustainability champion.

Volunteer, Ethical Reading

David Neale

After more than 25 years in the mobile communications industry as a design engineer and manager with companies including AT&T and Panasonic, David is now bringing his industry experience to the third sector.

These days David manages the Get Online project for Reading Voluntary Action, and has been helping to develop Ethical Reading’s website.

Digital Inclusion Development Worker at Reading Voluntary Action

Julian Pratt

Julian has over 25 years experience of project, operational and assurance roles in technology and energy companies.  He’s also volunteered for many years in support of society being more fair and inclusive, which is why he was naturally drawn to Ethical Reading.
 
Julian is currently completing his Masters degree in Global Ethics & Justice, and has an exciting new challenge lined up for when this completes.

Volunteer, Ethical Reading

Hiral Shah

Hiral has more than 6 years of software developer experience in the IT and Telecom industries.

She managed the e-learning project Evidyalay at grass roots level for Gujarat, being a stay at home mother for a couple of years. Recently she has updated her skills as Data Analyst/Data Scientist. She is an associate for business intelligence at Bloomkubes, an AgroTech Start up. Hiral believes that with Ethical Reading we have a great opportunity to address social responsibilities and can contribute to make a positive difference. She is excited to provide IT strategy and analyst services for Ethical Reading.

Volunteer, Ethical Reading

Irina Totterdale

Irina joined Ethical Reading in July 2019 as she shares the organisation’s vision of ethical principles and she strongly believes that following those principles will improve the wellbeing and happiness within society. Irina has extensive international experience in Gemmology, appraisals and valuations of fine jewellery, working with exclusive clientele along with experience of general administration.

Irina recently graduated with the degree in BA Social Sciences(Psychology) from The Open University and is currently assisting Ethical Reading in various business development projects.

Volunteer, Ethical Reading