Who we are


Mónica Parle, Executive Director


Emily Webb, Head of Programmes

Jane Chambers, Head of Development





Lusungu Chikamata, Operations Manager

Rebecca Goldsmith, Programme Manager (East Mids)


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Andy Hill, Programme              Manager           (North)


Dave Windass, Programme Officer (Hull)







Jay Bhadricha, Programme Officer (London & Oxford)

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Ellie Watson, Programme Officer (South West)









Anaïs Belaud, Fundraising Officer


Stephanie Bennett, Programme Coordinator


Felicity Hawksley, Research & Advocacy Officer

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Sophie Lloyd-Catchpole, Operations Assistant




Milly Reilly, Fundraising & Marketing Assistant












Katie Waldegrave, Co-Founder

William Fiennes

William Fiennes, Co-Founder








We are incredibly grateful for the support of our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

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  • Ed Baden-Powell (Chair) – Partner, Michael Simkins LLP
  • Antonia Byatt – Director, Cheltenham Literature Festival
  • Beth Colocci – Curator
  • Sophie Dalling – Head of English, George Green’s School
  • Charlotte Hogg – Chief Operating Officer, Bank of England
  • Sue Horner – Educational Consultant
  • Andrea Minton Beddoes – Consultant
  • Mayowa Sofekun – Student
  • Betsy Tobin – Writer
  • Jamie Waldegrave (Treasurer) – Finance Director

Advisory Board

  • Andrew Adonis – Director of the Institute for Government
  • Julian Barnes – Writer
  • Jamie Byng – Publisher, Canongate
  • Alex Clark – Former Editor, Granta
  • Julia Cleverdon – Vice President, Business in the Community
  • Andrew Cowan – Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, UEA
  • Jonathan Dimbleby – Writer and Broadcaster
  • Mark Haddon – Writer
  • Simon Jenkins – Writer
  • Derek Johns – Literary Consultant
  • Andrew Kidd – Literary Agent
  • Rona Kiley – Former CEO, Academy Sponsors Trust; Founder, Teach First
  • Chris Patten – Chancellor of the University of Oxford
  • Kevin Prunty – Headteacher
  • Zadie Smith – Writer
  • William Waldegrave
  • Brett Wigdortz – CEO, Teach First

Events Committee

  • Simone Brych-Nourry
  • Beth Colocci
  • Jill Manson
  • Nathalie Perricone
  • Laurel Rafter (Chair)
  • Alison Seaton
  • Valeria Vescina Warszewski
  • Caroline Waldegrave


Thank you

First Story would not be where we are today without the support of people like you and those mentioned on this page. We would like to thank the many individuals and organisations for their generous advice, time and support and all those we may have omitted to name:

Arts Council England, Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, Jane and Peter Aitken, Tim Bevan and Amy Gadney, Suzanne Brais and Stefan Green, Boots Charitable Trust, the Boutell Bequest, Clifford Chance Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Beth and Michele Colocci, the Danego Charitable Trust, the Dulverton Trust, the Drue Heinz Trust, Edwin Fox Foundation, Gerald Fox, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Thomas Farr Charity, the First Story Events Committee, the First Story First Editions Club, the Robert Gavron Charitable Trust, the Girdlers’ Company Charitable Trust, Give a Book, the Golden Bottle Trust, Goldman Sachs Gives, the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, Kate Harris, the Laura Kinsella Foundation, Kate Kunac-Tabinor, the Lake House Charitable Foundation, John Lyon’s Charity, Sir George Martin Trust, Mercers’ Company Charitable Foundation, Michael Morpurgo, Old Possum’s Practical Trust, Oxford University Press, Philip Pullman, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Psycle Interactive, Laurel and John Rafter, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, Clare Reihill, the Royal Society of Literature, Santander, Neil and Alison Seaton, the Staples Trust, Teach First, the Francis Terry Foundation, Betsy Tobin and Peter Sands, the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, University College Oxford, Garfield Weston Foundation, Caroline and William Waldegrave, and Walker Books.