I’ve joined the board of Room to Read

 Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. and I have been asked to become the Head of Digital for Room to Read in London.  

My first encounter with the organisation was from a fair distance, raising money for them through TechBikers Paris to London cycle in 2012, but in 2013 as I became more involved in TechBikers (taking on the role of Head of Comms) I found myself working closely with Room to Read in London and Globally, especially connecting with founder John Wood (he’s an absolute dude). We did some good stuff this year - see the report.

John’s passion for what TechBikers were doing, combined with the interest from Room to Read London’s new team, has lifted TechBikers from a single annual ride to potentially many rides all around the world, wherever there is a tech cluster. I’m proud to have played a part in making this happen, from a few tweets to a world of opportunity.

I’m joining Room to Read for three reasons:

  1. Mairead King who leads the London Chapter is an excellent person to work with, she instils confidence and passion, and has chosen a great team in London while engaging Room to Read globally in a really short time. She asked me, it was hard to say no.
  2. Room to Read does amazing work. Sure, lots of charities do amazing work but I have never seen a third sector organisation that runs so much like a business – on measurable goals and clear results, so the money donated is invested more wisely in projects that deliver the greatest result.  
  3. John Wood. Did I mention he’s a dude? He left a secure job in Microsoft to build libraries, fill them with books, and help children get the chances that we almost take for granted. He has done this for 13 years, built a $40m charity that has benefited 7million children already and yet still keeps the air of an old friend every time we meet, even though we barely know each other. I know being part of an organisation he founded will be a very rewarding challenge.

Also, he wrote this in his book for me, and I am a sucker for heartfelt inscription.

Small details make big impact  

The role is pro bono and will sit along side my other commitments. Exciting times? You bet!