New Chair of Trustees

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Kevin Underwood was unanimously appointed as Read for Good’s new Chair of Trustees at our most recent board meeting.

Kevin is taking over from our previous chair Michael Walker. Michael has been a Read for Good Trustee since 2016, and Chair of Trustees since 2018. Michael has played an instrumental role in increasing our sustainability as an organisation. He has overseen the expansion of the projects we deliver to support children and young people to read for pleasure, and supported us to quickly adapt during Covid. Although Michael has stepped down as Chair he will remain our partner, supporting us to continue to deliver the life-changing magic of books and storytelling to children across the UK.

Michael says:

“Chairing the Board of Trustees at Read For Good has been such a rewarding experience mainly because each year we have transformed more children’s lives by encouraging them to read for pleasure. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child.I am delighted that Kevin is joining us as Chair. He not only brings a wealth of commercial and charity experience but also great passion and enthusiasm to move Read for Good forward on to the next chapter.”

Kevin brings over 45 years’ of experience in property and business, and sits on a number of Boards. He first became aware of Read for Good in his role as a Trustee at the Clare Milne Trust. His roles as Vice Chair of Governors at West Buckland School and Trustee of the West Buckland School Foundation mean he understands the context of Read for Good’s work in schools. During his time as a Chair at North Devon Hospice, Kevin oversaw the development of new fundraising initiatives and a significant expansion of the Hospice’s services. This insight feels particularly pertinent given our long-standing work with some of the UK’s most seriously ill children: gifting books and storytelling to children in all the UK’s major children’s hospitals, and in other medical settings.

Kevin says:

“As an experienced Trustee, my voluntary roles are my highest priority and I approach any involvement with the same energy, commitment and dedication that was the foundation of my business career. The staff and supporting volunteers at Read for Good work tirelessly to make a significant impact for children throughout the UK – how exciting to be part of such a passionate, ambitious and energetic team!”  

We are acutely aware that post-pandemic, and now facing a cost of living crisis, many children are struggling. We are looking forward to working alongside Kevin to ensure more children can access the magic, escape, joy and improved life chances that come from reading what they love.

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