Meet our team
The day-to-day running of Ethical Reading is done by the three directors. We’re lucky to have the support of a wonderfully talented Advisory Council, which meets quarterly to help guide our development.
As the core team is so small, we rely heavily on help from a growing base of volunteers, including Advisory Council members, who give their time and expertise to help with programme development, events and marketing communications.
Gurprit has over 30 years’ experience in IT as a software engineer, consultant, and most recently as Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft and Hewlett Packard.
He has always been fascinated by philosophical questions and came together with co-founder Jim Bignal to set up Ethical Reading after meeting on an ethics course.
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.
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.
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.
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
Professor Emma Borg
Emma is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading and is interested in the relationship between business and society.
In the past Emma has focused on the banking sector and responses to the financial crisis of 2007-8 with recent work on the nature of the social contract banks and other large corporations enjoy.
This work is exploring how a concept of ‘social licence’ might be used to help to constitute and inform business practice in the future, to ensure that practice develops in a way that respects ethical concerns, for instance about fairness.
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading
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 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
Superintendent Stan Gilmour is the Police Commander for Reading. In his 25 years’ service has also worked across a broad range of operational functions, from neighbourhood policing and counter terrorism through armed response and intelligence management.
Stan has a BA (Hons) in politics and a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford, he is the author of several articles and book chapters on policing, ethics, and intelligence, and is the co-editor of the Handbook of Transnational Organised Crime and the forthcoming Handbook of Organised Crime and Politics. Stan is an External Examiner for the London Metropolitan University ProfDoc, MSc and BA programmes in criminology and police leadership.
Commander, Thames Valley Police Reading Area
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.
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading
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 is a passionate believer in encouraging ethical behaviour and ethical trading practices and sustainability.
Services Client Manager, Bottomline Technologies
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 has provided great input into the Ethical Reading website.
Copywriter at Kat Creative
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
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 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 leads Connect Reading and is an experienced marketing and business development professional. She has been instrumental in helping us reach out to potential collaborators and business leaders.
Managing Director at Connect Reading
Contributors, collaborators and volunteers
Emma Campolucci is a passionate people person who has devoted the last decade to learning ways to support people grow and develop. Emma has a psychology degree and is a qualified counsellor for Reading Samaritans. She has developed and delivered courses on anxiety, stress management, improving self-confidence, self-compassion and journaling for well-being.
Emma is currently planning courses on managing depression, improving listening skills to improve relationships and understanding the impact of technology on well-being.
Mental health and well-being counsellor and trainer
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 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
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.
Volunteer, Ethical Reading
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 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
Jessie has joined Ethical Reading to volunteer to work on the Ethical Recruitment project. Previously she has worked as an Environment, Health and Safety Adviser in Vietnam and had further training in Human Capital Management during the time she lived in Singapore. She is passionate about helping people to fulfil their needs and willing to work for any projects that can promote employee wellbeing and corporate social responsibility.
Volunteer, Ethical Reading
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
Syndie is an Associate at Grant Thornton. She provides help with our public events and social media and is instrumental in spreading the word about Ethical Reading.
Associate at Grant Thornton LLP
Recently retired, Paula has worked in sales and marketing in the IT and telecoms sectors, focusing particularly on sales and management training.
Her career often saw her working with international teams collaborating on complex sales cycles. She was interested to note that where team members shared common ethics and goals, any differences in commercial, cultural or political experience became less important.
Paula believes that with Ethical Reading we have a great opportunity to build a similar environment, starting in Reading.
Volunteer, Ethical Reading
Ethical Reading is a new not-for-profit social enterprise. We need your support in order to create online training resources and to continue running inspiring events and raising awareness of ethical issues. Thank you!