Libby Coleman – with Nick Ainley the editor and Marcus Tate the same-shape alphabet producer - is the co-creator of
Yes we can read and of our Teach a friend to read guide.
Libby Coleman is a retired high school principal, prison literacy teacher and special needs lecturer.
Aged 6 she taught her older sister who is dyslexic to read.
Combating illiteracy through paired reading teaching has been
her life-long passion ever since.
Nick Ainley is a retired Mencap chair and manager of homes for adults with learning disabilities.
By breaking tasks into their smallest components he taught one of his clients who was paralysed down one side to tie his shoelaces with one hand ! Small steps is a key feature of the reading programme.
Promoting women's education with reading as the essential first step is his abiding passion.
Russell Haynes - Media Director for our Teach a friend to read campaign, met Libby when they were both delegates at the Coates Review Into Prison Education. They hit it off through their mutual passion for helping prison inmates and leavers to believe in themselves.
Russ sits on the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance committee.
He also volunteers for Good Vibrations
Marcus Tate is a photography graduate who works in the industry.
With Libby, Nick and the campaign champions and friends he aims to change attitudes towards dyslexia: reminding people that geniuses like Einstein, Picasso, Beethoven and Hans Christian Anderson were dyslexic, and above all showing the world that people of any age with dyslexia can learn to read and then gain the confidence to grow and shine.