Louise Johns-Shepherd - Chief Executive
Before joining CLPE in 2013, Louise was the headteacher of two schools, a nursery school and a primary school and was also a senior leader in both the Primary National Strategies and the National College of School Leadership. Louise is the governor of a primary school and is a judge for a range of book awards including the Cheltenham Festival Reading Teachers, Reading Pupils, Amnesty CILIP Honour Medal and the 2019 Brandford Boase. She writes articles and blogs for a range of publications. She tweets at @loujs.
CLPE blogs by Louise: Reflecting Realities: Degrees of Erasure in Children's Literature; Reflecting Realities - a survey to inspire change; Developing Policy with Integrity; Choosing and Using Quality Texts; Power of Reading books are very special.
Louise's favourite book as a child was The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley with illustrations by Mabel Lucie Atwell. She says, "I couldn’t read it when I first got it but it was read to me and the story and the illustrations have stayed with me all my life."