Created: 2nd May, 2023

CLPE Chief Executive, Louise Johns-Shepherd announces her departure.

CLPE Chief Executive Louise Johns-Shepherd has announced that she is stepping down from her role, following a successful decade in post. Louise and Catherine Rose (Chair of Trustees) made the following statements:

“In June 2013 I arrived at the lovely CLPE building, expecting to be working in it for 6 months. Somehow that six months has turned into 10 wonderful years.

It has been an absolute privilege to lead this amazing organisation. I have had the most remarkable opportunities and worked alongside the most talented group of people I have ever encountered.  Together we have ensured that, in classrooms across the land, more children than ever before have access to the best books, the best teaching and the most creative literacy learning possible.  I am immensely proud of all we have achieved as an organisation not just in the last decade but over half a century as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. I am immensely grateful for all the support I have had from within and beyond the CLPE family.

I am excited to pass the baton to the strong leadership team at the CLPE, who will take the Charity forward until the new CEO is announced. I am confident the CLPE will continue to support the readers and writers of the future – and bring change and opportunity to children across the country with its research and training resources.”

Louise Johns-Shepherd


“On behalf of the whole board, past and present, we want to give our heartfelt thanks to Louise for all her work during her time at the charity. Louise leaves CLPE in an incredibly strong position. Under her leadership we have tripled the number of teachers using our resources, redeveloped our library and most recently, become an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation in our 50th birthday year; we’ve produced the ground-breaking Reflecting Realities and the Power of Pictures research and received many awards including the Eleanor Farjeon Award. Our work is reaching more children, more teachers and more schools than ever before and we look back with real pride on all the achievements of the last ten years.

We are confident that the charity is in a very good place to move forward and are delighted that the current leadership team have agreed to take on the interim leadership of CLPE. This is a very strong leadership team who will continue to grow and develop the organisation as we begin our search to appoint a new, permanent CEO in the near future.  I’m sure that you will join me in wishing Louise the very best in whatever adventure comes next for her and we all look forward to continuing to work with you to put quality children’s literature at the very heart of learning.”

Catherine Rose, Chair of Trustees, On Behalf of the Trustee Board.