He originally trained as a therapist specialising in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He went on to train therapists, instigate two therapy delivery centres (UK and USA) and has now developed a protocol for clinical depression which is going to have a randomized control trial.
He has invented, built and implemented many large scale IT projects in the fields of e-commerce, financial services, primary school education and literacy. He is a PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award winner for his e-commerce software.
He has invented, built and implemented landmark education programs. His major claim to fame is as the inventor of Tara Akshar, described as probably the most effective adult literacy program in the world.
He has worked in the UK, the USA, and India. He now divides his time between UK and India.
He is a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Sara Worsley, Director of Training and Content
Sara Worsley is an expert in creating and delivering training programs for young offenders, teenagers with emotional and behavioural problems, regular corporate adults and schoolchildren. She has worked in the UK, in Spain and in India. She has served on numerous UK government working groups to bring about policy and program content change in youth training and higher education. She is a published author on the subject of training programs for Special-Needs students, and the effectiveness of education and training in British educational establishments. She has spent many years running a coaching centre for IGCSE and IB students, and art-as-therapy for adults and children in Spain. She is also an artist in her own right, as well has being a published book illustrator and graphic designer.
In the last two years, she has been majorly responsible for the creation of the ReadingWise life skills courses that are being used in the Employability project of the Indian Ministry of Rural Development. 35,000 unemployed youths have graduated these courses, AND found permanent employment.
Professor Alan Richardson, Director of Business Development
Richardson has spent more than 30 years founding and developing organisations in diverse sectors, including natural resources, financial services, publishing, technology/media/telecoms and charities. He has devoted a substantial proportion of his time to academic and research work, particularly in understanding the nature of work itself. He became a Professor and Chair of Science in Enterprise at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 2002. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow (Entrepreneurial Performance) since 1999 at Cranfield University School of Management. His international assignments include education strategy in former Soviet countries; charities focused on Indian and African education/medical development, and chairing/facilitating strategy forums in Europe. His management experience was gained at PricewaterhouseCoopers (Coopers & Lybrand), where he was an international tax manager. Subsequently he founded and built, from concept, a £30 million turnover company employing more than 200 professionals in the 1980s. He has numerous non-executive chair and directorships, which have included mentoring, consulting and tutoring roles.
Preeti Sharma, India Country Head
Preeti is an experienced corporate trainer, NGO master trainer, and a trainer in the use of advanced memory techniques. She has taught life skills and literacy in rural and urban India, and Aids education in Zambia. She is one of the original team that developed the Tara Akshar literacy program, and she developed the Tara Akshar numeracy program. She runs ReadingWise’s life skills programs currently in India.
In her spare time, she is studying for her third masters degree, this time in Development Studies.