The Team

Rob McCann – Director of VIP Reading Ltd

Rob was a once reluctant reader, however he found a love of books after discovering Roald Dahl and the Goosebumps series of books. He loves sharing his love of books with his own children as well as his class. Currently an Assistant Headteacher, he has been teaching for 11 years and his last teaching position involved co-ordinating English across two schools. He firmly believes in Reading for Pleasure and how books can be transformative.

Andy Bailie – VIP Reading Illustrator

Andrew Bailie is a contemporary artist, photographer and illustrator originating from Northern Ireland who now resides in Lincolnshire with his wife Charlotte and three young children. He founded The Spire Gallery, with the aim of raising awareness of art in the community, to encourage collaboration between artists both locally, nationally and internationally and promote work to the public. He is the official illustrator for VIPreading.

Onjali Rauf – Patron of VIP Reading

Onjali Rauf is the brilliant author of The Boy at the Back of the Class and recent 2019 winner of both the Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She has supported VIP Reading from the very beginning and is a very active patron of the company.

Jackie Graves – VIP Reading contributor

Jackie has been a teacher for 20yrs. She is currently a Deputy Headteacher and has been an English leader, SENCO and LA Consultant for KS1/whole school English. She has always been an avid reader and is currently promoting Reading for Pleasure across her school.