Once upon a time there was an English teacher called Hannah.

Hannah taught in secondary schools and complex needs schools. She thought no one could match her love for reading, but then she met James. He slept with an encyclopaedia under his pillow as an 8-year-old!

Hannah felt anxious and exasperated by the rapidly declining levels of reading in children. James suggested doing something about it. And Reading Mate’s story began.

Being better everyday, for every child’s tomorrow

Reading opens the door to unlimited possibilities. It allows children to explore their capabilities, form thoughts of their own and grow into well-rounded individuals.

Open hearts

Reading helps children grow their understanding of people and the world. It fosters creativity, acceptance of others and openness to new experiences.

We’re committed to opening doors. We bring teachers, learners and parents together to share the joy of reading.

Feed curiosity

Reading helps children grow their understanding of people and the world. It fosters creativity, acceptance of others and openness to new experiences.

We’re committed to opening doors. We bring teachers, learners and parents together to share the joy of reading.

Brave the unknown

Reading helps children grow their understanding of people and the world. It fosters creativity, acceptance of others and openness to new experiences.

We’re committed to opening doors. We bring teachers, learners and parents together to share the joy of reading.

Together, we will close the education gap for children from all backgrounds.

Hannah Rix BA, PGCE – Head of Education/Co-Founder

Hannah studied English Literature at university and went on to complete a Secondary English PGCE. Hannah has over 9 years’ experience teaching English in secondary schools as well as being Literacy Lead in a SEND school. This experience led to co-founding Readingmate Ltd and has since written for ADDitude, Teach Primary, Teach Secondary and Teach Reading and Writing.

James Rix BSc, MAST – CEO/Co-Founder

James has a wealth of business experience having started his career at Deloitte, before moving to an early-stage tech company. James enjoyed several years working within the fast-paced and ever-growing company. This included VC investment before a buyout.

Laura Tusting MSci – Head of Marketing

Laura joined the company in January 2022. She holds an MSci in Biochemistry from UEA and, during this time, developed content for social media and a newsletter, which inspired her love of marketing. She enjoys channelling this creative outlet to give all children the opportunity to lose themselves in books, just as she did as a child. Favourite children’s book: The Wind in The Willows

Vikas Upadhyay – CTO

Vikas has been developing websites and web/mobile applications for 10+ years. Vikas has shown proficiency at leading teams of developers to complete non-trivial, mission-critical objectives, as well as providing client consultation for high-level strategic and architectural project decisions. Vikas developed mobile and web applications at all stages of the product life-cycle for all over global clients.

James Adams – Shareholder/Board Member

James has 8 years with Fortune 200 US firm ITW, experience of managing projects in China, USA, and throughout Europe. James has worked with companies such as Tesco, Vauxhall, ITW, Serco, McDonalds. James has experience in supporting start-up and scale up companies such as Gorilla Juice and Harvest London. James completed his MBA at the University of East Anglia in 2018.

Matt Lawley BA, MBA, DiPC – Shareholder/Board Member

Matt has extensive experience working within the FMCG environment with clients such as Waitrose, Tesco etc. Matt currently works with tech start-ups including Norfolk based Harvest London. MD of £3m+ turnover company with 180+ staff. Matt completed his MBA at the University of East Anglia in 2018.