Established by former teacher, university lecturer and writer, Nikki Gamble, Just Imagine works extensively with schools in the UK and internationally to develop outstanding reading and writing schools, where stories and literature are placed firmly at the heart of learning.
Just Imagine… The Team
Nikki Gamble: Director
Nikki has worked extensively in schools across the UK and internationally. She is the author of Exploring Children’s Literature (2013) Co-author of Guiding Readers (2016) and Poetry by Heart. Nikki is KS2 reading advisor and series consultant for Oxford University Press and content creator for the Oxford School Improvement and Oxford Owl websites. And she is advisor for Egmont’s Reading Ladder. Nikki is Associate Consultant at the University of London, Institute of Education and Honorary Fellow at the University of Winchester.
Sam Keeley: Education Consultant
Sam has worked in education for 15 years. After working in Hertfordshire teaching all ages from Key Stage One to Three and becoming a Leading Literacy Teacher, she moved to Essex and worked as a literacy consultant for the Local Authority before joining the team at Just Imagine Sam says, ‘I have never grown out of loving children’s books and I am lucky to be able to share this with the teachers and children I work with as well as with my own two young children. The best part of my job is finding ways to make brilliant books come to life in the classroom.’
Dawn Morris: Education Consultant
Dawn is involved in Just Imagine’s book banding panel. She has worked in Primary Education for 18 years. After teaching across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 she worked as a Literacy Consultant for Essex Local Authority for 7 years and then returned to the classroom, combining her school role with a leading teacher training provider as the English tutor for a ‘School Centred Initial Teacher Training’ course in Essex. Dawn says, ‘Reading is my first love and being able to share this with children, teachers and trainee teachers is a real privilege. Beautiful, exciting and engaging texts never fail to excite me and seeing that reflected in others is why I love what I do!’
Caroline Bradley: Library Services Adviser
Previously an English teacher and librarian, working in both the public libraries and for the School Library Service, Caroline says, ‘I want all children to have access to the best of children’s literature. ‘I love to bring books to life for children and ignite their passion for picking up a great read’. Caroline provides a range of services including library audits, training for primary school librarians and training for junior librarians. She manages the exhibition collection at Just Imagine and enjoys welcoming teachers for consultation meetings.
Leanne Spall: Just Imagine Manager and Authors in Schools
Leanne organises Just Imagine’s authors in schools programme. If are interested in booking a workshop with writers, illustrators or storytellers please email
Wil Nicolaou: Just Imagine Manager and Finance
Wil, along with Leanne, keeps us all organised day-to-day & also manages Nikki’s very busy diary! For enquires regarding invoicing please contact
Anne Horemans: Communications
After successfully working on the Just Imagine Roadshow, Anne now edits our weekly newsletter for schools, updates the blog and works on the scheduling for our monthly podcast, ‘In the Reading Corner’. She is also sometimes seen out & about on our author events. If you would like to let us know of any forthcoming features or news items, please contact
Katherine Little: School Book Supply Manager
Katherine is the super-organised co-ordinator of our school book supply business. She arrived in January 2015 to assist with an exceptionally busy month and made herself invaluable. Now we won’t let her leave! For enquiries about book supply please contact
With a background in marketing, Lynn is the most recent member of the Just Imagine team. She works along side Katherine to manage school book supply. Lynn has recently worked on our press campaigns for Reading Gladiators.
Vicky graduated from Durham University with a degree in Geography and trained as secondary teacher. She has worked overseas in international development and now works on project development for Just Imagine.