Our Patrons & Supporters

Our success depends on the support of individuals and organisations who believe that literacy has the power to build and transform communities. We are delighted to be working with our founding Patrons for the charity, who are helping to raise awareness of our work, and to raise vital funds.


Nigel Higgins

Chairman, Barclays Bank

“Being a patron of ALT is not just about supporting education; it's about helping to empower individuals to break free from the cycle of limited opportunities. Together, we have the power to unlock the potential of those who have been held back by poor literacy – giving them the tools to create a better future for themselves and their families – and, not least, to help the country to deepen its employment pool.”

Farmida Bi

Farmida Bi, CBE

Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

“I share the Adult Literacy Trust’s belief that literacy is a right, not a privilege, and that every adult should have the chance to gain this critical skill. Together, we can create a world where everyone has access to the fundamental reading abilities needed to thrive. I am proud to be part of an organisation whose vital mission and ambition I share.”

Julian Fellowes 2

Julian Fellowes, Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, DL

Oscar-winning writer, actor & producer

“Reading is the gateway to a limitless world of knowledge and opportunity. It is through reading that we become the architects of our own growth, expanding our horizons and exploring our potential to make our lives what we want them to be. The Adult Literacy Trust is changing people's future for the better, and I consider it a privilege to be allowed to help with their important work, as they open up new possibilities for so many men and women, one chapter at a time.”

Jason Arday

Prof. Jason Arday

University of Cambridge Professor of Sociology of Education

“Unable to read or write until I was 18, I know from my own experience how hard it can be to learn how to read as an adult, for various reasons – for example, if your education has been disrupted, your learning differences were not properly identified, or because you didn’t have the necessary support available. It’s vital that everyone gets the kind of support ALT provides to become a capable reader, to unlock their personal potential and enable them to improve their life chances.”

We are also grateful to have secured support for our programme through a combination of individual, corporate and foundation gifts, including generous grants from the following organisations:

Supporter Logos as of 29 April 2024