In 2008 Qona Rankin, the Dyslexia Co-ordinator at the Royal College of Art was approached about setting up a charity to help people with dyslexia. After a great deal of research, discussion and planning she contacted Bart Peerless, a solicitor with the City firm of Charles Russell LLP, (who acts for many charities and is a trustee of several, with a focus on education and music,) about the practicalities of setting up a charity. Andrew Whitby Collins, then a colleague of Bart’s who has since set up a charity consultancy also expressed interest in the project.
Qona then began talking to colleagues about refining the idea and Alan Cummings Pro-Rector of the Royal College of Art and their Diversity Champion, expressed his interest in the project and said he would like to support the idea.
Qona, Bart, Andrew and Alan are the four trustees of the Creative Mentors Foundation.