About Tools for Schools

Tools for Schools (formerly known as Red Jumper) was established in 2011 by Dan Amos. Our mission is to empower the next generation of content creators and improve their educational outcomes with creative tools for schools.

Book Creator has reached no.1 on the iTunes App Store in 90+ countries, and has won multiple edtech awards. Over 100 million ebooks have been created with our app worldwide. It’s one of the essential apps for schools using iPads (and as of 2017, it’s now available on Chromebooks and other tablets too).

By providing a tool that makes ebook creation super simple, Book Creator seeks to open digital publishing to all.

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Meet the team

Our main team is based in St. Nicholas House in Bristol, UK - so if you're in town, let us know and drop by and say hello!

Dan Amos

Founder & CEO

Dan Amos

Dan started Book Creator to engage his dyslexic son with reading and writing. A father of 4, he wants all kids to be super-engaged in their education, and it pains him when they aren't. He is married to the children's author Ally Kennen.

Dan Kemp

Marketing & Community
Manager

Dan Kemp

Dan K joined in May 2013. He looks after the website, social media, support, Ambassadors, and things like that. Dan is currently travelling the world with his wife and daughter.

Dan Porter

Senior Web App
Developer

Dan Porter

Dan P has been with us since September 2016. He lives and breathes Javascript and CSS and has come on board to build the Book Creator web app and web reader.

Rich Hodgkins

Senior iOS Developer

Rich Hodgkins

Rich joined in September 2016. He loves tinkering around with any kind of new tech, and is going to be maintaining and adding new features to Book Creator iPad.

Phil Abbot-Garner

Test Engineer

Phil Abbot-Garner

Philip Abbott-Garner joined in November 2016 as a Test Engineer. He's responsible for ensuring the functionality and quality of Book Creator. In 2018 Phil completed a PhD in eHealth.

Kim White

Visual Designer

Kim White

Kim joined in January 2017 as a Visual Designer. Her role is to unify the visual style of the Book Creator brand across all platforms, and nothing satisfies her more than consistency of design and user experience.

David Swift

Head of Sales

David Swift

David joined Book Creator as head of sales in June 2018. He loves nothing more than supporting educators in using technology that creates new possibilities for students and positively changes the way they learn.

Jon Smith

Teacher Success Manager

Jon Smith

Jon is here to help teachers and students get the most out of Book Creator, drawing on 19 years as a special education teacher and technology integration specialist. He is a husband, father of 3, loves golf and is a certified auto detailer.

Suewan Kemp

Teacher Support Specialist

Suewan Kemp

Suewan joined us in October 2018. She is the first person most people will speak to when they contact us for support. She knows Book Creator inside out, and even uses it in her homeschool lessons with her daughter.

Chavonne Duckworth

Marketing & Events Executive

Chavonne Duckworth

Chavonne joined in November 2019. She loves to promote Book Creator across its various social media platforms and is responsible for managing Book Creator’s presence at educational conferences and events.

Will Pursey

Partnerships Manager

Will Pursey

Will joined the Book Creator team in 2019 and has connected with hundreds of teachers since. He supports educators all around the world to implement Book Creator and creativity into their curriculum.

Gavin Wilshen

Visual Designer

Gavin Wilshen

Gavin joined us in Nov 2019. With a background in design and illustration, he loves using Book Creator to make beautiful books, as well as designing fresh web content and merch.

Thom Leggett

VP Engineering

Thom Leggett

Thom joined us in January 2020 to help run the engineering team and understand the needs of our bigger customers. He brings a strong security and privacy mindset from his years leading public cloud infrastructure teams, and doughnuts on Tuesdays.

Catherine Cappiello

Teacher Success Manager

Catherine Cappiello

Catherine joined Book Creator in January 2020. As a former educator, she supports schools and districts in implementing Book Creator into their curriculum & instruction. She loves showing educators how they can simply bring creativity and student voice into any classroom.

Lainey Franks

VP Partnerships

Lainey Franks

Lainey is responsible for sales, teacher success and commercial partnerships. An educator with 15 years of sales and marketing experience, she enjoys mountain biking, dancing, reading and family time.

Fred Platt

Software Engineer

Fred Platt

Fred joined in November 2020. Specialising in React and Node.js but from a musical background, he loves taking a creative approach to coding, especially for creative products like Book Creator!

Iman Syed

Software Engineer

Iman Syed

I recently graduated from Bristol University and joined Book Creator to be part of the mission to make everyday life more creative, inspiring, and a little less grey for kids around the world. In my spare time I play chess, read as much as I can, and make sustainable fashion.

Kathleen Swift

Sales Development Representative

Kathleen Swift

Kathleen joined the Book Creator team in January 2021, bringing her experience in education to the sales team. Kathleen loves to listen/chat to educators and learners from around the world.

Jen Cousins

Account Executive

Jen Cousins

Jen has been working in edtech for over 16 years. She has a passion for helping educators bring fun and creative tools into their classrooms. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her pups and living in the mountains.

Matthew Schopp

Account Executive

Matthew Schopp

Matthew has been working with the education sector for 8 years. Joining Book Creator in March 2021, he has experience providing a range of innovative technologies to schools and districts, he is passionate about helping them navigate the ever evolving edtech landscape.

Benedict Co

Finance Controller

Benedict Co

Benedict is a qualified accountant with over 16 years of experience. He joined us in June 2021 to head up finance. He loves the outdoors and recently developed a love for camping.

Tom Towers

Sales Development Representative

Tom Towers

Tom joined the team in July 2021, bringing his experience working with schools and trusts across the globe into the sales team! Tom strives to provide the best solutions and build great relationships with our customers. He also loves watching rugby matches and driving around the countryside with his friends.