Amelia Thorne – Cofounder – who came up with the original idea
Amelia used to email stories to her daughter, ‘stories of her very own’, which started her daughter reading, and sowed the seeds of an idea for a reading app.
She was born in the UK and has lived in Belgium, France, Chile, England, Scotland and Wales, and has enjoyed the stories she found in all of those places. She studied at Edinburgh University. She has recently finished ‘The House of Clocks’, a children’s novel, a second volume of which is under way. She has developed Doctor Dan, for younger children together with animator AnneMarie Walsh, and is currently writing a screenplay for a children’s film. She has had a mish-mash of completely unrelated jobs including teaching at a school and running the office of a nursery. She was a chef at Christie’s for a while and ended up as PA to the Managing Director (which all goes to show that food will get you everywhere). She is a director of her husband’s company and keeps the admin ticking along. She lives in London with her husband and two children. The original Mr Glue contributor, Amelia wrote the first stories for the Mr Glue App.

Carrie Gregory-Hood – Cofounder – makes it into a business
Amelia asked Carrie whether personalising children’s stories could be turned into a business. Together they set about transforming the idea into the Mr Glue Stories app. Known for making stuff happen, Carrie is in charge of everything for Mr Glue that isn’t creating original content – happily that’s Amelia and Jose’s domain! Before working for Mr Glue she created and ran her own fashion accessories business: “CarrieMe” which wholesaled in over 150 shops in the UK and internationally and was shortlisted two years in a row for Luxury Gift of the Year. She was Head of Marketing for a new pan-European online retail bank startup and before that, had a similar role in an online advertising agency. She worked in Marketing for L’Oreal in France, Spain and the UK; did an MBA in Switzerland at IMD; worked for an NGO in Guatemala for 6 months; and ran in the early part of her career the Scandinavian Mergers & Acquisitions team for BNP Paribas, so quite a fun mix! She lives in London, loves languages, a challenge, travelling and is a bit of a culture vulture … and never turns down Amelia’s amazing impromptu lunches.
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Jose Fragoso – Art Director Extraordinaire, Creator of the Mr Glue Crew characters and illustrations in the app.
Amelia and Carrie met Jose in New York in 2013 and just couldn’t believe their luck – his illustrations were magical, so he just had to be persuaded right then and there, to come on board and create Mr Glue and his crew.
Jose creates illustrations, comics and children’s books. He studied Cartoon Animation and Graphic Design in Madrid (Spain) and Illustration at the School Of Visual Arts New York. He is the in-house illustrator for Picture Farm Productions in Brooklyn. His illustrations have appeared in children´s books, magazines, comic books and album artworks in Spain and US. His clients include Sony Music, Jewish Children´s Museum of Brooklyn and the Instituto Cervantes New York. He contributes to publications such as 3×3 Magazine and Creative Quarterly. He teaches Illustration at Instituto Cervantes New York and United Nations International School, among others. He lives in Chicago with his wife, his daughters Olivia and Frida and his French bulldog. His hands are always inky and he is 100% feliz.
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Borja Bonafuente –  the first illustrator to join the Mr Glue team!
Borja is an artist and illustrator, who lives and works in Spain. Originally he trained as a lawyer and thinks it’s quite funny  that he has always worked as an artist and never as a lawyer! He studied at the Art Student’s League in New York and is now based in Madrid, a city which he loves.The quality of his painting is mesmerising: he specialises in portraits that are hyper-real. He is a keen Beatles fan. Music, he says, goes hand in hand with visual art, and he listens as he paints.The Christmas Adventure is the first story that he has illustrated for children. (And we think it’s terrific! Ed)

Stewart Scudamore – The Voice of Mr Glue and Director of the Sound Effects Crew
Stewart was born in London. He is of Greek, Scottish, Irish and German descent.He is an actor who enjoys the challenge of working in theatre, film and television: ‘Blefuscian Captain’ in Gulliver’s Travels, ‘Antiphus’ in Homer’s The Odyssey and ‘Stephano’ in NT’s adaptation of The Tempest. He directs various projects for the UK Shakespeare Schools Festival as well as facilitating ‘Kids do Drama’ workshops around London.He is enjoying creating the voice of Mr Glue, and working with his enthusiastic sound crew at Primrose Hill Primary School. Stewart hopes to play the role of Mr.Glue, should Hollywood come knocking!
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Elizabeth Norden – the composer who arranged the music
Elizabeth was born in Bath, Somerset, amongst a family of many siblings, surrounded by books, paintings and a grand piano.She trained at London Contemporary Dance Theatre and then went on to study music at Trinity College of Music. Much later she did a Masters course in Writing Music for Film and TV as she has always enjoyed using visual imagery to inspire her compositions. Elizabeth also works as a photographer. She combines this with teaching the piano, which she loves.She has written music for films, drama and dance as well as ‘music to listen to’. Music has brought her together with a wide variety of amazing people and exciting projects. She says, ‘Sometimes I feel I am a Mr Glue when I write music. I am putting together different sounds in the best way possible to take you on a journey that will inspire and deepen your imagination and bring the characters to life.’

Maja Bogunovic – who wrote our theme tune, which opens each story recording
Maja was born in Slovenia.She is a musician who is largely self-taught. She plays both the guitar and piano and is currently completing her first album. She is says she is less influenced by genre, more by the emotion behind the music. Her aim in writing is to keep the music in a raw state, avoiding overproduced sounds.She has worked as an English teacher at a primary school in Slovenia, has been a flight attendant, vet’s assistant, nanny, delivered humanitarian aid to parts of the ex-Yugoslavia (which is where she met her husband). At the moment she keeps the admin going in the family company.She lives in London with her husband, who is a music journalist, her two children and her dog. She says she always has a tune in her head.

Lorna Bradbury – who edited the stories
Now she is a mother of three, Lorna’s passion for children’s books has become even more essential.She writes the Ask Lorna column in the Daily Telegraph – where she is deputy literary editor – and answers readers’ questions about what their children would really like to read. She cherishes the authors who fired her young imagination, and salutes those who inspire her own children – Eva Ibbotson, Anthony Horowitz and Sally Gardner. This is a golden era for children’s literature, so don’t bore her with jeremiads about the decline of publishing.Married and a graduate of London University, Lorna lives on the fringes of Regent’s Park where her five-year-old is currently teaching her to use the new family Tablet.

Primrose Hill Primary School – and our splendid Sound Effects Crew
Primrose Hill School is a community school in North London, close to Regent’s park.It is a wonderfully multi-cultural place, friendly and lively. It provides tremendous opportunities for its pupils.The school’s fantastic results are a product of an academic curriculum that is balanced with an impressive ‘enrichment’ programme, often delivered by professional artists, actors and musicians. (In fact it is the only primary school in the country with its own resident opera company).The drama group that has worked to produce the sound effects used in this app have demonstrated tremendous powers of imagination, enthusiasm and energy. I think there’s a bit of a future there – thanks, guys!