Meet the team

Our rapidly-growing team is a diverse bunch, but we all have one thing in common; we’re passionate about how children learn. We’re here to help and love communicating with our customers – anything you need, get in touch!

Nicola

Nicola Chilman

Role: Co-founder

Family: 2 boys and a girl aged 10,8,4

Previous career or training: Teacher 10 years, Education Centre Director 7 years, Lifeguard, Carer, Chalet Host in a ski resort

Most likely to be found doing: Cooking or baking

What most people don’t know about me is: Welsh Young Farmers Stock Judging Champion

Favourite superhero: Supergirl

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Justin Trudeau

Biggest achievement to date: Keeping track of my three kids

#1 on my bucket list: Travel across America (with Tom…maybe)

Tom

Tom Minor

Role: Co-founder

Family: 2 boys and a girl aged 10,8,4

Previous career or training: Teacher 11 years, Education Centre Director 7 years, Ford Motor Company 2 years

Most likely to be found doing: Swimming, cycling or watching rugby (if not working or with family)

What most people don’t know about me is: I bred budgerigars as a teenager – one day, I’ll get to do it again!

Favourite superhero: Bananaman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: David Walliams

Biggest achievement to date: I’ve never missed a vote in a local or general election

#1 on my bucket list: Spacetravel

Guilty Pleasure: Real ale

Rebecca

Rebecca Hill

Role: Business Support Manager

Family: 2 girls aged 8 and 9

Previous career or training: Legal Executive specialising in personal injury law, Secretary, Shop Assistant and Chambermaid

Most likely to be found doing: Things with my kids or reading

What most people don’t know about me is: I used to be a Bristol Rovers FC season ticket holder and travelled to all their away matches

Biggest achievement to date: Definitely my kids and recently running my first 5K race!

#1 on my bucket list: To go snorkelling in The Maldives again

Guilty Pleasure: Watching Neighbours and a glass of pink Prosecco

Ian

Ian Partridge

Role: Maths Curriculum Manager

Family: 1 lovely young man, aged 14!

Previous career or training: Teacher of 15 years, Deputy Headteacher and IT and Maths Education Consultant to schools. Children’s sports coach, mentor and a former expert in blowing up rocks!

Most likely to be found doing: Playing sport or making music

What most people don’t know about me is: I was once in a newspaper dressed as a giant banana!

Favourite superhero: Batman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: David Walliams / J.K. Rowling

Biggest achievement to date: Making my pupils confident, happy and successful learners!

#1 on my bucket list: Parachute jumping over the grand canyon

Guilty Pleasure: That’s an easy one…a sneaky bar of chocolate whilst watching a good comedy movie :)

Laura

Laura Young Santos

Role: Curriculum Assistant

Previous Career/Training: BEd Primary Teaching

Most likely to be doing: Spending time with family and dancing!

What most people don’t know about me I was born in Barcelona

Favourite Superhero: Mulan

Person I’d most like to have dinner with: Jude Law

Biggest Achievement: Graduating with a 1st

#1 on my bucket list: Travel around Australia

Guilty pleasure: Eating baby food

Robert

Robert Phillips

Role: Software Developer

Family: 2 boys, 17 and 21

Previous career or training: Royal Mail 19 years

Most likely to be found doing: Flying fake planes on a flight simulator or listening to rock music at unhealthy volume levels

What most people don’t know about me is: I’m really secretive

Favourite superhero: Spider-Man

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: The person that wrote the Voynich Manuscript

#1 on my bucket list: Learn to fly a real plane

Guilty Pleasure: Dance movies like Step Up and Footloose

SarahJane

Sarah Jane Dent

Role: Project Manager

Previous career or training: Maths graduate from The University of Bath

Most likely to be found doing: Drinking tea and eating cake

What most people don’t know about me is: I have a Silver Blue Peter badge

Favourite superhero: Bubbles from the Power Puff Girls

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: The Queen

Biggest achievement to date: Being on Spotify

#1 on my bucket list: See the pyramids in Egypt

Guilty Pleasure: Gilmore Girls

Jack

Jack Taylor

Role: Technical Placement Student

Previous career or training: Current student at the University of Bath

Most likely to be found doing: Tabletop games or cooking

What most people don’t know about me is: I’m in the top 250 participants in the Eterna protein folding project

Favourite superhero: Wonder Woman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: JK Rowling

Biggest achievement to date: 80.6% in second year with 7 volunteering positions

#1 on my bucket list: Learn German

Guilty pleasure: Once Upon A Time

Emma

Emma Hall

Role: Account Manager

Previous career or training: Teacher, lifeguard, ice rink steward

Most likely to be found doing: Running or reading

What most people don’t know about me is: I once learnt to fly a glider

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: J.K. Rowling

Biggest achievement to date: Completing a marathon

#1 on my bucket list: See the Northern Lights

Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate

Matt

Mateusz Jaworski

Role: Account Manager

Previous career or training: Recent Bath Spa Graduate, Volunteering Teaching Assistant

Favourite superhero: Green Power ranger

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Louis Theroux

Biggest achievement to date: Learning English from scratch

#1 on my bucket list: To travel across South America

Guilty pleasure: A tub of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting

Luke

Luke Pollard

Role: Digital Marketing Specialist

Previous career or training: Adventure food startup, English teacher in Japan

Most likely to be found doing: Cooking, eating or watching sport

What most people don’t know about me is: I was on a gameshow with Dave Benson Phillips and Fern Cotton when I was younger. I was dressed as a fish

Favourite superhero: Is Poirot a superhero?

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Ray Mears

Biggest achievement to date: Briefly #1 in the world on a quiz app. It didn’t last long

#1 on my bucket list: Own a library of cookbooks

Guilty Pleasure: Wasting away hours playing FIFA

Claire

Claire Kilding

Role: Sales Assistant

Previous career or training: Student at the University of Bath! BA Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Italian), MA Translation and Professional Language Skills.

Most likely to be found doing: You’ll normally find me latin and ballroom dancing

What most people don’t know about me is: I used to be a vegetarian until bacon and steak converted me

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Graham Norton

Biggest achievement to date: Dancing in a Blackpool ballroom final!

#1 on my bucket list: Travel, travel, travel

Guilty pleasure: Not missing an episode of Neighbours

 

Cameron Halkett

Role: Technical Support Assistant

Previous career or training: Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Most likely to be found doing: Watching Football

What most people don’t know about me is: I used to make youtube videos

Favourite superhero: Batman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Anyone willing to pay

Biggest achievement to date: Running a Marathon

#1 on my bucket list: Own a house with a porch and a white picket fence

Guilty Pleasure: Watching videos of people falling over

Hugh

Hugh Dale

Role: Business Development Manager

Family: Twin boys aged eight and dog child 10

Previous career or training: Brand Manager, Business Manager, Mr Mum and Rugby Coach

Most likely to be found doing: Watching rugby #COYB, cooking, playing with my boys or undertaking ambitious DIY projects

What most people don’t know about me is: Once saved a four year old from drowning in an icy pool (I was seven years old at the time)

Favourite superhero: Deadpool

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Charlie Brooker

Biggest achievement to date: #1 on Angry Birds seasons (1 of 14,500,000)

#1 on my bucket list: Learn to fly

Guilty pleasure: Fantasy Rugby, Beers and slow cooked spicy smoky meat

Claire

Claire Fawkes

Role: Accountant

Family: 3 girls aged 5,5 & 4

Previous career or training: Print Estimator, PA, Auditor, Accountant for a FTSE100, a Charity, and a couple of e-commerce businesses.

Most likely to be found doing: Trying to hide from my children! :)

What most people don’t know about me is: Massive Jerry Springer fan

Favourite superhero: Superman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Noel Fielding and Louis Theroux

Biggest achievement to date: Being happy

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate

Andy Edwards

Role: Developer

Previous career or training: Nine years of mobile app development

Most likely to be found doing: Hanging out with my Australian cattle dog and pal, Blue

What most people don’t know about me is: I lived in Canada for a while and grew an unhealthy obsession for Tim Horton’s coffee

Favourite superhero: Flash

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Elon Musk

Biggest achievement to date: Running 60 miles from London to Brighton, raising money for Cancer Research UK

#1 on my bucket list: Whale watching

Jess Jolliffe

Role: Graphic Design Intern

Previous career or training:  BA (Hons) Illustration

Most likely to be found doing:  Walking my dogs, reading or doodling in my sketchbook.

What most people don’t know about me is:  I survived 10 nights of mud and rain camping at Glastonbury festival,
whilst working there as a creative artist.

Favourite superhero:  Elastigirl, The Incredibles

Person you’d most like to have dinner with:  Tom Hanks

Biggest achievement to date:  Writing and illustrating my own children’s book

Guilty pleasure: G&T

 

Eve Saunders

Role: Business Support Intern

Previous career or training:  BSc Biochemistry

Most likely to be found doing:  Baking or reading.

What most people don’t know about me is:  I’ve flown a plane

Favourite superhero:  Rocket (from Guardians of the Galaxy)

Person you’d most like to have dinner with:  David Attenborough

Biggest achievement to date:  Running a half marathon

Guilty pleasure: Watching ‘Escape to the Country’

 

Jack Dendle

Role: Account Manager

Previous career or training:  Experian, LexisNexis and BSc Accountancy

Most likely to be found doing:  Playing fotball and barbecueing

What most people don’t know about me is:  I used to be in a band

Favourite superhero:  Roy Keane

Person you’d most like to have dinner with:  Chris Kamara

Biggest achievement to date:  Playing hockey for Wales U15’s

#1 on my bucket list: Travelling around Asia

 

George Finn

Role: Junior Developer

Previous career or training:  BSc Computer Science

Most likely to be found doing:  Exploring an interesting story – most likely reading one

What most people don’t know about me is:  I’m more Irish than English

Favourite superhero:  Nightcrawler (Marvel).

Person you’d most like to have dinner with:  Genghis Khan

#1 on my bucket list:  Learn to play the piano

Guilty pleasure: Writing bad stories