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

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: 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

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

Most likely to be found: 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

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

Most likely to be found: 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

Laura

Laura Young Santos

Role: Content Executive

Previous Career or training: BEd Primary Teaching

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

What most people don’t know about me I can perform the whole of Mamma Mia from beginning to end. “I have a dream…”

Favourite Superhero: Mulan

Person I’d most like to have dinner with: Kit Harrington

Biggest Achievement: Graduating with a 1st

#1 on my bucket list: Travel around Australia

Guilty pleasure: Eating baby food

 

Robert

Don Keir

Role: Technical Lead

Previous career or training: 34 years in IT industry including founder of two tech companies

Most likely to be found: Buying pointless things on Amazon

What most people don’t know about me is: I watched the Space Shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral

Favourite superhero: Jessica Jones

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Richard Feynman

Biggest achievement to date: Helping to raise three children to adulthood

#1 on my bucket list: Explore the UK and Europe in a VW Campervan

Alex Howard

 

Role: Junior Software Developer

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

Most likely to be found doing: Playing FIFA or table tennis

Favourite superhero: Groot

Biggest achievement to date: Silver DofE Award

#1 on my bucket list: Run a marathon

 

 

 

 

SarahJane

Sarah Jane Dent

Role: Product Manager

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

Most likely to be found: 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: Junior Developer

Previous career or training: Student at the University of Bath

Most likely to be found: 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: People, Space and Culture Manager

Previous career or training: KS2 teacher, lifeguard, ice rink steward

Most likely to be found: Running or reading

What most people don’t know about me is: I learnt to fly a glider aged 16

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, ideally from a glass bubble or igloo!

Guilty Pleasure: Munching on chocolate while reading a good book by the fire

Jess

Jess Evans

Role: Curriculum Manager

Previous career or training: Biology graduate and Primary School Teacher

Most likely to be found: Reading with a cup of tea

What most people don’t know about me is: I have been an extra on TV!

Favourite superhero: Baby Groot

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Freddie Mercury (if he was still alive!)

Biggest achievement to date: Marrying my husband and graduating with a 1st

#1 on my bucket list: New York

Guilty pleasure: Watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Andy Edwards

Role: Senior Software Developer

Previous career or training: Nine years of mobile app development

Most likely to be found: 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

Luke

Wayne Timbrell

Role: Digital Marketing Specialist

Previous career or training: 20+ years working in marketing and ecommerce

Most likely to be found: Gardening

What most people don’t know about me is: I once took part in a daytime tv quiz show. No, I didn’t win.

Favourite superhero: LEGO Batman

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

Biggest achievement to date: Completing my Panini Football 85 sticker album

#1 on my bucket list: Learn to speak fluent Spanish

Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate. And Biscuits.

Charlotte Murray

Role: Graphic Designer

Previous career or training: BA History (for some reason), MA Graphic Arts, freelance graphic design

Most likely to be found: Watching Netflix with the boyhalf and a glass of wine

What most people don’t know about me is: I was born with an extra finger (don’t worry, it was removed at birth!)

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Only one!? I’ll go with Olivia Colman. Equal parts adorable and hilarious

Biggest achievement to date: Staying alive this long. I’m quite clumsy.

#1 on my bucket list: Get a book published

Guilty pleasure: Louis Theroux documentaries

George Finn

Role: Software Developer

Previous career or training: BSc Computer Science

Most likely to be found: 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

 

 

 

 

Lucy Hart

Role: Junior Content Executive

Previous career or training: History graduate from the University of Exeter

Most likely to be found: Going on a long walk

What most people don’t know about me is: I won a competition to have my drawing as the cover of The Bath Magazine when I was in Year 5

Favourite superhero: Baymax (from Big Hero 6)

Biggest achievement to date: Graduating with a 1st!

#1 on my bucket list: Visit Japan

Guilty Pleasure: Watching Homes Under the Hammer

Jasmin Clements

Role: School Account Manager

Previous career or training: 3 years teacher of English as a foreign language, BA Linguistics and Spanish, bilingual school English assistant, park keeper

Most likely to be found: Rock climbing! (or possibly eating)

What most people don’t know about me is: I have a black belt in karate

Favourite superhero: Spiderman (for obvious reasons…)

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Emma Watson

Biggest achievement to date: Marrying my childhood sweetheart

#1 on my bucket list: Canoeing in Canada

Guilty Pleasure: MonsterMunch (they’re not just for kids!)

Lydia Carnegie

Role: School Account Manager

Previous career or training: Retail, Secondary Teacher of Drama & English, Teaching Assistant and an excellent Pot Wash when I was 14

Most likely to be found: Spending time with family, friends and my dog Buddy

What most people don’t know about me is: I was once on CBBC

Favourite superhero: Hulk

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

Biggest achievement to date: Getting married last year and getting a 1st in my degree (oh, and completing these questions…)

#1 on my bucket list: New York, New York!

Guilty Pleasure: Eating peanut butter out of a jar

Sarah Canniffe

Role: Software Development Placement Student

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

Most likely to be found: Painting with watercolours

What most people don’t know about me is: I was a competitive swimmer (as competitive as 15 year olds are)

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: My cats

Biggest achievement to date: Getting into university without any A-levels!

#1 on my bucket list: See the Milky Way at night

Guilty Pleasure: Rice Krispies with vanilla frosting

 

 

 

Callum Browne

Role: Software Development Placement Student

Previous career or training: Studying Mathematics and Computer Science at University of Exeter

Most likely to be found: Watching Peep Show

What most people don’t know about me is: I know pi to fifty decimal places

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Joe Strummer

Biggest achievement to date: Winning the Universities Snooker Championship

#1 on my bucket list: Visit every continent (including Antarctica!)

Guilty Pleasure: Anything sweet

Steven Craig

Role: Education Consultant

Previous career or training: Primary School teacher, NPQSL, DipEd, Conference Manager

Most likely to be found: Going on an adventure

What most people don’t know about me is: I have a passion for writing

Favourite superhero: The Dark Knight

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

Biggest achievement to date: Lapping Wayne in Go Karting

#1 on my bucket list: Seeing Earth from space

Guilty Pleasure: Listening to Hans Zimmer soundtracks

 

Rachel Tilley

Role: Education Consultant

Previous career or training: Teacher, retail/sales

Most likely to be found: Finding new recipes that I most likely won’t cook and watching Netflix

What most people don’t know about me is: My family used to have a pet wallaby that we took on holidays with us

Favourite superhero: Wonder Woman

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

Biggest achievement to date: Moving from Australia to London

#1 on my bucket list: To see the Northern Lights

Guilty Pleasure: David Attenborough documentaries

Kim Brown

Role: School Account Manager

Previous career or training: Music and Psychology Graduate, Primary School Teacher (Y1 and Y6)

Most likely to be found: Listening to live music

What most people don’t know about me is: I trained as an opera singer

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

Biggest achievement to date: Having my art shown on CBBC when I was 7!

#1 on my bucket list: To travel South America and visit Machu Picchu

Guilty Pleasure: Going for afternoon tea

 

James

James Brown

Role: Commercial Lead

Family: Two girls

Previous career or training: Lots of website, ecommerce, design, magazine and a big dash of IT

Most likely to be found: Mucking about with something technical

What most people don’t know about me is: I have a collection of Indiana Jones props

Favourite superhero: Batman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Michael Palin

Biggest achievement to date: My two amazing daughters

#1 on my bucket list: Hiking to Everest Base Camp

Guilty pleasure: Pease Pudding

Olivia Austin

Role: Intern

Previous career or training: Front of House assistant in a seafood restaurant and a country club in the USA

Most likely to be found: By the sea and spending time with my family

What most people don’t know about me is: I spend around 2/3 months a year living in a beach hut in Dorset

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Bruce Springsteen

Biggest achievement to date: Getting my degree in Events Management

#1 on my bucket list: Travel Australia

Guilty pleasure: Friends (the TV show) and cake!!!

 


Saara Ailasmaa

Role: QA Software Test Engineer

Previous career or training: Vocational qualification in Graphic Design

Most likely to be found: Drinking coffee

What most people don’t know about me is: I used to have pet snails

Favourite superhero: Aikku Jokinen

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Tove Jansson

Biggest achievement to date: Moving to England

#1 on my bucket list: Write a bucket list

Guilty pleasure: Coffee

 

Megan Taylor

Role: School Account Manager

Previous career or training: BEd Early Years Education & Early Years Practitioner

Most likely to be found: Socialising, baking and walking my dogs

What most people don’t know about me is: I was once in a tornado in Florida

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

Biggest achievement to date: Completing Bath half marathon

#1 on my bucket list: To take my dad back to an orphanage in Kenya that we visited

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate, gin and Desperate Housewives!

 

Chris Jones

Role: Education Consultant

Family: One wife and two daughters

Previous career or training: Twenty-plus years as a primary school teacher (6 years as as an Assistant Headteacher) teaching in KS1 and KS2. PhD in American History

Most likely to be found: Cooking or daughter-wrangling

What most people don’t know about me is: I lived in a log cabin in West Virginia for 3 months

Favourite superhero: Peter Quill

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

Biggest achievement to date: My daughters’ sense of humour

#1 on my bucket list: Take my wife to Venice on the Orient Express

Guilty pleasure: Fizzy sweets

 

Krista Clay

Role: Education and Business Support Intern

Family: Two brothers and a sister

Previous career or training: Barista, biology graduate and maths teacher

Most likely to be found: Adventuring outdoors or baking in my kitchen!

What most people don’t know about me is:  I love board games

Favourite superhero: Wonder Woman

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

Biggest achievement to date: Completing the Bath Half Marathon

#1 on my bucket list: To complete a massive piece of artwork!

Guilty pleasure: Maltesers and anything with Maltesers in

 

Jo Kiddell

Role: Customer Service Advisor

Family: A boy and a girl

Previous career or training: BSc in Environmental Science, Education, Heritage and Arts Project Manager, Company Director

Most likely to be found: Reading, gardening or at the beach

What most people don’t know about me is: I once presented a science show on TV

Favourite superhero: Wonder Woman

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Kirstie and Phil

Biggest achievement to date: My children

#1 on my bucket list: Seeing polar bears in the wild in Canada

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate!

 

Kelly Antonowicz

Role: Customer Service Advisor

Family: Two sons and one daughter

Previous career or training: BSc Psychology, Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, and School Governance

Most likely to be found: Ferrying my children from club to club, or at the gym

What most people don’t know about me is: I speak Italian

Favourite superhero: Black Widow

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Maria Montessori

Biggest achievement to date: My three children!

#1 on my bucket list: Walk the Appalachian Trail

Guilty pleasure: Dark chocolate and espresso

 

Nicki Smith

Role: Customer Service Advisor

Family:Husband Robin, daughters Aimee (11) and Cerys (9), puppy dog Connie and guinea pig Jiffy

Previous career or training: BA (Hons) in French and English; franchise owner for The Creation Station; pub manager; Wine Merchant management, retail and painter/decorator!

Most likely to be found: Geocaching in the great outdoors or supporting Welsh rugby

What most people don’t know about me is:  I spent a summer working at Disneyland Paris while I was studying for my degree

Favourite superhero: Alun Wyn Jones (or Batfink)

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Jacinda Ardern

Biggest achievement to date: My two daughters!

#1 on my bucket list: Taking the family to New Zealand

Guilty pleasure: White wine – anything but Chardonnay!

 

Tristan Russell

Role: Software Development Placement Student

Previous career or training: Currently studying Computer Science BSc at The University of Bath

Most likely to be found: Shopping for computer components

Favourite superhero: Spiderman

Biggest achievement to date: Completing my A Level maths a year early

#1 on my bucket list: Learn to fly a paraglider