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: Jude Law

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

SarahJane

Sarah Jane Dent

Role: Project 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: School Account Manager

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

Most likely to be found: 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

 

 

 

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

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.

 

Cameron Halkett

Role: Junior Product Manager

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

Most likely to be found: 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

Andy Edwards

Role: 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

 

 

 

Charlotte Murray

Role: Junior 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: Junior 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

 

 

 

 

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

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: Customer Service Advisor/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: Product Ambassador

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

Alfie

Alfie Davies

Role: Digital Marketing Intern

Family: One cocker spaniel (if that counts).

Previous career or training: 1st in English from Exeter.

Most likely to be found: Singing loudly in my bedroom.

What most people don’t know about me is: I’m this year’s champion of the University of Bristol’s Beatbox Battle!

Favourite superhero: Spiderman.

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Wes Anderson.

Biggest achievement to date: Organising a 3-week performance tour of the US with my uni acappella group, Semi-Toned.

#1 on my bucket list: War and Peace. Also get a tattoo.

James

James Brown

Role: Digital Marketing Specialist

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: Riesen Chocolate Chews