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 Coordinator

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 to juggle

Guilty pleasure: Once Upon A Time

Matt

Mateusz Jaworski

Role: Business Development Assistant

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

Grace

Grace Winn

Role: Customer Support Assistant

Family: My Border Terrier, Freya

Previous career or training: Kumon teaching assistant & training in musical theatre

Most likely to be found doing: Dancing, baking or probably climbing a tree!

What most people don’t know about me is: I won a masterclass cooking experience with Jamie Oliver in a cookery competition at secondary school.

Favourite superhero: Daredevil

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: Gordon Ramsey

Biggest achievement to date: Performing on a West End stage

#1 on my bucket list: Travel around Southeast Asia and volunteer at an elephant sanctuary

Guilty Pleasure: Frank Sinatra

Emma

Emma Hall

Role: Customer Support Advisor

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

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: Marketing Support Intern

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