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 8,6,3

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 8,6,3

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 6

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 12!

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, 16 and 19

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: Business Support Intern

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: Buttercup 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

Clare

Clare Gallagher

Role: Sales & Marketing Intern

Previous career or training: Early Years Teacher, Bereavement Counsellor for Children and Young People, bar staff in an Irish bar (the best kind) and a jazz bar

Most likely to be found doing: Reading, procrastinating on writing my novel by completing any number of meaningless tasks

What most people don’t know about me is: I can click my toes, but only on one foot. Worth seeing!

Favourite superhero: My amazing Mum (as Bananaman’s already taken)

Person you’d most like to have dinner with: The fictional Michael Scott (‘World’s best boss’ of The Office)

Biggest achievement to date: Not letting my complete inability to hold a note prevent me from joining a choir and performing at public events

#1 on my bucket list: Typing ‘The End’ on my novel

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate croissants, just warm. Preferably two. No judgements