Ashbourne College Staff

Ashbourne was founded in 1981 by its current principal and director Mike Kirby. The college employs a large number of teaching and administrative staff.

One of the great things about Ashbourne is the excellent and enduring relationships between staff and students. Students are encouraged to use first names with their teachers and are not required to wear school uniform, which helps engender mutual respect and approachability.

Senior Management


Michael Kirby

MSc (London); BApSc (Toronto); MInstD

mike kirby

Mike Kirby founded Ashbourne College in 1981 and has since presided over its continuing academic development and growth in reputation.

Mike studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto and Statistics in London. He is a key figure in the promotion of independent education in the UK through bodies such as the Council for Independent Education (CIE). He is a former main member for the Admissions Panel for Medicine at UCL.

Director of Studies and Head of Sixth Form

Lee Kirby

lee kirby

Lee oversees and ensures the academic and personal success of all Ashbourne students by investing time and effort in each individual student. He works alongside staff, as leader of Ashbourne’s Personal Tutor team, to support and motivate students to reach their full potential. He also supervises all UCAS issues in consultation with Heads of Faculty and Personal Tutors.

Lee has been instrumental in building a strong and dynamic team of staff and is responsible for supporting and facilitating staff development and overall operational management of the college. He is also Ashbourne’s SENDCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

Lee has a passion for all things Vietnamese and has spent much time in the country performing as a singer songwriter and professional football player. He is a qualified FA coach and has also played semi-professionally in the UK.

Assistant Director of Studies and Leader of Faculties

James Wykes

MA Modern Literatures in English (Birkbeck, University of London); BA English Literature (University of Wales); PGCE English (King’s College)

James Wykes

Since joining Ashbourne in 2007, James has made an outstanding contribution to the academic development of the school. As well as leading an exceptionally successful English Department, he was instrumental in establishing Drama as a vital part of Ashbourne’s curriculum. He has enriched the college’s cultural life with initiatives that have ranged from the college newspaper to critical theory seminars. Above all, as Assistant Director of Studies and Leader of Faculties, he has guided and motivated countless Ashbourne students and has co-presided over the evolution of the college’s programme for critical theory with Wesley Rykalski.

Academic Management: Heads of Faculty, Deputy Heads of Year 13, Year 12 Personal Tutors

Head of Faculty for Finance and Computing and Year 12 Personal Tutor

Ruchi Agarwal

MA Computer Applications (MCA, India); B.Com Hons (India); ICT and Computing PGCE (Institute of Education, London)

Ruchi Agarwal

Ruchi has a Masters in Computer Applications and Bachelors of Commerce with Honours from her native India. She started teaching ICT and Computing in the UK in 2001 and completed her PGCE in ICT from one of the most prestigious institutions, the Institute of Education, University of London. She joined Ashbourne in 2012 and has progressed to become a core member of our staff. She constantly tries to improve her teaching strategies and is passionate about promoting Computer Science at Ashbourne. Apart from her love for Bollywood, she enjoys reading fiction and aspires to play badminton well.

Head of Faculty for Multimedia and Social Sciences

Dennis Fulcher

MA Government and Political Studies (London Metropolitan University); BSc Hons Sociology (Kingston); NVQ L4 Print Journalism (Richmond Adult Community College); PGCE (Greenwich)

Dennis Fulcher

Dennis is a senior member of staff and has been working at Ashbourne for many years. He teaches a broad range of subjects including Politics, Film, Media, Law and Psychology. He is also a team leader for Politics A level examiners

Dennis takes a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and combines his technical expertise and years of experience to create lively and engaging classes for his students. As a result Dennis’ students consistently achieve excellent grades and rate their overall learning experience highly.

Dennis is a lifelong film enthusiast.

Head of Faculty for Languages

Alberto Lado Rey

MA Hispanic Studies (UCL); BA English Language Studies (University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain); Teachers Training Certificate (University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain)

Ashbourne College London Spanish teacher - Alberto Lado Rey

Alberto is Faculty Head of Languages at Ashbourne and has been teaching at the college since 2000. He has been an Edexcel examiner since 2004. Alberto specialises in Spanish and Latin American culture. Most recently he has started teaching Theatre Studies. Alberto is also responsible for Ashbourne’s IELTS programme and organises the college’s language trips.

Head of Faculty for Culture and Society

William Stockland

MA History of Art (University of Edinburgh); BA Art History (University of Edinburgh)

Ashbourne College London - History of Art teacher William Stockland

Will Stockland has studied both Western and Eastern art history at the universities of Edinburgh, London and Oxford. As well as being a teacher, Will has worked in charitable fundraising, in the wine trade and as a bookseller. He has been the editor of several magazines and writes book reviews for various publications. He has many hobbies, including book collecting and snooker, and he is an active member of his local church.

Will leads Ashbourne’s Oxbridge Entry Programme.

Head of Faculty for Natural Sciences and Deputy Head of Sixth Form

Amy Youngman

BSc Neuroscience (Kings College, London)

Amy YoungmanStudying Neuroscience was what first motivated Amy to share her love of science, and expertise, with others. She is particularly fascinated by human biology and immunology and, not surprisingly, does a fantastic job inspiring and enabling her students to explore and develop their own passions.
Amy joined Ashbourne in 2015 as Head of Faculty for Natural Sciences and leads Ashbourne’s Medical School Programme, providing the practical support and guidance students require to make successful applications for highly competitive university degree courses in medicine and dentistry. She draws on years of experience as head of science, teaching and as a UCL Medical School interviewer.

As Ashbourne’s Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Amy also offers students the high level of individual support and encouragement they need to ensure they find the right career pathway, achieve their academic potential and secure a place at their chosen university.

Deputy Head of Year 13 and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Frances Burns

BA History and Drama (Liverpool); Master of Fine Arts (Ohio)

Ashbourne College London Drama and Theatre Studies teacher - Frances Burns

Fran is Ashbourne’s Deputy Head of Year 13 and the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the college. She has many years experience delivering specialist programmes in student health and wellbeing and also plays a key role in PSHEE education and developing policy at Ashbourne. She believes that supporting students in all aspects of their lives is one of the key factors helping them reach their personal and academic potential. Fran has plenty of teaching experience too and was formerly head of drama.

Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Careers Leader

Sean Pillai

MEng Civil Engineering with Business Management (Warwick University)

Sean Pillai

Sean plays a very active role at Ashbourne both in terms of helping students reach their academic potential and in enjoying their experience at the college. 

He heads Ashbourne’s Engineering Programme and runs weekly engineering sessions involving seminars, talks, group projects and activities. Students benefit from his expertise and experience in these sessions as well as his guidance throughout their UCAS application process.

Sean began his career as an investment banker but quickly realised that teaching was his preferred profession. He joined Ashbourne in 2015. 

Sean is keen sportsman and plays lacrosse, football and tennis in his spare time, as well as skiing, surfing, sailing and mountaineering. He is also plays the drums, and does volunteering and fundraising for charities.

Personal Tutor Year 12

Philip Arnold

MSc Climate Science and Policy (University of Bristol); BSc Biological Sciences (University of Warwick)

Philip Arnold Philip is passionate about environmental issues and not only brings his research experience in this area to his Biology teaching but also in genetics and evolution, animal and plant biology, clinical microbiology and ecology.

Personal Tutor Year 12

Emily Browne

BSc Psychology; PGCE Biology (King’s College, London)

Emily Browne - Psychology - Ashbourne College London

Emily joined Ashbourne in 2017 to teach Psychology and Biology after completing her PGCE and attaining a first class degree in Psychology. She is particularly interested in biopsychology and its influence on psychopathology.

Emily plays in a women’s netball league and loves coaching year 7 students.

Personal Tutor Year 12

Alex Goodwin

BSc (Hons) Medical Science (University of Birmingham); PGDipEd (University of Birmingham)

Alex Goodwin - Chemistry - Ashbourne College London Alex brings not only his passion for science to the classroom but professional experience and expertise in chemistry and teaching. He believes students should play a pivotal role in their own learning success and has been teaching the subject for more than four years with great results.

Personal Tutor Year 12

Katie Pettitt

MA Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism (Essex); BA English Literature and History of Art (Joint Honours) (Birmingham); PGCE (UEL)

Ashbourne College London History of Art teacher - Katie Pettitt

Katie has played various roles in the arts sector in London, including working for the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Anne Thorne Architects and most recently the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), for which she collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists on innovative and high-profile art projects in and around London’s Olympic Park.

Before teaching at Ashbourne, Katie established History of Art A level at the International School of Creative Arts (ISCA), the only specialist day and boarding school run in association with University of the Arts London (UAL). She joined Ashbourne in 2012 and now teaches History of Art, Media Studies and English.

Katie is passionate about engaging students’ interest and encouraging them to develop their enthusiasm for literature and art history both in and outside the classroom.

Personal Tutor Year 12

Elle Ryan

BA Theology and History with English Literature, Philosophy and Media (Australian Catholic University)

Elle Ryan - IELTS and English - Ashbourne College London

Elle draws on a broad range of fields including history, theology, philosophy and media to enrich and help contextualise English language and literature for her students. She has an excellent rapport with her English students and those in her personal tutor groups who she encourages to develop their own strategies and structures for effective learning making them stakeholders in their own success.

Elle has been teaching for nearly ten years first in Australia and the UK. She teaches English Literature and IELTS at the college.

Teaching Staff

Benvinda Alves

BA Applied Foreign Languages, English and French Literature (University of Nanterre, Paris); BA Portuguese, Society and Culture (University of Lisbon); PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (University of North London)

Benvinda Alves

Benvinda has been teaching French at Ashbourne since 2016. Prior to joining she taught French and Portuguese at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was also an examiner for OCR.

Benvinda is from Nanterre in Paris and is bilingual in French and Portuguese, with spoken Italian and Spanish. As well as being a lifelong learner of languages, she is also fascinated by Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

Jack Bagness

MSc Physics (Imperial College London); BSc Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (Lancaster University)

Jack Bagness

Jack is a first class physicist and teaches Maths and Physics at Ashbourne. He is keen to share his expertise, enthusiasm and drive to help and inspire students to achieve the very best results possible. Jack also has experience working with Oxbridge applicants.

Jack loves cricket. He’s a qualified coach and has played for Lancaster University and Imperial College.

Cristiana Botigella

MA Cultural Policies (London City Univerisity); BA Italian Literature and Contemporary Art (Milan Catholic University)

Cristiana Botigella

Cristiana Bottigella holds a Degree in Italian Literature and Contemporary Art from the Catholic University in Milan and obtained an MA in Cultural Policies from the City University, London. She had her first experience as an Italian teacher in a London College, after which she tutored numerous pupils at different levels in Germany, Austria and Italy. Cristiana has a strong interest in contemporary literature and art and currently teaches at Ashbourne as well as in other independent colleges in London

Joanna Budden

BA History (Leeds); PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Ashbourne College London History teacher - Joanna Budden

Joanna Budden is a valued and long standing member of Ashbourne staff. She taught abroad for a few years before she joined the college in 2010. She is also an Edexcel examiner.

Joanna is a keen traveller and loves the great outdoors.

Gerardo Carballo

MA Film Studies (UCL); MA Foreign Languages applied to Business (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain); CAP (teacher training) (Instituto de Ciencias de la Educacion, Spain); BA English and Film Studies (University of Wolverhampton); BA English Philology (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Ashbourne College London Drama and Theatre Studies teacher - Gerardo Carballo

Gerardo has been teaching Spanish for more than ten years including at Kings College London, City University and the Cervantes Institute, London.

Gerardo has a passion for Spanish and Latin American cinema and enjoys creating bespoke teaching materials in culture, film and politics for his students.

George Chaldezos

BA Hons (University of Thessaloniki); BA Hons (Cologne); PhD study (Cambridge); PGCE (London)

Ashbourne College London Classic Civilisation teacher - George Chaldezos

George teaches Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation, and has been head of Ashbourne’s Classics department since 2003. He is a member of the Association for Latin Teaching and is an assistant examiner for the OCR exam board and the Cambridge Pre-U.

Nick Cheeseman

MA Fine Art (Chelsea College of Arts, UAL); BA Hons Fine Art (Staffordshire University); PGCE Art and Design (Bath Spa University)

Nick Cheeseman - Art - Ashbourne College LondonNick brings a wealth of experience and passion for teaching art to Ashbourne. He is a practising artist who has exhibited his work across the UK and has been teaching for more than seven years. He has also been an Edexcel exam moderator for GCSE and A level. Nick joined the college in 2016.

Richard Clark

Maths integrated masters (Bath University); PGCE Secondary Maths (Oxford University)

Richard Clark - Ashbourne College London Richard has experience teaching Maths from pre-GCSE level all the way up to first year undergraduate. He has taught in both state and private sector schools in the UK and Australia. Richard also worked as a software developer for a company providing services for major UK retailers. He currently teaches GCSE and A level Maths at Ashbourne.

Richard is a rugby union fan.

John Curran

MA Economics Education (Institute of Education, University of London); BA (Hons) Economics; EdD Policy, Research and Professional Practice (London Metropolitan University)

John Curran - Economics - Ashbourne College London

John taught Economics at London Metropolitan University for 35 years before joining Ashbourne in 2015. He is the author of Taking the Fear Out of Economics, an introductory text for A level and first year degree students.

In his free time John likes to run, play the piano and garden. All of which he does slowly. He supports Celtic and West Ham.

Rupinder Dhillon

BSC Industrial and Natural Resource Chemistry (Brunel); PGCE (Brunel)

Ashbourne College London Maths teacher Rupinder Dhillon

Rupinder earned a degree in Industrial and Natural Resource Chemistry from Brunel University before working as an analytical chemist for several companies including SGS and Oxford Agricultural Services. In 1996 she retrained to become a teacher and completed her PGCE.

Rupinder first taught at Ashbourne 19 years ago, before leaving for the States where she lived and travelled for three years. She came back to Ashbourne in 2013. Combined with her love for teaching Maths, her positive personality and sense of humour she is committed to encourage an uncompromising work ethic amongst her students.


In her free time Rupinder enjoys studying French and reading historical fiction. She has a passion for travelling and learning about cultures.

Philip Ellis-Martin

BA (Hons) Mathematics (Warwick University); PGCE Secondary Mathematics (University of East London)

Philip Ellis-Martin
Phil has a first class degree in Maths with experience teaching up to A level.Phil is also a session musician on the drums and bass and has performed in a wide variety of shows, events and venues in the UK and overseas. He also has his own band and music agency.

Olivia Gillman

BA Education with English and Drama (Cambridge University); Undergraduate Foundation in English Literature (Oxford University; dept for continuing eduction)

Olivia GillmanLiv is an actor, director and drama teacher with ten years’ industry experience. She was the Artistic Director for theatre at The In The Woods Festival for five years, receiving coverage in publications including The Evening Standard and Teen Vogue and working alongside producer Tom Bevan (SIX The Musical). As actor, she has worked with directors including Dirk Maggs (BBC/Baker St) and as panellist, has been invited to speak alongside Sir Trevor Nunn. She has worked as a producer on films featuring Ruth Wilson, Jude Law and The Belarus Free Theatre. Whilst at Cambridge, Olivia was nominated for the Footlights’ Writing Prize.
She will be looking to get as many Ashbourne students as possible involved in comedy.

Jak Kirby

BA in Applied Arts (Photography) (Silapakorn University, Thailand)

Jak Kirby

Before coming to Ashbourne Jak worked in the advertising industry and as a television director in Thailand. Jak began at Ashbourne teaching photography but has since established a flourishing Graphics department within the Art Faculty over the many years she has been at the college. She has a particular interest in film production.

George Kontos

MRes Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (University of Sussex); PGCE (University of Brighton); BEng Electronic Engineering (University of Surrey)

George Kontos

George has extensive experience as a computer scientist in the private sector developing and testing software as well as teaching software and games development, programming and lecturing in Computer Science. He is fluent in a wide range of programming languages, and is bilingual in English and Greek.

Caterina Lewis

MA and BA Fine Art (Central St. Martins); PGCE Art and Design (Institute of Education, University of London)

Caterina Lewis - Art - Ashbourne College LondonCaterina is a practising fine artist who has plenty of experience curating exhibitions and working with galleries. She has been teaching art and design for many years to a wide range of age groups including at GCSE and A level and joined Ashbourne’s Art Faculty in 2016.

Adam McMaster

Bsc Economics and Political Science (University of Birmingham)

Adam teaches Economics and runs the Ashbourne Finance Programme, designed to give students the best chance of gaining a place at top UK universities to study Finance and related subjects.Adam presents economics as a tool to explain the successes and failures of modern society and illustrates how better understanding of theory could propose solutions to such failures. He’s keen on the development and history of economic schools of thought, and closely follows the microeconomic changes in the housing market and higher education.

Chella Nathan

MSc Mathematics (The Open University); PGCE (University of Greenwich); BEng (Hons) Electronics and Communication (University of North London); BSc Physics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics (University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka)

Ashbourne College London Physics and Maths teacher - Chella Nathan

Chella has been teaching Mathematics and Physics for more than twenty five years. Year after year he remains one of Ashbourne’s most popular Maths teachers. He has also headed up the college’s astro-physics club for many years.

Chella’s research interests are number theory and the development of renewable energy sources.

Virash Patel

BSc (Hons) (CSci), CChem (FRSC)

Ashbourne College London Chemistry teacher - Virash Patel

Virash has been teaching at Ashbourne for many years. Before joining the college he held the roles of Director of Studies and Head of Chemistry, as well as teaching Biology and Chemistry. In addition to his teaching roles, Virash has worked as an analytical chemist in industry, and was awarded a fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Virash helps prepare students for entry onto medicine related courses, as well as Oxbridge and offers instruction and guidance to students in their UCAS applications.

Michael Peat

BD Hons, DipTheol (London); BSc Hons (Birmingham) Religious Studies, Mathematics and Philosophy

Michael Peat

Michael Peat has a broad academic background with his first degree in Physics. He did doctoral studies in methodology and hermeneutics in Philadelphia and returned to lecture to under- and postgraduate students in the UK. He has been teaching Philosophy at Ashbourne for many years now and enjoys a philosophical debate with anyone and everyone. Students benefit from his research, enthusiasm and knowledge.

Michael is also a keen chess player and runs Ashbourne’s club with Chris Todd who teaches Chemistry.

Dr Barry Rhule

PhD (London); BSc Hons (CNAA) Mathematics, Physics

Ashbourne College London Physics and Maths teacher - Barry Rhule

Barry has been teaching Maths and Physics at Ashbourne for many years and is traditionally one of our most popular tutors, well-liked and respected thanks to his engaging personality. He has a profound knowledge of Physics and has been an inspiration for many of our students who have gone on to study at Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London.

Barry is a member of the London Mathematical Society.

Wesley Rykalski

MA Medieval Studies (UCL); BA History (UCL)

Ashbourne College London Media Studies teacher Wesley Rykalski

As well as teaching History and Media Studies at Ashbourne Wesley runs a very popular Critical Theory seminar with James Wilkes, English teacher and Head of Faculties. Wesley is also responsible for research development for teaching at the college.

Wesley produces a teaching blog on Media Studies and contributes to a joint research blog on Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project and the seaside.

Wesley is also working on a PhD in Cultural Power in the Early Medieval World at Birkbeck, University of London.

Madeeha Saad

MSc Medical Statistics (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London); BSc (Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Open Univeristy); BSc Mathematics (Government Kinnaird College Women, Pakistan)

Madeeha SaadMadeeha teaches Maths and Further Maths at Ashbourne. She has been teaching Maths for more than 17 years in London and has been an assistant examiner for Edexcel.

In her spare time Madeena plays badminton, loves cooking and keeps up to date with current affairs and world development issues.

Dr Abdul Sami

PhD Algebra (Imperial College London); MSc Pure Maths (Queen Mary University of London); BSc (Hons) Pure Maths

Ashbourne College Maths teacher - Abdul Sami

Abdul taught Pure Maths at Michigan State University for three years before returning to the UK. He transcribed parts of Newton’s Principia at Sussex University before joining Ashbourne College. Some of his research is published in leading journals and he has given seminars and conference speeches in the UK, USA and Germany.

Abdul enjoys cooking, long walks and day trips to small towns and villages.

Imran Shah

BSc (Hons) Physics (Imperial College London)

Imran Shah - Physics - Ashbourne College LondonImran is an experienced Maths and Physics tutor who has been teaching at independent colleges in London since 1998.

Imran loves sport and plays football, basketball and badminton, as well as practising Tai-Chi and Chi-Kung. He takes a keen interest in scientific documentaries and science in society.

Arianwen Shoring

MA Graphic Design (Nottingham Trent University, UK); BA Fashion Design (University of Wales, UK); PGCE Art and Textiles (University of Worcester)

Arianwen Shoring - Textiles - Ashbourne College London

Arianwen is an experienced Art and Fashion course leader and has been teaching A level Textiles in the private sector and for the University of Arts, London, including Central St Martins and London College of Fashion, since 2006. She has a wealth of experience in preparing student portfolios for prestigious Fashion and Textile university courses.

Stefania Spinu

MA Economic Policy and Analysis, Economics of Sustainable Development (University of Nantes, France); BA Economics (University of Bucharest ASE); PGCE Economics (Institute of Education, UCL)

Stefania SpinuStefania specialises in economic analysis, and environmental and sustainable economics. She is also an Edexcel examiner for Economics.

Stefania loves painting and clay modelling, music and cinema, aquariums and space. She’s also a runner.

Dina Taylor

BA English and German Philology (N. Tagil State Pedagogical Instititue, Russia); CEFR Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Goethe-Institut Bonn, Gemany); Cambridge ESOL (Bromley College), PGCE Modern Foreign Languages (Kent and Medway Training)

Dina is a Russian language teacher at Ashbourne. She completed her degree in the foreign languages faculty of Russia’s N. Tagil State Pedagogical Institute before moving to Germany, where she studied, worked and started her family.

Sarah Thompson

MA (Oxford) MSc (UCL)

Sarah Thompson

Sarah has an MA in Human Sciences from Oxford University, and an MSc in Neuroscience from University College London. Before turning to teaching in 2010, she spent several years working in research, first at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and at the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems at Boston University, and has published original research papers in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and psychophysics. In her spare time, she is a folk musician and a marathon runner.

Chris Todd

BSc Hons Chemical Sciences (East Anglia); PGCE Chemistry (Roehampton); HoD Biology

Chris Todd

After graduating Chris worked as a research chemist in the field of semi conductors, then in investment banking before taking his PGCE to become a teacher. He has been at Ashbourne for many years. He is a demanding but popular and successful teacher.

Chris’ particular passion is chess; he runs a team in the London Chess League and together with Michael Peat runs the Ashbourne chess club.


Sakae Ueno

Teacher Training Certificate in Japanese  (Japan)

Sakae Ueno

Sakae Osakabe has been teaching Japanese for many years in a wide range of schools and colleges within London.

Sakae’s hobbies include travel, drawing and flower arranging.

Lauren Vanderhurst Moorley

MA English: Issues in Modern Culture (University College London); BA (Hons) English Literature (University of California); PGCE (Institute of Education, UCL)

Ashbourne College London English Literature teacher - Lauren Vanderhusrt

Lauren’s love and enthusiasm for English inspires her students to find their own passion and embrace all that the subject has to offer. She is one of Ashbourne’s most encouraging and effective teachers who has played a full and active role in the college’s academic and cultural life since joining in 2014.

Michael Wilkinson

MSc Politics Sociology (Birkbeck College, University of London); BA Politics (SOAS)

Ashbourne College London Government and Politics teacher - Michael WilkinsonMichael Wilkinson began teaching Government and Politics at Ashbourne in September 2009. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher at the Home Office gaining first-hand insight into the nature of the UK political system. Since leaving the Home Office he has been involved in freelance social research work at the University of Surrey, and he also tutors on some of their undergraduate courses in Sociology.

Yat-Soon Yeo

MA Music, Historical Musicology (King’s College, London); BA Music (King’s College, London); PGCE Harpiscord and Conducting (Guildhall School of Music and Drama); PCGE Secondary Music (Institute of Education, University of London)

Ashbourne College London Yat-Soon Yeo Yat-Soon is a professional musician, conductor and musical director who has performed extensively as a solo harpsichordist and in ensembles at many prestigious and historic venues in the UK and Europe. He has also conducted widely acclaimed productions of baroque opera and vocal music including for the London Baroque Opera and is musical director with Opéra de Baugé in France.
Yat-Soon has been sharing his love of music and wealth of professional and educational experience for many years as teacher and director of music at schools, including St Paul’s Girls and Lady Eleanor Holles, and Birmingham University.

Mark Youngman

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Southampton University)

Mark Youngman - Biology - Ashbourne College London

Mark teaches Science and Biology at Ashbourne. He has been teaching since 2011 and was head of Biology at his previous college.

Mark is a qualified tennis coach, keen cricketer and loves a visit to the zoo.

Finance, Admissions and Operations Staff

Finance, Visa and Admissions Officer

Suzanna Liu

BA (Hons) French and German (King’s College London)

Suzanne Liu - Admissions - Ashbourne College London

Suzanna is responsible for finance and all applications and admissions to the college as well as managing overseas visa requirements and working with educational agents worldwide. She also produces marketing materials for the college. Suzanna joined Ashbourne soon after gaining her degree in 2014.

Marcus Loudon

BA in English and American Literature and Spanish (University of Kent)

Marcus Loudon - Admissions - Ashbourne College London

As Ashbourne’s admissions officer Marcus handles all new enquiries and meets potential students.

Marcus joined Ashbourne after graduating from university. He spent a year abroad in Alicante, Spain where he studied translation along with developing his language.

Marcus loves literature and languages, and speaks Spanish and English, and some German and Italian.

Chris Mutter

MA English Literary Studies (University of Exeter); BA English Literature (University of Lincoln)

Chris Mutter - Ashbourne College London

Chris rejoined Ashbourne after completing his Masters, having worked in the administration team previously. He works within the Admissions department and provides academic and pastoral guidance to students as one of our Y12 Personal Tutors. He also provides support to students with applications to overseas universities and helps to run the Ashbourne Allstars football team.

Anh Nguyen

BA (Hons) Graphics Design New Media (University for the Creative Arts)

Anh plays a main role in recruiting and welcoming new students to Ashbourne. She works closely with overseas agents to promote and facilitate student enrolment and often represents the college at recruitment events. She is also involved in producing marketing materials.

Anh loves world cuisine, performing arts and languages. She is fluent in English, Vietnamese and French.

Head of Administration

Hien Nguyen

Msc International Finance (University of Westminster); BA Account, Finance and Management (University of Nottingham)

Hien Nguyen - Administration- Ashbourne College London

Hien manages Ashbourne’s administration team as well as offering support to students, teachers, parents and everyone else involved with the college.

Hien is also responsible for many aspects of the college’s compliance with current education legislation; she has played an absolutely essential role in fulfilling the college’s obligations. She also manages Ashbourne’s Easter Revision Programme.

Deputy Head of Administration

Georgina Prichard

BA Hons Management and Marketing (Newcastle University, UK)

Georgina Prichard - Administration - Ashbourne College London

Georgina has extensive experience in independent education both in terms of providing academic and pastoral support and in all aspects of college administration, examinations, health and safety and finance.

As well as playing a key role in managing Ashbourne’s admin team Georgina provides compliance support and oversees health and safety issues.

Georgina loves travelling, playing netball and doing triathlons.

College Administrator – reception

Kevin Chik

BA (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management (London South Bank University)

Kevin Chik

Kevin is one of the first people to welcome you when you arrive at Ashbourne’s Old Court Place premises. He works as a college administrator at reception. His previous experience is in hospitality including at Imperial College London and the Ritz Hotel.

Kevin speaks fluent English and Cantonese, with conversational Mandarin.

Compliance and Registration Officer

Mani Giri

BA (Hons) Business Management (Glyndwyr University)

Mani Giri

Mani is part of Ashbourne’s admin team as a Compliance and Registration Officer. He has previously worked in Human Resource in the care industry.

Mani is interested in culture and language. He has been a volunteer and has been involved in raising funds for earthquake victims in Nepal.

College Administrator

Sean Yip

BSc Exercise and Sport Science (University of Exeter)

Sean YipSean is responsible for a wide range of clerical and administrative duties at Ashbourne largely at our Old Court Place premises.

Sean loves football, plays violin and took part in London Youth Games 2010.

College Administrator

Christina Kuo

MA Comparative Literature (UCL); BA English Language and Literature (Soochow University, Taiwan)

Christina is part of the Ashbourne administration team. In addition to her excellent communication and organisational skills she has experience in publishing, marketing and translation. Christina is very enthusiastic to play an active role within the Ashbourne community and to help make students’ experience at the college both rewarding and fulfilling. Christina speaks English and Mandarin Chinese.

Careers and Event Officer, PA to Director of Studies

Tracy Nwokoma

MSc Global Health Policy (London School of Economics and Political Science); BSc Biomedical Sciences (University of Westminster)

Tracy Nwokoma

Tracy is in charge of Sixth Form Trips, Activities and Events, Student Honour Roll, Student Council, and organising the Yearly Calendar. She is involved with student transition by facilitating UCAS applications and the Ashbourne Careers Programme. Tracy also works with the Director of Studies to facilitate marketing in Nigeria, alongside other adhoc roles of academic support and personal tutoring.

College Administrator

Linh Pham

DBA Business (University of West of Scotland); MBA Business (Coventry University)

Linh PhamLinh has been part of Ashbourne’s administrative team since 2019. She has a keen interest in business, market research and has previous experience working at Royal Ascot. She loves cooking, music and yoga.

Nominated Safeguarding Director and SEND Assessor

Simone Shaw

Diploma French (Institut Francais du Royaume Universite); SPLD Diploma (Hornsby International Dyslexia Institute)

Simone Shaw

Simone is the Safeguarding Governor, responsible for overseeing the management and adherence to safeguarding policies and procedures at the college. She is a dyslexia tutor and specialist assessor qualified to carry out the Access Arrangements tests for examination concessions. Simone is responsible for ensuring all Form 8s, required for Access Arrangements, are processed for SEND applications.

College Administrator and Academic Support

Marita Thomas

BSc Psychology (Queen Mary’s, University of London)

Marita works with the Director of Studies to offer academic support to Ashbourne’s psychology students, she coordinates the college’s summer programmes and is part of the wider administration team. Marita has plenty of Ashbourne experience and enthusiasm, being a former student. She has always played an active part in college life and performance of all kinds, including debate.

IT and Premises Manager

Fabio Carpene

Fabio Carpene - Facilities Manager - Ashbourne College London

Fabio has been at Ashbourne since September 2005. He manages the day-to-day running of the college’s premises and communications systems. He is responsible for health and safety at the college as well as data protection and security of the college IT system. He has played a major role in the development of the college’s databases.

Fabio is passionate about football and has played professionally and semi-professionally in the UK. He recently led Ashbourne’s five-a-side team to the Independent Inter-college Championships in London.

Juliana Rozensztajn de Mattos
Access to HE Humanities

Juliana Rozensztajn de MattosJuliana runs Ashbourne’s Model United Nations (MUN) Club. Members of this club prepare for and take part in the annual Youth Model United Nations Conference at the London School of Economics (LSE), which simulates the proceedings and debates within the United Nations. Students learned about diplomacy, leadership and communicating effectively as a team through various committee sessions in which they aimed to construct resolutions for current global issues.