Meet our team

Dedicated support

We have a large team of dedicated people all driven by their desire to support and assist our homeschooling students to the full. From Admissions staff helping families understand our courses and assisting them make the right subject selections to our team of Student Progress Managers who support students throughout their homeschooling journey.

We also have a large team of staff who are responsible for monitoring, developing and improving the courses we provide.

You can meet all our team members below or visit our Tutors page to see our team of highly qualified and experienced Tutors.

How homeschooling works SPM support

Joy-Anna explains the role of the SPM.

Admissions

Admissions Manager

Christina Hitchcock

Christina studied French and German, spending a year in both countries.

Senior Admissions Advisor

Tamara Onslow

Tamara graduated from Durham University with a degree in Geography.

Admissions Officer

Amber Hussain

Amber taught English for four years at an international language school.

Admissions Officer

Julianna Fatimaharan

Julianna has worked for eight years in student support and admissions roles.

Admissions Officer, India

Sheela Anagolum

Sheela has authored a book ‘Chemistry Skills Builder’ for Cambridge IGCSE.

Admissions Officer, India

Shipra Purkayastha

Shipra launched KClub, a learning-by-doing concept that used multimedia.

Student Progress Managers

Student Progress Manager Sarah Webb

Manager of Primary Student Support

Sarah Webb

Sarah’s is passionate about children’s learning and development.

Charlotte English Secondary SPM manager

Manager of Secondary Student Support

Charlotte English

Charlotte enjoys counselling children and young adults in her spare time.

Michaela Pignotti manager of secondary student support

Manager of Secondary Student Support

Michaela Pignotti

Michaela has been working in Higher Education for over a decade.

Lucy Arad

Lucy has travelled around the world exploring different cultures.

Liane Beech

Liane is also a specialist Learning Support Teacher in Oxfordshire.

Dani Boucher

Dani has a passion for Children’s Literature.

Helena Cantone

Helena helped set up an educational arts charity in London.

Charlotte Casey

Charlotte graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Education.

Jo Christodoulou

Jo holds an MSc in Education and Training for development.

Vicky Cumming

Vicky lived in Italy for a year teaching English.

Jackie Cunningham

Jackie worked as a Home School Link Worker in two Oxford Schools.

Nikki Dallaway

Nikki also runs a small craft business in Oxford.

Daisy Datson

Daisy is an expert in eLearning courses for adult students.

Sarah Doberska

Sarah studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

Pat Edwards

Pat reviews student progress on a fortnightly basis and is always on hand.

Lucy Ford

Lucy worked for a Secondary school as PA to the Headteacher.

Rona Francis

Rona studied a BSc in Child Health and Wellbeing.

Juliet Franks

Juliet has lived and worked in Australia, Italy and London.

Angela Goozee

Angela is also a qualified Holistic Therapist.

Emma Goulart

Emma has lived in the USA, Canada, and Switzerland.

Emma Gowans

Emma studied Archaeology and Prehistory.

Nyssa Haines

Nyssa worked in the Learner Support Team at the Open University.

Joanna Hambridge

Joanna also volunteers as a Mentor for students at her former universities.

Cathe Heron

Cathe gained a BSc degree in Social Sciences.

Laura Hobley

Laura previously worked as an Events Manager and Wedding Specialist.

Annabel Hudson

Annabel ran an Art club for Secondary students in her local community.

Nik Imrie

Nik worked in Academic Publishing before becoming a Secondary teacher.

Paula Kempster

Paula worked in the Ministry of Defence and loves learning.

Jules Kennedy

Jules has been a Head of Maths, English, and a Deputy Head.

Ursula Mallows

Ursula qualified as an ELT teacher and previously taught in Brazil.

Emma May

Emma studied Oceanography with Marine Biology.

Pip McAllister

Pip particularly works with international students and those with special needs.

Villy Mitchell

Villy completed a Montessori Diploma and homeschooled her own children.

Max Mohammed

Max studied Early Childhood Studies and was previously a Welfare Officer.

Erin New

Erin worked for an international hotel chain in Paris.

Lucy Nicholson

Lucy previously worked at both Manchester and Oxford University Press.

Mandy O’Sullivan

Mandy studied Psychology, specialising in child development.

Suzanne Parry

Suzanne worked in a busy reception of a GP practice.

Bev Price

Bev also studied Creative Writing and published a comedy novel.

Francesca Provenzano

In Italy, Francesca studied tourism, hospitality and languages.

Judy Raven

Judy studied Philosophy of Health and Happiness and a TEFL qualification.

Elkana Roveglia

Elkana worked in a Montessori school in Beijing, China.

A Level Admissions Manager

Jessie Sim

Jessie holds a Masters in Educational Research Methodology from Oxford.

Clare Thomas

Clare worked at both Magdalen and Headington schools in Oxford.

Jane Thomas

Jane is studying Psychology and Counselling with the Open University.

Natalie Tighe

Natalie is an advocate for mindfulness, yoga, and meditation.

Nicola Timbrell

Nicola taught digital publishing at university level for over 20 years.

Rachel Wells

Rachel greatly enjoyed homeschooling her own daughter.

Claire Westlake

Claire also set up her own fitness and wellness business.

Kerry White

Kerry supported Primary children with speech and communication issues.

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca studied Politics and also worked in a library.

Heads Of School

Head of Primary

Christine Armstrong

Christine has over 18 years’ experience in Primary education, and has held both teaching and leadership posts in the UK, and internationally. Before joining Wolsey Hall, Christine was the Primary Headteacher of a British International school in Bangkok. As a qualified teacher Christine puts the needs of students at the heart of her decision-making and is passionate about developing the whole child: academic development, social development and personal development. Christine holds a MBA from Oxford Brookes University, and is a trained school inspector. During the early wave of the pandemic Christine was responsible for implementing online learning in Primary, and as well as the challenges this presented, she could also see the value and freedom this brought to children’s learning. Christine is thrilled to be part of Wolsey Hall, and is constantly seeking opportunities to further develop the homeschooling experience in the Primary phase. When not working, Christine is busy with her two teenage children, and is enjoying reconnecting with, and exploring her home town of Oxford. She enjoys cooking, writing and the theatre. Having spent many years in the Far East, Christine has an appreciation of Chinese culture, in particular.

Head of Secondary

Ruth Young

Ruth has a BA Joint Honours in English Literature and French, with additional qualifications in Spanish and Italian from the University of Leeds. After completing her PGCE at the same university, she worked in Secondary state schools in North and West Yorkshire in a variety of roles including Head of French and Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting other teachers and schools in the region with delivery of their MFL curriculum. She moved overseas to Cairo in 2010 where she worked for five years as Head of MFL and Assistant Headteacher of Upper School in an UK curriculum international school. This led to becoming Secondary Principal for four years at a British International School in Thailand until her move to France in 2019. In France, Ruth enjoys long, peaceful countryside walks with her husband, daughter and dog as well as trying her hand at French cooking when she is not helping renovate their house.

Support

Principal

Lee Wilcock

Lee’s career in home study and distance learning began over 35 years ago. During this time he has worked in a variety of roles in the distance learning/online learning field including providing advice to government on flexible approaches to learning. Now, as Principal of Wolsey Hall, he brings all this experience to bear to ensure that Wolsey Hall students get the best possible learning experience and that Wolsey Hall remains at the forefront in terms of innovation in homeschooling. Lee homeschooled his own daughter through her IGCSEs – so he understands at first hand the issues involved in being a homeschooling parent!

Director of Studies

Peter Newell

Peter took his Law degree from the University of Oxford, qualified as a Barrister and then took an MBA at Columbia University in New York. He pioneered the launch of the world’s first distance learning MBA in conjunction with the University of Warwick Business School and helped to develop Wolsey Hall as a major provider of management development courses. He and Lee have worked closely together to ensure that Wolsey Hall continues to be the UK’s leading provider of home learning. He aims to ensure that the best academic advice is given to prospective students and parents and, together with Tutors and Student Progress Managers, that Wolsey Hall is a leader in the quality of its course delivery.

Deja Pygott Safeguarding and well-being Manager

Student Well-Being Manager and Safeguarding Lead

Deja Pygott

Deja is the Wolsey Hall Lead Safeguarding Officer and Well-being Manager. She is responsible for ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive learning environment and promotes the positive mental and social well-being of students who study with Wolsey Hall. Deja graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Primary Education, during which her studies took her to England. After falling in love with the country, Deja began teaching in a school in West Sussex. Since this time she has taught and supported pupils with complex needs in a therapeutic community, served as head of a centre supporting social communication needs and worked as a manager in a Secondary school as the teacher in charge of Learning Support. Deja is passionate about keeping pupils safe and promoting their well-being to enable them to get the most out of their studies. Deja lives in Northampton with her partner and loves going to see live music, attending vintage festivals and events and walking.

Human Resources Manager

Jenny Gillies

Jenny is a Chartered CIPD member who is experienced at covering all aspects of HR. She likes working in an environment that gives her the opportunity to multi-task and to make a difference. She really enjoys being involved in employee relations and helping people. During her career she has worked in a number of sectors including research and development, recruitment, property and automotive. When she’s not working, she enjoys walking and baking.

University Services

University Adviser

Sarah Wilson

Sarah helps to create meaningful professional and personal lives.

Supervisors of Courses

A level

Rachel Waring

Rachel studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University and has a Certificate in Further Education teaching. She has been teaching A level English for over 12 years. Her work in education has given her varied experience of both the pastoral and the academic. She has worked as a Learning Support Tutor, Student Services Officer and Course Leader in Further Education; a Residential Warden in an international boarding school; an A level Examiner; and Head of English and Faculty Leader in an independent sixth form college. She lives in Oxford and when she is not working she loves reading, writing and restoring old furniture. She is studying for a Diploma in Interior Design in her free time.

Supervisor of courses Nicky Waring

A level

Nicky Waring

At University Nicky opted for a joint degree in Geography and Computer Science. Having gained a first class BA (Joint Honours), she remained at Keele University and completed a PGCE in Geography and Mathematics. For the last 26 years, she has taught Secondary (Key Stage 3), GCSE, and A level Geography. During this time, Nicky also taught Secondary Level Mathematics, Information Technology and Computing. During her spare time, Nicky is passionate about horse riding. She owns two horses and competes regularly. She is particularly proud to have competed in British Show Jumping’s National Amateur Finals on two occasions and to have competed at Hickstead. Nicky also enjoys trampolining, skiing, shooting, fell walking and rock climbing.

IGCSE

Jane Marshall

Jane achieved a First Class Honours in Applied Physics, and then a PGCE from Southampton University. She was inspired by her own Physics teacher at school, and taught at the Girls’ Grammar School in Bournemouth amongst other Secondary Schools. She worked at an Independent Boarding School where a significant number of pupils required special needs teaching. It was here that she began to teach Mathematics as well as Physics. Jane took time out to raise her own family, but loves teaching so much that she returned to Homeschooling with Wolsey Hall Oxford!

IGCSE Course Editor

Liz Wickens

Liz graduated from St Andrews university with a degree in English Language and Literature and an ambition to pursue a career in journalism. After a couple of brief forays into print with HarperCollins (travel books), she found her way instead into publishing and worked for 20 years at GL Assessment (formerly nfer-Nelson) as an editor, working mainly on educational assessments. During this time she took an eight-year career break to start a family, returning to work on a part-time basis once her two children reached school age. Now a freelance editor, Liz enjoys a variety of work, especially jobs that blend writing with editing. She is also co-chair of governors at her local Primary school and enjoys playing the piano in her spare time.

Lower Secondary

Jess Wyer

Jess studied Applied Biology at Bath University. After getting her honours degree, she worked as a food Microbiologist then whilst involved in research at Oxford University she authored several scientific papers as well as obtaining a Diploma in Counselling. After taking time off to look after her two children she was employed as a school Science Technician. She then trained as a teacher and gained her Diploma in Education and Training at Cirencester College, teaching A level Biology and IGCSE Biology in an outstanding Science department. In addition to tutoring with Wolsey Hall she has also tutored local students in Science, several with learning difficulties, from Primary up to IGCSE Level. In her spare time Jess likes to bake and spend time in her wildlife garden.

Lower Secondary

Elena Roveglia

Elena has a BA in European Languages and an MA in Translation with Language Technology. After achieving her PGCE from Exeter University, Elena taught in a number of state and independent schools in South West England. After 16 years as Head of Languages, Head of House and examiner for GCSE, Elena achieved her CELTA certification. She then moved into the international circuit and took up the role of teacher trainer for an independent school group in Kazakhstan. This led to a further two years in Asia, where Elena worked as an ESL/Academic English specialist at an independent school in Beijing. In her spare time, Elena enjoys baking cakes, reading and going for long walks along the coastline near her parents’ home in West Wales. She also enjoys visiting her husband’s family in Italy.

Upper Primary

Jo Ryman

Jo has worked in a variety of Primary schools and for the local authority, but most recently in a small school, where independent learning and parental support are key priorities. She works with children across all ages with a particular focus on Maths, IT and outdoor education. Her three children keep her busy and she took time out to be a full time mum and during this time helped set up a charity. Jo has a keen interest in birds and wild flowers probably stemming from living on a farm in childhood.

Lower Primary

Becky Blackwell

Becky trained at Oxford Brookes University, achieving a BA Hons in Primary Education and specialised in teaching children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. She has then taught children from all the Primary year groups in a variety of Primary schools across Oxfordshire. Becky’s favourite part of teaching is encouraging children to be brave when learning; building up their resilience to reach their potential. Becky has a young daughter at home who makes life both busy and noisy! In her spare time she teaches and performs a range of circus skills to children and adults.

Tutor Services and Support

Tutor Services Manager

Gemma Langley

Gemma grew up in Wales surrounded by stunning scenery. Her love of her surroundings and a desire to understand and conserve them led her to do a degree in Marine Biology at Swansea University. This led to a career in conservation from Gower, Wales, to Maui, Hawaii. During this time she had the privilege of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with school groups, youth associations and the general public. Gemma taught Science in Secondary schools and thrived on seeing pupils achieve their potential. She is a long-standing Tutor with Wolsey Hall and now not only does she support students, but also the Tutor team. Gemma now lives in Dartmouth. When not working, she will be found at the beach, where she’ll either be kitesurfing or paddle boarding in the sea or on the sand with her three children and their dog ‘Breeze’.

ONline maths tutor Heidi Watkins

Tutor Support Supervisor

Heidi Watkins

Heidi studied Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, where she also completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has been helping students study Maths for over 20 years, and is an established tutor at Wolsey Hall Oxford, having worked here for several years. In addition to tutoring students at this college, she provides support to our Tutors, and is involved in quality control to help Wolsey Hall Oxford maintain the high standards that we are all proud of. In her free time, Heidi can be found ten-pin-bowling or toboganning with her partner and three sons, and taking their tiny chihuahua for walks in the countryside.

Tutor Services Manager (Primary)

Ed Morris

Ed undertook a four-year teacher training degree, graduating in 2001 with a QTS with English qualification. Since then, he has been teaching across the Primary age range. Ed played a large part in the development of PE and School Sport in Blackpool between 2002 – 2006, and then led Science, English and Maths in Lichfield. He is here to supervise our Primary Level Tutor range. Ed is passionate about helping Primary Level students feel supported and motivated by their Tutors.

Online Learning Environment

Chris Kinsey Digital services manager

Canvas Administrator

Chris Kinsey

Chris has a degree in English Studies and Publishing from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Brookes University. He has worked in publishing for many years for companies of all sizes, starting in sales and marketing but more recently in the field of digital projects, including on-demand book printing, apps, websites, and e-commerce. He has been building websites for more than 20 years, and what started as a hobby developed into a career. Chris has two children of Secondary school age, whom he tries to help with homework. When he’s not sat at a screen, he’s usually either in the kitchen or playing golf badly.

Canvas Administrator

Kay Russell

Kay grew up not far from the peak district where she gained her love for wildlife and the outdoors. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Linguistics, she has worked mainly in the education sector. These roles have ranged from producing management reports for a further education college to proofreading and using bespoke content management systems to upload resources for a primary education charity. When she’s not using Canvas to upload course content for Wolsey Hall, Kay enjoys reading, watching movies, gardening and trying to improve her wildlife photography skills.

Canvas Administrator – A level

Emily Sparling

Emily grew up in Oxfordshire. She gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Computing and Statistics from the University of Portsmouth in 2000 and went on to begin a career in Digital Publishing. She has worked on educational content for over 15 years, including multimedia software for interactive whiteboards, apps, e-books, and online self-study courses. She is also experienced in building websites, having developed a number of e-commerce and other sites for friends, family, and the local community. She has a young daughter, and in her spare time enjoys photography and roller-skating.

Exams Officers

Exams Officer (International)

Nuha Lami

Nuha has a degree in Business Management and, prior to joining Wolsey Hall Oxford, lectured in Business and Economics. She has also worked in Early Years Learning and Student Support, working closely with students requiring extra exam provision at another college in Oxford. Nuha lives in North Oxford and has two daughters, both of whom are currently at university. In her spare time she enjoys interior design and aerobics.

Exams Officer (UK)

Tony Marshall

Tony has over sixteen years’ experience as an Exams Officer at Thomas Gainsborough School, which in recent years has become an important centre for our students. Tony will have overall responsibility for our Exams Office as well as specific responsibility for the UK area. Before moving from London to rural Suffolk with his family, Tony spent more than 20 years in the Financial Markets as a trader in International Bonds and Futures for various Investment Banks and Brokers. He now likes to spend his time with his six children, and helping out at his daughters Teahouse in Lavenham.

Book Purchasing

Kate Wakefield

Kate took an early interest in Psychology through reading her brother’s University course books and pursued her interest further by gaining her degree in Psychology from The University of Essex. She acquired many years’ experience in customer service roles before taking time off to raise her two daughters. Now she works alongside some pretty special people at Wolsey Hall, supporting the Student Progress Managers and Admissions team. On her days off, Kate spends her time chasing new adventures with her girls and with her very rare free time, enjoys meeting friends or discovering new recipes.

Marie Hale

Marie has been based in Oxford for fifteen years with her husband and two sons. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Master’s Degree in History and spent many years working in Brand Licensing within the heritage sector in London and then Oxford. Marie loves to travel to places off the beaten-track with her family and friends.

Hannah Penwarden

Hannah graduated with a degree in Social Sciences and then had a successful career in recruitment. More recently she has been coaching students at the University of Oxford. Hannah currently enjoys the challenge of getting books to the four corners of the globe to Wolsey Hall students in a timely manner. Hannah has four children aged 6 to 13. When she isn’t working, being a taxi service for her busy family, leading youth work at church and being a school governor, Hannah enjoys running, watching cookery programmes and visiting her homeland of Wales.

Natasha Varney

Originally from Greece, Natasha has been based in Oxford for the past ten years with her young family. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Finance and then worked in financial journalism and did quite a bit of travel writing as well. During her maternity leave, Natasha qualified as a UK Athletics running coach and today she regularly coaches Oxford Brookes University staff and students. She loves books and one of her favourite games as a child was pretending to own a bookshop; her current post at Wolsey Hall is delightfully close to that childhood dream.

Digital Services & Support

Chris Kinsey Digital services manager

Digital Services Manager

Chris Kinsey

Chris has a degree in English Studies and Publishing from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing at Brookes University. He has worked in publishing for many years for companies of all sizes, starting in sales and marketing but more recently in the field of digital projects, including on-demand book printing, apps, websites, and e-commerce. He has been building websites for more than 20 years, and what started as a hobby developed into a career. Working as a freelancer he has built and managed websites for start-ups, SMEs, and local charities. Chris is a fan of lifelong learning and continual personal improvement, and believes the world-wide-web is a fantastic tool for communication and collaboration. Chris has two children of Secondary school age, whom he tries to help with homework. When he’s not sat at a screen, he’s usually either in the kitchen or playing golf badly.

IT Manager

Robert Henning

Robert Henning is our Computing and Computer Science Tutor. He manages our staff email and Microsoft Office 365 area, and responds all non-Canvas related IT enquiries. He has over ten years of experience teaching Computing, Computer Science and Information Technology. He has been a driver of digital transformation in schools, being the first to be a Google Certified Educator and assisting the staff in gaining their certifications. He previously worked in the industry as a Systems Engineer.

Marketing

Community Manager

Amy Hemingway

Amy graduated with a Masters in Theology from Oxford University, and tutors in Philosophy & Ethics, and Religious Studies. As an artist herself, Amy organises competitions for our student community in all areas of creativity, music, sport and beyond! She keeps students, staff and parents in touch via email and social media, showcasing videos of student dance performances, or posting blog articles about our college community both past and present. She aims to make all students feel included and valued during their homeschooling experience, and in their ongoing lives. If a student is proud of an achievement, talent or home project then she can showcase these! If anyone has a problem she can be emailed at any time as a point of contact.

Marketing Manager

Lynne Stacey

A University of Oxford Chemistry graduate, Lynne has many years marketing experience gained from working for a number of blue chip companies including Vodafone and Dunlop as well as a diverse range of freelance clients. Lynne enjoys all aspects of marketing but at the heart of this is the real desire to ensure Wolsey Hall keeps up to date with the changing requirements of all our students and their families across the world. In her spare time Lynne likes to keep fit, do battle with the constant onslaught of weeds in her garden and provide a taxi service to her three boys.

Communications Manager

Danielle Hilton

Danielle graduated with a degree in Media Production from Lincoln University. She has many years experience in public relations, marketing and communications, working for a wide variety of businesses including freelance clients. Danielle has undertaken several distance study courses including creative writing and recently completed a part-time course in creating websites. She enjoys promoting the benefits of homeschooling and distance study to students who have become disillusioned with the traditional way of learning. In her spare time, Danielle loves to create Indian block print soft furnishings, read, bake and stay fit – which is easy with her young son keeping her on her toes.

Marketing Assistant

Karen Binedell

Karen was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa but has lived in the UK for the best part of the last two decades. Most of her adult life has been spent working with children- first as a tennis instructor in the United States and later as a Learning Support Assistant in an infant school in England. She is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and has travelled extensively. Most recently she spent two years volunteering her way around Europe by caravan, accompanied by her husband, three teenage (Wolsey Hall Oxford educated) children and two cats.

Support Assistant

Tiegan Beard

Accounts

Accounts Manager

Fenella Dernie

Fenella is an experienced accountant, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989, and worked with Spicer and Pegler (later Deloitte and Touche) until 1999. More recently she has been running her own accounts management and bookkeeping firm, Crosslanes Associates, from near Swindon. She has three young boys who, with her husband, are keen supporters of Swindon Town FC. Fenella herself is happy to let them get on with it.

Assistant Accounts Manager

Stacey Lovell

Stacey has many years of experience as an Accounting Technician. She has worked in a variety of organisations including firms of solicitors and the accounting departments of schools. Stacey currently lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children, and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Accounts Assistant

Fern Spengler

Fern has enjoyed a varied career and has now settled with us at Wolsey Hall and is responsible alongside her team for ensuring invoices and enrolments are recorded accurately. She currently lives in a village in Oxfordshire with her partner and young family. When she is not busy juggling life as a mum she enjoys exercising, and socialising with friends.

Accounts Assistant

Jenna Perry

Jenna lives in Oxfordshire with her family where she was born and bred. Before Wolsey Hall she worked at Young Enterprise, an Educational charity where she worked for 9 years as an Accounts Supervisor. She loved very much the nature of the business hence why she was over the moon to come to Wolsey Hall! Jenna has taken NVQ’s in Business Management, Administration and Customer Services. In her spare time her sons keep her very busy going on cycle rides, walking, playing football and gardening. Jenna also volunteers at her sons’ school with their reading and forest school.