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Admissions and Student Progress Managers

Sarah Webb

Sarah is a Student Progress Manager and the College's Safeguarding Officer. Her background in Early Years Education sparked a passion for children’s learning and development, and she loves the opportunities that Wolsey Hall can offer to students worldwide to continue their education in a way that meets their individual lifestyles and needs. When taking time out, Sarah enjoys quality time with her family, a good film and dining out when the opportunity arises.

Tamara Onslow

Tamara graduated from Durham University with a degree in Geography. She worked in financial marketing in the City of London before moving to Hampshire, where she has done volunteer work for hospitals, schools and charities. Tamara lives with her 4 teenage children and 2 dogs (whippets) in the New Forest. She loves cooking, swimming, walking, sailing and cycling, although not all on the same day!

Pat Edwards

Pat has been a Student Progress Manager with Wolsey Hall for more years than she cares to remember! She has helped many hundreds of students to success in their courses over that time. With the rest of the Progress Management team she reviews student progress on a fortnightly basis and is always on hand to answer queries from students by telephone or email.

Tina Nourse

Tina worked as a Learning Support and Teaching Assistant before moving into educational publishing where she promoted the use of technology and software in Primary and Secondary schools. Tina works with the rest of the course management team to review student progress and answer any queries from both students and parents. When she’s not working Tina enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Ana Baynton

Ana holds a Master’s degree in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from the University of Surrey and has a Diploma in Human Resource Management. Her experience ranges from delivering training and recruitment within the workplace, to providing special educational needs learning support in both Primary and Secondary school settings. She also has some formal training in counselling skills. As a mother of two young boys, she can often be found racing around a muddy park or field. However, when given the opportunity to relax she enjoys reading, swimming, visiting places of historical interest and indulging in the occasional traditional afternoon tea.

Leila Brown

Leila studied Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford and has lived in Oxfordshire for over 20 years with her husband and growing family (six children and one dog). She also works for a small publishing company, and provides governance support to school governing bodies. Outside of these various commitments, Leila enjoys singing in a choir, keeping very fit and getting out into the beautiful local countryside.

Sarah Doberska

Sarah studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, and during her degree course she spent a year teaching English at the University of Pavia in Italy. Since graduating in 2004 she has worked in a variety of event management and communications roles, and is currently also a freelance editor and copywriter. Sarah lives in Oxford with her husband and two young daughters, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jenny Fisher

Jenny graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Economics. After that she worked in Eastern Europe teaching English as a foreign language and on returning to the UK she taught in several language schools in Oxford. More recently she has been teaching English to international students at secondary schools here in the UK and she also examines for an English Language exam. Jenny lives in the Cotswolds with her 3 children, 2 cats and 1 dog and loves reading, walking, singing and running.

Rona Francis

As a mature student Rona graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Child Health and Wellbeing from Edge Hill University in 2017. She enjoyed the experience of returning to education later in life and is now passionate about supporting others to achieve academically. She previously worked in a Primary School, where her interest in child development and learning originated. Rona lives in Lancashire, has two grown up children and enjoys travelling and walking the family dog. She also plans to study for a Master's degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing in the near future.

Emma Gowans

Emma gained her Degree in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield. She went on to enjoy a career first as a field archaeologist and then moved into archaeology and education. This is when she discovered her love of teaching and has never looked back. Emma enjoys making and teaching all types of craft and visits as many museums and archaeological sites as she can worldwide. Emma has a very lively toddler so gets her exercise chasing after him and attempting to keep him out of too much mischief.

Cathe Heron

Cathe worked as a Learning Support and Teaching Assistant in Oxford schools for many years, where she covered many roles but primarily supported children with Special Educational Needs. She completed a BSc(Hons) degree in Social Sciences via distance learning with the Open University and has recently moved to Dorset with her family. Any free time is spent tending to a growing menagerie of animals and other outdoor projects.

Pip McAllister

Pip graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA in Tourism & History of Art. She built her career around the demands of her three children and spent several years working in cultural tourism and arts management before moving into publishing. More recently, Pip has spent 10 years in education, particularly working with international students and those with special needs. As her family reached adulthood, Pip discovered a love of photography and combines working at Wolsey Hall with her photography practice. In her spare time Pip enjoys travel, walking Gracie the Labradoodle and - of course - taking photographs of her beautiful home town of Oxford.

Mandy O'Sullivan

Mandy O’Sullivan is a mother of 4 children ranging from 5 years old to 14. She holds a degree in English literature and Language and a second degree in Psychology, specialising in child development. As a routine volunteer within a primary school and as a keen advocate of homework for her own children, she can empathise with the rigour children need to apply to their education. In her spare time she is usually found with her nose in a book or de-stressing with yoga or walking their very energetic Yorkshire Terrier.

Michaela Pignotti

Michaela graduated in MA English Language & Linguistics from the University of Aberdeen in 2003 and has been working within the administrative sector in Higher Education for the past 10 years. Michaela recently relocated to Oxford with her husband and young child. In her spare time Michaela enjoys postcrossing, writing, travelling and visiting museums.

Jessie Sim

Jessie worked as a primary school teacher in Singapore for five years before moving into educational research in the UK. She has a Masters degree in Educational Research Methodology and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Oxford. Her research is about assessing childrens' financial literacy. When she’s not working, Jessie enjoys going to the movies and doing pilates.

Support

Michelle Mahoney - Support for Learning Manager

Michelle holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia awarded by the University of York. Additionally, she holds the second highest membership of the Dyslexia Guild, owing to her experience, training and qualifications. Michelle's role as Support for Learning Manager is to provide specialist tutoring and mentoring to help students develop their basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as developing an effective approach to their studies. She has worked with students as young as five years old through to students of retirement age. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys attending singing classes and is learning to play a variety of instruments.

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Joel Roderick - University Adviser

Joel has worked in the field of education for over twenty years since graduating from Oxford, teaching History, English Language and Politics at independent and state schools in the UK and overseas. Since 2002, he has formed part of and led the senior management team at a number of sixth form colleges in Oxford, specialising in academic mentoring and educational counselling. Having been brought up in a restaurant, Joel has a passion for fine food and enjoys cooking and eating a wide range of cuisines.

Lee Wilcock - Principal

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!

Peter Newell - Director of Studies

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.

Supervisors of Courses

Jo Heydon - Primary

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.

Sarah Viner - Secondary

Sarah has a degree in Modern Languages (French and German) from the University of Oxford. Her background is in textbook publishing and she has worked on a wide variety of teaching materials – from the Oxford Reading Tree to the Open University. She works with the Wolsey Hall Tutors to ensure that the Secondary courses are high quality, varied and engaging, and provide a smooth transition to IGCSEs. She is also working with new Tutors to increase the range of courses offered at Secondary Level. Sarah lives near Oxford with her husband, two children and their white standard poodle who loves to get muddy.

Jane Marshall - IGCSE

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!

Karem Roitman

Karem has a DPhil and an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University and has worked as a lecturer and a consultant in international development for the last 15 years. Her interests lie in development, education, gender and philosophy. She grew up in Ecuador and later migrated to the USA and then to the UK. As a child, Karem made lesson plans for her dolls, believing that if she could just teach them well, they would change the world. For her, education is the greatest force for human development and she is thrilled to help Wolsey Hall develop courses for students who wish to change the world.

Rachel Waring - A Level

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.

Online Learning Environment

Paul Heron - Online Learning System Administrator

Paul studied Psychology at the Universities of Bristol (BSc) and Sussex (MA). He spent over 15 years supporting academic research at the University of Oxford, specialising in the design and analysis of projects exploring the working lives of public sector workers. When not updating the content on Wolsey Hall’s online learning system, Paul can be found in deepest darkest Dorset trying to turn his fields and woods into something approximating a productive smallholding.

Martha Zumack - Canvas Co-ordinator

Martha holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from John Brown University in the United States, but veered toward a more technical career shortly thereafter. Previous roles include data analyst and IT support. She is responsible for improving the student experience on Canvas in addition to providing technical support. If you have trouble getting something done on Canvas, she's the one to tell! In her spare time, she participates in amateur theatre, travels when possible, and seeks to always keep learning.

Exams Officers

Nuha Lami - Exams Officer (International)

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.

Nicky Murray - Exams Officer (UK)

Nicky has worked in Exams for a number of years, and for the last 9 years has been the Exams Officer at a high performing, secondary school in Oxford and has extensive knowledge of the Exams system. Her free time is taken up with her family and she has three daughters and a grandson. She also enjoys reading and socialising with friends. She is looking forward to helping students to have a successful experience whilst preparing for and taking their exams.

Marketing

Amy Hemingway - Community Manager

Amy graduated with a Masters in Theology from Oxford University, and tutored in Philosophy & Religious Ethics. Now, 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!

Lynne Stacey - Marketing Manager

An Oxford University 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. In recent years Lynne has made Pay-per-Click advertising one of her specialist areas and enjoys the mental challenge of trying to keep up with Google. 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.

Accounts

Fenella Dernie - Accounts Manager

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.

Stacey Lovell - Assistant Accounts Manager

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.

Anna Solomon - Accounts Assistant

Anna came to Wolsey Hall from an educational charity called Young Enterprise, where she worked as an Accounts Assistant for over a year and a half. She gained new skills and experience during that time which she can now use to support her team at Wolsey Hall within the Accounts Department. Her main tasks include invoicing and credit control. She lives in Oxford with her family and loves to spend time outdoors.

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