New enquirers: UK:

0800 622 6599

Int:

+44 (0) 1865 988 307

Existing students:

+44 (0) 1865 809 455

Sarah Webb - Manager of Student Support

Sarah oversees and provides day-to-day support for the team in all aspects of their work. She also recruits new team members and ensures that they are fully trained and able to support students on their courses with Wolsey Hall. Sarah’s experience in Early Years Education sparked her passion for children’s learning and development. 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. Sarah has four children of her own aged from three to twenty, one of whom was diagnosed with ADHD aged 12. She therefore has a good understanding of the highs, lows and challenges faced as a parent when educating children. She is always looking out with the team as to how best we can support students to fulfil their full potential and meet their learning goals. When taking time out, Sarah enjoys walking her two crazy Cockapoos, watching films and spending time with her busy family.

Tamara Onslow - Admissions Manager

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!

Student Progress Managers

Lara Bosley

Lara holds a Masters degree in Sustainability from Middlesex University, London. Born in Cape Town, she has lived in Oxford for the past twelve years. She has experience in communications, outreach and learner support roles for organisations such as Oxfam GB and the University of Oxford. As well as supporting the wonderful students of Wolsey Hall, she is a one-to-one Tutor for university students with specific learning differences. She loves reading, writing, politics, playing with her children, and walking along the Thames River where it flows near her home.

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.

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.

Charlotte English

Charlotte graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Education Studies. Since then she has lived in many parts of the UK, as well as San Francisco, where she worked for the Volunteer Centre of San Francisco. After returning from the U.S. Charlotte worked for many years as a reward analyst. Charlotte has recently completed an Introduction to Counselling course at Oxford University, which she greatly enjoyed and is very much hoping at some point to continue this line of study on a part-time basis, with a view to offering counselling to children and young adults in her spare time. For relaxation Charlotte has a passion for cooking, reading and spending time with her three children, ranging in age from 3 to 16.

Jenny Fisher

Jenny graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Economics. After that she worked and travelled extensively in Slovakia and the rest of Eastern Europe teaching English as a foreign language and on returning to the UK she taught in several language schools in London and Oxford. Jenny has also been an Exams Officer and more recently she has been teaching English to international students at secondary schools and universities here in the UK. Along with her role as Student Progress Manager, she currently examines for an International English Language exam and also offers support to international students at local schools on a voluntary basis. Jenny lives in the Cotswolds with her 3 children, 2 cats and 1 dog and in her spare time loves skiing if possible, reading books(especially crime novels), walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, singing in a local choir and running. Jenny enjoys meeting and supporting Wolsey Hall students and their families through their home-schooling journeys.

Rona Francis

Rona has enjoyed various positions throughout her career including working in her local Primary School. At the time of her daughter going to University, Rona’s interest in her own education was rekindled and she realised that even as a mature student, her long held dream of furthering her education, was a possibility. After signing up for an access course she secured a place at Edge Hill University as a full-time undergraduate. Rona achieved her dream by successfully graduating in 2017 with a first class BSc in Child Health and Wellbeing. In addition to her work as a Student Progress Manager, Rona is now studying part-time for a MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and hopes that her studies will enable her to better support her students. Rona is a great believer in the concept of life-long learning and is passionate about supporting others to achieve their very best.

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.

Nyssa Haines

Nyssa attended Southampton University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Psychology. She worked in the Learner Support Team at the Open University supporting students completing their studies via online distance learning. Her job was very varied ranging from initial general enquiries and specific course choice advice through to examination arrangements and qualification enquiries. She worked for the Open University for nine years until the happy arrival of her daughter when she decided to study to become a childminder and set up her own childcare business. Working with children and adults of all ages has inspired her to be passionate about learning and supporting others to achieve their goals. She is originally from Bournemouth but has lived in Oxfordshire for 15 years.

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.

Usha Kar

Usha holds an MA in Gender and Development from the University of East Anglia, and studied Sociology for her first degree at the University of Warwick. She also studied at the Oxford Refugee Studies Programme. She has worked as a senior manager in the charity and social enterprise sectors for over 20 years, primarily in international development, community development and refugee support. She managed Oxfam’s programme in Bosnia during the conflict and has since held the position of CEO with four international development charities, including ACACIA UK, an organisation committed to ensuring boys and girls with developmental disabilities in East Africa gain access to education. Recently Usha has been involved in a local good food and refillables projects, has qualified in community orcharding and also worked as a lock keeper on the Thames. Usha is a parent and an artist, who enjoys travelling, yoga, being in nature and walking her dog.

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.

Villy Mitchell

Villy graduated from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria with a combined BA in English Language & Literature, and Bulgarian Language & Literature. She has lived in Oxfordshire for over 20 years with her British husband and two children. Villy completed a Montessori Diploma and worked as a Montessori teacher for 3 years. She homeschooled her children for 10 years which has been a tremendously rewarding experience. Villy's son completed five KS3 subjects and her daughter five IGCSE courses with Wolsey Hall. Villy strongly believes in facilitating children's independent learning at their own pace in order to allow them to succeed to the best of their abilities and she is excited to support other home educated children with their studies.

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.

Mandy O'Sullivan

Mandy Osullivan is a mother of 4 children and holds a degree in English Literature and Language and a second degree in Psychology, specialising in child development. She is a governor at a primary school and a Child Welfare Officer for her children’s football team as well as a routine volunteer within her children’s school. Mandy has always loved to travel and experience different cultures, one of her favourite places was Tanzania which led to her teaching English and Science in a rural school. Although an extremely impoverished area the children had a big impact on Mandy with their quest for knowledge both academic and cultural. She also spent time in New Zealand which also had a different cultural ethos to children’s education and Mandy would very much like to return at some point. Mandy is currently studying for a Masters in Education and in her spare time, she is usually found with her nose in a book, de-stressing with Yoga or walking her very energetic Yorkshire terrier. She enjoys spending time with her children, the theatre and dreaming about living in New Zealand.

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.

Nicola Timbrell

Living in Australia for three years during childhood gave Nicola a fascination for the world, its people and geography. At university she studied Geology and the environment and then a further qualification in computing. After a research role investigating the use of multimedia in teaching she developed award-winning interactive learning software for the educational publishing market. She went on to teach digital publishing at university level for over 20 years. Having educated her two children at home, Nicola loves to be able to support other families in their homeschooling journey.

Kerry White

Kerry has performed a variety of roles in her working life, to fit around the ever-evolving needs of her children. For a number of years, she supported children with speech, language and communication difficulties through their primary school journey. Through this work she gained an insight into the benefits of a more individualised approach to education, and the rewards of helping others realise their potential. Now that all three of her children are away at university, Kerry has embarked on projects, ranging from creating stained glass pieces to renovating an ageing narrowboat. In her remaining spare time, she enjoys exploring the countryside through walking the national trails.

Cath Brown - Book Purchasing Manager

Cath graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in English Studies and Publishing. She settled in Oxford where she worked within the academic publishing sector in a number of Sales and Marketing roles in Childrens’ books, Dictionaries and Reference books. Cath moved to a marketing consultancy and then continued her career with a large multinational telecoms organisation, before returning to a marketing consultancy to provide expertise to a range of businesses. After having her first child, Cath returned to her first love of books, to work for the Bodleian Libraries as an Administrator whilst also volunteering at a Children’s Centre supporting new parents. Cath has a passion for books and is never without a large pile waiting to be read, including both fiction and non-fiction. Cath has 2 young children and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family as well as running and cooking.

Support

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.

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.

Supervisors of Courses

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.

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!

Jessica Wyer

Jess gained her degree in Applied Biology at Bath University. She worked as a scientist for 12 years including at the University of Oxford where she worked in Human Immunology and authored several scientific papers. After taking time out to raise her two children Jess returned to science working as a school science technician then training as a teacher. In addition to tutoring Lower Secondary science for Wolsey Hall and IGCSE and tutoring science for GCSE, including those with learning difficulties, where she lives. Jess has run a Primary Science club and worked with ASD students. Jess loves the natural world and has just moved to a house where she can have a wildlife garden.

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.

Karem Roitman - Cambridge Liaison

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.

Tutor Services and Support

Gemma Langley - Tutor Services Manager

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 paddleboarding in the sea or on the sand with her three children and their dog 'Breeze'.

Heidi Watkins - Tutor Support Supervisor

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.

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.

Digital Services & Support

Callum Wilcock - Digital Services Manager

Callum graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Financial Economics and has since gone on to to follow his passion for all things digital. Prior to joining Wolsey Hall, Callum worked as a Digital Marketer for an accounting firm where he developed skills in website design and management alongside the fundamentals of digital marketing. He now heads up the management of the Wolsey Hall website and is always looking for ways to improve our students experience through the use of emerging technologies. Callum has a passion for travelling and recently toured New Zealand in a camper-van with a few of his childhood friends.

Marketing & Website

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. 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.

Danielle Hilton - Communications Manager

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.

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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