Meet Our Staff

Oxford Summer Courses was established in 2010 by a network of Oxford alumni determined to share the magic of the university and the city with the wider world. Although Oxford Summer Courses isn’t part of the university, Oxford is at the heart of everything we do. It shapes what, where and how we teach. We pride ourselves on the high standard of the staff that we have working at Oxford Summer Courses. Our small office team of 11 is supplemented by the expertise of Oxford locals. We are accredited by the British Accreditation Council – this means they have assessed and approved our courses, teaching and safety procedures. We are currently recruiting for a number of positions, visit our Jobs page to find out more.
 

Office Staff

We are currently hiring Office staff. See here for further details.

Harry
 

Harry Hoare

 

Co-Founder and Director

Harry studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford before taking an M.Phil in Political Theory. During his time at Oxford he taught Politics to visiting students, gained academic prizes for essays on Rousseau and Plato and played football for Oxford University. Harry was Course Director 2010-2014 and now leads our Course Delivery Team. Alongside developing Oxford Summer Courses, Harry worked for the non-profit organisation Social Finance (2011-2015) where he helped structure social investment deals worth over £10mil. Harry remains a keen footballer, amateur politician and endurance sports enthusiast.
 
Rob
 

Robert Phipps

 

Co-Founder and Director

Robert graduated from University College, Oxford with a degree in Modern History. He taught History as a private tutor in the UK, Egypt and Hong Kong before training as a Strategy Consultant with the international firm Roland Berger (2012-2015) where he specialised in analysing, and providing advice on, the social care industry. Robert led Oxford Summer Courses’ British Accreditation Council inspection and helped grow the organisation across 3 Oxford University colleges and welcome over 300 students in 2015. During his spare time Robert enjoys film, football and food.
 
 

Georgina Robinson

 

Marketing Officer

Georgina graduated with a Masters degree in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews. She taught English as a Foreign Language in Japan for a number of years before moving to Oxford to pursue a career in marketing. Georgina has lived in Oxfordshire for over 10 years. At Oxford Summer Courses, Georgina is responsible for marketing the courses to potential students across the globe. When not updating Oxford Summer Courses’ Facebook page, Georgina enjoys visiting new places in Oxfordshire with her family.
 
 

Christian Perez

 

Admissions Manager

Christian’s background and interests are almost as diverse as the range of courses we offer with a decade building relationships in banking and travel, before managing teams and processes at TripAdvisor for 6 years. At Oxford Summer Courses, Christian manages the Sales and Admissions team, who work to share our courses with as many students as possible. His passion for international education was ignited as a student studying in Florida, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. While Christian grew up on the water as a keen sailor he also enjoys, tennis, climbing, running and travelling. Christian’s goalkeeping skills for the Oxford Summer Courses football team means you’re in safe hands as he and the admissions team are on hand to answer any question you may have about our courses.
 
 

Monika Jerszynska

 

Cambridge Programmes Manager

Monika joined Oxford Summer Courses in 2017. Previously she ran her own social enterprise, winning the Women protecting our Environment award at Manchester International Women’s Day and worked as the senior operations supervisor at Oxford Prospects Programmes. With Masters degrees in Sociology, Linguistics and Social Communication as well as diplomas in graphic design and multimedia, Monika applies her excellent attention to detail with her creative flair to organise and deliver our Cambridge programme. In 2017 Monika recruited the tutors and staff to deliver our first courses in Cambridge and is already putting together a team to deliver an even bigger and better programme for this summer. When she’s not aiming for the stars with her astronomical range of interests, including learning German and Arabic, Monika is watching them as an avid astronomer and sci-fi enthusiast. If she didn’t already have enough strings to her bow Monika’s other interests include board games and archery!
 
 

Guillermo Tirelli

 

Web Developer

As well as tutoring Computer Science, Guillermo is a Web Developer for Oxford Summer Courses. He is harnessing his extensive programming knowledge to upgrade the website so it is as good as our courses. In addition he is the person to turn to for any IT related difficulties meaning he keeps the office going when technology conspires against us. Guillermo is passionate about classical music, cooking and drinking tea and coffee. His mantra in life is ‘No chocolate in the morning.’
 
 

Rachel Parr

 

Senior Operations Manager

Rachel joined Oxford Summer Courses in 2017. Having studied Archaeology at university in Cardiff, she then served as a logistics officer in the British Army for over twenty years on operations, in logistic roles, and in training and education. She was made an MBE in 2011 for her command and leadership of her 120-strong squadron. Since leaving the Army, Rachel has worked with the UK’s aircraft carrier build programme, and with the UK Defence Academy in business improvement. Rachel’s role with Oxford Summer Courses is to develop and lead the delivery teams and the course programmes, and support the company’s wider development. Rachel was married in Oxford, her son was born here, and she has lived and worked in the area for many years. She remains committed to dragging her very patient family (now with five children) around all the incredible heritage that this beautiful area offers.
 
 

Laura Haigh

 

HR and Finance Controller

Laura graduated with a degree in Law and French law from Nottingham Law School, and spent a year in Montpellier, France as part of her studies. She is a qualified accountant and has spent 15 years specialising in corporate tax for global accountancy firms and in-house with Sony, and has lived in Oxfordshire since 2008. At Oxford Summer Courses Laura is responsible for the Finance and Human Resources function. She ensures that the courses accounts are all accurately kept and that staff have the best training to allow them to offer students the best experience during their time with Oxford Summer Courses. Outside of work, Laura enjoys spending time keeping her family entertained, going to gigs and spending quality time with friends.
 
 

Hayley Reader-Curtis

 

Academic Manager

Hayley graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a degree in Physical Geography with Science Communication.Following this she spent five years running tuition centres for one of the country’s largest maths and English tuition companies and became their Lead National Curriculum trainer. For the last three years Hayley has been the Head of Curriculum for an Education Technology Social Enterprise who create leading products to improve outcomes for pupils, in particular focusing on assessment within schools and parental engagement. As Senior Academic Programmes Manager Hayley will be ensuring our academic courses are engaging and inspiring for all our students, whilst training and supporting our academic team of tutors. Away from Oxford Summer Courses Hayley is a very keen baker and often spends her time at the weekend learning new baking skills. She also enjoys playing board games, discovering new books in Blackwells and has recently started Pilates and Zumba classes.
 
 

Leigh Joslin

 

Admissions Analyst

Leigh is there to answer all your questions about the course, working with the Admissions team to process your applications. Leigh also helps with Marketing and can often be found snapchatting the best sites and moments in Oxford for the Oxford Summer Courses Snapchat. Leigh’s interest in education began with his role at the University of Wolverhampton, where he worked in Alumni Development and Campus Operations while he attained his master’s degree in scriptwriting from the University of Glamorgan. His script set around a famous Anglo-Saxon battle, was awarded the Knight Hall Agency Prize and he has also been awarded several festival and contest selections. Leigh is a keen scriptwriter and while he’s not pitching his scripts to top directors, he is an avid Chelsea supporter, and their success story is something he happily muses on while sipping his lattes.
 
 

Alex Whitton

 

Operations Officer

Alex joined Oxford Summer Courses after graduating from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 2016, where he studied History. Alex is in charge of recruiting the On-Course Delivery team, who are responsible for making sure students are healthy, safe and happy throughout their time with Oxford Summer Courses. He is also involved in organising and preparing the course, drawing up the social and cultural elements of the timetable ensuring students get the true Oxford experience. Alex’s passion for education begun when he worked on the Oxford Summer Courses on-course delivery team in 2015 and again in 2016 as a Student Helper and Assistant Course Director. He is a keen baker and food enthusiast, who can often be found sampling the latest delicacies at Oxford’s best food market in Gloucester Green, where he frequently took students when working on the course. Alex also has a passion for puns which he regularly unleashes in the office to anguished sighs from the rest of the team. They clearly have no sense of pun!
 
 

Meredith Bayley

 

Marketing Officer

Meredith joined Oxford Summer Courses as a marketing officer in 2017. Previously, she was living just outside of Washington, DC and most recently worked in the marketing department of National Geographic for four years. After moving across the pond, she founded a small business doing freelance marketing in Oxford. She can be found in the office posting on our social media pages and writing blog posts for our website. Meredith moved to the UK seeking more opportunities to travel- her goal is to visit 30 countries before turning 30- and so far she is on track! She loves music, travel, photography, and spending time in nature. When not in the office, Meredith can be found exploring (and enjoying!) her new hometown of Oxford.
 
 

Max Humpston

 

Admissions Executive

Having graduated from University of Wales, Swansea where he studied Law & Spanish, Max subsequently spent time working as an EFL teacher in San Sebastian, Spain, and then most recently in the corporate world of Hong Kong as a legal and technology recruiter, then as a business developer at a leading tech startup. Max gained a strong passion for study abroad after spending a year in Salamanca as part of his degree and is now very excited about his recent move to the beautiful city of Oxford as part of the Oxford Summer Courses team. Max can generally be found playing guitar at one of the live music hot spots or struggling for breath at the local tennis or squash club!
 
 

Kirsty Ralston

 

Academic Coordinator

Kirsty joined Oxford Summer courses in November 2017, she studied at the University of South Wales and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Drama and Theatre. Before joining the team, Kirsty spent some time working at a call centre and then as a freelance actress (autographs on request). Her love for performing started at the age of 8 and she is still regularly involved with the local amateur dramatic groups. Born and bred in Oxfordshire Kirsty is over the moon to be assisting in the delivery of our courses and helping to show Oxford in all its glory. When she’s not acting, Kirsty can be found curled up with her cat Mercury watching a good film, attending the local pub quiz or buying yet more clothes she doesn’t need.
 
 

Lisa McCarthy

 

Cambridge Academic Coordinator

Lisa studied Natural Sciences at Jesus College Cambridge, graduating with a Master’s degree in Materials Science. After a couple of years away from the city she is excited to be back and will be busy finding more excellent tutors as Cambridge programme grows. Since attending a couple of summer schools before University, she has been keen to be involved in education and spent much of her degree on committees aiming to improve it. Her experience working for a social enterprise ranges from organising tuition to teaching A level Chemistry and even doing star jumps in nurseries! Outside of work, Lisa can usually be found in the kitchen listening to the latest science podcasts while willing her bread to rise.
 
 

Emily Bell

 

Academic Coordinator

Emily graduated from the University of Derby with a degree in Creative Writing in 2009, and then she decided to venture further afield, and moved to South Korea to teach ESL in 2010. Working at Daegu Girls’ High School in 2013, she was selected to design and teach a Writing course at the Taegu Foreign Language High School, and she has taught project-based summer English courses in the UK. Her work as an educator has taken her all over the world, and now settled back in the UK, her passion for education remains strong. She has joined the Oxford Summer Courses team as an Academic Coordinator, and will be responsible for recruiting and taking care of our Oxford tutors. Outside of work, Emily is passionate about lifelong learning, and she always has a project on the go. She keeps a container kitchen garden on the roof of her narrowboat home, and is learning about permaculture. Emily is also an amateur forager and naturalist specialising in wild edible and medicinal plants, and has taught bushcraft and foraging workshops.
 
 

Napa Saengkrachang

 

HR & Finance Support

Napa is here to support Laura and the rest of the team with any finance and HR related tasks. She graduated from the University of Lincoln with a degree in Psychology. During her time at University she worked as an International Student Ambassador using her bilingual skills to help international students cope with life in the UK. Through her degree she became interested in using psychological theories to help understand and improve organisational life. In September 2018 Napa will be exploring her passion for the subject through her Masters degree in Organisational Psychology. Hopefully Napa’s psychological knowledge will be able to help understand and nurture existing workplace culture here at Oxford Summer Courses (and maybe take part in her studies!). Outside of work she is a keen roller derby skater, Clubberciser (imagine Zumba with glow sticks) and binge Watching Netflix series.
 
 

Hannah Kedward

 

Programmes Support

Hannah joined Oxford Summer Courses after our courses in 2017. She studied at Oxford Brookes University and graduated in 2016 with a degree in Sport, Coaching & Physical Education. She has been a keen football player since she was 4 years old and during her teenage years she was scouted for a centre of excellence team, where she played up until her move to university. Hannah has a diverse range of experience in the sport and education sector and previously spent 6 months in the French Alps organising activity & social programmes for children and young adults. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder and that was certainly the case with Hannah’s absence from Oxford. Now back in the bustling city she can’t wait to share what Oxford has to offer with students from all over the world. Alongside her love for the city and passion for sport, Hannah is also very interested in social history, travel and food!
 
 

Alexandru Gorgos

 

Junior Web Developer

Alexandru forms our Tech team alongside Guillermo to develop contemporary designs, polish our user experience, and improve our website as our resident website bug-swatter! Alexandru draws on his knowledge for design and web development from his time in Romania, where he obtained two degrees in Computer Science for Business Management, and Marketing, before working on several development projects as a back and front-end developer. Alexandru likes to travel as often as he can, and he doesn’t just fight online bots, because he’s trained in a combination of fighting techniques too! A new force to reckoned with within our office.
 
 

Marianna Lanza

 

Programme Support

Marianna joined Oxford Summer Courses in December 2017. She studied at the University of St Andrews for her undergraduate and at Cambridge University for a Masters in Comparative Literature, graduating during the summer of 2016. She enjoyed her time at Cambridge so much that she decided to stay, and is now keen to share her love for the city with all the incoming students. In her free time, Marianna enjoys a variety of activities. She has been fencing competitively since she was 7, and more recently she is often found discussing pressing issues with her friends, ranging from gender politics to the latest winner of the X Factor.
All of our course delivery staff are First Aid and Child Safeguarding trained, as well as having a range of experience working with young people before they arrive. The Course Director makes sure the courses run smoothly. They are always available in person and by phone and lead the whole team in providing a range of welfare support. They are committed individuals who are trained in student welfare.
 

Chris Adamson

 

Course Director

Chris studied Classics as an undergraduate at the University of St Andrews before taking an M.Phil in Classical Studies at Oxford University. He is currently finishing his D.Phil at St Cross College, Oxford in Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archeaeology. Alongside his studies, Chris has worked for Oxford Summer Courses since 2013 and is the Course Director for 16-24s at Somerville college. Chris is a keen golfer and travel enthusiast.
 

Kezia Fender

 

Course Director

Kezia is a Masters student at Wadham College, Oxford studying English Literature 650-1550, having completed her undergraduate degree there in English and German. She has worked on residential courses for young people for Yellow Submarine charity and Cape Adventure outward bound centre, as well as working as a teaching assistant in Austria and Nepal for ages 10-18. Oxford Summer Courses is a chance for her to combine her enjoyment of working with young people from all over the world with that of academic study in Oxford.
Our tutors are all Oxford University academics or experienced tutors and have spent years honing their teaching skills as undergraduate and graduate students. Here is a selection of tutors we have working for us- visit the subject pages to see more tutor profiles.
 

Dr Kieron Winn

 

Creative Writing

Dr Kieron Winn’s first collection of poetry, The Mortal Man, was published in 2015, and has been widely praised. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on Herbert Read and T. S. Eliot. He has twice won, in 2007 and 2013, the University of Oxford’s most valuable literary award, the English Poem on a Sacred Subject Prize.
 

Dr Gauri Ang

 

Medicine

Dr Gauri Ang completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences in University College London. She then completed her D.Phil. in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, investigating the role of schizophrenia-relevant genes in the generation of body clocks, sleep, and cognition.
 

Kristofer Hammerback

 

Economics

Kristofer Hammerback is a current D.Phil. candidate in Economics at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, after previously having completed an MPhil in Economics at Oxford. He has been involved in undergraduate admissions interviewing for Economics and Management as well as for Economics and History at Somerville College and Keble College, Oxford.
 

Ivaylo Iaydjiev

 

International Relations

Ivaylo Iaydjiev is a D.Phil. student in Public Policy with the Blavatnik School of Government and St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His doctorate focuses on International Political Economy, and in particular the politics of the European financial crisis and the role of international institutions and he has published several articles, working papers, and policy briefs on this subject. He holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy (with Distinction) from the University of Oxford and a BA in French and Politics (First-class) from the University of Bath. He is currently a Senior Researcher with the European Policy Institute and was previously an adviser to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence, an analyst for the Office of the President of Bulgaria, and a trainee at the European Commission, gaining first-hand experience of International Relations and public policy.
   
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