Our Oxbridge-graduate tutors are recruited and trained by a team of dedicated Oxbridge-graduate consultants, based at our headquarters in London. These act as a focal point for information, research and further work with our team of former Oxford and Cambridge Admissions Tutors and expert consultants.

Alongside our tutors and consultants, we also have a number of former headteachers and specialised education consultants on our Advisory Board – many of whom attend our courses and give support directly to students.

Get in contact

Our team are available from 9am – 5.30pm (GMT) from Monday to Friday to answer any questions you may have. 


our staff

Alicia Luba, Consultancy Director

ALAlicia holds a first-class degree in English Literature from St Hilda’s College Oxford and also an MA in Shakespeare from Kings College, London. She has been consulting with students, schools and parents for Oxbridge Applications since 2013, specialising in the Arts and Humanities subjects. She regularly takes on her own Premier Service students as well as conducting the initial Private Consultations in the London office or around the globe. Alicia travels to meet clients and schools in the United Arab Emirates, Italy, China, Nigeria and most recently, Oman.

 

Alison Bissell, Head of Oxbridge Applications

ALAlison read Mathematics and Philosophy at Pembroke College, Oxford. She began working with Oxbridge Applications as a tutor and has maintained this role alongside her other work since 2012. As a consultant with Oxbridge Applications, Alison has conducted hundreds of mock interviews and consultations with students both in the UK and around the globe, travelling to schools in the Middle East and Far East. She has also worked in corporate roles within government, before re-joining the team at Oxbridge Applications. Alison is passionate about working with young people to encourage their ambition and help them realise their full potential.

 

 

Zoe Silkstone, Associate Consultant

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Zoe read English at Robinson College Cambridge as a choral scholar; after graduating in 2016 she continued on to University College London to study a masters in Early Modern Studies.  In addition to working at Oxbridge Applications, Zoe is a private tutor, as well as working for her preparatory and secondary schools.  As an avid musician, running her own London based consort, she frequently acts as Administrator on the Eton Choral Courses. She is currently one of our Associate Consultants and joined us in September 2017. 

 

 

Afua Kudom, Head of Schools

Afua manages our work with schools, both in the UK and internationally, and is passionate about equipping pupils with the tools necessary to help them successfully navigate their way through the Oxbridge application process. Afua studied Law at Cambridge University. She is a graduate of the Teach First programme and spent eight years working in schools in various teaching and leadership roles. Prior to joining the team, Afua worked in public affairs and communications, where she was part of the secretariat for the Social Integration Commission. She has extensive experience of the education sector, where she dedicated her teaching career to enabling thousands of young people to fulfil their academic potential and widen their higher education aspirations. Afua can be reached on schools@oxbridgeapplications.com

Catherine Bury, Events Manager

Catherine graduated from Plymouth University with a degree in Events Management. Catherine was inspired to work in operations and events following her undergraduate experience of running Open Days and graduation ceremonies prior to her own graduation in 2013. Before joining Oxbridge Applications, Catherine worked across prestigious events in the education, corporate and creative industries. She brings a wealth of experience to Oxbridge Applications, leading on the high quality delivery of the Oxbridge preparation courses.

 

 

Amy-Jane Greenwood, Events Executive

Amy-Jane is the Events Executive for the Dukes Consultancy Group. She works across the consultancy delivering events throughout the UK, and is passionate about giving students exciting, engaging and educational experiences. Prior to joining Oxbridge Applications, Amy Jane gained a First Class degree in Events Management at Southampton Solent, and attained multiple awards for excellence whilst studying. She brings her expertise in events alongside her dynamic personality to Oxbridge Applications.

Prithu Banerjee, Head of Programmes

Prithu studied Engineering Science at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating in 2014. Having tutored for Oxbridge Applications as a mock interviewer and a tutorial group leader for two years, he joined the company in 2016. In between graduating and joining Oxbridge Applications as a full-time member of staff, Prithu spent his time travelling around South East Asia and freelancing as a writer for the BBC. Prithu now works to support students on our long-term support programmes, the Premier Service and the Access Scheme.

Georgina Hammerton, Programmes Manager

 Georgina read Human, Social and Political Sciences at Homerton College, Cambridge, graduating in 2016. Specialising in Politics, Georgina has a strong interest in political philosophy and also enjoyed running various societies at University and participating in debating, as well as supporting the Union with their Access work and events delivery.  Previous to joining Oxbridge Applications, Georgina spent her time travelling extensively around Europe and tutoring. She uses her various experiences to work to support students and the team at Oxbridge Applications.

 

 

Fiona Young, Programmes Manager

Fiona graduated from Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University with a first-class degree in Experimental Psychology.  In her time at University, she worked as part of her college Outreach team, visiting schools and running events in college to inspire students to apply to Oxford. Before joining Oxbridge Applications, she completed the Teach First Graduate Scheme, where she taught in a Primary School in Peterborough for two years, alongside completing her PGCE.

 

 

Lucy Tittle, Marketing Manager

Lucy graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in the History of Art in 2013. She has a four-year background in marketing from the education, transport and arts sectors. Lucy manages the marketing and communications activity for Oxbridge Applications. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys the theatre and museums.

 

 

 

 

Arthur Geldard, Marketing Assistant

Arthur graduated in 2015 from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies. Arthur then successfully ran his own business as an independent jazz musician, running and promoting events across the UK. He was inspired to work in marketing through his management of digital platforms and branding of his own company. 

 

 

Satish Amatya, Financial Controller

Satish-Final-O_0Satish initially graduated with an MBA, after which he made the decision to go into the restaurant business. He trained as a chef and worked in a number of London restaurants, eventually opening his own restaurant as well as a number of cafés and bars. Satish then moved into financial management, and joined  Oxbridge Applications  in 2014.

Our Advisory Board

Since 1999, Oxbridge Applications has sought the guidance and advice, as well as worked with, former Oxbridge Admissions Tutors, to ensure our students receive the most accurate guidance possible.

Barry Webb

Barry Webb is a former Admissions Tutor and Tutor in English at Oxford University. He is also a former member of the Joint Oxford & Cambridge Admissions Council. He has advised Oxbridge Applications from its inception, and is integral to our understanding of the Oxbridge application process. Barry currently teaches Master’s-level students at Oxford, having previously been a visiting professor in the USA and Japan. Barry’s decade-long tenure with Oxford University means that students get an unparalleled insight into what qualities and attributes the universities seek in applicants.

 

 

Gwyn Day

Gwyn has been running our Interview Skills Sessions for over 15 years. As a Trainer in NLP, Gwyn is well-versed in written and spoken strategies that help you present yourself with maximum impact. After a career in the City as Head Trader at an investment bank, Gwyn began advising young people on how to land City jobs. He has written and run communication skills events at some of the top independent schools in the country (such as the Eton Management Skills Conference, Eton Careers Day, Rugby Management Skills Day, and City of London School for Girls Self Presentation). Gwyn has also been closely involved with aspirational programmes in state schools via the AimHigher initiative, Pure Potential and the Social Mobility Foundation.

 

John Wilson

John Wilson is a lay member of the university admissions panel for medical school undergraduate entry at UCL (University College London) and has also performed this role at Imperial College and Queen Mary University in London. John has been invited to speak on a number of occasions in Hong Kong by the British Council to share his knowledge and experience of the British education system and on making applications to British universities. John is currently the Principal  at Acorn House College. Prior to Acorn House, John was the Director of Studies at prestigious Sixth Form College in Kensington, London a position he held since 2005. John was educated at state schools and colleges in the North East of England before graduating from Oxford University with honours in biological sciences and followed this with a PGCE from Cambridge. 

 

Jane Bennett-Rees

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Jane is a graduate of St Hugh’s, Oxford, and was later a fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where she held the position of Admissions Researcher. Her insight into both Oxford and Cambridge University has given her an excellent grounding from which she advises and prepares students for entrance, visiting both universities regularly and talking to admissions and subject tutors in order to maintain an encompassing knowledge of the application process. Jane currently lectures in Mathematics at King’s College, London and Guys Medical School, focusing her energies on helping first-year students bridge the gap between A-level study and university courses. She is a member of Oxbridge Applications’ advisory board.

David Cope

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A Cambridge graduate with a BA and MA in History, David taught History, English and Spanish for five years before becoming a Headteacher. For 20 years he led three British schools in the UK and France (Dover College, the British School of Paris and seven years at Marlborough College), with a special commitment to furthering co-education and international education. He has been an active member of the British HMC (Headmasters and Headmistresses Conference), serving on its overseas membership and academic policy committees, and also of ECIS (European Council of International Schools). He was a founder member of COBISEC (British Schools in Europe) and its Treasurer for five years. He has also served on many school boards, both in the UK and overseas, and is thoroughly well-versed in all aspects of school management and staff recruitment at every level.