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

Rebecca Williams, Dukes Consultancy Director

Rebecca WilliamsRebecca studied Theology at Oxford University, applying from a state grammar school in Dorset. She then travelled before working in FMCG marketing for almost three years. She now manages the entire team here at Oxbridge Applications and is the head of application guidance. In addition to performing regular talks for students wanting to apply for Oxbridge around the world, she still finds time to mentor her own Premier Service mentees in Theology. Rebecca is regularly asked for her opinion in national and international press, and you can read some of her pieces here

John Ing, Director of Consultancy

JLIJohn leads our consultancy services and has been an educator at the highest level for 25 years. A former House Master at Harrow and Stowe schools, he now advises families on top institutions across the educational spectrum and helping their children get there. John initially graduated in Physics, and continues to promote the subject through his membership of the Institute of Physics. Outside education, he has also served at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines Reserves. John leads our parent company, Dukes Consultancy.

Sheridan Taylor, Senior Associate Consultant

Sheridan read Mathematics with Physics at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and Classics at Somerville College, Oxford. She then studied for an MSc in Psychology at Kingston University, and worked there as a visiting lecturer whilst writing her PhD in Psychoeconometrics. Sheridan has also worked as a private tutor for a number of years, including preparing students for Oxbridge. Her role as Senior Associate Consultant allows her to ensure that applicants receive the highest quality of support to applicants and their families throughout the applications process. Sheridan leads our Oxbridge consultancy services and can be reached on info@oxbridgeapplications.com


Julia Parlato, Lead Consultant

Julia ParlatoJulia graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, having studied French and Italian. As part of her undegraduate degree, Julia spent a year teaching English as a foreign language to French students aged 14-16, and continued this passion for teaching through her work with Oxbridge Applications as a subject mentor. Julia is our Lead Consultant, who conducts many of our Private Consultations, and as such is the first point of contact for parents and applicants with any questions about the Oxbridge application journey.

Afua Kudom, Head of Schools

Afua manages all 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, and was the first person from her school to study at Oxbridge. 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

Theo Boyce, Associate Consultant

Theo BoyceTheo read Archaeology and Anthropology at Queens’ College, Cambridge, graduating in 2013. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a researcher for a think tank specialising in the area of Higher Education Theory, and also taught extensively as an academic tutor for students aged 12-16. Theo’s passion for academia and teaching, combined with his fantastic personal experience of being at Cambridge, motivates him to help each applicant achieve their full potential in their Oxbridge applications.

Jade McGlynn, Programmes Manager

Jade applied to The Queen’s College, Oxford from a state school, graduating with a degree in Modern Languages, having studied Russian and Spanish. Following her graduation, Jade moved to Russia, working as a translator before founding her own education consultancy in 2012. In her former role, Jade advised international students on applying to UK universities with a focus on Oxbridge and Russell Group admissions criteria. Jade uses her wealth of experience in developing bespoke preparation programmes and supporting young academics in her role as Programmes Manager. Jade runs both our Premier Service and Access Scheme.

Jennifer Connell, Programmes Executive

jenny crop 1Jennifer graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA Honours degree in History. Prior to joining Dukes Education, Jennifer worked as an English teacher at a Grammar School in Kent and she brings her teaching experience to her current consultancy role. Jennifer has also completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and has experience in the legal sector.  

 Rosie Shann, Head of Operations

Rosie studied Law (Jurisprudence) at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. Following her degree, she worked with the Oxford Admissions department supporting Access applications to the University. This gives her an excellent insight into the admissions process for the benefit of all our Oxbridge applicants. As Head of Operations, Rosie manages the quality standards of our consultancy services, delivering our wide range of academic courses, programmes and tuition support throughout the year. She also trains and supports our 1,800-strong network of Oxbridge-graduate tutors, who mentor students privately and at our events. She is the organisational presence behind all the support candidates receive from Oxbridge Applications and its parent company, Dukes Education.

Catherine Bury, Events Executive

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.

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.

Prithu Banerjee, Oxbridge Executive

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.

Ananya Rao-Middleton, Graduate Executive

AnanyaAnanya graduated from Clare College, Cambridge, with an M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies. She has an academic background in History and Anthropology and prior to joining Oxbridge Applications, has worked as a writer for online tutoring and education platforms. As an anthropology student, Ananya has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in India and enjoys applying her knowledge of South Asian history to her consultancy work within Oxbridge Applications. She uses her experiences of lecturing and mentoring students to inform the well-rounded support and guidance she endeavours to give to applicants.  

Georgina Hammerton, Graduate Executive

 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.

Our Advisory Board

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.

 Peter Boursnell

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Peter has been a highly active participant in major Access events we run for years. His 27 years teaching in London state schools made him an incredible guide when we began to set up our first Hub events for schools in the local Brent area; these became our Oxbridge Preparation Days which we now run UK-wide in schools. During his time working in schools and as an AimHigher Coordinator, he has given guidance to several thousand students on university applications. For many years he has delivered talks, workshops and conferences for students throughout London and various charitable/non-profit organisations. He has also run four residential trips to Oxbridge colleges for Brent students. In June 2011, Peter was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Fair Access to Higher Education’, and in September of that year, he set up and became Director of ‘futureHigher‘, a Community Interest Company that supports students in applying to university.

He has also organised and delivered workshops for Brent students (outside their school) at the Brent Training Centre and also run day trips to Oxbridge colleges. Approximately 2,000 Brent students have attended these events. He has also organised and run four residential trips to Oxbridge colleges for Brent students.

In June 2011, Peter was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Fair Access to Higher Education’, and in September of that year, he set up and became Director of ‘futureHigher‘, a Community Interest Company which supports students in applying to university.