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

 

 

Zoe Silkstone, Consultancy Manager

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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. 

 

 

Fiona Young, Head of Schools

Fiona 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.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. Fiona can be reached on schools@oxbridgeapplications.com

 

George Clarke, Schools Executive

George read Classics at Homerton College Cambridge, graduating in July 2017. He worked with Cambridge Admissions Office and the college to deliver residential outreach programmes to prospective applicants, and taught Latin and Classical Civilisation at a school in Kent. George has experience in the non-for-profit sector: he founded a Cambridge-based project to supply rough sleepers with thermal clothing, worked alongside social services on a number of cases and volunteered with Tearfund in Ndola, Zambia. In his position on the schools team George is delighted to be part of Oxbridge Application’s Access School programme

 

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.

 

 

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 people to encourage their ambition and help them realise their full potential.

 

Ben Turner, Programmes Executive

ALBen graduated in 2015 with a degree in Linguistics at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Berlin for half a year to improve his German and gain international experience. Ben was later awarded a scholarship by the British Council to study Mandarin Chinese in Tianjin for half a year. This opened a door to work for the British Embassy in Beijing where Ben was further able to improve his language skills. Alongside his other commitments, Ben frequently taught English as a foreign language to Chinese students which helped him develop a 

insight into education in an international context. .

 

Georgina Hammerton, Tuition and Publications 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.

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 five-year background in marketing from the education, transport and arts sectors. Lucy manages the marketing and communications activity for Oxbridge Applications.

Sofia Radaelli, Marketing Executive

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Sofia read Theology and Religion as an academic scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in July 2017. She has experience of teaching at primary school level and of coordinating and leading group educational sessions at sixth form level. During her time at university, Sofia was also involved in supporting secondary school pupils in humanities subjects, including advising on personal statements and assessing academic work. After graduating she spent some time doing personal research and travelling to explore her interests in art, architecture, and religion. Sofia joined the Communications team in March 2018, bringing to the role her love of writing and her commitment to education and academia.

 

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.

Dr Jon Tabbert, Managing Director of Dukes US Applications

Jon graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University followed by a master’s degree from Minnesota State University and a doctorate from the University of North Dakota. He held administrative and faculty positions at several US universities, and subsequently represented a consortium of American universities in Europe. In 1982 he moved to the UK, serving as Executive Director of Student Enrollment at the American International University in London. Jon established his consultancy in 1995 to provide tailored support on US applications to international applicants. In 2015 Jon joined the Dukes Education Consultancy, and continues to provide the same expert guidance under the name Dukes US Applications. 

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.

 

 

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 Head Of Upper School at Eaton Square School.John was 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.