Meet our amazing team

We are a team of friends, colleagues and experts, passionate about our mission to bring tuition into the 21st century

Founders

Robert Grabiner

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Robert Grabiner

After trying and struggling to find tutors for his two children, Robert decided to set up a site offering affordable online tuition with bright undergraduate tutors. He left a life working as a Senior Banking Technologist and set up MyTutor in 2012. Since then he has undertaken most roles in the company: interviewing tutors, testing the website, and (most enjoyably) helping parents find tutors for their own children. Robert currently focuses on steering the overall vision and values of the business, and oversees all technology matters.

Bertie Hubbard

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Bertie Hubbard

Bertie is a maths geek, co-founder of MyTutor, and the man responsible for making the platform easier for you to use. He studied (you guessed it) maths at Durham where he was often found helping his peers with their work. Bertie feels passionately about making one-to-one help accessible and, after a couple of years in finance, returned to the world of education by co-founding MyTutor. In his (little) spare time, he plays tennis, kite-surfs, and uses MyTutor to learn Spanish.

James Grant

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James Grant

James is one of our co-founders and is on a mission to give every student better access to one-to-one support. He was previously in the Chief of Staff team at Barclays. Now, he travels around the UK meeting innovative, inspiring schools who share his vision. James studied philosophy at Birmingham University, a course he juggled alongside his first company which organised corporate events. In his spare time, James is a keen sportsman, having played competitively in football, rugby, and athletics. James is using MyTutor to learn psychology, a course he would have loved to have studied alongside philosophy.

Marketing

Jen Brown

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Jen Brown

Jen read English Literature at Durham University and, since then, has created marketing strategy and material for a number of organisations, both abroad and in the UK. Jen joined the team in November 2016 and now leads content marketing at MyTutor by creating and positioning content that is valuable and helpful to our users. A secret artist, Jen's portrait of Katie, drawn at her second interview, still takes pride of place in the office.

Iselin Lundberg

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Iselin Lundberg

Iselin, originally from Norway, came to the UK to study Chinese and History at SOAS back in 2007. This developed into a career in digital marketing, specialising in paid acquisition (like those ads you see on Google). She joined the company in early 2018 to help you discover MyTutor on the internet. Outside of work, "Ice" plays rugby for Barnes RFC, that is, any weekend she is not either snowboarding or riding the biggest roller coasters Europe has to offer.

Product

Fred Haffenden

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Fred Haffenden

After completing a degree in Engineering at Cambridge and an internship with MyTutor, Fred took some time off to travel through Central America. Six months later, Fred returned to England to start work with us in a full time role. He now splits his time between improving the website, helping us decide what to build next and lending a hand on the farm at home. Outside of the office, Fred enjoys playing a lazy attacking role in his 5-a-side football team.

Sonal Ladva

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Sonal Ladva

After working in front-office technology teams in the City, Sonal decided to pursue something she was really passionate about. She had experienced UX in her last role in and decided that this was the way forward. Following an immersive UX Design course at General Assembly, she worked with MyTutor on her final project and was subsequently recruited to work in the Product team. The rest as they say is history. Outside of work Sonal can be found getting creative in the kitchen.

Conor Gaffney

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Conor Gaffney

Emma Jones

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Emma Jones

Sam Buddington

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Sam Buddington

Before joining MyTutor, Sam jumped from biofuel research in the US to SME development in Rwanda. Now, he focuses on product management and developing the MyTutor Online Lesson Space. In his spare time, Sam is learning French through MyTutor and testing whether the site is still accessible from Everest Base Camp.

Valeesha Coutinho

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Valeesha Coutinho

Valeesha has made her way around the world, pursuing her Bachelors in Dubai, UAE and her Masters in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has always wanted to work with a company that truly makes a difference, and jumped at the opportunity to get involved with MyTutor as a member of the Product team. Aside from cracking sub-par jokes at the office, she likes her activities outside of work to involve sport, food, travelling, and injuring herself through one or more of the aformentioned hobbies.

Data

James Burton

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James Burton

After finishing his Physics Masters at Durham, James knew he wanted to put his scientific mind to good use and jumped straight into the world of data science at BCG and dunnhumby. He joined the team in 2016 to focus on how we use data to make the MyTutor experience the best it can be, from matching pupils with their perfect tutor to evaluating where one-to-one support can have the greatest impact. Away from MyTutor he can we found working on vertical chess problems (otherwise known as climbing) or issuing defensive orders from a 'sitting' sweeper role on the football pitch

Kas Kodituwakku

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Kas Kodituwakku

Whilst studying at Imperial College London, Kas embarked on developing his own start-up. He has a passion for travelling, aiming to explore at least 2 new countries a year. Following his graduation, he explored the depths of Africa and worked in finance before joining the MyTutor team. When he's not travelling, Kas loves his sport! He plays badminton and tennis competitively and is a keen gym goer.

Schools

Richard Angus

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Richard Angus

Rich graduated from Southampton University with a degree in English, before quickly shipping out to China to teach. Since returning to our shores, he’s developed partnerships in events and strategy consulting, but found himself called back to education. He joined us to focus on reaching as many schools as possible, to make one-to-one tuition a reality for pupils who ordinarily can’t access it. Away from MyTutor, you’ll catch him nervously climbing (very short) walls, attending Ninja Warrior qualification sessions, or butchering Chopin on the piano.

Cath Bryant

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Cath Bryant

After graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Archaeology, Cath has spent the last 5 years working in partnerships with a focus on education. Cath joined us in July 2018, where she works on the Schools team, helping them to provide support to their pupils through MyTutor. In her spare time, you might find Cath treading the boards in the amateur dramatic scene in South West London, where she performs regularly.

Louise Russ

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Louise Russ

Louise studied Physical Geography at Leeds University, and since then has worked in partnership management at a variety of organisations. Louise joined the team in June 2018 as an Account Manager; she’s an advocate for our schools customers, ensuring they are getting the most out of every programme. In her spare time (and in the office too!), she enjoys all things food-related.

Will Beaton

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Will Beaton

After travelling North America, India and Europe, Will knew he wanted to work for a company that would have a big impact on the education sector. Will comes from a family who are passionate about education and he currently works alongside our partner schools to make the one-to-one tuition programmes as impactful as possible. Will studied maths and economics at York University, a course he took alongside working as a tennis coach and being a member of the university boxing team. Will tries to shake the maths-geek image by working through his book collection: he loves reading everything from Balzac to Kerouac.

Alice Farrell

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Alice Farrell

Alice first developed her interest in education by getting involved in a range of university access programmes while studying Biology at Oxford. After graduation she flirted briefly with the pharmaceutical industry before joining MyTutor, where she works in the schools team, supporting tutors and helping give students better access to one-to-one support. In her spare time Alice enjoys reading, films, and occasionally playing football.

Angela Newton

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Angela Newton

After studying at Durham University and then at the LSE, Angela joined the Teach First programme and trained to teach. She is passionate about education and spent 8 years in the classroom before moving to MyTutor to join the Schools Team, where she works to make sure our 1:1 tuition is as impactful as possible. Outside the office, she is a School Governor and is known for filling her free time with as many activities as she can fit in - from tag rugby to trips to the theatre, and everything in between.

Bertie O'Brien

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Bertie O'Brien

Bertie graduate from Oxford in 2015, having read PPE. He spent about a year working as a chef in three different restaurants, gaining handy life-skills in the process. He used his hard-earned cash to fund a trip to Uganda, where he volunteered as a teacher and foolishly decided to run the 2016 Ugandan Marathon. Wanting to pursue a long-held love for Philosophy, Bertie joined KCL as a postgraduate research student in 2017. He nurtured his interest in the education sector working with King's Think Tank, and brought this passion to MyTutor in 2018.

Operations

Katie Crane

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Katie Crane

Katie left Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She got a taster of life in a fast-paced tech environment in the marketing teams of Bookatable and The Hut Group. In January 2015, she jumped at the opportunity to join the early-stage MyTutor team. Katie started out running our marketing, before moving over to lead the operations team in 2017. She’s now working on delivering a fantastic service to the parents, students, tutors and schools who make up the MyTutor community.

Heather Mitchell

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Heather Mitchell

Heather studied politics at Durham University, and stayed on at Durham as a sabbatical officer for a year after graduating. During this time she worked as a MyTutor tutor, and went on to complete an internship with MyTutor the following summer. Now working in a full-time role, Heather focuses on recruiting new tutors and managing the existing tutor community. In her spare time, Heather enjoys swimming, is an avid reader, and maintains a keen interest in politics.

Georgia Cohen

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Georgia Cohen

Georgia graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Classics. A stint at the Department for Education opened her eyes to the world of ed-tech, and she joined MyTutor in 2017 to grow and support our thriving tutor community. When she’s not at work, Georgia is learning to cycle (slowly) around London and enjoys watching (terrible) reality tv.

Rose Collard

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Rose Collard

Rose graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English and Theatre Studies. After taking some time off to travel, she returned to university to complete a masters. Spending another year in education spurred Rose’s desire to work in the sector, and she joined MyTutor in early 2018. In her spare time, Rose is co-founder of and writer for Harpy Magazine, an online publication that aims to promote women’s voices.

Marius Sheldon

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Marius Sheldon

After graduating from New College of the Humanities with a first-class honours degree in history, Marius started his career in product management at a London-based logistics startup. He also enrolled on the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, where he learned core concepts of business development and launched a website to help university students get jobs at UK start-ups. Since joining the team, Marius spends his time making sure students across the UK know about MyTutor and see it as the best job to fit around their studies.

Ninjas

Lucia Karageorghis

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Lucia Karageorghis

Lucia is another maths geek who will be following in Bertie’s footsteps and studying at Durham. During her gap year, she has joined MyTutor for part-time work in customer support, so if you call or email in with a query, she’ll be on hand to help.

Elly Edwards

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Elly Edwards

Alongside her part-time work at MyTutor, Elly is a second year German and History student at King's College London, occasionally getting the chance to use her language skills in the office. Elly is a keen singer, and is a member of the German Choir of London. She is looking forward to her year abroad next year, which she plans to spend as an English teacher in Austria.

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