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The problem with tuition

One-to-one tuition is proven to be one of the best ways to improve grades. And grades are directly linked to life chances and career progression. But until now, tuition has been out of reach for most families – it was too expensive, availability was low, or it relied on living near a good tutor.

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How we’re solving it

MyTutor was founded to offer life-changing tuition for all, and this mission makes us excited to get up and come to work every day.

We’re proud that our online network of great tutors supports pupils from all walks of life. Lessons are tailored to each individual and fit the hectic schedule of any family. We’ve given over a quarter of a million lessons and results show that our pupils improve by an average of one whole grade in just 12 lessons.

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Who we are

Our founders have combined three unique perspectives to tackle our mission. Robert, a parent frustrated by how hard it was to find a tutor for his daughters. Bertie, an analyst who wanted to take an evidence-led approach to solving some of the education sector’s biggest challenges, and James, an entrepreneur passionate about helping disadvantaged children do better at school.

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 in the city and set up MyTutor in 2013. 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 finance and operational 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

Having watched his university colleagues graduate with huge debts, James explored ways to help students ease their loans through meaningful work. James co-founded MyTutor to deliver on a mission to give every student access to the one-to-one support they deserve. He was previously in the Chief of Staff team at Barclays. Now, he spends his time meeting with innovative school leaders, businesses and educationalists who share MyTutor’s vision for education. James studied philosophy at Birmingham University, a course he juggled alongside his events business. In his spare time, James enjoys playing 5-a-side, writing, travelling and learning psychology.

Marketing

Nicola Anderson

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Nicola Anderson

Nicola studied at Bristol university many moons ago and after deciding a PhD in tadpoles wasn’t for her moved to London, landed a marketing role in a tech startup right in the middle of the dotcom boom - and has never left. She’s worked across a whole range of sectors from sports and gambling to photography and finance and is finally in the sector she is most passionate about. Outside of work Nicola is completing a diploma in coaching and mentoring and loves skiing, yoga and travel.

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.

Gemma Pearson

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Gemma Pearson

A digital marketer and self-confessed data nerd who has spent her career in ecommerce and tech startups, Gemma was thrilled to venture into the wonderful world of EdTech at MyTutor. Outside of the office you can most likely find her exploring one of London’s foodie hotspots, working on her fitness in a spin class, or with her head in a good book.

Anna Postl

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Anna Postl

After graduating from the university of Vienna in Austria with a degree in psychology Anna moved to London to find her next adventure. Here she has slowly been building her SEO expertise with a short stint in Manchester as a website manager. She was switching between consultancy and agency work until she found her way to MyTutor. Here she is the go to person for all things Google and will always answer your questions about how to make us rank.

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.

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.

Conor Gaffney

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Conor Gaffney

Niels Koelmeyer

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Niels Koelmeyer

Niels is a Product Designer from Denmark. Starting his career as a Product Manager, Niels eventually stumbled upon the discipline of design and found his professional vocation. Since then, Niels has been designing products for customers in a variety of industries - from the publishing industry to the service sector, the legal world and now he has found his place in EdTech. When he’s not sketching, pushing pixels, or building prototypes he’s either out exploring the world, dabbling in creative coding or ploughing through his neverending reading list of books.

Steven Kelly

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Steven Kelly

Steven is a Product Designer from Scotland, who began his career studying Graphic Design in Glasgow, with some time spent studying abroad in America. Previously, Steven spent 3 years in a digital product agency, helping clients like the Olympics, ITV and Sony deliver world class video and sports products.

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 set up his own automotive start-up. Following his graduation, Kas worked in finance and accounts, before joining MyTutor. Outside of work, he has a passion for travelling with an aim to explore at least 2 completely new countries a year.

Pol Brigneti

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Pol Brigneti

Right after graduating from Pompeu Fabra University with a degree in Business and Economics, Pol started to work at a fast growing mobility startup on his hometown, Barcelona. It was there where he discovered his passion for data analytics and programming, which brought him to move to London in April 2018 to immerse into a Data Science programme. After finishing the programme he knew he wanted to keep developing his data career in a startup and found on MyTutor the perfect place.

Technology

Sasha Bilton

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Sasha Bilton

Sasha is a tech geek, who started his career programming Amigas in 68000 assembler and C. His love of making things led him to work in digital broadcasting, advertising, e-commerce and fintech. With a family background in education, joining MyTutor as the CTO has been a privilege. Outside of work Sasha talks about the cats and product management with his wife, and also enjoys playing tabletop roleplaying and wargames with friends.

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 aforementioned hobbies.

Gianni Bruno

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Gianni Bruno

Gianni is a nerd at heart who loves all things tech, he has a passion to automate anything he can gets his hands on. Gianni graduated with a degree in computer science at the University of Hertfordshire where he even played American football. Outside of work, Gianni loves to teach and has created a series of online courses helping students in the world of automation testing, he also loves to lift weights, watch the occasional football game and has a passion for cooking.

Dominik Kalinowski

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Dominik Kalinowski

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.

Nellie Perrin

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Nellie Perrin

After studying English Literature at Cardiff University, Nellie worked for a number of educational publishers, helping schools to improve outcomes for pupils. At MyTutor, she continues to work with schools across the country to spread the word about the incredible impact of online tuition. Outside the office, you can usually find her running, playing netball or cycling.

Katie Redgrave

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Katie Redgrave

Since graduating from the University of York with a degree in Philosophy, Katie has spent time working with small EdTech companies. At MyTutor she helps schools to learn how they can use MyTutor to give pupils access to life changing tuition. Katie loves cycling, especially in her home county of Suffolk.

Maddy Oldham

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Maddy Oldham

Maddy graduated with a degree in History from King’s College London. After spending her time at university working to widen participation in higher education, immediately after graduating she worked for a legal-tech startup and is now a part of the Schools Team where she works to make MyTutor sessions as impactful as possible. Around the office, you're most likely to hear Maddy talking about her dogs, food, or the latest TV series or book she's obsessed with.

Kat Illsley

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Kat Illsley

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in English Literature, Kat quickly moved to London and became an Account Manager, organising advertising campaigns for household names. Having always been involved with community projects, it didn’t take too long for her to need something more impactful, so she jumped at the opportunity to turn her AM skills towards the education sector. Now, she supports schools across the UK in their MyTutor journey. Kat loves getting to know the city’s best kept secrets, and when not exploring, loves to cook, read, and write very moody poetry.

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 as a sabbatical officer after graduation. Since joining MyTutor in 2016 she's worked in the tutor team recruiting and building the tutor community, and now manages the Operations Team to ensure the experiences of our parents, tutors and schools are always the best they can be. Outside of the office, Heather is a keen swimmer, and this year decided to dabble in activities on the surface of the water - learning to sail, SUP, and waterski (with varying degrees of success).

Ellie Fawcett

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Ellie Fawcett

Ellie recently finished a French and Russian degree at Cambridge University, where she was also a tutor with MyTutor. Now she works in the Operations team and is happy to answer your questions. Outside of MyTutor, Ellie loves cats and hiphop- a winning combination.

Cormac Barry

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Cormac Barry

After studying History and American Studies at Swansea University, Cormac assisted companies with their global mobility projects for 3 months. After that, he found his feet at MyTutor working in the Operations team dealing with any questions or queries customers have. A keen sportsman, Cormac plays rugby every week and has previously represented England in curling (yes, curling!).

Tommy Cliff

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Tommy Cliff

Kicking off his journey into the world of education as a tutor on MyTutor during his time studying Mathematics at the University of Leeds, Tommy believes that better access to education is the solution to many of the world’s issues. Outside of MyTutor HQ, Tommy enjoys exploring London by bike and cooking up new creations in the kitchen.

George Petkov

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George Petkov

George joined us from the City of Lights where he spent his gap year learning French. When he’s not resolving tech issues, you can find him in the pool or playing tennis. George is also a keen amateur photographer with particular interest in architecture and aircraft.

Tutor Community

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.

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.

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 platforms new writing.

Alice Hopkins

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Alice Hopkins

After graduating with a degree in Modern History from St Andrews, Alice spent time interning at FinTech startup Receipt Bank and managing Front of House teams at educational festivals in both Scotland and the UAE. After travelling across Australia and South East Asia, she joined the tutors team working to promote MyTutor to University students where she traded the Greyhound bus for the Transpennine Express - now traveling up and down the UK representing us on campus.

David Bennett

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David Bennett

David graduated from Nottingham university with a degree in economics in 2016. Since then, he’s taught skiing in Whistler, had a spell working in finance and travelled around South America. David joined MyTutor in early 2019 to help our tutors to reach more disadvantaged children than ever. He also works regularly with the tutor community to improve Schools Programme. When he’s not in work you might find him (accidentally) injuring his colleagues on the football pitch, working through his reading list or travelling to an exotic country.

Tutor Experts

Lina Gadi

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Lina Gadi

Lina joined MyTutor in 2018 as the Consumer Sales Manager and has absolutely fallen in love with seeing first hand the positive impact MyTutor has on parents and students. Outside of work, Lina has a keen interest in exploring the world around her, whether through travel, food or language (she speaks three herself). She also enjoys the finer things in life, like Karaoke and Cheese.

Baramee Dobbs

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Baramee Dobbs

Baramee graduated with a degree in Modern Languages from Lancaster University and joined the MyTutor team to help parents find their children the best tutors. Prior to this, he spent some time working in ecommerce in Paris and taught English in Spain. In his free time, Baramee loves finding the best spots to eat around the city and discovering new music.

Amanda Brown

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Amanda Brown

Amanda brings to MyTutor 21 years’ experience of being a parent to her three children, all at various stages and ages in their own lives, plus 15 years’ experience of working in a fast moving sales environment in the City. Using these combined skills, she thoroughly enjoys matching students and parents to their perfect tutor and completely understands the pressures and stresses of family life. Outside the office she is at her happiest walking in the Swiss Alps.

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