Meet our staff and tutors

Please note that this page is currently being updated and does not yet list all our staff and tutors. 

Stephen Clarke


The Principal of Cherwell College, Stephen is a former British Diplomat and First Secretary for the UK Government responsible for education and social development in Southern Africa, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. He also acted as a policy analyst on Education Skills and Conflict Resolution for intergovernmental relations. Stephen also has extensive experience on advising businesses and NGOs on democracy, education and human rights issues.

Stephen holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Sociology from the University of Southampton as well as being a member of Mensa, Institute of Directors, Royal Overseas League, the Oxford Union, the University Club and a former member of World Bank Supervisory Board and Regional Development Agencies.

Ashley Bowden

Activities Coordinator and Welfare

Ashley takes a lead on student activities and welfare issues, including day trips, sports and leisure. Ashley holds a degree from Oxford Brookes.

Katherine Ely

Biology, Chemistry

Katherine holds a BSc in Chemistry from Kings College London. She is also a trained Chiropractor and has previously worked within the NHS. 

Lou Hart

English Literature and Language, English as a Foreign Language

Lou holds a BA in English from Bristol University and is currently studying towards an MA in Creative Writing.

Robert Mitchell

Academic Director, Biology Tutor

Robert has over 30 years experience teaching Science, specialising in Biology. He is familiar with all exam boards and has been an A Level examiner for 10 years. Robert's previous role in a large international school gave him the opportunity to travel widely including trips to China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Russia.

Robert also has extensive knowledge of UCAS having spent much of his career guiding students through their university applications, especially in helping students gain places to study Medicine at Oxbridge and other Russell Group institutions.

Lawrence Hutton-Smith


Lawrence teaches Maths AS & A Level and holds a Mathematics degree from Pembroke College, Oxford. He is also working towards his PhD from Oxford University.

Sean Murphy

Government & Politics

Mili Kalia


Mili holds an MSc in Social Research Methods from St Anthony's College Oxford. She is currently working towards her PhD in Sociology.

Mark Hannon

Mathematics and Further Maths

Mark holds an MSc in Applied Statistics from Wolfson College, Oxford and tutors Mathematics and Further Maths here at Cherwell.  


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