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.

Helen Clarke

Director of Admissions

Helen is a qualified teacher and a former Head of Finance for HM Government ‘Know How Fund’ established in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also a former project manager at the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID).

Helen holds a BA Economics and Finance for Business Administration from Kyiv National Economic University and an MA in Pedagogical Studies. Helen is fluent in Russian, Ukranian and German.

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.

Alan Carter

Academic Adviser & Exams Officer

Alan is an Experienced Higher Education adviser and A-level tutor in Oxford with a passion for the tutorial approach and supporting students on an individual basis. He has previously been an undergraduate tutor at Stanford University.

Alan holds a degree in History & Politics.

Katie Sewyer

Head of Boarding

Katie has over 20 year's experience in Independent Education, focusing mainly on welfare and boarding. Following 17 years in the facilities and boarding teams at Headington School, Oxford, Katie moved to Sedbergh School where she developed their own boarding strategy. 

At Cherwell College Katie looks after our residential students and oversees welfare matters. She also runs regular drop-in sessions for students to talk about personal and academic related issues.

Katie holds a degree in Hospitality and Business from Oxford Brooks University.

Daniel Roberts

Director of Marketing

With experience in Education and Marketing, Daniel holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Exeter. His last role was as Head of UK Student Recruitment at New College of the Humanities in London. Daniel has also taught A Level Politics & Economics within a large secondary school in Warwickshire. 

Katya Kryvonos

Finance Officer

Prior to studying Humanities at British Columbia, Canada, Katya studied Art at Hurtwood House. She has an LLB from Oxford Brookes and an LPC from City University, London. Katya is Cherwell's dedicated immigration adviser and Finance Officer.

Sayantani Mitra

Welfare Coordinator

With degrees from St Xavier's College, India and St Hugh's College Oxford, Sayantani has experience of Oxford's tutorial system of education.

She takes a lead in welfare matters, ensuring our students are safe and happy.

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.

Carol Baker


Carol is frequently seen looking after our reception desk and is well liked by our students and staff. She has over 20 years P.A. Executive Administrative experience and is currently studying French. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Legal Administration and Criminal Law Administration.

Anita Ljubic


Anita is Cherwell's Latin tutor. She holds a DPhil in Ancient Philosophy from Wolfson College Oxford. 

Barry Clarke


With a research degree in theoretical physics, Barry has been teaching further maths for over 25 years. He writes maths and logic puzzles for The Daily Telegraph and Prospect magazine, his book Challenging Logic Puzzles Mensa (Sterling, 2003) is an amazon bestseller, and his academic treatise The Quantum Puzzle: Critique of Quantum Theory and Electrodynamics (World Scientific Publishing, 2017) sets out his new theory of the mass vortex ring. His latest book The Bacon-Shakespeare Connection: A Scholarly Study (Edward Everett Root, 2018) is based on his PhD in Shakespeare studies and argues that the plays in the First Folio (1623) have a compound of authors that Shakespeare employed while taking the credit. 

Cyrus Nayeri


A well liked and highly qualified tutor here at Cherwell, Cyrus is currently studying towards his PhD on the management of volcanic hazards in Iceland. He also holds a Masters from Keble College Oxford and his undergraduate was in Geography from Jesus College Oxford. 

John Blythe


John's background encompasses a 20 year career as a professional commercial photographer working with advertising and design agencies and high profile brands worldwide. Having complete a PgDip(Ed) in 2016, John’s focus now is as a practicing artist and specialist teacher of photography at Foundation and A level. John is currently completing a Masters in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. 

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. 

Laurence Hutton-Smith


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

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.

Magnus Moar


Magnus has been a tutor for sixth form students, undergraduates and adult learners. Having completed his DPhil at Sussex University in Religion and Ethics, Magnus is an experienced tutor in Oxford.

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.

Matt Rattley


Matt holds an MChem from Somerville College Oxford. He is also working on his DPhil in Organic Chemistry from New College Oxford.

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.

Nigel Moyse

Independent Listener

Nigel is Cherwell College's Independent Listener and is on hand for our students, 

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Sean Murphy

Government & Politics

Sean is a passionate teacher of Politics. He is the author of Letting the Side Down: British Traitors of the Second World War and has previously worked for major television shows at the BBC.

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