Meet Our Summer Programme Team!

9th August 2019

Our Summer Programmes for 2019 are almost here! We have an experienced team of staff and tutors who are busy planning for our students - read more about some of them below:


Simon Howard is a screenwriter, director, lecturer and journalist. His training was at Drama Centre, London, the London Film School and the Royal College of Art, and he has taught film and acting at Prague Film School and the universities of Westminster and Roehampton. 

For several years Simon worked as writer and script editor for the Oscar-winning Just Betzer, producer of Babette’s Feast, and wrote for several newspapers and journals, including the Evening Standard and Plays & Players. He has also written many of his own novels, poetry collections, and plays, including In Surabaya, which he will be directing next year at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

Simon is a member of the author group, Walton Street Writers, run by novelist Sara Banerji. Six of his stories are in their recent collection, Tales From The Bookshop. He is involved in various cross-cultural projects and splits his time between Oxford and India. Currently he is a special advisor to the National Army Museum, helping prepare the Indian Army Memorial Room for a grand re-opening at Sandhurst on September 6th

Simon will be joining Cherwell’s Summer Programme as a key tutor and hopes to teach students how to ‘unlock the creative mind’: 

“What makes you – the student – special? How do you give a film or a story your personal touch? What will make us say that’s your creative work?

We’ll show you how to go about the creative process – the questions to ask, the method to use, the balance to be found. We’ll help you to find your very special, creative voice. We’re waiting to welcome the artist and technician in you…”


Laurentiu is an accomplished film producer, director, and editor with over 20 years experience. He received his MA in Documentary Directing from the prestigious Prague Film School, and has been a lecturer at SWIFF Film School and for the NNUH. 

Throughout his career, Laurentiu has worked on projects and campaigns for clients including the NHS, Microsoft, Facebook, Amnesty International, Oxford University, Nokia, and many more. He has also been involved with creative design for numerous films, audio books, theatre productions, and video/art installations.

Laurentiu will be imparting his professional expertise on our Summer Programme students as they aim to make their own independent film project:

“As a filmmaker tutor, I like to create conditions in which creativity can happen, can flourish.

Once you have learned the ultimate secret - that editing rules and filming rules are here to be bent and broken to your advantage - you are free to fulfil your ultimate creativity. So let's make a film together!”


Alan first joined Cherwell College Oxford as a subject tutor over 30 years ago, and is now our higher education expert and Senior Academic Advisor. He received his degree in History, Politics, and Anthropology, and taught Comparative Public Policy for 19 years for Stanford University’s Bing Programme in Oxford. A keen anthropologist, Alan has taught A-Level Anthropology ever since it was introduced as a subject in 2011, and along the way has also been a member of staff at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library for over 25 years.

Aside from his academic career, Alan has a diverse set of experiences which includes appearing in a number of films and TV series such as Shadowlands, Black Beauty, Restoration, Between The Lines, Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC, The Jump, and A Question of Guilt. 

Alan is a true Oxford local, and with his expertise in History, Politics, and Anthropology will be leading tours for the Summer Programme students and showing them the ins-and-outs of the city through an educational lens. 


Paul has been the Academic Director and SEN Co-ordinator at Cherwell College Oxford since 2017 and is responsible for everything from timetabling to ensuring the provision of high-quality pastoral care for students; his relationship with Oxford, however, goes back to his undergraduate days when he studied both History and Sociology here.

After gaining his PGCE from Keele University Paul taught at a secondary school in Warwickshire, specialising in the Humanities and Social Sciences before becoming the Head of the Social Science Faculty.

In 2007 Paul emigrated to New Zealand where he taught at Rangitoto College on Auckland’s North Shore before becoming Dean of Domestic Students, and subsequently the Dean of International Students.

He returned to the UK in 2016 following the birth of his son, but retains his love of all things Kiwi, including his beloved All Blacks.

Now in his 24th year of teaching Paul estimates that he has taught well in excess of 22,000 lessons, in over a dozen subjects, from History, to Sociology, to Psychology, to Geography, to Law.

Paul has overall responsibility for the development and administration of this year’s Summer Programme: “I am really excited about this year’s programme, its science fiction theme, and the exciting trips and activities we have in store for our students.”


Prior to joining Cherwell College as Academic Administrator, Jennifer spent 17 years teaching English in Italy at Italian state schools, private language schools, as well as at her own language school. She has prepared students for IELTS, CPE, CAE, FCE, PET and KET in General English and BULATS in Business English.

Before teaching in Italy, Jennifer lived for 20 years in Australia where she worked as Regional Administrator and then Management Accountant for a multi-national computer company.  She was head-hunted to become General Manager for an Australian subsidiary of a UK multi-national organisation and successfully set up the Australian arm of the organisation.

An Economics graduate, Jennifer enjoys mixing English with Business and gains satisfaction from seeing others develop and go on to succeed.

Jennifer is an avid cricket fan and enjoys the opera and reading – Frederick Forsyth is her favourite author. In her free time, she writes song lyrics and is currently writing a children’s book.

In the Summer Programme, Jennifer will be teaching both General and Academic English. She aims to make lessons clear, logical and fun – with lots of student input – so if you are coming – be prepared!


Rebecca is entering her final year of her undergraduate degree in music and business management at Columbia University in New York City, and for the past year has been studying at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. She is currently Cherwell College Oxford’s Marketing Intern, having been introduced by our Academic Director, Paul Craig, who was a dean at her high school in New Zealand.

Throughout her studies, Rebecca has been heavily involved in a wide range of activities, winning national awards for music and design, and has also been awarded by the New Zealand government’s Ministry of Youth Development for her contributions to the community. At Columbia University, she has been a mentor for international students and is an interviewer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Rebecca will be helping our Summer Programme students develop their final projects, and will be guiding them in their participation in various enrichment activities and excursions to ensure they make the most of their time with Cherwell this summer.

We still have a few places available for our Summer Programmes commencing this August and September. Click here to learn more, or contact to secure your place!

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