Our Team


Kristen Shannon


Kristen has held various senior roles at Ark School including Head of Recruitment and the Head of Operations at Ark Teacher Training. Kristen has a passion for education and a deep understanding of the challenges surrounding recruiting and retaining great teachers.


Charlie Taylor


Charlie was the inaugural Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) where he was responsible for overseeing teacher training and professional conduct. Prior to the NCTL, Charlie was the Headteacher at The Willows Special School and a DfE expert adviser on behaviour.


Slava Kremerman

Co-founder & CEO

Slava was most recently a member of the Leadership Team at Nutmeg, one of the UK’s most successful technology startups. He has a passion for technology and believes it can be used to make a transformative difference in schools. Slava currently focuses on steering the overall vision and values of the company.


Oren Cohen


Oren most recently ran the UK office of Optimizely, a prominent and highly-successful Silicon Valley technology company. He focuses his time on making sure we provide a standout service to both schools and teachers.


Sam Bennett

School Success

Sam is an ex-maths teacher who most recently worked at Third Space Learning, where he helped schools use technology to improve students’ attainment in maths. Sam focuses on helping schools discover and begin using Zen Educate.


Daryl Cheah

Teacher Success

Daryl is an ex-M&A solicitor who recently moved to the UK from New Zealand. His previous role was leading growth for Sidekicker, a leading jobs platform across Australia and New Zealand. Daryl focuses on helping teachers join the Zen Educate platform.


Johanna Krajack

Teacher Success

Johanna is a former teacher who is passionate about improving education. She is focussed on getting our supply teachers fully-vetted.


Nardus Badenhorst

Teacher Success

Nardus is a former teacher who is passionate about improving education. He has worked as class teacher and middle manager in schools for the last decade. He believes teachers have the ability to encourage confidence in children and have joined the team to find teachers who have similar values.


Nicola Brown

Teacher Success

Nicola has nearly a decade of experience as a resource manager at Career Teachers and anzuk. Her focus is on spreading the word about Zen Educate to great Teachers and Teaching Assistants.


Haneen Tohma

Marketing & Ops

Haneen joins the Zen Educate team from Deliveroo where she had various roles within Rider Supply, including leading a team in charge of onboarding riders. Prior to Deliveroo, Haneen was an HR executive at Zapp, a leading mobile payments platform.


John Carroll

Product & UX

John is a User Experience Designer with a background primarily in FinTech, having worked most recently at Nutmeg and Zopa. His main focus at Zen Educate is building and owning a product that benefits both schools and teachers.


Cole Merrick


Cole is a passionate software engineer adept at building web products that delight customers. He was most recently a Co-founder at a music streaming service and a Director of Technology at an online auction platform.


James Francis


James is a software developer who enjoys solving real world problems through technology. James has previously worked at a tech startup and on large-scale UK government web applications.