Our team

Toby Salt, Zen Educate adviser

Toby Salt


Toby was the Chief Executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, one of the first MATs, where he doubled the number of schools and raised education standards. Toby has also recently retired from being the CEO of the AQA. He has previously worked in the DfE Innovation Unit and as Deputy CEO of the NCTL.

Charlie Taylor, Zen Educate adviser

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.

Helen Woodward, Zen Educate adviser

Helen Woodward


Helen was previously head of school improvement at the DfE, programme leader for the NPQH at The University of Manchester and has held lead roles in local authorities across the North West. Her leadership consultancy and coaching are sought after by school leaders in the UK and overseas.

Kristen Shannon, Zen Educate adviser

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.

Slava Kremerman, Zen Educate Co-founder & CEO

Slava Kremerman

Co-founder & CEO

Slava was 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, Zen Educate Co-founder

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.

Lee Cowles, Board Director

Lee Cowles

Board Director

Lee supports the management team with strategy and governance. Lee is an experienced technology CEO having been part of the early team of Betfair and currently leading BoilerJuice. Prior to his tech career, Lee worked in manufacturing and as a marine engineer in the Royal Navy.

Benoit Wirz, Zen Educate Adviser

Benoit Wirz

Board Director

Ben is passionate about helping improve education through technology and runs the largest Ed tech investment fund in Europe.

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