Our Team

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

Co-founder

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.

Kristen Shannon, Zen Educate adviser

Kristen Shannon

Adviser

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, Zen Educate adviser

Charlie Taylor

Adviser

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.

Lucy Arkwright

Lucy Arkwright

School success

Lucy has worked at start-up technology companies in human resources and marketing and supported a variety of children's charities with a passion for providing young people the best start in life. At Zen Educate, Lucy focuses on ensuring we provide the best possible support for our Schools.

Nardus Badenhorst

Nardus Badenhorst

School success

Nardus worked as a class teacher and middle manager in schools for the last decade and is passionate about improving education. He believes teachers have the ability to encourage confidence in children and is supporting schools at Zen meet their recruiting and supply needs.

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

School success

Sam is a maths teacher who also spent time helping schools use technology to improve students’ attainment in maths at Third Space Learning. Sam focuses on helping schools discover and begin using Zen Educate.

Nicola Brown

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.

John

John Carroll

Product

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.

Daryl Cheah

Daryl Cheah

School success

Daryl is an ex-M&A solicitor from New Zealand. He previously led growth for Sidekicker, a leading jobs platform across Australia and New Zealand. Daryl helps ensure schools have the teachers they need.

Samantha Dell'Aquila

Samantha Dell'Aquila

Teacher success

Samantha is an Australian teacher who takes a creative and practical approach to teaching. Samantha is focused on providing children with the best education by helping schools discover great teachers.

Seb Fernando

Sebastian Fernando

Marketing manager

Sebastian has extensive experience building growth for start-ups including his own. He is passionate about using data and marketing to help new schools and teachers discover the benefits of joining Zen Educate.

James Francis

James Francis

Engineering

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.

Jono Hey

Jono Hey

Product

Jono is an experienced product manager and customer experience designer. He ran UX and design at Nutmeg and has studied and taught design and strategy in the UK and San Francisco.

Jordan Huseell

Jordan Hussell

School success

Jordan is an ex-technical recruiter who has worked with a number of London's thriving start-ups. He's helping ensure schools save money on recruiting and are provided with the best possible service.

Johanna Krajack

Johanna Krajack

Teacher success

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

Ryan MacGillivray

Ryan MacGillivray

Engineering

Ryan has built systems large and small for consultancy work and alongside central government. He cares about doing things right, helping the team develop, and making life better for teachers and schools.

Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall

School success

Tom is a former teaching assistant and sales executive with a passion for education, disruptive technology, and making a positive difference. Tom helps schools understand and enjoy the benefits of using Zen Educate.

Cole Merrick

Cole Merrick

Engineering

Cole builds web products that delight customers. He was most recently a co-founder of a music streaming service and director of technology at an online auction platform.

Sally Mason

Sally Mason

Teacher Success

Sally is a former teacher with 10+ years experience in a wide range of schools and year groups. Her focus is on helping teachers and teaching assistants achieve great outcomes.

Ayesha Nazmin

Ayesha Nazmin

School success

Ayesha worked as a Teach first Secondary Science class teacher and brings a deep understanding of the recruitment challenges school face. Her focus is helping every school benefit from Zen's efficiency and low costs.

Sarah O'Grady

Sarah O'Grady

Teacher success

Sarah is a former Teach First Spanish Teacher and is dedicated to helping improve the education system. Her focus is on working with teachers and teaching assistants.

Yehuda Simon

Yehuda Simon

Operations

Yehuda has worked with several start-ups, built an app, and volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for an international development program. He loves behavioural economics and using technology to make a difference in education.

Elinor Thomas

Elinor Thomas

Teacher success

Elinor brings experience of professional education and customer services and a big smile. She’s focused on making it super simple for teachers to get started with Zen.

Haneen Tohma

Haneen Tohma

Marketing & ops

Haneen brings experience from the Rider Supply team at Deliveroo including leading a team in charge of onboarding riders. Before that Haneen was an HR executive at Zapp a leading mobile payments platform.

Jude Ward

Jude Ward

School success

Jude joins Zen Educate from roles in reservations and account management at start-ups Veeve and This is Language where she helped schools with language learning programs.

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