Our Team


Slava Kremerman, Zen Educate Co-founder & CEO

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, 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.

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.

Nardus Badenhorst

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.

Sam Bennett

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.

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.

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.

James Francis

James Francis

Technology

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.

David Huff

David Huff

School success

David has extensive experience at both startups and leading tech companies including Google where he spent nearly 5 years. His focus is on ensuring schools receive outstanding 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.

Cole Merrick

Cole Merrick

Technology

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.

Haneen Tohma

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.

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