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.

Amittai Ben-Israel

Amittai Ben-Israel

Teacher Success

Amittai is an Economics Graduate specialising in Behavioural Economics. His previous experience is at the world's largest IT & Consultancy firm in a project management operations role. His focus is onboarding teachers onto the platform.

Clare Burroughs

Clare Burroughs

Marketing

Clare has worked in a number of different start-ups, including as an early hire of graze.com. Her specialty is putting the customer right in the middle of her marketing strategies and ensuring everything is created with the user in mind.

Mick Channon

Mick Channon

Teacher Success

Mick is a former secondary teacher and manager from South Africa who believes that education can transform people's lives. At Zen Educate, he is tasked with ensuring that schools receive the best possible teachers.

Sophie Cox

Sophie Cox

School Success

Sophie is a Masters of Teaching graduate with account management experience in financial services, outdoor advertising and branding. After working in education, she is passionate about working with schools and teachers so as to provide students with the best possible school experiences.

Aaron Duncan

Aaron Duncan

School success

Aaron is a Politics and International Relations graduate from the University of Sussex. He has an extensive and diverse history within the education sector as well as having political experience. He is committed in helping teachers find the best possible opportunities through Zen Educate.

Nicola Hitan

Nicola Hitan

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.

Amy Holdsworth

Amy Holdsworth

Talent Acquisition

Amy is a talent acquisition specialist with a background in agency headhunting across a wide range of industries. She is passionate about matching people with opportunities to grow their careers, and watching them build businesses that make a difference.

John

Radu Busuioc

Engineering

Radu is a software developer who likes building useful and well put-together applications. Radu develops nifty new features and keeps Zen's cogs whirring.

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

Teacher 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.

Hussein El-Fadel

Hussein El-Fadel

School success

Hussein has over 8 years of sales and marketing experience ranging from Tech to Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). His focus is developing relationships with Senior Leadership Teams all over the UK.

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.

Katie Fyrth

Katie Fyrth

School success

Katie is a Spanish Linguistics graduate with experience in PropTech start-ups and education, who loves fast paced environments. She hopes to develop strong relationships with schools to help them save money and invest in what's important.

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.

Jennifer Ifakola

Jennifer Ifakola

School Success

Jennifer has a background in sales whilst working in both Travel and Higher Education. She is committed to developing new and existing relationships to ensure a positive user experience. Her focus is to work collaboratively with schools to deliver value and efficiency through the platform.

Jack Krarup

Jack Krarup

School success

Jack is a recent graduate of Goldsmiths University having completed a three year course in Political Science, which culminated in a research project centred around a study of financialisation.

Oliver Mann

Oliver Mann

School Success

Oliver has worked at start-ups, and has teaching experience in Spain. More recently, he has helped technology vendors in sales and marketing. Now, he helps schools realise the benefits of using Zen Educate over traditional agencies.

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.

Erin Pollock

Erin Pollock

School success

Erin has a wealth of experience in the customer service industry and has volunteered for numerous charities. Her main focus is to improve the education system by helping teachers and schools find the best match for each other.

Alice Rochford

Alice Rochford

Teacher success

Alice has a lengthy history in the customer service industry and volunteering for a number of social causes. Her focus is on working with teachers and teaching assistants to ensure they get the most out of Zen Educate.

Karun Sandal

Karun Sandal

School success

Karun spent three years in property management and has experience as a private tutor. He now focuses on working with schools to find great teachers through Zen Educate.

Olivia Sheppard

Olivia Sheppard

School success

Olivia spent several years working as an SEN Support Worker and TA before moving into a sales and advisory. Now part of the school success team, she hopes to build quality relationships with schools and help them find the best possible teachers through the platform.

Yehuda Simon

Yehuda Simon

School success

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.

Lisa Stevens

Lisa Stevens

School success

Lisa spent several years working in international broadcasting before her move into customer success and technology startups. As part of the school success team she hopes to help schools recruit quality teachers, saving time and money in the process.

Oliver Thorburn

Oliver Thorburn

School Success

Olly has several years of account management experience in a FTSE250 technology partner. He's now focussed on helping Schools better manage supply and recruitment, particularly within the North West.

Genevieve Urssher

Genevieve Urssher

Teacher success

Genevieve is a recent English Literature graduate from the university of Essex. As part of the teacher success team, she is focused on working with teachers and making a positive difference in education.

Jude Ward

Andrew Wallbridge

School success

Andrew brings a background in economics and experience working with biotech startups and the UN. His focus is on spreading the benefits of Zen Educate to new schools who haven’t yet used the 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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