Meet the Team

Charley Darbishire

Managing Director and Founder


After studying Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, Charley went on to write, design and edit many of the UK's best-selling revision guides, practice papers and workbooks for CGP.

Charley designed Educake, working closely with science teachers, and taught himself programming to develop it.


Charley Darbishire Educake Founder
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Anna Wallis

Lead Editor


Anna is the lead editor for Educake. With a background in Cognitive Science from Berkeley, California, she works with our authors to make sure the questions match the specifications exactly, and that they are of the very best quality.

Anna also works closely with teachers who use Educake to design the interface and new features so it is quick and easy to use.

Anna Wallis Educake Science Editor
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Kate Redmond

Author and Editor


Kate writes and edits questions for Educake. A science whizz, Kate writes clear and challenging questions, and bring an author's ideas to life.

Kate has helped make great resources for Oxford University Press, Pearson, Hodder Education, CGP, Cambridge University Press and many more.

Kate Redmond Educake Editor Science
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Kevin Smith

Author and Editor


Kevin is a very experienced science teacher and teacher trainer and has produced resources for Oxford University Press, Pearson, Collins Education, ASE and WIKID science.

Kevin Smith Educake Science Author
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Michael Strachan

Author


Michael Strachan works as an assistant headteacher and head of Science at a large international school in the Middle East. He has taught all three sciences to IGCSE and is an A level examiner for Edexcel.

Michael has written textbooks for Cambridge University Press and frequently delivers whole-school CPD on science teaching, the use of VLEs and leadership.

Adrian Schmidt

Author


Adrian has spent most of his 30 years in teaching as a head of Science in an inner city comprehensive. His background is in zoology, with a PhD in cell biology, and he has published research papers in international journals.

Adrian is currently an educational consultant, building on his years working in the advisory service of a local education authority.

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Polly Cotterill

User Experience, Editor and Proofreader


Polly is the UX specialist for Educake. Using her background in psychology, she ensures everything is clear and easy to use.

Polly is also an experienced science editor who has worked for Collins Education, CGP books, and as a teaching assistant.

Polly Cotterill Educake
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Gareth Clarke

Illustrator


Gareth is a very experienced illustrator for educational resources and has previously worked for Boardworks, Pearson, Oxford University Press.

He works carefully with our authors, then uses his creative magic to make accurate and great-looking illustrations.

Gareth Clarke Educake Illustrator Science GCSE
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Russell Perrin

Proofreader


Russell holds a BSc Physics degree and an MSc in Modern Laser Physics and applied Optics. He has been a teacher of science for over 10 years and is currently the Head of Science at a science specialist academy.

Russell is also a freelance science writer, editor and education consultant, and works with Educake to ensure the accuracy of the questions.

Jessica Scaife

Author and Proofreader


Jessica Scaife has a degree in Neuroscience and a PhD in Psychopharmacology. She was Head of Biology at Royal School Hampstead, and is now a Neuroscientist at Oxford University in the Department of Psychiatry.

Jessica works with Educake writing and proofreading questions.

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Kate Derrick

Illustrator


Kate is an illustrator and 2D animator. She has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for educational publishers on an in-house and freelance basis. She has also worked on animation for Children’s TV, most recently as Lead Animator for Mr Bean: The Animated Series.

Kate produces many of the illustrations for Educake, and enjoys drawing and drinking tea.

Kate Derrick Educake Illustrator Science GCSE
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Jim Green

Market Strategy Advisor


Jim Green has vast experience in producing educational resources as former Managing Director of Collins Education. He has worked in a range of educational publishing roles specialising in elearning, content development, sales and marketing.

Jim is a Director of Educake and advises on business and market strategy.

Jim Green Marketing and Strategy Advisor
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Dave Fletcher

Technical Advisor


Dave Fletcher is the founder and MD of White October, an Oxford-based web and mobile software development company, which works with clients to refine and develop their ideas and applications.

Dave advises Educake on technical strategy.

Dave Fletcher Educake White October
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Thomas Webster

Strategy Advisor


Thomas has a long experience of educational businesses, and has been involved in digital and web based projects for more than twenty years. Latterly, he was CEO of Hodder Education, and Group Managing Director of Collins.

Thomas is a Director of Educake and advises on growth strategy and partnerships.