Meet the team

Charley Darbishire, Educake Founder

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 teachers, and taught himself programming to develop it.

Anna Wallis, Educake Lead Editor

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.

Andy Cattle, Educake Support Manager

Andy Cattle
Support Manager

After working for Pearson for nearly six years, in customer-focused roles. Andy joins us with a passion for customer excellence.

He is always looking to enhance the Educake customer journey. As a result of this Andy and the team work closely with teachers to make sure that they and their students are always getting the most out of their Educake subscription.

Nick Carpenter, Educake Front-end Developer

Nick Carpenter
Front-end Developer

Nick has wide-ranging experience in the start-up world and has worked on apps and websites for companies such as Oxfam, Orange, Panasonic and EE.

Nick's role is to ensure the best possible experience for all Educake users on any device.

Hugo Everitt, Educake Back-end Developer

Hugo Everitt
Principal Developer

Hugo has over 20 years experience building and leading teams of software developers across a wide range of industries and technologies.

Hugo is leading software development of the Educake platform forward whilst focusing on back-end development.

Charlotte Watson, Educake Editor

Charlotte Watson
Editor

Charlotte is an editor for Educake. She is a trained ecologist and has an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford.

As a self-confessed geek, she enjoys helping to create informative science content for the next generation of young scientists

Anjali Reddy

Anjali Reddy
Editor

Anjali is an editor for Educake. She studied for an MSc in Edinburgh after completing her degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford.

She helps to create concise and scientifically accurate questions and explanations for Educake. Anjali has an artistic flair, and loves to paint, draw and read in her spare time.

Kerstin Macdonald

Kerstin Macdonald
Customer Support

Kerstin (pronouned Sherstin) is part of the support team for Educake. Having studied primary education at Oxford Brookes, she has worked as a primary school teacher, teaching throughout the age range.

Kerstin enjoys coding and video games in her spare time, and always has time for a fika (a cup of coffee and a cake). If she's not on the computer, you might find her with her head in some Scandinavian crime novel.

Jim Green, Marketing and Strategy Advisor

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.

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.

Dave Fletcher, Technical Advisor

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.

Kate Redmond, Educake Science Editor

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.

Kevin Smith, Educake Science Author

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.

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

Gareth Clarke, Educake Science GCSE Illustrator

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.

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.

Kate Derrick, Educake Science GCSE Illustrator

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.