OUR TEAM

Holland Park Tuition & Education Consultants is comprised of a team of friendly and professional individuals who are driven by a passion for education and helping young people. We are delighted to have families return to us year after year, and recommend us to their friends and colleagues.

We focus on providing impeccable service, and make it our mission to fully understand the needs of every family we work with. Our in-depth knowledge of the competitive UK schools landscape and our extensive network of some of the country’s most in-demand private tutors, enable us to deliver on this promise.

Dickon Leigh-Wood joined Holland Park Education as Chief Operations Director after gaining leadership and management skills as an Instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Dickon firmly embraces the belief that every individual has unique skills and abilities that when harnessed through the correct guidance and counsel can be transformative. Dickon was educated at Harrow School and studied Environmental Biology at Newcastle University and is keen to uphold Holland Park’s reputation of superb educational tutorage and guidance.

DICKON LEIGH-WOOD
CHIEF OPERATIONS DIRECTOR | LONDON

Having been educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and Oxford University, Camilla believes passionately that education should be enriching and exciting. Camilla trained with the Teach First programme, giving her valuable insight into the changing landscape of British education and the impact of government policy on schools. She then taught History for eight years, latterly at Latymer Upper School, west London’s most competitive and dynamic co-educational school.

Her broad knowledge of UK independent schools enables her to support and advise families in identifying suitable schools for their children and then to prepare children for entrance examinations and interviews. Similarly, Camilla has many years of experience in advising families on university entrance, including Oxbridge, from identifying the right course and college through to impressing the admissions tutor at interview.

CAMILLA SMILEY
DIRECTOR OF CONSULTING | LONDON

Prior to reading BA (Hons) Education at the University of Cambridge, where she received a first-class honours degree, Nicole was educated in both the UK and Hong Kong. As such, Nicole has a breadth of knowledge and familiarity in the major curricular taught in the UK system as well as abroad, including the International Baccalaureate Diploma. During her university years, Nicole co-founded the Cambridge University Education Society, which aims to drive change within the embedded social inequalities in the education system. She also gained experience as a teaching assistant working in various international primary schools, as well as through working as a mathematics tutor at various summer schools in the UK.

Most recently, Nicole has been utilising her unique insight into the international and UK educational systems, advising international clients on how best to navigate the UK educational system, including conducting mock Oxbridge interviews and providing one-on-one personal statement support.

NICOLE LAU
JUNIOR EDUCATION CONSULTANT | LONDON

After graduating from King’s College, Cambridge, Ollie worked as a private tutor for several years. During this time, he built a strong understanding of the nature of the tutor-student relationship and the expectations placed upon students of all abilities. His students have gone on to study at Oxbridge and other top universities, and he places his focus squarely on understanding the strengths, needs and learning style of each student.

Since joining the London office, he uses his expertise to gain a thorough understanding of a client’s situation and to aid in the process of selecting a suitable tutor.

OLLIE BORGSTEIN
HEAD OF TUITION & CLIENTS | LONDON

Melissa studied psychology and education at the University of Florida before going on to achieve her Masters in Special Education. Motivated to make a difference in today’s youth, she was then accepted onto the New York City Teaching Fellows and taught students with special educational needs. She went on to become a SENCO for three years before relocating to London.

With an outlook to better the world through teaching, Melissa became a tutor specialising in primary and lower secondary education. Melissa not only helped to improve her students confidence and academic achievement but also to gain entrance into some of London’s top grammar and independent schools. With this expert knowledge, she is able to offer guidance and support in selecting the best tutor to meet a students learning style and expectations.

MELISSA DESAI
SENIOR TUITION AND CLIENT MANAGER | LONDON

Madeleine is based in our London office and manages tutorial support for our overseas clientele. Having read Japanese and East Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, she devotes her expertise, gained through personal experience in the British education system and professional experience in the private education system, to finding tailored tutorial support for all of our overseas families.

Her close relationships with our tutors puts her in a position to offer families immediate, accurate and comprehensive support.

MADELEINE FRYER
PLACEMENT CONSULTANT

After graduating from Law, Diana worked as a Brand Manager for Teach First, where she developed a deep passion for teaching and developing every child’s potential. This passion led her to pursue a PGCE at the Institute of Education where she gained an invaluable insight into the various factors that enhance and supplement a child’s learning journey.

After working in several schools, Diana now works as our UK Tuition Placement Consultant where she uses her love for education to enable specialist tutors to help students fulfil their potential.

DIANA UTUBOR | LONDON
PLACEMENT CONSULTANT

After becoming the head girl of her independent girls school, Lina then went on to study Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London. With over ten years’ experience as a broadcast journalist working for LBC, ITN and the BBC, Lina then chose to utilise her communication skills by teaching the next generation of journalists as a university lecturer. Her teaching style is embedded in the ethos that learning should be interactive, engaging, fun and thought provoking.

Lina joined Holland Park Education in 2015 and remains uncompromising in the pursuit of only the most passionate and well informed tutors.

LINA MAHDAVI
RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT | LONDON

Richard Scott attended King’s College Wimbledon before going on to study music at The Royal College of Music. He spent several years teaching both classroom music and singing lessons at several schools in Notting Hill, London. Richard later enrolled at the University of London where he studied for an MA in English Literature and Poetry. His love for teaching fostered during his first degree saw him supplemented his Masters’ work by tutoring for Holland Park, and over the years he became a highly sought-after private tutor, specialising in preparing students for school entrance examinations (such as the 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+).

His years of experience have certified his belief that one-to-one study represents the best way to harness a child’s educational potential and, in so doing, reinforces their self-confidence and their feeling of self-worth. Now managing Holland Park’s tutor recruitment process, his experience informs our selection of only the most capable and engaging tutors.

RICHARD SCOTT
TUTOR RECRUITER & ASSESSOR | LONDON

For many years, Gary Leboff has worked as both a private sports psychologist and a Performance Consultant at the Royal College of Music.

Through his love of coaching, he has developed methods of applying the psychological skills of international sport to the fields of business and education. Building upon his record with Premiership footballers, Olympic athletes and top-level golfers, amongst others, Gary has adapted sports-related strategies to the demands of students going through the different stages of their educational career.

Steeped in the ethos of champions, Gary’s approach to confidence coaching and sport psychology is refreshing, accessible and user friendly. His clients include England striker Jermaine Defoe, Champions League winner Michael Carrick and Premier League winner Gareth Barry, as well as other international footballers including Peter Crouch and Joe Cole.

GARY LEBOFF
CONFIDENCE & PERFORMANCE COACH | LONDON

Philip Lough is the former Head of Westminster Under School, and in the last two decades he has held headships and senior posts in prestigious prep and public schools. Prior to Westminster Under School, Philip was the head of The Hall School in Hampstead and Windlesham House School in West Sussex, and before that he was a Housemaster and languages teacher at Marlborough College, Wiltshire.

Philip is a former ISI school inspector and since 1998 a governor of various state and independent schools. He is a trustee of an educational charity promoting good practice across the primary sector, for both maintained and independent schools. Philip was educated at Sherborne School (where he was a scholar), and Trinity College, Oxford, where he read Modern Languages. Philip received his PGCE from Durham University.

PHILIP LOUGH
SPECIAL ADVISOR

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