Rachel Burgon Co-Founder & CEO

Rachel has over 15 years experience in UK higher education, as well as teaching in Japan and developing curriculum for South East Asia. She is a Committee Member for Chevening Scholarships and a Non-Executive Director for Lattitude Global Volunteering.

Rachel used to own her own coffee shop - but she's not very good at making tea!

Dr Ross Burgon Co-Founder & CTO

With a PhD in Spacecraft Engineering Ross is our "resident rocket scientist"! Following degrees from the University of St Andrews and Cranfield University he has worked for the University of Cambridge, the Open University and is currently Head of the Space Research and Innovation Network at the University of Leicester.

Ross trained as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Navy

Jon Jackson Technical Advisor

Jon is a Senior Lecturer in computing and digital apprenticeships and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is an seasoned entrepreneur having co-founded and sold a tech startup providing web-based software to the Film & TV industry. He is founder of Acuras, helping tech start ups to scale.

Jon is an avid reader of literary fiction and writes his own short stories.

Chris Coghlan Strategic Partnerships Adviser

Chris brings with him substantial experience of developing corporate partnerships across both the further and higher education sector, including as Head of Business Development for Milton Keynes College and currently as Executive Client Director at Cranfield University's School of Management.

Chris is a keen cyclist and an Ambassador for Public Health Collaboration, a charity dedicated to informing and implementing healthy decisions for better public health.

Anatoly Silko Technical Advisor

An IT professional with ten years of experience in developing, leading and successfully implementing web projects and expertise in radio broadcasting industry. Launched a B2B web dev agency and expanded it to the UK in 2019 after completing Cranfield MBA.

CEO & Founder at Rocking Tech.

Our Advisors

Ge Gao Higher Education Adviser

Ge completed her MBA at Cranfield University, has a master's in Economics and Management from Tohoku University, Japan and a degree in Japanese from Donghua University, Shanghai.

Ge trained as a graphic designer in Japan!

Jade Thomas Tuition Adviser

Jade graduated with a degree in Law and became a qualified teacher. Having been deputy-head of sixth form in a school in Luton (England) and she started her own online tuition business Expertease Tuition focused on providing high-quality tuition by UK-qualified teachers.

Jade reached grade five in piano!

Samiksha Mestry Higher Education Adviser

Samiksha graduated from the University of Southampton with a MEng in Space Systems Engineering and began her career at Delft University of Technology where she taught bachelor's and master's-level spacecraft engineering courses.

Samiksha trains and performs in African, Burlesque and Modern group dances. She has also reached intermediate level in Modern Jive and Kizomba.

Tania Kakkar Higher Education Adviser

Tania has an MSc in International Business from Newcastle Business School at the University of Northumbria. She has graduate experience in banking, data analysis and marketing, working for organisations ranging from Barclays Bank to the North East England Chamber of Commerce. She is currently based in her home city of New Delhi.