We pride ourselves in the wonderful people we have in our team. Our staff make the course what it is today by ensuring the diploma is innovative and evolving as well as providing a caring and supportive environment for our students.
Principal – Personal Development Planning
Andrea became the Principal of Oxford Media & Business School in July 2005. Her association with the College goes back a long way with previous roles ranging from Head of Communications to Programme Manager to Head of Recruitment.
After studying Education at university Andrea has spent her entire career in Education and Training, initially teaching Business Studies before specialising in Communication and Presentation Skills including Personal and Career Development. In addition to teaching Andrea has worked for numerous examination boards as an Examiner and Principal Moderator as well as writing various articles for business magazines. Andrea has also co-authored a student’s text book on word processing. She is a qualified Myers Briggs consultant delivering the MBTI programme to all her students and an NVQ Assessor and Internal verifier.
Andrea is also a governor at a local independent co-educational senior school. In her spare time Andrea plays tennis and is currently in training to run her first half marathon
Jeff has been the Bursar at Oxford Media & Business School since 2007 concentrating on Group Finance, student Accounts and Accommodation. Before this, Jeff has had a long and distinguished career for St Aldates College initially heading up the Business Studies Department before moving into Building Management and Group Finance, eventually concentrating on the latter. Jeff has also served in the RAF, the Freight Forwarding industry, and lecturing in Management Studies.
Jeff is a very keen rower and can often be found in the early morning with his crew out on the river Thames.
Marketing and Communications Executive
Alison joined OMBS in September 2018 in a new role as the Marketing and Communications Executive.
Her career started in Geology working for an American oil company during the oil rush in the North Sea, and then studied for a BSc, and an MSc at Imperial College, London. Moving to Oxford Alison has spent 25 years marketing in education having worked at an English language school, summer camps, an independent international sixth form college, Oxford University, the American Study Abroad Programme at Mansfield College and now Oxford Media & Business School. Her career path illustrates how the route to her latest job was not linear and took many interesting challenges and turns along the way.
Alison says she is lucky to live in glorious Oxfordshire; her activities include running along the River Thames, enjoying walks in the Chilterns and having fun days out in London.
Teacher of Business and IT
Peter has been teaching Business and IT at OMBS since the start of the 2016 academic year and thoroughly enjoys his job and watching the students grow in ability and confidence.
He has assumed many varied roles in his long working life, ranging from broadcasting, proof reading to stage hand, student warden and DJ. His teaching career started in Indonesia in the 1990s, then Sicily before settling in Oxford to focus on teaching IT in an international school.
Peter is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician in a local four-piece band, and often tries to bring music into the classroom or to get students singing at opportune moments like Christmas or at Graduation celebrations.
Head of IT – Digital and Social Media Marketing – Management Information Systems
Angela joined OMBS in September 1998 as an IT and Business Communications tutor, becoming Head of IT in 1999.
Prior to working at OMBS Angela had a long and varied career in advertising and marketing. The introduction of the internet meant that companies needed to rethink their marketing strategies, and Angela developed the eMarketing module which had led to so many OMBS graduates beginning careers in digital marketing.
Angela reads the marketing news for relaxation … and fully acknowledges that makes her a nerd!
Head of Office Skills
Sally joined St Aldates College some 30 years ago as an IT and shorthand tutor and has stayed with the company as it grew and developed into Oxford Media & Business School.
Sally grew up in Hong Kong until she was 18. Her working life started after a teachers’ training course in London and after attending a Secretarial College in Oxford. She worked as PA to the City Rector of Oxford before becoming PA to the Sales Manager of J D Barclays. Her teaching career started after her children were born and she has taught a variety of other subjects within the OMBS Group of Companies: IT, Business Communication, Graphic Design (on Mac) as part of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Course and now is Head of Secretarial Skills (including shorthand, audio and telephone technique).
Sally loves riding, gardening and hopes to return to sketching when she has time.
Network Manger – IT Tutor
Doreen is an IT Tutor and Network Manager having joined OMBS in September 2001.
Her career started as a PA in a Solicitor’s office, but has since worked for such companies as Bally Shoes which meant being able to purchase all her footwear at a very reasonable cost, and Vichy Laboratoires where she was able to perfect her skincare regime! She started teaching as a hobby, took teaching qualifications and had her own successful business training employees in companies up and down the country to use their computers efficiently and effectively.
Doreen enjoys all things ‘crafty’, cooking and gardening.
Teacher of Office Skills
Sarah joined OMBS in 2010 as an office skills tutor.
Sarah started her career as a secretary working in industry. After spending five years travelling the world working as an air hostess for British Airways she moved to Abu Dhabi where she was PA to the local director of Barclays Bank International. Following the birth of her second son she obtained her teaching qualifications and taught secretarial skills, IT, customer services and business at FE colleges in Berkshire before joining OMBS. Sarah also worked closely with journalists from local newspapers to enable them to achieve the shorthand speed required to pass their NCTJ qualification.
Sarah divides her time between Berkshire and Devon and still enjoys travelling. She spends her spare time on the golf course or walking her ball crazy pointer Ruby – unfortunately she can’t do both at the same time.
Registrar – PA to the Principal
After studying BSc Human Psychology Sarah went on to work within the field of mental health with vulnerable adults for over 10 years. Deciding upon a career change Sarah joined OMBS in June 2015. She loves the variety of this role and seeing the students grow in confidence, graduating each year with such joy, and she feels lucky to work in the heart of Oxford.
Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, running, walking her dog Jess and when she has time baking cakes and even sewing the odd quilt!
David Hooper is our HR Consultant and joined our team in 2003. David provides students with an external assessment by carrying out Mock Interviews so they are equuipped for what is often their first real interview, including feedback on their CV.
David started in the automotive industry firstly as an engineering apprentice followed by a number of roles: Design Draughtsman, Industrial Engineer and Training Manager.
He then moved to the oil industry as a Training Manager progressing to HR & IT Director.
David was Project Director for a European IT implementation and for the Global HR integration, following the merger of two companies
David enjoys spending precious time with his family. He loves the sea and is lucky enough to have a Motor Cruiser based in the Solent, taking trips across the channel to France and the West Country.