Meet The Staff


Senior staff

Mrs Helen Harris

BSc (Open University), PGCE (Cambridge)

Head of Mathematics

Helen went directly into the City after A-levels and gained experience in various roles within investment banking. An interest in the mathematics used to model risk management solutions resulted in a move into software development and working for several years as a business analyst and project manager on Financial IT projects in London, Berlin and Stuttgart.

Helen returned to the UK and took a career break to focus on her young family during which time she studied for a degree in Mathematics and Statistics with the Open University. Having graduated with first class honours, Helen completed her PGCE at Cambridge University and worked at a state school in Essex where she progressed from NQT to Head of Mathematics. Helen joined CCSS in September 2015, taking on the role of Head of Faculty in April 2017. She enjoys developing and using resources which scaffold understanding for students enabling them to appreciate the links between different mathematical topics.

Helen is married to Stephen; they enjoy walking, camping and skiing whilst spending time with their children Georgina (19) and Tristan (16).


Mr Tim Lovewell

BSc (Bristol), PGCE (Cambridge)

Assistant Head (Academic) and Head of Science

Tim graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Biochemistry followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University. His first 9 years as a teacher were spent in a secondary comprehensive in Bishops Stortford where he held various roles as Gifted and Talented co-ordinator, head of chemistry and Second in Science. Joining CCSS in 2014 as head of Science and Maths he has relished the opportunity of broadening his teaching repertoire having now taught A level physics as well as chemistry.
Tim is most at home in front of the class where he enjoys the chance to not only develop the students thinking and understanding of science but also to try and engender a lifelong love of learning. Tim has a real passion for developing thinking skills and independent learning, preferring to scaffold learning and direct thought process over endless repetition of factual content.
Tim has in the past been an active rugby player, before converting to Ultimate Frisbee, a sport he one days hopes he will have the time to play again. Tim is a devoted father who likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and three young girls Ellie, Beth and Alice, seeing the joy of discovery as they learn about the world and its myriad delights.


Mrs Anna Russell

BA (Kent) PGCE (London)

Head of Humanities, with Psychology and Sociology

Anna Russell (Head of Humanities) graduated from The University of Kent with an honours degree in English and American Studies, followed by a postgraduate teaching qualification from The University of London. Her subsequent career in teaching and educational management has been very varied and includes senior posts in secondary schools, distance learning, and higher education. Her main focus has always been on promoting individual learning styles and student support and guidance.

Anna has two children and two step-children, so has a parental as well as ‘educational’ understanding of young adults, and of the challenges and choices they face in the modern world. Her youngest daughter studied for her A levels at CCSS and Anna was so impressed by the high quality of teaching and outstanding pastoral support at the college that when the post of Head of English came up, she jumped at it – and has never regretted it. She enjoys working closely with small groups of students and committed and supportive colleagues, and values the international nature of the student body.

Anna enjoys theatre, film and (obviously!) literature – especially 19th century fiction. She is a member of Cambridge University Chorus and loves Mozart, Bach, Randy Newman, The Kinks and Ry Cooder.


Miss Jessica Yarnell

BA (Manchester)

Head of Social Sciences

Jessica graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in International Business Finance and Economics, followed by completing the Teach First programme in Greater Manchester. Since then she has taught in International Schools in both Italy and Portugal, where she had various roles and responsibilities. Her focus has always been ensuring students learn in the best way possible for them so that they enjoy learning.

Since joining CCSS in 2016 Jessica has relished working with small groups of students from both an English and International background in a supportive environment, where she can see students thrive as individuals.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys music, reading and travelling, as well as spending time with friends and family.


House managers

Teachers

Mrs Helen Harris

BSc (Open University), PGCE (Cambridge)

Head of Mathematics

Helen went directly into the City after A-levels and gained experience in various roles within investment banking. An interest in the mathematics used to model risk management solutions resulted in a move into software development and working for several years as a business analyst and project manager on Financial IT projects in London, Berlin and Stuttgart.

Helen returned to the UK and took a career break to focus on her young family during which time she studied for a degree in Mathematics and Statistics with the Open University. Having graduated with first class honours, Helen completed her PGCE at Cambridge University and worked at a state school in Essex where she progressed from NQT to Head of Mathematics. Helen joined CCSS in September 2015, taking on the role of Head of Faculty in April 2017. She enjoys developing and using resources which scaffold understanding for students enabling them to appreciate the links between different mathematical topics.

Helen is married to Stephen; they enjoy walking, camping and skiing whilst spending time with their children Georgina (19) and Tristan (16).


Mr Tim Lovewell

BSc (Bristol), PGCE (Cambridge)

Assistant Head (Academic) and Head of Science

Tim graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Biochemistry followed by a PGCE at Cambridge University. His first 9 years as a teacher were spent in a secondary comprehensive in Bishops Stortford where he held various roles as Gifted and Talented co-ordinator, head of chemistry and Second in Science. Joining CCSS in 2014 as head of Science and Maths he has relished the opportunity of broadening his teaching repertoire having now taught A level physics as well as chemistry.
Tim is most at home in front of the class where he enjoys the chance to not only develop the students thinking and understanding of science but also to try and engender a lifelong love of learning. Tim has a real passion for developing thinking skills and independent learning, preferring to scaffold learning and direct thought process over endless repetition of factual content.
Tim has in the past been an active rugby player, before converting to Ultimate Frisbee, a sport he one days hopes he will have the time to play again. Tim is a devoted father who likes nothing more than spending time with his wife and three young girls Ellie, Beth and Alice, seeing the joy of discovery as they learn about the world and its myriad delights.


Mrs Anna Russell

BA (Kent) PGCE (London)

Head of Humanities, with Psychology and Sociology

Anna Russell (Head of Humanities) graduated from The University of Kent with an honours degree in English and American Studies, followed by a postgraduate teaching qualification from The University of London. Her subsequent career in teaching and educational management has been very varied and includes senior posts in secondary schools, distance learning, and higher education. Her main focus has always been on promoting individual learning styles and student support and guidance.

Anna has two children and two step-children, so has a parental as well as ‘educational’ understanding of young adults, and of the challenges and choices they face in the modern world. Her youngest daughter studied for her A levels at CCSS and Anna was so impressed by the high quality of teaching and outstanding pastoral support at the college that when the post of Head of English came up, she jumped at it – and has never regretted it. She enjoys working closely with small groups of students and committed and supportive colleagues, and values the international nature of the student body.

Anna enjoys theatre, film and (obviously!) literature – especially 19th century fiction. She is a member of Cambridge University Chorus and loves Mozart, Bach, Randy Newman, The Kinks and Ry Cooder.


Miss Jessica Yarnell

BA (Manchester)

Head of Social Sciences

Jessica graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in International Business Finance and Economics, followed by completing the Teach First programme in Greater Manchester. Since then she has taught in International Schools in both Italy and Portugal, where she had various roles and responsibilities. Her focus has always been ensuring students learn in the best way possible for them so that they enjoy learning.

Since joining CCSS in 2016 Jessica has relished working with small groups of students from both an English and International background in a supportive environment, where she can see students thrive as individuals.

In her spare time Jessica enjoys music, reading and travelling, as well as spending time with friends and family.


Support Staff

Mr Neil White

BA Hons (Open), Dip Lit (Open), Dip Eur Hum (Open)

Facilities Manager

Neil White was born in Cambridge approximately 100 metres, as the crow flies, from the St Barnabas boarding site that he ran with his wife Anna from 1998 to 2015. Anna and Neil joined CCSS in 1990 and were residential House Managers in four Boarding Houses including all girls’, all boys’, mixed and upper and lower-sixth.

During his time with CCSS Neil has completed a first class honours degree in Literature and European Humanities with the Open University, a two-year counselling course with the Cambridge Consultancy, various Health and Safety courses and a two-year Professional Development Certificate (Boarding Education) with the BSA and Roehampton University.

Anna and Neil have three children, Daniella, Louis and Rosanna. Football, Shakespeare, the Analytical Psychology of C G Jung, Eastern Philosophy, Soul music and dreams have all enhanced the ‘100-metre’ flight!


Sarah Zhang, Marketing Development Manager

Sarah ZHANG Bin

Marketing Development Manager

Sarah (ZHANG Bin) has been working in the international education industry for about 18 years. She had worked for Oxford brookes University and CEG in their China offices before joining CCSS. In 2015, right after she obtained MBA degree in Coventry University, Marketing major, she started her new role to look after China market for CCSS. She is full of experiences and creativity. She takes students as her own child. When asking her why she keeps working in this industry, she said that it is very meaningful that a younger person could have a new bright future with her help and it gives her the strong sense of achievement more than any other jobs.


CCSS Trustees

Graeme Lockhart

Mr Graeme Lockhart

Graeme is an Architect and property developer, has worked in Cambridge for over 35 years and has been a director of various firms since 1987. He is married to Heather, a special needs teacher and has three grown up children all now living in London.

He has recently completed the design and construction of a carbon neutral eco house in Ely which won the RIBA 2009 Eastern Region residential project of the year award and sustainability commendation .

He spends his free time enjoying sports including rugby and skiing.


Mr John Dix

John Dix is Bursar of Darwin College, Cambridge and former Managing Partner of the Cambridge law firm Hewitsons.  John has degrees in History and Law from the University of Sydney.


Mr Duncan Walker

Solicitor and a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, Mr Walker specialises in commercial work for business and corporate clients. Prior to returning to private practice he was a Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors, then the world’s largest investment manager.


Senior Leadership Team

Stuart Nicholson, Principal of Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies

Mr Stuart Nicholson

MA (Oxford), MBA (Edinburgh), PGCE (Cambridge), NPQH

Principal

A graduate of the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh, Stuart has held senior educational posts in addition to that at CCSS. He has been Chairman of The Independent Schools Association and Chairman of CIFE, the national association of independent sixth-form colleges.

He has wide-ranging experience in the education sector in the UK, including 25 years variously as teacher, housemaster, and headmaster at schools in Devon, Edinburgh, and Suffolk. His teaching experience at A-level covers Physics, Business Studies, and Accounting. Outside the classroom he is a keen cricket fan, having represented Oxford University in his undergraduate days at cricket, and at squash.

Stuart’s professional expertise includes the National Professional Qualification for Headship and serving as an inspector for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate.

 


Mrs Denise Hammersley

BSc (Loughborough), PGCE (UEA), NPQH

Deputy Principal

Denise is a graduate of Loughborough University where she studied Mathematics and Physical Education. Loughborough is renowned for its sporting traditions and as well as enjoying academic success, Denise represented her country at athletics. After graduation she spent time travelling with her husband in Asia and South America before returning to the UK to continue her teaching career.

Denise has taught mathematics in a variety of schools including a girls’ grammar school, a boarding school and a large international school in Abu Dhabi. Her most recent post was as Deputy Head of a prestigious North London independent school. Her wider expertise includes the National Qualification for Headship as well as being a regular inspector of other schools for the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate.

Outside school Denise continues to enjoy sport, knitting and travelling with her family.


Mr Peter Mayadunne

Head of Sales & Marketing

My role at CCSS is to oversee all marketing and admissions functions and manage a team that is passionate about our engagement with prospective students, parents, as well as institutional and agency partners. In essence, to work with the team to ensure CCSS becomes the preferred option for many of our prospective students, domestic and international.
I have approx16 years of experience in International Education, at both public and private institutions in the UK, Australia, and the USA. The roles have been diverse also; Strategic Marketing, Recruitment, Admissions, Study Abroad, Digital marketing and Student Support.
‘Work’ has taken me to all parts of the world and has enabled me to build relationships with many wonderful people that call this industry theirs.
I am also very passionate about the industry: its impact on the lives of people, it’s dynamism and of course, it’s versatility.


Mrs Sarah Wells

BA Hons (Manchester)

Finance and Operations Director

Sarah graduated from University of Manchester in 1982. She went on to work in the creative industries and managed a series of venues around the UK. Before joining Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies, she worked as a freelance finance manager with a range of clients including citizen advice bureaux, theatre companies and arts centres. She worked as production accountant for the Danish film company Zentropa and was closely involved in the development of Film City Glasgow, a new film production house in the city’s media hub. Sarah has been a director and treasurer of several companies and is a member of the Charity Finance Directors Group.


Senior Boarding Managers