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About Us

Our story

We are a team of teachers, technologists and entrepreneurs based across London, India and Sri Lanka who have worked together to design and deliver a great teaching service to children in schools across England.

We believe that education is about people; that giving children the chance to question and discuss concepts is the way to build their confidence and performance for the long term. It was on this basis that Third Space Learning was founded by Tom Hooper in 2012.

We combine the opportunities that technology and globalisation provide to create an online teaching model so that every child, irrespective of wealth or location, can access the personal support needed to be inspired in their learning.

Our growth has delivered on this belief. We are expanding rapidly, and currently work with a network of hundreds of state schools across England, supporting thousands of children who are overwhelmingly from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Our ambition now is to share our model and experience with educators around the world, to be the standard and intelligence in online teaching globally.

Meet the team

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CENTRAL TEAM

Tom hooper

Tom

Founder & CEO

Lynn chandler

Lynn

CFO

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ConstanÇa

Team & Business Development Lead

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PJ

Business & Office Coordinator

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Tom Hooper

Founder & CEO

Tom is responsible for strategy, and making sure we have the right team, culture, cash and communications (as well as, unfortunately, denying the team the office puppy that they keep asking for!) He spends an increasing amount of his time building awareness and support for Third Space Learning in the education, social and technology sectors. He claims to play football in his spare time, but, judging by a recent office game, we're not sure this is true.

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Lynn Chandler

CFO

Lynn is responsible for finance (including, most importantly, in everybody's eyes - payroll) and legal matters. She started in the postgraduate sector and has regressed to primary education demonstrating an inverse relationship between her age and that of the learners she is involved with.  Lynn played badminton and fenced for her university but now restricts her physical activity to ballet and much to her grown-up children's mortification, has been an extra on the stage with English National Ballet.

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ConstanÇa Santos

Team & Business Development Lead

Constança studied Economics in Portugal but soon realised she was more interested in the behavioural side of it. She is also interested in Social Enterprises and is an On Purpose Fellow. Constança loves interacting with different cultures, having volunteered in Ghana and Brazil. She hates cooking, but loves eating! At Third Space her role is twofold: she looks after organisational development and project manages new business opportunities.

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PJ Choi

Business & Office Coordinator

PJ works closely with Tom and Lynn to ensure the smooth running of business. She ensures the happiness of everyone in the office, be it through organising birthday cakes, water deliveries or a Christmas tree! Whilst studying English at St. Andrews she discovered that a love of food soon caught up to her love of books. When she’s not in the office, you’ll find her in the kitchen trying out stuff that looked cool on Buzzfeed or getting the cat out from under her bed.

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PRODUCT TEAM

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Gediminas

Software Developer

Pritom roy

Pritom

Product Manager

James christie

James

Software Developer

Toby benedyk

Toby

Software Developer

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Gediminas Zubovicius

Software Developer

Gee is from Lithuania and has been working with us since early 2014. However, he’s been part of the Ruby on Rails community since August 2013. Gee helps solve complex technical problems and particularly focuses on the back-end. Outside of the office, he is an avid PC gamer and likes anime, fantasy and horror genres. While in the office, he hugs people. All the time. (True story!) He is a fan of 9gag and the internet sensation - Doge. Much wow.

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Pritom Roy

Product Manager

Pritom is a London Boy. He studied Economics at University and was one of the first team members of Third Space Learning. Pritom loves technology and is responsible for ensuring that the intricate workings of the Product team run smoothly and efficiently whilst driving innovation. When he’s not working he loves football, cricket, his Playstation and beating anyone at Fifa!

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James Christie

Software Developer

James is from bonny Scotland and studied Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at University. He is one of our longest serving developers and has been working with Ruby on Rails since mid-2014. Outside of the office, he keeps his finger on the pulse of the numerous tech meetups that happen across the city. He is a very keen skier, DIY enthusiast and sometimes gets a scooter to work.

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Toby Benedyk

Software Developer

Toby arrived at Third Space with extensive experience of the start-up world having launched his own at university and teaching himself to code in the process. He has been working with Ruby on Rails since 2011. Toby's experience at early stage companies mean he has a valuable insight into start-up life, beyond simply being a superstar coder. When he isn't working or beating colleagues at Fifa, Toby is a keen football fan and festival goer.

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Software Developer

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Chief Product Officer

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Candida

Research Project Manager

Tushar ilwahdi

Tushar

Product Manager

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Gabriele Iacopetti

Software Developer

Gabriele joined us after taking part in a coding Bootcamp in June 2015. Before moving to London, he studied Web Development in Florence and worked for nine months in Pisa as a front-end developer. Gabriele's role is to find the best solutions for the back and front-end sides of the platform, as well as research and implement new technologies. When he is not coding he’s out playing tennis, winning foosball matches or planning out his next trip.

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Richard Maunder

Chief Product Officer

Richard is responsible for Product (what to make, for whom, when), and ensuring the talented, diverse team of researchers, data scientists and technologists can turn our grand plans into reality. This draws on his experience of engineering and leadership spanning small start ups to behemoth multinationals. Outside of work, when his growing family allows it, he enjoys skiing, sailing and making things ranging in size from children's toys to houses.

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Candida Crawford

Research Project Manager

Candida focuses on improving learner progress through curriculum design and tutor training having over 10 year’s classroom teaching experience. She has a Masters in Psychology and Education from Cambridge University which focused on the impact of computers on maths and spatial ability. Candida grew up in South Africa and loves travelling; her most adventurous trip involved a solo trek to Everest base camp.

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Tushar Ilwahdi

Product Manager

Tushar grew up in London and studied his Bachelors and Masters in Economics. After working briefly in the financial services industry he embarked on the Teach First programme where he taught Maths. In his third year of teaching, he became Numeracy Coordinator. He now leads the Design team to help achieve positive outcomes for our pupils. Tushar is a keen Arsenal fan and also regularly plays football and tennis. He enjoys learning new things and is currently learning French in his spare time. C’est tout!

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James

Research Project Manager

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Research Project Manager

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Alex

User Experience Designer

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James Clark

Research Project Manager

James helps to continually improve the learning gains that pupils make by designing ever more sophisticated platform function and intelligence. He also manages our collaboration with London Knowledge Labs. Having taught for four years he now has just one A-Level mechanics class. He has a passion for equality, social inclusion and environmental sustainability through his work with Tikambilanie. He enjoys cycling across remote mountain ranges.

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Luke Hier

Research Project Manager

Luke grew up in South Wales and went to the University of St. Andrews to study International Relations. Joining the Teach First programme allowed him to gain two years of teaching experience before starting Third Space. Having previously worked in one of our tutor centres as a Maths Lead Practitioner, he now focuses on continually improving tutor performance across all centres. He is a keen footballer and, true to his roots, likes to sing.

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Alex Morris

User Experience Designer

Alex is responsible for creating delightful experiences for our users. His keen interest in understanding human behaviour has taken him to study Psychology and Marketing & Advertising. He has 7 years of experience in account management in digital agencies where he worked on behavioural change campaigns and digital experiences for the UK government and some of the world's biggest brands. His passions include cooking and beating his colleagues at table football.

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SCHOOLS TEAM

Ellie mccann

Ellie

Schools Comms Lead

Manvir dhaliwal

Manvir

Schools Operations

Catherine tighe

Catherine

Onboarding Lead

Hannah german

Hannah

Schools Satisfaction Manager

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Ellie McCann

Schools Comms Lead

Ellie is tasked with staying on top of all the communications we have with our schools to make sure their pupils are getting the most out of our one-to-one interventions. After studying Law and French at university, Ellie moved into the world of education and spent four years as a primary school teacher. She loves to run and is usually working towards her next half marathon. She balances this out with a love of baking, particularly anything involving chocolate.

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Manvir Dhaliwal

Schools Operations

Manvir has always enjoyed communicating and so his role at Third Space Learning, building relationships and being in constant contact with all of our schools, allows him to do this. After obtaining a degree in Economics with Management, he previously worked in FMCG and Finance environments, but it is the positive contribution of working in an Education based company that appeals to him. When he isn't working, he is an avid movie watcher and music festival-goer.

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Catherine Tighe

Onboarding Lead

Catherine works with our new schools to make sure that they get the most out of Third Space Learning once they sign up with us. She studied Geography at Durham University and went on to join the Teach First programme, teaching maths in a secondary school in West London for two years. She loves skiing and is a keen traveller, and has been able to indulge her inner geographer by exploring volcanoes and waterfalls in Costa Rica.

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Hannah German

Schools Satisfaction Manager

Hannah works with our schools to ensure that they get the most out of Third Space Learning and that we are always learning and improving the experience for our schools and their pupils. Before joining Third Space Hannah was a fellow on Year Here, where she spent a lot of time researching inequality in education and social innovations around it. She loves food, netball, and escaping back to Somerset when she can.

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Head of Schools

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Schools Operations Support

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Mickel

IT Support

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Beth

Head of Schools Operations & Data

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Head of Schools

Olly's life is a little darker during the period of the year that Strictly Come Dancing is off-air. To stave off the pain, he busies himself spreading the word about Third Space to schools that do not yet use us, while also ensuring the smooth running of thousands of lessons every week in the schools that have already included Third Space in their Maths strategy. Olly is northern, charming, eats too much and is currently on a health kick.

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Shivani

Schools Operations Support

Shivani is responsible for making sure sessions run smoothly by guiding teachers with the technical set-up and solving any problems they may have. She has a degree in Biology and Geography and has worked with young people on the National Citizen Service programme and in Ghana as a volunteer teaching music. Outside of work, when she's not busy being a big kid, Shivani enjoys singing, travel and spending time outdoors.

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Mickel Mascall

IT Support

Mickel’s love for technology grew from a very young age. After finishing college he went on to pursue an apprenticeship within the IT sector. Joining Third Space has stirred up a love for helping children succeed through technology; which is his day to day responsibility. When he is not helping schools set-up he likes playing video games and spending time with friends and family.

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Beth Cutteridge

Head of Schools Operations & Data

Beth heads up our Schools Operations Team who support our schools on a day to day basis. She studied Law at university but soon realised that she preferred solving non-legal problems and campaigning for equality. Beth loves learning new things and is currently working on getting better at yoga, attending coding workshops and convincing Tom to let us get an office dog!

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Manpreet

IT & Network Support

Sophie waterman smith

Sophie

Events & Ambassadors Lead

Sam bennett

Sam

New Schools Engagement

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Katie

New Schools Engagement

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Manpreet Dhardwar

IT & Network Support

N.B. Diehard Arsenal Fan.
Manpreet's main focus is the tech side of Third Space Learning - ensuring pupils have smooth sessions. He is also our non-judgemental in house IT support for when the odd computer needs to be turned off and on again! A Business and Management graduate who, after joining Third Space Learning, is now able to pursue a career fuelled by his love for tech along with helping to improve the younger generation’s understanding of maths.

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Sophie Waterman-Smith

Events & Ambassadors Lead

Sophie grew up in Brighton and went to the University of Leeds to study Law and Accounting. She then joined the Teach First programme as a secondary maths teacher and taught in Hastings for two years before she joined us. She is responsible for establishing and developing relationships with our schools. She is interested in charity work, having organised many charity events at University, and enjoys dancing, travelling and tennis.

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Sam Bennett

New Schools Engagement

Sam is a former secondary Maths teacher and is one of two people who speaks to new schools about how Third Space can best suit them. He studied Accounting and Finance at Cardiff University and through teaching found that his real passion in life is understanding how people learn – Oh… And also making people smile! He works hard, and with gusto, to ensure that his side of the room maintains its status as ‘Loudest Corner in the Office.’

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Katie Redgrave

New Schools Engagement

Katie grew up in Suffolk and studied Philosophy at the University of York, and was lucky enough to sing in the York Minster. During the summer holidays she spent her time volunteering for educational charities. At Third Space she enjoys speaking to new schools that want to hear more about us, and is often to be heard laughing around the office. Katie loves all things outdoors, having recently climbed a volcano in Peru when travelling in South America.

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Jeremy

Head of New Schools

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Social, PR & Content Lead

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Email & Paid Social Lead

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Filippo

Web Developer

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Jeremy Moses

Head of New Schools

Jeremy leads our new schools team. He's passionate about helping hundreds of new schools start working with Third Space Learning each term. He enjoys helping schools understand how Third Space Learning could help their pupils achieve their potential. His background includes consulting, strategy and work in the voluntary sector. He's a passionate Christian and loves discussing politics, spirituality or philosophy with anyone who's interested!

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Samantha Southwell

Social, PR & Content Lead

Sam has always had a great appreciation for education and studied International Politics in Toronto, Canada, where she hails from. She thrives on creating engaging and refreshing content, while using social media platforms to show off how great Third Space really is. You can often find Sam exploring new cities, watching crime documentaries on repeat and dreaming of getting a puppy.

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Sam Matthews

Email & Paid Social Lead

Sam focusses on making sure that more people are hearing about what Third Space does. When he's not struggling to cope with the number of Sams there are in the office he’s working on our email marketing or other marketing channels. Before Third Space Sam studied Politics and Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Since then he’s worked for charities and run a start-up importing Nicaraguan coffee.

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Filippo Sotto Mayor Matoso

Web Developer

Filippo lived most of his life in Portugal but studied Economics in Italy. He moved to London to pursue a career in Tech, joining Third Space in 2015, after a 3 month programming bootcamp. He maintains active hobbies and started sailing at a very young age. During the winter, he becomes a competitive Skier and Mono-Bobsledder! He also loves cooking and can speak 5 languages. ps: I love dogs and chocolate!

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Head of Marketing

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Web Optimisation Lead

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Sophie Bessemer

Head of Marketing

Sophie looks for new ways to spread the word about Third Space Learning and to help delight all our school users. She spends unseemly amounts of time hanging out with teachers, whether with her colleagues, as a primary school governor, or just on social media. Sophie has over twenty years’ experience in content and marketing, mostly within the education sector. She is not a millennial but is working at it...

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Nicholas Bown

Web Optimisation Lead

Nick uses analytics and iterative experiments to ensure the Third Space website delights our schools, working closely with marketers, web developers and designers. After studying at Cambridge University Nick worked for Google Digital Academy, a Russian tech start-up, and has a background in publishing. He often claims he wants to be a sheep farmer in New Zealand.

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TUTOR CENTRES TEAM

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Academic Manager

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Head of Third Space in Sri Lanka

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Maths Lead Practitioner

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Maths Lead Practitioner

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Richard Lloyd

Academic Manager

Richard has been a teacher all of his working life. He has been in Sri Lanka since September 2015 helping to train, evaluate and develop our Maths tutors. He works closely with Abby and Helen in carrying out these duties. Being in Sri Lanka allows him to pursue his love of cricket and warm weather! Fortunately, many other exotic places are only a stone’s throw away.

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Roshan Nilaweera

Head of Third Space in Sri Lanka

Roshan oversees tutor operations and teaching quality. He has a MEng in Computer Science and 5 years teaching experience having joined the Teach First programme in 2008. He’s passionate about teaching and its potential to transform society and increase life chances for all. In his spare time he loves to ride his Royal Enfield and hopes one day to motorbike from our Third Space office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to the one in London!

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Abigail McElhatton

Maths Lead Practitioner

After studying Mathematics at Leeds University Abby decided to pursue a career in education. Since then she has spent two years teaching Maths at Secondary level in the UK. She has also worked in classrooms in Cambodia and Tanzania. Currently based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, she now supports our tutors in their learning journeys at Third Space. Abby loves travelling to new places, watching nature documentaries and consuming unhealthy amounts of chilli sauce.

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Helen Savva

Maths Lead Practitioner

Helen trains and mentors the Sri Lankan tutor teams. Before this, she taught in Kenya, Thailand, Spain and the UK, including two years as a Teach First maths teacher. She is passionate about education for social justice and for her MA in Leadership she researched empowerment at a girls’ school in India. As well as being a travel addict, she loves learning languages, hiking and rock climbing, despite an acute fear of heights!

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Senior Academic Operations Manager

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Edward Salton

Senior Academic Operations Manager

Ed is responsible for overseeing the training of our tutors in Sri Lanka as well as guiding the operations across our centres to ensure we continue to improve. He has a BSc in Economics & Politics & a Masters in Educational Leadership (Teach First). Ed loves experiencing first-hand the potential that education offers to improve lives - he’s taught pupils/delivered teacher training in 6 countries since 2006! Outside the office –> Sri Lanka’s beaches!

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Our partners

Outside of the Third Space team, we work with a number of partners and investors in the education, social and technology sectors.

They provide additional business and academic support to help us achieve our goals.

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The world leaders in teacher training and innovation. We have partnered with them to identify best teaching practice to support our tutors' professional development.

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One of the leading European investors in social enterprises, helping to drive social change across the continent, who have invested in Third Space.

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National Endowment for Science Technology and Arts – A Government funded charity that provides investment to support social innovation (and has invested in us!).

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The government's innovation body, who are supporting our ambitions to deliver online teaching to students across England.

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Third Space is a member of BESA, the trade association that represents suppliers to the UK Education sector.