the catalyst team

We are educators and entrepreneurs, coaches and activists. Tech fanatics. Story-tellers. Scientists. Explorers. Though our founding team brings experience from across Winchester College, startups, industry, education, diplomacy, and technology, we are all - at heart - passionate educators.

We are a diverse group who have come together with a shared passion for doing education differently. Our aim is to inspire and unleash the talents of the next generation of conscious, connected global leaders through extraordinary, accessible education. Because with technology, we can. And as a society, we must.

Justin

Academic Director,
Catalyst Team

Linguist
Adventurer
Foodie

I am a former Head of Languages and linguist by profession, and have been involved with Catalyst since its founding days. Having the opportunity to create an educational offering from the ground up is a privilege. Education is an ancient concept and transporting it into the digital world has been an extraordinary experience.

The team behind CATALYST, a remarkable group of educators, experts and creatives, has developed a unique and unforgettable educational experience for young people. We cannot wait to expand and enhance the strong foundations we laid in July 2022 and look forward to future courses and cohorts.

Rebecca

Assessment & Curriculum,
Catalyst Team

Educationalist
Wildlife Enthusiast
Aspiring Polymath

Whilst studying at the University of Cambridge I developed a passion for interdisciplinary learning. Having worked for many years as an academic tutor and higher education consultant, I returned to the University of Oxford to study Educational Assessment, with a view to designing curricula and assessments that reflect the latest in educational research.

I am excited to be working with CATALYST to design curricula and assessments that are challenging, inspiring and international in approach. I hope that future CATALYST cohorts develop an informed curiosity and a lasting love of learning, whilst gaining the essential skills they need for success at university and in their future careers.

Clarissa

Governor,
Winchester College

Author
Teacher
Londoner

My career in education has spanned the UK maintained and independent sectors as well as international schools around the world. My non-executive career is equally wide-ranging. I’ve served on the Board of the Royal Ballet School for eleven years, and am currently a Fellow at Winchester College, a Trustee of the African Gifted Foundation, and a Trustee of the British Museum.

I am especially passionate about the education of girls, leading me to focus on the future of women in society and in the workplace. what needs to change to enable women to make their full contribution to the modern world. And, in this spirit, CATALYST was a natural fit - a programme dedicated to helping young people understand how the world changes.

Paresh

Bursar,
Winchester College

Philomath
Sci-fi fanatic
North Londoner

I have the pleasure of serving as the Bursar at Winchester College, having previously worked across management consulting with McKinsey, financial services with Deutsche Bank, and the Ministry of Defence… among other past lives!

At school, the teachers who inspired me most were those who could bring their subjects to life and make them relevant by applying them to the contemporary world and the issues of tomorrow; teachers who could not only share their knowledge but give me the tools to problem-solve, collaborate and challenge convention.

Through my involvement with CATALYST, I am excited to have the chance to inspire others in the same way.

Alex

Head of Geography,
Winchester College

Glaciologist
Environmentalist
Cyclist

I am a glaciologist by training, with passion and expertise in decarbonisation. After my Ph.D. years spent researching how glaciers move with the use of subglacial probes, dGPS, geotechnical experimentation, X-ray CT and UAV based photogrammetry, I found my way to the classroom.

I believe strongly that teachers have a moral imperative to cultivate the necessary social change amongst students and prepare them appropriately for the impacts of the climate emergency. One of the aspects that drew me to teach at Winchester College and CATALYST was the opportunity to work with brilliant people across the community of students and staff.

Beth

Head of Philosophy,
Winchester College

Philosopher
Theologian
Anthomaniac

I am a philosopher by training, driven and inspired by philosophy, theology and religious studies. I’m incredibly excited and proud to be involved with CATALYST, encouraging students to explore philosophical questions about themselves, their relationships with others, and with the world.

I believe that philosophy has the power to change us for the better, and I think we need a radical shift in terms of how we approach both perennial issues and those that are current social and environmental. Through education, I believe that CATALYST may well be part of this shift.

Max

Expert Coach,
Catalyst Team

Contagious Optimist
Conscious Traveler
Bookworm

Following my graduation from the London School of Economics, I embarked on a professional journey that saw me work across healthcare, food supply chains, and sustainability. I’m a tech fanatic at heart, increasingly obsessed with designing memorable tech-enabled experiences in sectors that are otherwise typically thought of as tech-resistant.

Alongside working with students, applying problem solving strategies inspired by design and product-led thinking, I spend my time reimagining the way that education is created and consumed in a digitally-native way. In my free time, I’m also IT support for our students!

Emma

Gap Year Fellow,
Catalyst Team

Campaigner
Outdoor Enthusiast
Student

I'm a 19-year-old youth voice and climate activist. I’m especially curious as to how our generation will work together to capitalise on the unique skill sets prevalent amongst youth to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today. Joining CATALYST as a mentor, and extending my time with the team as a Gap Year Fellow, was an easy choice.

Not only do I love supporting peers on their change-making journeys, but am I also passionate about how education can help young people see beyond current horizons… exploring what can be, rather than teaching what is.

Elspeth

Expert Coach,
Catalyst Team

Rescue Diver
Philomath
Scrabble Enthusiast

I’m a big believer in the fact that solving world issues requires multi-sector cooperation: NGO’s, corporations, and businesses all need a seat at the table. Instilling the next generation of leaders with the competencies to collaborate, think critically, and be creative is therefore vital to innovating, developing, and implementing the solutions our world needs.

In this exact spirit, I joined the CATALYST team to help equip future leaders with the necessary tools and resources to create change. Prior to joining the team I enjoyed a few years with Lego Ventures, Lego’s venture capital arm, and completed my MBA at Oxford University’s Said Business School.

Richard

Partnership & Admissions,
Catalyst Team

Amateur Chef
Sports Fanatic
Animal Lover

I spent the majority of my time before CATALYST working in the education startup ecosystem, where I saw firsthand the power that education has to unlock societal change. But my journey didn’t start in education. Post-university I worked in luxury hospitality.

Suffice to say, you’d be surprised how much similarity there is between the two worlds more than anything, the importance of obsessing over providing consistent, reliable high quality service! I’m thrilled to be working with the CATALYST team to develop new and exciting partnerships, and to support students with onboarding and admissions to our programmes.

Chloe

Expert Coach,
Catalyst Team

Blue-sky Thinker
Raconteur
Sausage Dog Mum

I have had the privilege of experiencing world-class education firsthand through my undergraduate studies at Georgetown University, and the University of Edenborough thereafter. Since graduating, I’ve been drawn to innovative purpose-driven organisations… the energy, ambition, and willingness to do things differently provide me with the exact dopamine hit that I need!

CATALYST has no shortage of pursuing brighter futures, led by young people, and I’m excited to see the ways in which it might transform our understanding of what digital-first education can be. In my role with CATALYST, I get to enjoy celebrating and supporting our students. Think of me as the #1 fan.

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