Virginia Maguire read English at UCL, and lectured in the English Department of Chiang Mai University, Thailand, for five years. She gained distinction in her MLitt in English Studies from Strathclyde University and has published various articles on sociolinguistics and aspects of Thai culture. Virginia is the founder of Uniprep, through which the college offers specialist preparation for applications to highly competitive universities and degree courses. As a part of her professional development as Principal, she has recently completed an MA in Educational Leadership at the Institute of Education, UCL, whilst continuing to work full time at the college. Virginia’s mother took her A levels at Westminster Tutors in the 1960s, which means Virginia takes a genuine pleasure in continuing the college’s long tradition of providing the quality teaching which paves the way to success.
David Game is one of the UK’s foremost education entrepreneurs and philanthropists. A Mathematics scholar at New College, Oxford, he gained an MPhil in Number Theory from UCL. His enthusiasm and energy have helped him build a formidable network of independent schools and colleges both in Britain and abroad. David Game acquired Westminster Tutors in 1993, and since then it has operated as a division of David Game College. David is a keen linguist and avid art collector: Westminster Tutors doubles up as a gallery exhibiting his varied collection of contemporary paintings. David’s head office is located in the same building as Westminster Tutors, and he is readily available if parents or students wish to see him.
Nick Dommett completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Law, focusing on public international law. Taking a firm interest in climate change research, he moved on to Imperial, being awarded a first in Geology. Nick obtained a distinction in his MA in Environment, Politics and Development at King’s College, where he also completed his PhD. Having made a significant contribution to Westminster Tutors as Director of Studies, Nick’s role has been expanded to that of Vice Principal. In this capacity, Nick is responsible for supporting the teachers in their professional practice along with monitoring the attendance, progress and attainment of our students, as well as teaching both Geography and Politics.
Lu Qian studied Economics at university in China before coming to the UK and studying first for a postgraduate diploma in Marketing and then an MA in Anthropology at Goldsmith’s College, London University. She has developed a strong interest in the law and has just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), alongside working at the college. At Westminster Tutors Lu Qian is the person who keeps the show on the road: she is responsible for all timetabling arrangements, arranging tutors and revision courses, as well as fees and invoicing. Lu Qian also teaches Chinese A level.
Jane Darwin graduated in English from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and also completed her BLitt at Oxford University. Jane has lived in London, Bonn, New York and Brussels, where her husband was working for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She has three children. She has taught English Literature at Westminster Tutors for 40 years, and in 1993 she became Co-Principal. In 2000 she took semi-retirement, but continues to take an active interest in the College, teaching two days a week and acting as Senior Tutor.
Kim Gilmore completed her BSc and PhD in Biochemistry at Queen Mary College, University of London, and worked as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Immunology, Guy’s Hospital. Kim has lectured at university level and has over 20 years’ experience teaching Biology at secondary schools and tutorial colleges in London. She is also an OCR Examiner for Biology A level. Before joining Westminster Tutors, Kim worked as Director of Studies at Abbey College.
Jason Poon studied German at UCL and then completed his PGCE at the Institute of Education. He is an experienced and well-qualified teacher and an expert administrator. Jason is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the college, including recording attendance, lateness and absence, monitoring progress of the GCSE students, and for arranging supervised study sessions and mock exams. Jason plays an important role in taking care of the students’ welfare, acting as the first point of contact for both them and their parents. Jason also acts as our Exams Officer and teaches German and French.