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.
Joe Mattei read Law at Greyfriars, Oxford, before working in hospitality management. He completed an MA in Screenwriting from the National Film & Television School and continues to write screenplays. He has worked as an English tutor since 2010, and is currently studying for a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education at the UCL Institute of Education.
Joe shares responsibilities with Director of Studies Tom Lees for student welfare, attendance, behaviour and attainment. He also acts as a personal tutor, and is first point of contact for parents and subject tutors. He also supervises the weekly sports sessions.
Tom read Mathematics at Bath, before completing his MA in Music Composition at Goldsmiths. Outside of Westminster Tutors, he writes and arranges music, as well as playing the piano for various theatre productions. He is also Head of Theatre at the National Music Camp of Canada. He is currently studying for a Masters in Mathematics Education at the UCL Institute of Education.
Tom shares responsibilities with Director of Studies Joe for student welfare, attendance, behaviour and attainment. He also acts as a personal tutor, and is first point of contact for parents and subject tutors.
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.
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.