About - Team

Executive Director

Paul Coupar-Hennessy: Paul is a former teacher and head of sixth-form English at state schools in northern England. Before that he was a cricket journalist on national titles. He has an MA in Social and Political Science from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and a first-class diploma in English from the Open University. He attended state schools in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Trustees

Ross Allen: Ross is a diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is currently Director of UK Trade and Investment in the US. He is a former private secretary to Nick Clegg. He has a first in Theology from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and attended state schools in Kent.

Billy Boyle: Billy went from Trinity Hall, Cambridge to found Owlstone, a technology start-up which is on the cutting edge of early detection of cancers using breath samples. He attended state schools in Belfast.

Anne-Marie Canning: Anne-Marie is the Director of Widening Participation at King’s College London, a member of the Universities UK Social Mobility Ministerial Advisory Group and recently served as Chair of the Russell Group Widening Participation Association. Anne-Marie has previously worked at University College, Oxford and holds a University of Oxford Teaching Award.

Pippa Dodgshon: Pippa is a highly successful head teacher, currently leading one of the UK’s largest state schools, Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster which has over 2,000 students. She is also Chair of the Secondary Heads Association in Doncaster. Pippa grew up in York and studied at Lancaster University.

Matthew Engel: Matthew is one of the country’s leading journalists, currently writing for the Financial Times and The Guardian. He was for many years editor of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. He leads the Laurie Engel Fund which has raised more than £1m to help build a children’s cancer unit in Birmingham. He is a former visiting professor of media at the University of Oxford.

Prof Peter Hennessy (Professor the Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield): Peter is a leading historian, winner of the NCR prize for non-fiction and a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. He is co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary British History.

Dr Richard Kowenicki: Richard is a Housemaster and teacher at Westminster School, which sends more students to our top universities than almost any school in the UK. A former Head of Chemistry, he did his research at Cambridge and Berkeley Universities, after taking a first from Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Mike Munro: Mike is a partner in Financial Services and Products at the City law firm CMS Cameron McKenna. He is involved with the charity Pilotlight which connects charities and social enterprises with business leaders to enable them to become more resilient and deliver more efficient and effective services. He is also involved with graduate recruitment at CMS. Mike studied Jurisprudence at Worcester College, Oxford.

Simon Savage: Simon has been in the financial industry for over 25 years, where for the last 12 years he has been a hedge fund manager for the Man Group. He has a degree in Physics from Worcester College, Oxford. He has played international lacrosse and has a keen interest in creating high-performance environments. He is passionate about providing individuals with the resources to identify and nurture their skills and fulfil their potential. This has led directly to his involvement in the Linacre Institute.

Our management team and helpers

Paul Coupar-Hennessy, Executive Director

Bernie Jackman, accounts, fundraising (events)
Bernie is a chartered accountant who changed careers a few years ago to teach English as a foreign language. In her spare time she helps charities organise fundraising events.

Kennan Michel, fundraising (trusts)
Kennan is the former managing partner of law firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.

Lucy Munro, admin and alumni programme
Lucy is a horticulturalist running her own business and working part time at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. She was formerly a lawyer at Freshfields in London. She has an MA in Jurisprudence from Worcester College, Oxford. She has a passion for seeing young people achieve their potential.

Richard Morrison
Richard “Mozz” Morrison looks after our online presence. A scientist by training, Richard graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and today works as Senior Web Developer at Owlstone Medical, running his own company part-time.

Katrine Pebworth, safeguarding
Katrine is a former head of pastoral care at a comprehensive in Derbyshire. She studied Social Sciences at Edinburgh University.

James Taylor, digital strategy
James is managing director of Roaring Mouse, a PR and marketing consultancy based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

Our teachers, tutors and workshop leaders

Jabbar Al-Sadoon
Jabbar is a Chemistry teacher in Exeter

Ross Allen
Ross is a senior diplomat. He took a first in Theology from Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Dr Rupert Allison
Rupert is a research scientist at Cambridge. He took a first in Physics from Jesus College, Cambridge and did his PhD in Oxford

Nick Baskerville
Nick is a civil servant. He took a first in Maths from Christ’s College, Cambridge

Dr John Biggins
John is a research scientist in Cambridge. He came top in Physics in the Natural Sciences tripos in Cambridge

Alan Bird
Alan is Deputy Head of Brighton College, one of the UK’s leading independent schools. He took a first in Economics from Cambridge

Dr Adam Bointon
Adam provides tax advice in northern England. He took a first in Economics and a PhD from the University of Manchester

Peter Borchers
Peter is a Biology teacher in Derbyshire

Billy Boyle
Billy studied Engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and was briefly a researcher there. His research led to him founding a company which is a world-leader in cancer detection

Jamie Brown
Jamie is an Economics teacher at Westminster School

Dr Dan Butt
Dan is Associate Professor of Political Theory, and Fellow and Tutor in Politics, Balliol College, Oxford

Joe Carr-Hill
Joe is Head of Economics at Brighton College. He studied Maths, Statistics and Economics at Warwick University

Theo Chevallier
Theo is a Medical Student at the University of Oxford

Bhavna Choraria
Bhavna is an Oxford graduate who now teaches Physics at Westminster School

Martin Clark
Martin is a Psychology teacher, currently completing a PhD at the University of Sheffield

Jude Cole
Jude is a former Sixth Form mentor at Wales High School near Rotherham, one of our partner schools

Polly Coupar-Hennessy
Polly is a full-time mum and former History teacher. She took a first in History from Cambridge

Dr Pete Dodd
Pete is a research mathematician at the University of Sheffield. He took the second-best first in his year in Maths at Cambridge

Prof Jo Dunkley
Jo is Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University

Matthew Engel
Matthew is a leading journalist. He studied Politics at the University of Manchester

Dr Jane Evans
Jane is head of Biology at Westminster, one of the country’s leading independent schools

Jessica Galliver
Jessica took a first in Modern Languages at Cambridge, where she went on to win a distinction in her Master’s

Ian Ginsberg
Ian works for HM Treasury. He took a first in Modern Languages from Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Adam Goucher
Adam is completing a PhD at Cambridge after taking a first in Maths from Trinity College

Krishan Gug
Krishan is a medical student at Trinity College, Cambridge and a former Linacre student

Dr James Flanagan
James took a first in Chemistry from Queen’s College, Belfast and went on to do his PhD at Princeton

Emily Fitzell
Emily is a PhD student at in French at Trinity College, Cambridge

Tom Harvey
Tom is a lawyer in Bristol, having trained at Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield
Peter is a crossbench peer and historian. He studied at Cambridge and Harvard

Iain Hollingshead
Iain teaches Politics and History at Dulwich College. He took a first in History from Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Dr Sasha Howard
Sasha was recently awarded a PhD in paediatric endocrinology. Also a qualified medical doctor, she took a first from Cambridge

Caitlin Howe
Caitlin is a Chemical Engineering student at Robinson College, Cambridge and a former Linacre student

Adam Johnson
Adam is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills – a leading global law firm. He was one of the first people from his school to go to university and studied Law at Cambridge

Chris Kingcombe
Chris teaches Biology at Westminster School

Dr Richard Kowenicki
Richard is a Housemaster at Westminster School, where he was formerly Head of Chemistry. After taking a first in Chemistry at Cambridge, he stayed on for a PhD

Charlie Lavemai-Goldsborough
Charlie is a PPE student at Durham University and a former Linacre student

Bethan Mahoney, teacher
Beth is a modern languages teacher at Netherthorpe School in Derbyshire. She studied at Sheffield University

Dan Martin
Dan is a PhD student at the University of Durham, having taken a first in Physics from Oxford

Kay Moxon
Kay is Head of Politics at Tonbridge School. She is a former Commissioning Editor of Politics Today. She took a first in Economics from Cambridge

Prof Robbie Paton
Rob is Associate Professor in Organic Chemistry at Oxford. He won the top first in his year in the Cambridge Natural Sciences tripos

Prof Arttu Rajantie
Arttu is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London

Holly Redford-Jones
Holly is a musician. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford

Lord Ridley
Matt Ridley is a journalist, businessman and member of the House of Lords. He took a first in Zoology from Oxford

Onayomi Rosenior-Patten
Onayomi is a medical student at Oxford

Mark Rusling
Mark is an English teacher in north London. He has also worked as a City lawyer and in politics. He studied law at Cambridge

Lord Selborne
John Selborne is a scientist and member of the House of Lords. Among other positions, he has been chairman of the trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew

Dr Matt Sleat
Matt is Reader in Political Theory at Sheffield University. He took a first in Politics from Leicester University and completed a PhD at York

Dan Smith
Dan is Head of Corporate Compliance at CitiBank. He studied Philosophy at Cambridge

Matti Smith
Matti has just taken a first in his first-year Maths exams in Leeds. He is a former Linacre student

Andrew Tolley
Andrew teaches Maths at Westminster and studied at Clare College, Cambridge

Dr Patrick Tomlin
Patrick is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Reading. He took a first from Nottingham University and completed his DPhil in Oxford

Victoria Waddoups
Victoria is an English teacher in Suffolk. She studied English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Francesca Walker
Fran is studying Law at Durham. She is a former Linacre student

Benj Walton
Benj is head of History of Art at Westminster School. He studied the subject in Cambridge

Guy Ward
Guy read Law at Oxford

Dr Emma Waring
Emma teaches Law at the University of York. She was previously a Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at St John's College, Cambridge

Nick Watts
Nick is Deputy Principal at Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster. He studied Politics at Durham

Ashleigh Weir
Ashleigh is studying English at Downing College, Cambridge. She is a former Linacre student