We are proud to have continued to support our families all throughout lockdown.
Our Team
Joel Davis - CEO

Joel Davis - CEO

Joel is a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur and the Chief Executive of Tutors United. Since starting Tutors United, Joel has scaled its operations across Four UK cities and employed over 300 university students to tutor over 1,000 primary school pupils to make outstanding academic progress. Joel is also a trustee of the multi-national charity School for Social Entrepreneurs and a Non-Executive Director of Youth Futures Foundation, an independent organisation setup to tackle youth unemployment with a £90million endowment from the Reclaim Fund. 

Joel was the 2013 Future Leaders Award Winner, 2014 John Lewis Young Person of the Year and the 2019 Rising Chief Executive Award Winner in the Third Sector Awards. Alongside running Tutors United, Joel has been a key advisor in helping UK wide funders develop their offer to engage and support young people in social entrepreneurship. 

Joel is a non-stop laugher, big foodie and a lover of red velvet cake and Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Chew Chew! 

 

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Alina Monaghan-Gibson - Head of Programmes

Alina Monaghan-Gibson - Head of Programmes

Alina joined Tutors United as Head of Programmes in 2019 and leads the programmes team to ensure we are maximising our impact and continually expanding our offer to families.

Alina has worked in the field of social justice and education for many years. Before graduating with a first-class degree in Anthropology and German Language and Culture at the University of Minnesota, she held various roles in mentoring and education, including a teaching and research fellowship in Berlin. After graduating, Alina spent time in Vienna teaching English as part of a partnership between Fulbright and the Austrian-American Educational Commission.

The experience inspired her to go on to study her Master’s in Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education, focusing on the intersection of class, parental involvement, and educational structures. She completed her course with a Distinction in 2016.

Prior to joining TU, Alina spent years in the third sector, designing, delivering, and growing programmes for young people in schools and businesses across the UK.

Outside of overseeing all the programmes at Tutors United, Alina is tapping into her former life as a barista and making sure the team is well-caffeinated with endless pots of coffee!

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Greer Mulcahey Banks - Programme Manager

Greer Mulcahey Banks - Programme Manager

Greer is a Programme Manager at Tutors United and works with a range of partners and over 200 families across London and Cambridge to provide focused educational support. Greer maintains the English Curriculum and manages over 30 tutors across a range of locations and programmes, including the Summer Challenge, which she leads on. She also leads on designing and delivering our online programmes, including the Booster Series.

Before joining TU in 2017, Greer delivered GCSE revision workshops in schools across England and taught GCSE Sociology to Gifted and Talented secondary school students. Greer also coordinated advocacy campaigns with a healthcare organisation in Manchester and supported the provision of clean water access in humanitarian situations. Greer has always been committed to helping others but ensuring all young people have access to equal opportunities has been her primary goal.

Greer is never far from a book and chose to study English and American Literature at Keele University and was selected to study at Loyola University, New Orleans for a semester as part of the Keele University Study Abroad programme. Greer then spent a year working to fund her return to academia, where she studied for an MA in Literature at the University of Essex.

Greer loves spending time on a beach, her favourite being one near Mirissa in Sri Lanka, or chasing her crazy dog Luna around the family home.

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Olivia Meade - Programme Manager

Olivia Meade - Programme Manager

Olivia is a Programme Manager for Tutors United. She works with a range of partners and manages many TU’s programmes, providing focused educational support to over 150 families across London. Olivia works alongside the programmes team developing new curriculum and programme features to ensure the tuition TU provides is top quality. She is also responsible for organising the annual graduation event, which sees hundreds of participants come together to celebrate pupil achievements.

Before joining TU, Olivia studied English Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. During her time there, Olivia worked as a TU Maths and English Tutor in Hackney and Tower Hamlets before becoming a Programme Administrator upon graduation in 2016.

In what little free time she has, Olivia loves cooking with her family and watching films.

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Leah Durant - Programme Officer

Leah Durant - Programme Officer

Leah is a Programme Officer at Tutors United, working as part of the Programmes Team to deliver the Tutoring Young Residents programme to our fantastic families living in London and across the country.

Leah studied History at the University of Cambridge, and during her time as an undergrad developed an strong interest in educational equality through involvement with several student societies. She volunteered as a Project Coordinator with Schools Connect, running an after-school history programme for Year 7’s, and worked as an eCAMbassador, mentoring Year 8’s through an English programme. She also worked on multiple Access to University events run by her college aimed at widening participation to Oxbridge.

Before joining TU, Leah was Head of KS1 for an online maths tutoring provider, teaching maths classes to Year 1 and 2 students and managing the delivery of a range of KS1 activities and projects.

Leah is looking forward to the opportunity to work with TU’s families and communities to help more young people excel in their education. When not working, she enjoys reading, period dramas, and baking.

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Malique Zephar - Programme Officer

Malique Zephar - Programme Officer

Malique is a Programme Officer at Tutors United and manages the delivery of our flagship Tutoring Young Residents programme.  

Malique studied Business Management and Sports & Exercise Studies at the University of Derby. During his time there, he developed a passion for educational equality and upon graduating began working in the education sector. Prior to joining TU, Malique worked as a Mentor for young people who were experiencing social and behavioural difficulties and were at risk of permanent exclusion. Malique then started working as a Leadership Instructor and was instrumental in the creation, implementation and delivery of a weekly mentorship group for boys, empowering them to become leaders of the next generation. 

In his free time, Malique loves watching comedies, cooking, and going on walks with his friends and family. 

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Sam Speer - Tutor Recruitment and Development Officer

Sam Speer - Tutor Recruitment and Development Officer

Sam is the Tutor Recruitment and Development Officer at Tutors United. He manages our fantastic tutor cohort and recruitment strategy, working alongside Xafsa to hire brilliant and capable tutors. He also works to develop the employment offer to tutors through partnerships with universities and graduate employers.

Sam studied Philosophy and Politics at the University of Kent, and, prior to joining TU, worked for several years in the Civil Service where he led on recruiting and training for an expert scientific committee.

He has spent time volunteering with a variety of housing and homelessness organisations, including St Mungo’s and the London Renters Union, and is passionate about using social enterprise to bridge the gap and help the most vulnerable in our society.

In his free time, Sam loves the cinema, following dutifully West Ham, and (questionable) vegan cooking.

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Hannah Greenwood - Programme Officer

Hannah Greenwood - Programme Officer

Hannah joined Tutors United in Feb 2021 as the Online Programme Coordinator before becoming a Programme Officer in 2022. In this role, she works alongside Greer, managing many of our online programmes. She’s instrumental in making sure families across England are able to access our support.

Before joining TU, Hannah’s most recent role was as a Fundraising Consultant for two charities, which she worked for throughout 2020. She has also volunteered for a number of charities as a Fundraiser, focusing on social equality, access to education and humanitarian development.

Hannah has a BSc Anthropology degree from Oxford Brookes University. Whilst at university, she got involved with a charity called Jacari, which motivated her to want to work within the education sector, helping to ensure that every child has access to a good education, no matter their situation. Currently, she is studying part-time for her MA specialising in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies at the University of London, which she hopes to weave into her work with TU.

Hannah loves travelling and has volunteered as part of numerous education projects in East Africa for over a decade. In her free time, she volunteers for different organisations and drinks far too much coffee, whilst also STILL trying to convince herself to enjoy running.

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Caitlin Astley - Programme Coordinator

Caitlin Astley - Programme Coordinator

Caitlin is a Programme Coordinator at Tutors United. She acts as a primary point of contact for parents and ensures daily operations run smoothly for the Tutoring Young Residents programme. From data analysis to tech support, Caitlin is integral to making sure everything is ticking over.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a first-class honours degree in Social Anthropology, Caitlin gained experience working for several charities supporting young people and refugees. Her involvement in delivering workshops, mentoring, and teaching young people increased her passion for tackling educational inequality.

Before joining Tutors United in September 2021, Caitlin worked as a programme assistant at an organisation facilitating discussions on geopolitical affairs, including working as a rapporteur at events held for the EU delegation to the UK.

In her free time, Caitlin loves cooking, reading, watching films, and going on long walks.

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Xafsa Mohamud - Tutor Coordinator

Xafsa Mohamud - Tutor Coordinator

Xafsa joined Tutors United as Tutor Coordinator in April 2022. She is at the forefront of our tutor team as the first point of contact for our brilliant tutors. She is responsible for tutor communication, allocation, and management.

After becoming interested in the study of education, class, and race, Xafsa studied Sociology with Anthropology at the University of Southampton. Following graduation, she decided that her passions regarding unfair educational attainment were more than just sociological theory and she set off to ignite real change in education. As a result, she took up a post as a teaching assistant at local primary and secondary schools, focusing on pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Ultimately, she undertook her PGCE in Social Sciences and became a Sociology teacher, having worked in schools for multiple years.

Xafsa brings a wealth of experience in education to the organisation and is able to offer our tutors unique and invaluable insights.

Outside of TU, Xafsa likes to bake sweet goods, watch documentaries, and eat said sweet goods.

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