Our Board of Trustees
Matthew Corner - Chair

Matthew Corner - Chair

Matt has been a Trustee of Tutors United since 2017 and was on the board during its registration as a charity. He is a qualified secondary school mathematics teacher and a Teach First Ambassador.

Matt is particularly interested in maximising access to academic tuition to all children, so that is not just the preserve of those who can afford it. He also believes that making sure primary school children are ‘secondary school ready’ in English and maths is essential to ensuring they have the best chance to realise their potential. Matt brings experience from education, business and public affairs to Tutors United.

Since 2016, Matt has worked as a management consultant at PwC where his interests include charities, skills, education and social mobility. In his spare time he mentors sixth form students who are applying to university.

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Neil Riley

Neil Riley

Neil is Barclays’ Head of Japan Desk, based in London and covering Japan-parented corporate clients across EMEA.  He also runs the International Corporates Central Servicing team.

Neil joined Barclays in December 2012. Prior to this, he took a full-time MBA at the University of Nottingham, graduating with Distinction.  Neil is fluent in Japanese language; his undergraduate degree in Politics & Japanese included one year of study at the University of Fukuoka.

Neil also serves as a Board Member of the Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the UK, acting as Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.

Neil began his financial career in 1998, working in the Japanese Corporate Department at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd, London Branch.  In 2000 he moved to the Deutsche Bank London Japan Desk, and in 2003 was transferred to Deutsche Bank Tokyo Branch, taking a role as Corporate Credit Analyst.

Neil’s career experience is not limited to Japanese Corporate Banking.  He has experience in setting up a successful travel agency and property fund in Echigo Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan; also working in Premier Banking with HSBC in Tokyo and Moscow.

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Annie Maciver

Annie Maciver

Annie is currently Head of Policy for the Race Disparity Unit in Cabinet Office, an open data project publishing data on how people from different ethnic backgrounds are treated by public services. Prior to joining government, she taught Maths in St Mary Magdalene Academy in Islington and is an ambassador of the Teach First programme with a Masters in Educational Leadership. She graduated from St Hugh’s College, Oxford with first class honours in History.

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Samreen Shah

Samreen Shah

Samreen qualified as a secondary school teacher in 2000 and has since taught in inner-city schools in London as well as an international school in Bahrain. Since 2010, Samreen has been working in a specialist school teaching young people with mental health needs as Lead English and Literacy Teacher, further specialising in teaching young people with dyslexia and special educational needs.

Samreen is passionate about breaking down barriers in education so that pupils can access the best opportunities available to them. She tutors and mentors primary and secondary students in her spare time and is a parent governor of her local primary school.  She also has a Masters in Creative Writing and runs writing workshops for adults and children.

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Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson

Laura is a team leader in the Magistrates Recruitment and Attraction Programme in the Ministry of Justice, a programme which aims to increase recruitment and improve the diversity of the magistracy.

Previous to this, Laura was the recruitment lead for the National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP), a two-year scheme established to provide councils with the next generation of managers. Laura is particularly interested in reducing the attainment gap, having seen the long-term impact on graduate outcomes and tutoring those from low-income backgrounds throughout studying for her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, she is a primary school governor with an acute focus on mathematics and mentors Black and Asian university students.

Laura has a BA Hons in Politics and Modern History from the University of Manchester.

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Rob Holmes (Co-opted member of FAR Committee)

Rob Holmes (Co-opted member of FAR Committee)

Rob is Head of Finance and Operations at MachineMax, an early-stage technology business providing digital solutions to help construction and mining companies optimise their operations and reduce waste and emissions. Being an SME business, Rob has oversight over all things finance, plus has operational responsibility for compliance, HR and contracting and procurement. With this experience, he has joined the TU trustee board as a co-opted member of the FAR Committee.

Prior to joining MachineMax, Rob spent 18 years at Shell working across a variety of operational and commercial finance roles at both national, regional and global levels, with a strong emphasis on business partnering, business strategy, project management and compliance, including establishing new control frameworks, processes and reporting.

Rob has a BA Hons in Geography from the University of Nottingham, plus is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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