After graduating with a BA in Economic and Social History, James taught English as a Second Language for three years in China, Switzerland and the UK, specialising in assisting teenage learners. Following two years honing his interview skills in market research, he returned to the education sector and joined Dukes Education in September 2015. James provides HR support for the whole Group assisting with recruitment, training and compliance.


In 2014 John joined Acorn House as Principal, bringing his expertise in the biological and medical sciences to the college, along with his extensive knowledge of medical school admissions. John is a lay member of the university admissions panel for medical school undergraduate entry at UCL (University College London) and has also performed this role at Imperial College and Queen Mary University in London.


Emma has been Head of Human Resources at Dukes Education since September 2014, where she uses her years of experience in education training and recruitment for the benefit of the whole Group. 


As Operations Director for Summer Boarding Courses, Will oversees all enquiries for securing a place on one of our high-quality study holiday courses. He also oversees all our relationships with external agencies and schools, who kindly provide the excellent facilities and settings for our programmes. 


Natasha leads Dukes Education’s marketing and publicity operations, using her experience in various sectors to guide our communications and ensure that our values are always present. 


Jon is an experienced Finance Director with a strong background in technology and learning companies. He is a Chartered Management Accountant with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity fundraising, business coaching, financial and HR management.
Prior to joining Dukes Education, Jon was Finance Director of ILX Group PLC, an AIM-quoted training and technology business with operations in Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Denmark, mainland Europe and the United States. 


As well as having a successful career in private equity, Aatif is also the Chairman of Governors of Minerva Education, a newly-formed mainstream independent schools group in the UK; Chairman of Cavendish Education, a group of three schools for pupils with dyslexia and autism schools and Deputy Chairman of Governors of St.James Independent Schools (including Chairman of the Finance & Estates Committee and Chairman of St. James Junior School). Aatif is also on the advisory board of EdEx UK and Woxsen School of Business.