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Who we are

OxEd and Assessment Ltd (OxEd) is a University of Oxford spinout company launched to take the research of Professor Charles Hulme and his team through to practical application in schools.

We create educational assessment apps and interventions which improve educational outcomes for children. Developed by the same research team responsible for the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) programme.

The founders

Charles Hulme

Founder and CEO, OxEd and Assessment

Formerly Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Education and William Golding Senior Research Fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford.

Charles is an expert on reading, language and memory processes and their development (see publication list). He has developed a number of effective language and reading interventions. Charles is a Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a Fellow of Academia Europaea. He has received numerous awards for his research including the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (2019).

Maggie Snowling

Director of OxEd and Assessment

Formerly President of St. John’s College and Professor of Psychology, University of Oxford.

Maggie is a world-renowned expert on children’s reading and language difficulties (see publication list). She served as a member of Sir Jim Rose’s Expert Advisory Group on provision for Dyslexia in 2009. Maggie is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. She was appointed CBE for services to science and the understanding of dyslexia in 2016.

Gillian West

Director of OxEd and Assessment

Lecturer in Child Development and Education at the Department of Education, University of Oxford.

Gillian completed her PhD at UCL investigating the relationship between memory processes and children’s reading and language skills. Her recent research has focussed on language and interventions for children of different ages and the development of language assessments. She is currently working on the development and evaluation of an early language enrichment programme for children in nursery schools.

The OxEd team

George Ulmann

George Ulmann

Managing Director (interim)

George's experience working in education spans from running a tutoring agency to being a school governor. As a strategy consultant, he has worked across the public sector and with education providers. In his last role at MedShr, George was COO and part of the founding team, building a medical education platform to 2M members and leading international expansion to >130 markets.

Joe Lowe

Chief Operating Officer

Joe has over 2 decades' worth of experience managing multi-scale projects for commercial, domestic and public-sector IT service and support across the UK and beyond. He specialises in data-management, security and compliance, networks and digital infrastructure.

Harley Richardson

Chief Product Officer

Harley has worked for over 20 years in international digital education publishing, developing award-winning primary and secondary school services for companies including Espresso and Discovery Education, with a focus on user experience. He writes regularly on the history of education.

Sue Lowe

Operations Manager

Sue has a BSc (Joint Honours) in Applied Psychology and Sociology. She has worked as project manager for a range of environmental organisations, including the roll-out of biodiversity software and a web-based global database of certified forest products.

James West

Finance Manager

James is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW). James has 30 years of post-qualification experience working in Finance Director and Financial Controller roles within a range of corporate and commercial environments.

Andrew Mendoza

Board Advisor

Andrew is an experienced adviser to founders, management teams and investors to companies in the digital media and technology space. Over the last few years Andrew has worked with a number of innovative edtech businesses, focused on language and literacy.

Fiona Silley

Fiona Duff

Research and Development Officer

Fiona completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of York.  She subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the University of York, and as a Research Associate at the University of Oxford.  Fiona’s research has focused on reading development, disorders and interventions – with a particular interest in the role of oral language in learning to read.

Mariela Rios Diaz

Research Officer and Project Manager

Mariela holds an MSc in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and a BA in Psychology. She has worked as a teacher and TA for over a decade and in educational research for over 5 years, in Mexico and the UK. At the University of Oxford, she investigated the long-term impact of NELI and the efficacy of NELI-Nursery. She is also a school governor at a local school.

Sarah Hearne

Sarah Hearne

Research Officer and Project Manager

Sarah holds an MSc in Social Cognition from UCL and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Bath. At the University of Oxford she worked on research into the effectiveness of the Nuffield Early Language Intervention (NELI) using LanguageScreen, and also supported the rollout of NELI to thousands of schools across England.

Katie Henley

Katie Henley

Business Research Officer

Katie holds an MSt in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics from the University of Oxford. She has conducted sociophonetic research on varieties of US and UK English and has worked in educational outreach, education technology and lexicography, regularly providing US English pronunciations for the Oxford English Dictionary.

Dr Mihaela Duta

Research and Data

Mihaela is a Research Associate & Senior Research Software Engineer at the University of Oxford. Her software development focuses on translational research. She also conducts research in neural network models of language-mediated attention (see full profile).

Ina Skronska

Support Team Operator

Ina has a degree in Speech and Language Therapy and Applied Linguistics with Audiology from the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University and has experience providing Speech Therapy directly to children along with extensive service and support experience.

Kevin Price

Support Team Operator

Kevin has a BA in Journalism and Media from Coventry University. He has more than ten years’ experience in consumer service with a specialist focus in complaints handling, conflict resolution and adjudication.