Institute staff

Charlotte Aston

Assistant Services Administrator

Charlotte is the first point of contact for enquiries and course bookings within the Institute and provides administrative support for a portfolio of seminars and courses as well  as running the Institute’s library.

Prior to joining the Institute, Charlotte worked in a number of different roles, most recently for OPP providing administrative support for a number of courses that train individuals in the use of psychometric instruments.

Charlotte holds a degree in Geography from Anglia Polytechnic University.

Nealam Balu

Office Manager

Nealam is the PA to the Director of the Institute, and works with other members of the management team on planning and reporting of the Institute’s finances, its personnel and facilities, and implementation of strategic projects.

Before joining the Institute, Nealam studied for an Honours Degree in Criminology at Middlesex University.

Hannah Boschen

Professional Development Officer

Hannah delivers a portfolio of personal effectiveness courses and is responsible for the design/delivery and co-ordination of the Managing yourself programme which is aimed primarily at support staff, first line managers and those who supervise staff. Hannah acts as a tutor on the Introductory Certificate in Management offered by the Institute and has management responsibility for the Springboard Career Development Programme for women which is run by the University.  Hannah is also a licensed Springboard trainer.

Claire Brewer

Educational Development Co-ordinator

Claire joined the Institute in December 2014. She provides administrative support to the Educational Development group in running the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and the Enhancing Teaching Programme (Sciences).

Claire holds a degree in History and Politics from Birmingham University.

Anne Crook

Dr Anne Crook

Educational Development Consultant (Medical Sciences and MPLS)

Anne Crook is the Educational Development Consultant for the Mathematical, Physical & Life Science (MPLS) and Medical Sciences Divisions. She is the Director of the Enhancing Teaching Programme for Sciences and also leads the Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programmes and associated support for MPLS and Medical Sciences.

Anne is a graduate of Oxford University (Zoology) and has a PhD in Marine Behavioural Ecology. She has previously worked as the Teaching Enhancement Manager at the University of Reading and as a research-active lecturer at University College Cork, Ireland. Anne is an experienced educational development consultant with expertise in the following areas: designing and leading staff development initiatives; successfully bidding for external funding; managing large-scale education projects and publishing educational outputs; developing innovative teaching resources; and building partnerships within and across academic Departments/Faculties.

Anne is particularly interested in continuing her educational research into assessment and feedback, as well as developing new areas of pedagogic research at Oxford.

Anne was awarded a Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) in 2013 and she is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA).

Dr Bill Dunn

Professional Development Adviser

Bill’s focus is on leadership development for senior academics and principal investigators, and on PDR-related development for departments in the University. He also looks after the Managing People online course and supports departments in meeting specific needs.

Before joining the Institute, Bill spent nearly twenty years as a learning and development consultant working across a wide range of organisations on everything from needs analyses to people profiling to assessment centres to the creation of development programmes. His academic background lies in education and in instructional design, and he is a member of the CIPD.

Dr Julia Horn

Head of Educational Development

Julia Horn is Head of the Educational Development Group. She has worked at the Oxford Learning Institute since 2010 and has previously run the Developing Learning and Teaching programme and the Enhancing Teaching Programme.

Julia has a PhD in sixteenth-century French literature, and previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and an Associate Lecturer at the Open University. She has also been joint director of a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at the University of Reading, the Centre for Career Management Skills. She is particularly interested in developing discipline-specific approaches to educational development and in the Oxford tutorial.

Sharon Neal

Sharon Neal

Head of Professional Development

Sharon is Head of Professional Development at the Oxford Learning Institute and is responsible for leadership and management development for all staff groups at Oxford, for supporting the development of under-represented groups and for research staff development.

Before joining the University of Oxford, Sharon spent eight years as Learning and Development Manager at the University of Warwick. She has also worked in public libraries, as a primary school teacher, as a manager within the NHS at Great Ormond Street for Sick Children and the Institute of Child Health and as Director of Management Services at West Midlands Arts.

Her first degree is in English Language and Literature from the University of Manchester and her postgraduate studies have been in education and information science at Warwick and Manchester respectively.

Sharon is also a qualified coach and mediator and has experience of working with senior colleagues in Higher Education to support the achievement of change. She is happy to respond to requests from leaders and managers across Departments, Divisions and Colleges for support in terms of individual, team and departmental development.

Liisa O'Brien

Liisa O'Brien

Professional Development Administrator

Liisa joined the Institute in November 2007 and is responsible for providing and organising comprehensive administrative support to the Head of Professional Development, and the Professional Development Group. This includes administrative support for extended programmes Springboard (women’s development programme), Developing Leadership and Management Practice and supporting the online Recruitment and Selection courses and events for Research Staff.
In 2010 Liisa completed a Diploma in Events Management and in 2012 an Open University course in Introduction to Business Studies, focusing on Human Resource Management, Finance and Accounting and Marketing.

Anna Sanders

Anna Sanders

Professional Development Adviser

Anna is responsible for the design and delivery of management development courses and bespoke opportunities and interventions to meet identified development needs. 

Before joining the University of Oxford, Anna worked as an organisational development consultant in local government with responsibility for workforce planning, change management and performance management strategy, advice and support. Prior to that she worked as a quality improvement adviser and as a senior manager in adult and community education settings. Anna holds qualifications in executive coaching and business consulting, has qualified teacher status in the Learning and Skills sector, is a languages graduate and has undertaken postgraduate studies in education. 

Anna practises a client-centred approach to consulting and welcomes enquiries for management and team support and development.

Jane Sherwood

Dr Jane Sherwood

Director, Oxford Learning Institute and Director, Language Centre and Hugh Price Fellow, Jesus College

Jane is the Director of the Oxford Learning Institute and Director of the Language Centre.

Jane read Classics as an undergraduate at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and followed this up with a DPhil in Ancient History. She then lectured in Classics and Ancient History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and worked as a research assistant, before joining Oxford's University Administration and Services. There she held a variety of posts, lastly Deputy Head of Planning, until she joined Jesus College in 2003 as its first full-time Senior Tutor and Official Fellow. Jane was elected a Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College in 2009, when she left to become Director of Graduate Admissions and Funding at the University of Oxford.

Jane is a Foundation Governor of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham and also a Governor of the Independent Schools of the Foundation. Jane chairs a network of senior European university managers, within the Heads of University Management & Administration Network in Europe (HUMANE).

Christopher Thomas

Professional Development Adviser

Chris is responsible for helping deliver some of the Institute’s courses as well as partnering closely with teams across UAS to meet specific development needs.

Prior to joining OLI, Chris worked in the University’s central HR team as an HR Business Partner supporting Humanities. Prior to that Chris worked in HR within the private sector in global professional services companies advising and conducting change management, performance management and providing bespoke advice and support.

Chris has an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Masters in HR from Oxford Brookes, and is also a member of the CIPD. He also holds a teaching qualification in English as a Foreign Language.

Yonas Tita

Services & Programme Administrator

Yonas joined the Institute in November 2007 as Assistant Services Administrator.  He provides administrative support to the Educational Development group in running the Enhancing Teaching Programme (for Humanities and Social Sciences) and works with the Services team supporting a range of seminars and courses.  He also provides support to the Web and IT and e-learning Developer. 

Before joining the Institute Yonas studied at the Oxford Brookes University for an Honours Degree in Business and Marketing Management.

Clare Wakeham

Clare Wakeham

Professional Development Adviser

Clare is the Course Director for the Introductory Certificate in Management (for first-line managers) and for the Developing Leadership & Management Practice programme (for mid-senior administrators and managers across the University).

Clare was previously a member of the University's central Personnel Services; she is a member of CIPD, and is qualified in the use of both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument and the work-preference tool Team Management Profile, for individual and team development. She holds a MSc from the Department of Education.

Claudia Waldner

Web, IT and e-Learning Developer

Claudia is responsible for the operational management of the Institute's VLE. She provides advice and support to subject experts on the design of visually engaging educational resources, creates novel, interactive activities, and manages the implementation of e-learning projects and their publication. She also looks after the Institute's websites, and is responsible for the management of the IT infrastructure and support.

Claudia holds a Masters degree in Internet Applications Development, and has a specific interest in e-learning and web technologies.