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CHRISTOPHER UPTON

M.A. (Oxon.), M. Sc. (Reading) – Chairman & Managing Partner

Christopher is a graduate of University College, Oxford. He gained an M.A. in Agriculture and Forest Sciences and an M.Sc. from Reading University in Agricultural Economics. His passion for education and the environment has taken him throughout the world, working extensively for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on rainforest protection in the Congo basin. His publication, *The Forest Certification Handbook* (Earthscan, 1995) has become the standard text for forest managers wishing to implement a sustainable forest management system.

Christopher is also an authority on ‘the Southern Beech’ (*Nothafagus* sp.) on which he has published papers for the University of Aberdeen and has recently worked as a consultant to a local company researching effective pollination alternatives to the honey bee.

Christopher regularly teaches English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning skills to younger students, and advises on applications to British universities. He is also the Chairman of the College’s Board of Governors.

Christopher Upton

ALEX GRAY

M.Math (Oxon) – Managing Partner

Alex read for a Masters in Mathematics at Magdalen College, the University of Oxford (where he was a scholar) before going on to undertake research in Mathematical Physics, specialising, in particular, in the geometry of space-times that locally resemble doughnuts (known mathematically as *tori*). He has taught and tutored extensively at sixth form, undergraduate and Masters level. A passionate believer in the unique advantages of the Oxford tutorial method, he still tutors for the College whenever his schedule permits. Alex’s educational research interests lie in the effective use of new and emerging technologies to support and enhance the learning process and he directs the development of Greene’s cutting edge, cloud-based student online learning resource, Greene’s Online. In his spare time Alex enjoys croquet, British polyphonic music of the early renaissance and hiking in the Alps.

Alex Gray

MATTHEW UFFINDELL

M.A. (Oxon.), Cert. Ed. (Exeter) – Managing Partner

Matthew has an M.A. in English Literature and Language and received a major exhibition and an English prize from University College, Oxford where he studied. Since leaving he has had wide experience in teaching and organising academic courses for students up to and including university level. He has taught a wide variety of subjects including the History of Language and Literature from Chaucer to the 20th century. However his specialist topics are the English Romantics and Charles Dickens. He has also provided English language tuition and advice for businesses on the use of English. Matthew was a Company Director and a Director of Studies of d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford for a number of years and has lectured on English Literature at American universities. He has been an Assistant Lecturer at the Open University and continues to tutor when possible.

Matthew Uffindell

MIGUEL GAMA

B.A. (Faculdade de Arquitetura de Lisboa) – Executive Director

Miguel is the Executive Director of Greene’s College Oxford in Estoril. He is responsible for operational, financial and human resources as well as the commercial and business development of Greene’s in Portugal.

He has a strong career over many years in the education field and developed several educational projects for the biggest international educational company in the world focusing on operations, marketing and sales development. He holds a degree in Architecture from Faculdade de Arquitectura de Lisboa.

Miguel was born and raised in Cascais and is currently living with his wife and four children in Estoril.

Miguel Gama

GRANT CONNOR

M.Phil (Oxon), B.A. (Hons) (Oxon) – Academic Director

Grant is the Academic Director of the College and is based at 45 Pembroke Street. He is a graduate of Magdalen College, the University of Oxford, where he studied Philosophy and Modern Languages (French). Grant’s academic interests are varied, but he specialises in the literature and thought of the early modern and modern periods, with especial focus on the development in French literary form (cultivated, in part, over his time at l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne). As a linguist he naturally has a strong interest in translation theory, linguistics and stylistics in a formal academic setting. An accomplished philosopher, Grant took his M.Phil. also from the University of Oxford specialising in pre- and post-structuralist French literary theory and criticism, during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Grant Connor

BECKY SIMPSON

M.A. (Oxon.) – Director of Studies

Becky Simpson is the College’s Director of Studies. Hugely experienced working within a close college community both on the pastoral side and in a number of varied and effective teaching and leadership roles, Becky brings to Greene’s the valued knowledge of an educator skilled in a broad range of effective teaching methodologies. Becky received an M.A. from the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall) in English Language and Literature. Having left university, Becky was appointed as English teacher at Bryanston School, Dorset, and as a Personal Tutor, responsible for the welfare of a number of pupils at the school. She later became a Housemistress at the school, overseeing the welfare of 60-70 girls in a boarding house with careful monitoring of their social, academic and emotional wellbeing.

Becky Simpson

GUY NOBES

Head of Guidance

Guy is the College’s Head of Guidance, helping students find the best possible courses and universities, and assisting them as they put together the strongest application possible. Guy studied Classics, and subsequently English Literature and Language, at the University of Oxford. After graduation, he became an English teacher and a department Head of English, teaching at schools in the U.K. and internationally. After a career teaching English in a number of prestigious independent schools, he was appointed Head of the Guidance Department at one of the U.K.’s leading independent schools, Marlborough College, in Wiltshire.

In the course of his professional life, Guy has written extensively on careers and university advice, and is author of 60 Successful Personal Statements (now in its second edition) and The Personal Statement Planner, used by over 15,000 students annually. In addition, he is the editor of The Careers Directory and The Personal Development Guide, and also the online Degree Course Descriptions, each used by over 50,000 pupils, parents and professionals during every university application cycle. He is a member of various advisory boards, including UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to some 700,000 university and college applicants every year.

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