Meet the team

Owl Tutors was founded in 2011 with the aim of recruiting qualified teachers to provide expert one-to-one tuition. While the team is based in Clapham, South West London, they enjoy working closely with a select group of excellent tutors who are based all over the world.

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Lawrence Drew

Founder and CEO

Lawrence grew up in Switzerland, where he studied the International Baccalauareate (IB) at the Inter Community School of Zurich. After completing his school education he moved to the UK to study biochemistry at the University of Bath. Despite having a strong interest in biochemistry after having worked in oncology and retrovirology laboratories, Lawrence decided to move into teaching. Lawrence was accepted onto the competitive Teach First program in 2004 and taught science for two years in an inner-city school in Islington.After two years of teaching, Lawrence turned his attention to the world of business and joined Lloyds Banking Group where he spent most of his time restructuring heavily indebted businesses as a result of the Credit Crunch in 2007. Lawrence set up Owl Tutors in 2011, allowing him to combine his love for education with his business experience. He spends his days overseeing the growth of the business, learning new technical skills and sourcing the very best teachers from around the world to tutor for Owl Tutors.

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Mike Davies

Partner - Chief Technology Officer

Mike graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Physics with Philosophy. After teaching for five years in Manchester and London through the Teach First programme, Mike took a sabatical and spent a year travelling around Asia, where he rode a bicycle from Bangkok to Beijing and went diving with sharks. On his return he took a job at a charity, where he met Lawrence before joining Owl in 2012. Mike is passionate about education, and is a firm believer in life-long learning, teaching himself computer programming. Politely described by the other team members as our resident nerd, he spends his days building our various websites (both front- and back-end) , whilst drinking an awful lot of coffee.

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Jenny Katzaros

Head of Sales and Marketing

Jenny graduated from Exeter University with a BA in Classical Studies. Not quite ready to leave University, she went on to gain a Political Science Masters degree from UCL's School of Public Policy. After graduating, Jenny put her research skills to use and entered the world of Think Tanks. She spent three years at Policy Exchange, a leading Westminster think tank. In her role as Press and Events Manager, Jenny worked across all research areas (including energy, justice and welfare) but always had a particular interest in education policy. Before joining Owl Tutors in 2016, Jenny worked for the British Council as part of the Higher Education team.

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Rita Lindsay

Sales Development Leader

Rita spent her early childhood in Moscow and her formative years in the UK, where she was the recipient of an independent school scholarship and several academic awards. She graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, majoring in French and Russian. She speaks five languages in total, including Mandarin Chinese. Passionate about education, Rita successfully completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education and taught for three years in both a London inner-city school and a leading grammar school. She also worked as a private French and Spanish tutor before joining Owl Tutors in 2021.

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Ed Barnett

Sales Development Leader

Ed graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in Philosophy. After a short period working abroad Ed returned to the UK and taught A level Philosophy after gaining a PGCE in Religious Education. Teaching primarily in the Sixth Form sector as an Advanced Skills Teacher Ed enjoyed helping other teachers develop their pedagogy as well as working with students. Ed also worked for a number of years as a private tutor and recognised the difference high quality one-to-one support can make to a student’s education. Although no longer a teacher, Ed continues to work as an examiner. Ed joined Owl in May 2021.

"Emily was my son's online tutor for 12 months helping to prepare him for several challenging London school 7+ exams. He was 5 when he started his lessons with Emily and 6 towards the end. Emily employed a 'firm but fair' approach from the outset which worked very well. It's not easy keeping a 5 year old boy in front of a laptop, working on Maths and English questions/papers, for 60 minutes every week. Emily kept him focused and engaged throughout. Emily also helped us to understand how to support and guide our son throughout the year with appropriate Maths and English work in order to continue to develop his skills away from school and lessons. We were very happy with Emily's teaching style and approach and of course the successful outcome. We would highly recommend Emily."

Parent of 7 Plus student

Monday, 16th May 2022