College Staff

College Director

Dr Mario Peters, Director

College Staff

Mrs Kim Terrar, Principal and Managing Director
Toby Blundell, Deputy Principal, Teaching and Learning
Mrs Marianne Thompson-Hill, Deputy Principal, Pastoral Care
Dr Zoe Lundy,
Head of Biology
Ms Ellie Dear, Director of Studies
Mrs Claudia Williams, Operations Director
Mrs Ilona Pitt, Bursar
Mr Mick Hicks, Assistant Bursar
Ms Samantha Bond, PA to the Senior Leadership Team
Mrs Melanie Bloor,
PA to the Princpal and Students Services Assistant
Mrs Cheryl Brookes, Exams Officer
Ms Jenny Bourlakis, Student Services Manager        
Mrs Tania Sadkina, Operations Manager
Mrs Amanda Quaile, Compliance Officer & OSA Bursar
Ms Sian Allen, Super-Curriculum Manager
Mr Enric Monguio, Study Room Coordinator
Mr Thomas Zavros, MIS & IT Coordinator
Mr Matthew Story, House Parent
Ms Tessa Robinson, Assistant House Parent
Mr Rowan Ritchie, Warden
Mrs Emily Harris, Receptionist
Anuszka Mattan, Receptionist
Ms Marcia Bennett
, Receptionist
Ms Fozia Parveen
, Receptionist
Eladia Posthill, Receptionist



Mrs Margaret Alton
B.A. (Hons). M.A. P.G.C.E.
Dr Tet Amaya B.A. (Oxon, Hons), M.A. (Oxon), D.Phil. (Oxon)
Mr G.M.A. Baker B.A. (Hons), Cert.T.E.F.L.
Mr Matt Bull
M.A. (Oxon)
Mr Jaison Chakanyuka
B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., P.G.C.E., A.C.C.A.-C.A.T., Diploma Business Studies and Accounting
Mr Tim Croston M.Phys., M.A.
Dr Audrey G. Curnock B.Sc. Hons, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Dr Barrie Dale M.A., D.Phil.
Ms Kainan Dong M.A. in Education Management, M.A. in Economics
Ms Denise Eustace
B.A. (Hons), Cert.Ed.
Mr Martin Fraser L.L.B. (Hons 1st Class)
Mr Mick Hicks B.A. (Hons), M.Litt. (Oxon)
Mr Simon Jones M.A. (Oxon) (History 1st Class Honours)
Ms Fleur Kinson M.St. (Oxon)
Dr Zoe Lundy MBioch, D.Phil. (Oxcon)
Ms Sarah Margetts B.A. (Hons)
Ms Dolly McLaughlin
B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.Dip., Psych. Obs. U.K.C.P. Accred. (UKAHPP)
Dr Mikhail Rakovshik B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D., M.B.A.
Mr Minh Nguyen M.Phil. (Oxon)
Dr Verel Shull B.A. (Chemistry), B.A. (Biology), P.G.C.E., Ph.D. (Molecular Genetics)
Ms Cathy Spiers B.A. (Oxon)
Mr John Spooner M.A. (Oxon), M.Soc.Sc.,  P.G.C.E.


Advisory Board Members

We are privileged to be served by an excellent non-executive Advisory Board of academics and educationalists who volunteer their time to provide independent guidance and support to the work of the College in the UK and China.

Dr. Catherine MacKenzie
Dr. E J Williamson
Dr Audrey Curnock

Staff Profiles

Dr Mario Peters, Director
Mario gained degrees from the Universities of London (BSc), Edinburgh (MSc), and Oxford (DPhil). His early career was as a research scientist at Oxford University, where he worked in the field of space technology, developing scientific instruments for NASA space missions. Mario now describes himself as an educational entrepreneur, having founded the following educational companies: Oxford Science Studies (1997); Oxford International College (2002); Oxford International Education (2005); Oxford Summer Academy (2010). In 2008 Oxford International College, in collaboration with BE Education in Shanghai, opened its first overseas campus in China in Shanghai, followed by Qingdao (2009), Chengdu (2011) and Changzhou (2012). In 2013 OIC Switzerland opened in Chateau D'Oex. Mario’s main interests outside of education are Youth Leadership and Tennis. He is co-founder and director of Plan8 Tennis, which operates a summer tennis academy in Shenzhen, China, and an advisor to Algarve Open, a tennis academy in Portugal. Mario is also a seed investor in, and online mentoring platform. Mario also supports a number of charities, including Journeyman UK, a charity offering contemporary rites of passage for young men. In 2012 Mario co-founded the Youth Leadership Trust  to develop an 'Awareness and Leadership Curriculum' for UK schools. Mario is married with three sons. Return to top

Kim Terrar, Chief Operating Officer and Principal
Kim was educated at Otago University, New Zealand and has extensive experience in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. She was for a number of years the residential Geography/Geology tutor at St Georges College at the University of Western Australia. Within the UK she has taught at Wycombe Abbey, Headington Girls School and was the Deputy Principal of an independent sixth form college in London. Kim joined Oxford International College five years ago as Principal and has overseen the successful expansion of the College to its current size, as well as the move to newly-refurbished premises in January 2011. In October 2011 Kim was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer at Oxford International College. Kim is married with two children. Return to top

Marianne Thompson-Hill, Deputy Principal Admissions and Pastoral Care
Marianne graduated from Kings College London University in 1996 with a BA Hons in Hispanic Studies. Following this, she worked for a period of seven years for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in a number of positions including Director of the Regional Initiatives. In 2004 Marianne made the decision to move away from all the travelling and make time to start a family. In preparation for this she became qualified as a life coach gaining a certificate and diploma in life coaching. Shortly afterwards Marianne began to work at Oxford International College where she has various positions. She has coached a number of students, dealing with issues such as examination stress, apathy, low self-esteem, a sense of not "fitting" or "belonging", an inability to set goals or to see and create a pathway that leads to the "desired" future. Marianne has three children – a boy and twin girls. She has also worked teaching English as a Foreign Language in Barcelona (2 years) and in Argentina (1 year) as well as in publishing and for SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games). Return to top

Ellie Dear, Director of Studies
After completing her degree in 2009, Ellie was keen to continue in to a career that allowed her to maintain her passion for education. She joined Oxford International College where she was involved with a number of areas and using her skills, talent and capability fulfilled the role of Examination Officer for a number of years, before being promoted to the role of Direct of of Studies in the beginning 2012. Return to top

Simeon Masmanian, Senior Tutor
Simeon was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where he attended Victoria College, a public school somewhat reminiscent of Hogwarts and once known as the Eton of the Middle East. He pursued his undergraduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained separate Bachelor's degrees in Physics and Humanities (Philosophy of Science). After MIT he came to England and enrolled simultaneously at Imperial College and The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, where he obtained Master's degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Physics, respectively. He later pursued further graduate studies under Professor David Bohm at Birkbeck College, University of London. Simeon's hobbies include travel (he loves driving!), reading (history and science fiction), writing and photography. He is a member of the MIT Educational Council, the British Psychological Society, and the Institute of Patentees and Inventors. Return to top

Dr. Catherine MacKenzie, Advisory Board Member
Dr Catherine MacKenzie is a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, a Research Associate at Green Templeton College, Oxford, and an Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple (one of the Inns of Court for barristers). A member of the Bar of England and Wales and the High Court of Australia, Dr MacKenzie has been employed by Allen & Overy, the United Nations, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and has worked throughout the Asia, Africa and the Middle East. She studied at Oxford, the Inns of Court, Tokyo, Sydney and the Australian National University, at which she was a Commonwealth Scholar. She currently advises governments and corporations on matters of international law, publishes widely and contributes to BBC programs." Return to top

Dr. E J Williamson, Advisory Board Member
Dr Williamson has been a member of Oxford University since he matriculated as an undergraduate in 1956. He completed his doctorate in 1964 and became a lecturer at the University in 1968. In 1970 he became a fellow of St cross College, Oxford. In 2000 he became Chairman of Physics Finals Examiners at Oxford, a position he held for four years. Dr Williamson retired in 2004 but was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship and is still highly active within the University. He currently holds the positions of Dean of Degrees and Director of Publications at St Cross College, Archivist of the Physics Department, as well as part time lecturer. Return to top

Dr. Audrey Curnock, Advisory Board Member
Dr A G Curnock trained as a Mathematician gaining a BSc Hons, followed by an MPhil and a PhD in Pure Mathematics (Functional Analysis), from the University of London, Goldsmiths' College. After 20+ years lecturing in London, including at London South Bank University, and in Rome at the American University of Rome (AUR), she began to move into University Management. She was Head of Mathematics & the Sciences at AUR, and Acting Provost for a semester; the busiest of times, but great fun. She then took on the role of Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. During this period she chaired numerous Undergraduate Examination Boards and tried to promote the importance of writing for mathematics undergraduates. She also tutored at Keble College and Wadham College, and carried out admissions work at Exeter and The Queen's College, Oxford. After five challenging years at Oxford, she set up the Educational Consultancy called Aspiring Heads Consulting LTD ( which works with Universities and Colleges. Return to top