Meet the Team

  • Mary Lonsdale

    Mary Lonsdale CEO and International Lead

    Mary started life at Merchant Taylor’s School for Girls and went on to study English and Classics at Leeds University. After graduating Mary spent the next 12 years as a Chartered Accountant in the UK and in multiple locations around the world. Mary grew up in a household of teachers and her dad tutored many students. This has meant that Mary has always loved education. Seeing how much her dad as a tutor changed the life of his students, inspired her to start up Mentor Education. Her passion and love for tutoring makes her the driving force of Mentor Education. Mary has two children Sophie and Jamie who are both at local schools in South London. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and can often be found reading historical fiction.

  • Gill Cross

    Gill Cross Director of Education

    Gill Cross has over 20 years worth of teaching experience. Most recently, she was Deputy Head of Streatham and Clapham Girls which is part of the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) schools. Under her leadership she had full sight of the admissions process through to public exam performance as well as leading on safeguarding and other pastoral issues. She is passionate about helping young people be the best they can be. She previously had a successful career in publishing which gives her a broader perspective than a pure teaching background. As a qualified English teacher, Gill is often to be found enjoying literature and plays.

  • Hannah Larsen

    Hannah Larsen Head of Marketing

    Hannah graduated from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Public Relations and Communications. After leaving university Hannah went on to work for James Allen’s Girls' School. Hannah has always loved being in education and feels passionate about the importance of giving children the best education possible, Hannah believes this is what Mentor has to offer. Having grown up on the Cornish coast Hannah loves the sea and can be found catching waves on her visits home. Hannah can also be found most weekends at festivals, concerts or throwing shapes on the dancefloors of London, making her a great candidate for organising the Mentor Christmas party!

  • Tim Ogden

    Tim Ogden Head Of IT

    Tim is an experienced technical lead. With qualifications in IT, cybersecurity, server management and more he ensures that our technology is up to date. He keeps our customer data secure and ensures that our tech and learning platforms are of the highest standard.

  • Dom Hardy

    Dom Hardy Sales Fulfilment Lead

    Dom is our sales fulfilment lead. He helps find and match the right tutor with the right child. Outside of work Dom can be found, like many people who do not live in Manchester, supporting Manchester United.

  • Maddy Banner

    Maddy Banner 11 Plus Specialist

    Maddy is Wandsworth born and raised meaning she is an expert on all things South London. She is also an expert on the 11 plus. She herself made the transition from Beatrix Potter to James Allen’s Girls’ School. With deep expertise in CEM, GL, and individual schools’ assessment approaches, she is able to advise on how to best prepare your child for how to get into the right senior school. Making her Mentors experiences advisor. In her spare time Maddy can be found lifting weights and making gains. When not picking up heavy objects she enjoys making texturises and jewellery, Maddy is also a keen photographer.