About Elite IB

Switzerland Team

Laura Salzmann

Client Management,
Switzerland

As Client and Education Manager in Switzerland, Laura is responsible for responding to client enquiries and ensuring that students are paired with the very best tutors available in the area. Laura tutored throughout her university career and continues to do so in Geography, French Literature, and Biology.

She recently graduated from Cambridge University with a First in Geography, having completed her IGCSEs and IB in Geneva, where she grew up. Her undergraduate dissertation covered OpenStreetMap’s potential for aiding humanitarian missions, and her interests range from politics to football.

Laura is your first point of contact for any enquiries relating to tutoring in Switzerland, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Charlotte Brookes

Consultant,
Switzerland

Charlotte supports both our Swiss office and all things Medical. Charlotte attended La Châtaigneraie where she passed her IGCSEs and IB with flying colours, progressing to a BSc Hons Biochemistry and Masters in Molecular Biology and Pathology of Viruses from Imperial College London. Alongside her work with Elite IB, Charlotte is also studying Graduate Medicine at the highly prestigious St. George’s.

Charlotte has been a tutor with Elite IB for the past few years and has hosted our Biology and Chemistry revision courses. Since Charlotte began tutoring over eight years ago, she has tackled almost every issue with a student and there is nothing that our Charlotte has not seen or dealt with. Charlotte’s inherent knowledge of the IB, Switzerland and navigating the UCAS application process means she’s perfectly placed to help Elite IB students flourish in their studies and university applications.

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UK and Global Team

Tim Hoffmann

Director & Founder

Tim is the Founder and Director of Elite IB Tutors, and firmly of the belief that the International Baccalaureate’s educational ethos and structure makes it the foremost school-leaving qualification worldwide. Tim completed the IB at Antwerp International School in 2005 obtaining 44 points and went on to obtain an MEng from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University in 2009. He has been tutoring IBDP & MYP candidates since 2006, and started Elite IB in 2010.

Alongside his IB-focused work, Tim works hard to broaden the understanding of the IB in relation to university admissions, particularly UCAS. He regularly guides students, families and indeed schools in demystifying the process and supporting them every step of the way. It is Tim’s mission to make Elite IB a global reference point for IB educators across the globe.

In his role as director of Elite IB Tutors, Tim assists students, schools, tutors and other educational organisations in both growing and understanding the best method of teaching and implementing the IB - both in the UK and abroad.

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Bella Southworth Simons

Head of Admissions & Schools

As Head of Admissions & Schools, Bella leads our university application support, providing clear, expert guidance to applicants, families, and schools looking to benefit from the UK's world-leading university sector. With a particular focus on London universities, as well as courses across the Arts & Humanities, Bella provides subject-specific guidance, as well as drawing frequently on her in-depth understanding of UCAS process to answer any queries.

Bella completed her IBDP in Cornwall, before moving to London to study at King's College London, where she received both her BA and MA in English and Cultural Studies. As an experienced tutor, Consultant, and mentor, there is little Bella has not encountered, and she continues to keep up-to-date with IBO syllabus and subject updates, and UCAS developments, in order to continue to provide exceptional support to all EIB students, families, and partners.

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Sam Romeo

Project Manager

As Project Manager at Elite IB, Sam is responsible for driving change and helping to maintain our position as the preeminent organisation for supporting students in the International Baccalaureate.

While a student at King’s College London studying History, Sam sat as co-Chair of the History Society - one of the oldest university societies in the United Kingdom – and completed his dissertation on developments in medieval French taxation assessment, working between departments at Royal Holloway, University College London, and King’s College before being awarded the Worshipful Company of Bowers Scholarship for Post-Graduate Study.

Sam acted as a senior mentor in one of the largest education charities in the UK for several years, leading their international outreach programme in Asia for the latter half of 2014. On his return he became regional co-ordinator for a leading energy before returning to London to join the Elite IB team.

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Lawrence Lilley

Client Management

After completing the International Baccalaureate DP in Bali International School, Indonesia. Lawrence studied International Development and the Environment at the University of East Anglia (UEA), Lawrence studied Maths, Economics, French, History, English Literature and Biology during the IB.

With His keen interest of developing a globally-minded foundation in the humanities via the IB Programme, he joined Elite IB Tutors in 2018 to help other like-minded IB students and parents find the most suited tutors.

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Anna Antonina

Client Management

After completing an apprenticeship in Switzerland based on economics Anna started an internship at Elite IB in January 2019. She started supporting the courses team with enquiries coming in and is taking over finances within the remaining months in her internship.

Anna is willing to learn new things and encouraged to approach new challenges such as being far away from home and building up a life in a new country.

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Frances Barry

Head of Courses and Events

Frances completed the IB in 2012, scoring 41 points, as part of the first cohort of female students to attend King’s College School Wimbledon. Her choice of higher level subjects reflect her diverse interests and skills: having taken HL English Literature, Chemistry, and Fine Art. Through the IB Frances discovered her passion for History of Art, which she went on to read at St Peter’s College Oxford. In her dissertation, Frances looked at contemporary Western tattooing practices through an art historical lens - exploring the tension between subject and object, and questioning the status of ‘artworks’ that exist on living bodies.

After graduating, Frances completed her PGCert in primary education while working full-time as a busy Year 2 teacher through Teach First, and was awarded Qualified Teacher Status in 2018. Frances brings her experience as an IB student and her knowledge of the education system from a teacher’s perspective to her role as courses and events manager, keen to tailor our courses to meet the needs of students and in response to the changing demands of the IB curriculum.

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Piers Gillingham

Head of Technology

With 3 and a half years experience in developing both website and local applications in a variety of programming languages, a 2:1 in Computer Science BSc from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and a years experience developing software for EliteIB Tutors Piers now develops new features, fixes old bugs and manages technical operations for Elite IB Tutors.

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Singapore Team

Wei Hao Yuen

Head of Operations,
Singapore

Dr Yuen Wei Hao (MChem., DPhil., Oxon) is the Director of Elite IB in Singapore. Following his completion of his GCSEs in the British School in the Netherlands, and his IBs in UWC S.E. Asia, he went on to attain a First Class honours in his MChem Chemistry in the University of Oxford. Wei Hao then completed his DPhil in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, also at Oxford.

With more than 7 years of tutoring experience in the IB, Dr Yuen has supported numerous students in the IB as well as in their applications to Oxford and Cambridge. Having gone through the entire process from the GCSEs to PhD, Dr Yuen can provide support and guidance at every point of the process, from subject selection, through study support, to university applications

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Mira Nadarajah

Client and Operations Manager,
Singapore

As Client and Education Manager in Singapore, Mira is responsible for responding to client enquiries and ensuring that students are paired with the very best tutors available in the area. Mira is a recent graduate of the University of Cambridge where she studied Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, having completed her IB at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in Singapore where she grew up. Mira is your first point of contact for any enquiries relating to tutoring in Singapore, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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