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About Us

Bright Young Things Management Team

The tutor placement team at Bright Young Things were recruited on the basis of their shared passion for education and their appreciation of the good that one-to-one or small group tuition can add to a child’s overall education, academic potential and ultimately, employment prospects.

Malachy Guinness


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Malachy graduated from Christ Church, Oxford with a degree in Biological Sciences before co-founding Bright Young Things. Having had an excellent tutor as a child who introduced him to new ideas and exciting potentials, Malachy understands the real benefits of having a good tutor. Malachy continues to have a hands-on approach to running the business and is always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver bespoke tuition to our international client-base. Malachy is currently focussed on developing online and mobile tuition applications with a number of technology partners.

Woody Webster


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Edward, or ‘Woody’ to his friends, met Malachy whilst studying at Oxford University. At the time, they were both working for one of London’s most prestigious tutoring agencies. Their friendly and enthusiastic approach to tutoring led them to becoming immensely popular with their students and they soon found themselves over-stretched and over-subscribed. They had something new to offer to the industry; armed with a burgeoning reputation for effective empathetic tutoring and an address-book full of the brightest minds from Oxford and Cambridge, Malachy and Edward set out to create a new tutoring firm-Bright Young Things.

Sofia Carlson

Director of BYT St Albans

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Sofia Carlson-Haynes grew up in Finland but moved to London to study for her undergraduate degree.

She attended City University and graduated with a first class degree in Sociology with Psychology.

Wanting to pursue her passion for gender equality she then went on to study for an MA in Gender, Society and Representation at UCL, graduating in 2011. From that point she started working in the education sector, managing tutor placements and home schooling arrangements in London and overseas for the Bright Young Things head office before opening her centre in St Albans a few years later.

Sofia is passionate about providing an individually tailored and focused learning experience for students attending Bright Young Things St Albans. She employs a fantastic team of tutors and managers who together work hard to ensure every child gets the best possible tutoring experience and reaches their potential.

Constance Watson

Director of London Tutor Agency

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Constance oversees the day-to-day operations of the Bright Young Things private tuition in London. She carefully matches our students with the most suitable tutors and acts as the main link between parents and tutors to ensure that each placement is a success. She should be your main point of contact for any queries regarding tutoring for your child.

She also manages our tutor recruitment, taking great care in selecting the best possible tutors for our team. With a calm and friendly manner she has quickly established a good relationship with parents, students and tutors and helped us continue to deliver a high level of care to all of our clients.

Dee Francken

Educational Consultant

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Every parent wants a high level of support and impartial advice, whether their child is at the pre-school stage or thinking about university entrance. Whilst navigating the system can be a challenge, Dee is here to coach families and ease the way. As an experienced Education Consultant who has dealt with pupils across the age range, Dee offers a bespoke service for parents who require expert assessments, advice about school selection, re-location, choosing a tutor, interview practice, education at GCSE level and in the Sixth Form. Most of all, Dee offers common-sense advice, keeping in mind, that in terms of your child’s education, no matter is too small.

Luke Christian

Director of Operations for BYT Centres LTD | Head of Content and Communication

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Alongside working with Constance on Tutor Placement, Luke oversees all of Bright Young Thing’s written communication and copy. From running our blog to directly managing the creation of Bright Young Things unique exam practice papers and in-house educational materials.

Donald Bennet

Educational Consultant

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Educational Consultant and Super Tutor Donald Bennet has worked intensively in London and internationally as a private tutor following a maths degree at Clare College Cambridge (2007). He has taught students in 10 countries with ages ranging from 7 to 74 and worked for various royal families. His focus is constantly to meet every client’s specific needs which may range from simply a confidence boost to maximum success in exams and interviews. These aims are met by tackling confidence, skills and knowledge issues in a wide variety of methods that Donald tailors to individual students. This personalisation of the service is something that Donald particularly loves. Donald specialises in 11+, A-Level and Oxbridge entrance though enjoys tutoring GCSE and university courses. Donald always shares his passion for maths problem solving with students and invariably finds students warm to the subject rapidly, even those who initially claim they ‘are hopeless at maths’. Donald has been highly sought world-wide since being listed as a 2011 ‘supertutor’ in The Independent. He works solely with Bright Young Things, enjoying collaborations on their highly focussed delivery of the best possible educational support to students throughout the world.

Alicia Wickert

Marketing Manager

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Alicia graduated from the University of Bedfordshire with a Bachelor of the Arts English Language and Linguistics Degree. Furthering her passion for language she completed a Masters Degree in Intercultural Communication, where she was the youngest person on her course and graduated top of her class, with a Distinction. She is now the Marketing Manager at BYT St Albans, with a focus on communicating regularly with students and parents alike alongside running lots of great educational events through the year for all to enjoy.

Abigail Jeffs

Assistant Centre Director

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Abigail grew up in Harpenden and attended Roundwood Park School. After passing her A-Levels in Biology, Psychology and Economics, she attended the University of Hertfordshire where she graduated with a BsC degree in Psychology. She is the Assistant Director of BYT St Albans and works to oversee day to day operations and ensure that St Albans provides the best tuition for all of their excellent students. Whilst at BYT Abigail plans to continue to further her education in Developmental and Nutritional Psychology.

Max Tovey

Assistant Centre Director

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Max graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a first class honours degree in Criminology and Psychology. He has since worked in the automotive retail training industry and ran several marketing and business to business campaigns for premium dealerships across the UK.

Max has also worked with Chesham Grammar School as a teaching and learning technician. It was here that he developed his potential for tuition and discovered an interest in education.

He is now the Assistant Centre Director of Bright Young Things High Wycombe tuition centre.

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