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Meet The Medic Portal Team

Say hello to the experts who help The Medic Portal provide the best information to aspiring medics and dentists.


Our Team

Dr. Christopher Nordstrom
Dr. Christopher Nordstrom

Dr. Christopher Nordstrom graduated from University College London with a first class honours degree in Neuroscience and a prize-winning degree in Medicine. He is one of the UK’s leading pre-medical school tutors, having authored several books and regularly lecturing at international conferences on the UCAT and BMAT. He completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education with distinction and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a practising doctor and heads up the academic team at The Medic Portal.

 

 

Dr Ricardo Tavares
Dr Ricardo Tavares

Dr Ricardo Tavares is at the forefront of educating prospective medics and oversees our partnerships with hundreds of schools globally. He completed his prize-winning pre-clinical Medicine degree at Oxford University and finished his clinical training at UCL. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education. He has vast medical teaching experience, including roles at Imperial College, The University of Buckingham and is a regular speaker at national careers events.

 

 

George Rendel
George Rendel

George Rendel is a co-founder of The Medic Portal, where he oversees marketing, technology, content and e-commerce. He has plenty of blue chip business experience at home and abroad, having worked for both Pearson in North America and Accenture in the UK.

 

 

 

Leigh-Anne Makrygiannis

Leigh-Anne Makrygiannis is Head of Content Marketing and SEO for the Medic Portal, where she manages a team of content editors. With more than 8 years of experience in SEO, she has worked for Global companies as a digital marketing consultant and in-house specialist; and has developed international, multilingual, and local SEO projects in highly competitive markets.

 

 

Premela Kala

Premela Kala is the Content Marketing Executive for The Medic Portal. After graduating from the University of Reading with a literature degree, Premela then went on to complete a comparative literature masters degree at King’s College London University. She now manages the social media presence and written content.

 

 

Lydia Cozens

Lydia Cozens manages the school relationships at The Medic Portal. After graduating from Nottingham University in 2018, Lydia has been working for The Career Portal since and works across the three companies. If you are interested in booking a School Course or Medical Insight Day please contact Lydia.

 

 

 

Anna Hartley

Anna Hartley is our tutoring and courses manager. She joined us after graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in History and Philosophy. She ensures the successful delivery of our tutoring services, events and courses.

 

 

 

Kim Scotland

Kim Scotland is the office manager at The Medic Portal. After completing her schooling in Canada she has spent many years working in administration and customer service.

 

 


Educational Advisers

George Fussey
George Fussey

George Fussey is Head of Career Education at Eton College. Over 20 years ago, as Head of Biology, he became involved in preparing students for medical school applications. Since then, he has coached hundreds of students through the application process and runs a very active Medical Society at Eton. He is passionate about promoting Medicine as a career, and since 2010 has helped organise, and present at, Royal Society of Medicine careers events all over the country.

 

Professor Betteridge
Professor Betteridge

Professor John Betteridge was Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism at University College London for many years, and is now Consultant Physician at UCL Hospitals Trust. He has a long standing interest in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and is a founding Director of the Physician’s Academy for Cardiovascular Education. He is also Dean Emeritus at the Royal Society of Medicine.

 

Darren Beaney
Darren Beaney

Darren Beaney joined Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) in 2005 as Outreach lead, and has been responsible for admissions since 2010. He is a member of the BMAT Stakeholders Liaison Group, the Medical Schools Council Selection Reference Group and sits on the executive board  of the MSC Selection Alliance, with the lead role in outreach. Furthermore, he was previously a member of the GMC Social Mobility Advisory Group.

 

Sue Highmore
Sue Highmore

Sue Highmore is the Head of Careers at Trinity School in Croydon. A qualified solicitor, Sue spent nearly 30 years with Linklaters as a real estate development specialist and head of their property training programme. Sue continues to develop and deliver education to qualified lawyers, through webinars and lectures for Central Law Training and Landmark.  She is also writes specialist material for Practical Law Property, an on-line knowledge system for lawyers.

 

Peter Bodily
Peter Bodily

Peter Bodily was formerly Head of Science and Head of Biology at Uppingham School in Rutland. He is the Medical Application Advisor at the School, and has held this post for many years. He has also acted at times as a liaison between independent schools and the medical profession. He has interviewed on several medical school panels, with a particularly long and ongoing association with University College London.

 

Cathy O'Neill
Cathy O’Neill

Cathy O’Neill is Head of Careers and Coordinator of Lifelong Learning at Oxford High School GDST, a role she has held for six years.  She is a teacher consultant for The English Review and a teacher observer for ELAT.  She has a longstanding interest in how post 16 students prepare for medical school, including an especial determination to make sure would-be medics are aware of the challenges of a career in medicine.

 

Elizabeth Ball
Elizabeth Ball

Elizabeth Ball followed a research career in molecular genetics, with a PhD from The University of York and post-doctoral fellowships including The Johns Hopkins University, US, before combining scientific research with education in Athens, Greece. As a teacher and examiner of IB biology for the past 25 years at the Moraitis School, she has also co-authored several school text books and given public lectures on science and art at symposia in Greece and Sweden.

 

Laurence Wesson
Laurence Wesson

As Head of Biology at James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich, Laurence Wesson has successfully guided students in their preparation for medical school applications for many years. Previously, as Head of Science and latterly Deputy Head (Academic), he has a wealth of experience. Laurence has advised both teachers as well as pupils from other London Schools that are involved in medical school applications.

 

Caty Oates
Caty Oates

Caty Oates has been Head of Careers and Work Experience at Warwick School for 10 years and also teaches Employability Skills and Enterprise. She completed the Cambridge certificate in Leading and Managing Careers Work in Schools and has advised new Heads of Careers in how to introduce  and implement  careers programmes.  She also has a business background in Marketing and a degree in Modern Languages.

 

Dr Stephen Holland
Dr Stephen Holland

Dr. Stephen Holland is Director of Higher Education Applications at Bolton School (Boys’ Division), where he has taught English and Latin for over twenty years. Responsible for preparing all applicants for higher education both at home and overseas, he writes students’ references and oversees all aspects of their applications.


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