Meet the team


Antony Cooke

Editor. Graduated from Durham University, UK, in Russian & French. Taught English at St. Petersburg State University in Russia. Previously worked at Michelin as a European project manager, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an associate in investment management. Fluent in Russian and French.



Paul Rance



        Leah Henderson

Deputy editor. Graduated from the University of the West of England with an MA in Journalism in 2015, after completing an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature in 2014 at the University of Glasgow. Previously worked as a business English teacher in Madrid. 


Michael Bird

Deputy editor. Graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA in History. Prior to working at Chambers wrote for US-based entertainment websites and continues to review music in his spare time.


Natalie Bertram

Assistant editor. Graduated in 2016 from the University of Exeter with a BA in English Literature. Freelances as a proofreader in her free time.


Sal Francis Morton

Senior researcher. Graduated from Queen Mary University of London.


Harry Cerasale

Senior researcher. Graduated in 2015 with a BA in History from the University of Nottingham. Has previously worked as an English teacher in Vietnam and Cambodia. 


Joel Poultney

Senior researcher. Graduated from Exeter University in 2016 with a BA in History and Politics. Following this, received an MA in Creative Writing from the same institution. 


Ayesha Hayat

Senior researcher. Graduated with a BA in History and Hispanic Studies from the University of Birmingham. Previously worked as an English tutor during a year abroad in Seville and was a student ambassador for the University of Birmingham's College of Arts and Law. Fluent in Spanish. 



Rhia Lyon

Senior researcher. Graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in German from King’s College London in 2017, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism. She has spent time living in Vienna and studied Deutsche Philologie at Universität Wien. Rhia speaks advanced German


Nikolai Viedge

Senior researcher. Former academic, Nikolai got his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2014 and worked as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in South Africa before relocating to the UK in 2019.


Olivia O'Driscoll

Research Analyst and Content Writer. Graduated in 2019 from Bournemouth University, with a BA in English. During her time at university, Olivia did a year in industry and interned at various companies, including a newspaper where she worked as a trainee journalist.