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Our team

Andrew Staples
the Founder

Andrew was educated at Cranleigh School where he also taught. He then went to Durham University and completed his education with an MBA at London Business School in 1992. In the same year, he came to Russia as an investment officer for International Finance Corporation. He founded his first business in 1993 – RTG Group OOO which provides headhunting, recruitment and translation services to Russian and Kazakh based clients. Two of his children were educated in the Russian educational system and the third in the international school in Moscow. All three children are now at British private schools. Over the past twenty years Andrew has given advice to many Russian parents as to which school or university to send their children in the UK. He believes that Lucullus offers a unique service by being the first British managed educational consultants in Russia. Therefore, we understand the needs of our Russian clients and which British schools would be appropriate for their child. Our service is founded on having consultants that have been Headmasters and have a knowledge that is second to none. They will objectively assess candidates and provide the best advice on the market.


Inessa Khvostova
Managing Director, Moscow

More than 500 children from the families with which Inessa has worked have entered British private schools. These schools include Wellington College, Eton College, Harrow School, Dulwich College, Oundle School, Rugby School, Brighton College, Sevenoaks School, Malvern College, Haileybury, Clifton College and others. Many of them have gone on to graduate from university and succeed in their professional lives in their home country and abroad. She is well-known as an experienced and knowledgeable professional outside Russia and is often invited to speak at international educational conferences on issues, such as adaptation and academic progress of Russian children in boarding schools around the world. She understands the issues and difficulties that families face when deciding if their child is suited to studying abroad and also how individual schools may be appropriate for a particular child. Inessa Khvostova has been in the educational sector since 1994. She started as a teacher in a grammar school in St. Petersburg, before transferring to educational consultancy.


Robin Badham-Thornhill
Schools and Assessments Advisor, the UK

Robin Badham-Thornhill has worked in the British Independent School sector for many years. He was Headmaster of two of Britain’s leading Preparatory Schools, Lambrook School and Summer Fields, and was voted Tatler Headmaster of the year in 2006 whilst at the latter which is the main feeder school for Eton College. Previously he was also a housemaster at Cheltenham College, a co-educational senior school.

Robin is still very involved with British private schools and is currently helping to develop a co-educational school in Knightsbridge, London, for 3 to 13 year olds. He is also a Governor of three independent schools and an ISI inspector.

A strong belief Robin holds is that Russian families interested in sending their son or daughter to a British independent school should give them the opportunity to taste life in England before going there full-time. He spends time with each prospective candidate in England and personally assesses and interviews them before writing a report and helping to recommend the right school for them in the UK. As part of his brief for Lucullus, he regularly visits a broad range of independent schools and maintains strong links between them and Lucullus.


Robin Preston
Director of Studies, London

Robin Preston has worked in the ELT sector since 1998. He began as a teacher and gained 7 years overseas experience before becoming a Director of Studies in the UK. Since attaining the Diploma in TESOL in 2005 he has worked at several top end educational providers in the UK such as Harrow School.

In his position as Director of Studies, he embraces the Lucullus philosophy of treating each child as an individual and places particular emphasis on appealing to the different learning styles that students have. He believes that the success of an assessment programme is dependent both on making a quick and accurate evaluation of the students’ academic ability and also taking time to comprehend how they learn and their attitude towards their studies. Consequently, he is not simply teaching the subject, but using it as a means to establish the students’ character in general. Based on these observations, he is able to write a comprehensive report and make recommendations tailored to the individual needs of each student.

Robin believes that the latest technology should be utilised in the learning environment and that VOIP services, such as Skype, can provide an invaluable link between students and native tutors. He has extensive experience as a course designer and materials writer. Above all he helps to recruit teachers who hold the highest qualifications and constantly demonstrate innovation and enthusiasm in the course of their work.


Olga Musharaeva
Consultant

Olga Musharaeva is a teacher by profession. She has a profound knowledge of the needs of both children and their parents and prides herself on being able to understand a child and matching that child with the right establishment. She has passed the British Council PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATION PLACEMENT MANAGERS, a course dedicated to education in the UK. Olga has established a good reputation in Russia to the extent that the majority of clients approach Lucullus, having been referred by other parents.The first Russian student to get into the best girls’ school in England, Wycombe Abbey, did so with Olga’s help. Olga’s candidates have also entered such top-notch schools as Sevenoaks, Marlborough College, King’s Canterbury, Brighton College, Bedford School and City of London Freemen’s.


Olesya Malikova
Consultant

Olesya Malikova has a background in linguistics and teaching modern languages. She started her professional career at college and then went on to work as a logistical co-ordinator: running orientation programmes and arranging for the children of foreign businessmen to attend international schools in Moscow. Olesya has been working as an international education consultant since 2008 and is particularly aware that both the child and their parents need to be happy with the outcome.

Olesya’s students have been accepted and studied at Harrow school, Malvern college, Haileybury school, Cheltenham college, Clifton college and Dauntsey’s school. In addition, she deals not only with schools but university placements as well. Her candidates have gone on to study at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Arts London, Exeter University and Newcastle University.

A mother of two herself, Olesya knows the importance of treating each child as an individual, and is always ready to help them make the right choices that will help form the basis of a bright future.


Catherine Staples
Managing Director, the UK

Catherine attended the independent boarding school, Marlborough College. After leaving school, she trained and worked as a journalist for several years, before studying for an MA in Human Resource Management. She then joined the pharmaceutical company, Glaxo Smith Kline, where she held the position of Human Resource Director, until she left in order to dedicate more time to her family. When the children were still young, the family moved to Moscow to join Andrew, who had been based there for a number of years. Catherine spent much time researching and deliberating over the schools which would be most appropriate for her three children. Applying skills that she had acquired in her professional career, she investigated the wide range of possible schools in Moscow and resolved to enter her two youngest into the Russian school system, whilst the eldest attended an international school. Having spent six years in Moscow, the family chose to move back to West Sussex, England, in 2011, to enable the children to have a British education; they all attend local prep schools. In her role as Director of the Lucullus office in the UK, Catherine communicates with schools on a day-to-day basis. Her knowledge of the British education system is extensive and she goes to great lengths to ensure she understands the individual characteristics of each school she visits. She is in regular contact with the Heads of the schools and they fully trust her recommendations on Lucullus students. Drawing on her journalistic past and familiarity with Moscow schools, Catherine is able to make accurate and discerning assessments of British schools appropriate to the needs of her Russia-based clients.



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