About ADL » Tutors

We believe the hallmark of any good distance-learning school is the level of support provided and how much encouragement, motivation and contact with the tutor is available.

From the beginning of your course you are assigned your own personal, skilled tutor whom you may contact as often as you like. We encourage unlimited dialogue between you and the tutor. Our specialists are there to provide as much assistance as you might need, and to encourage you constructively along each stage of the course.

Our tutor selection criteria requires all tutors to have at least a tertiary qualification (there are sometimes exceptions to this rule where experience out-weighs qualifications) and 5 years industry experience. They must also be active in their industry, and demonstrate a willingness to be student-focused.

Not every tutor is fit to teach by distance learning. Issues such as poor communication, uncaring attitude and unclear expectations can easily ruin a students home study/distance learning experience. In addition to the above selection criteria we also, require tutors to have the following qualities:

a. An Encouraging Attitude
Distance Learning tutors need to be helpful and encouraging.  Tutors who smile? with her/his words can make all the difference on any given day when it comes to student morale.

b. Patience
We look for tutors who can demonstrate that they can be patient with their students. A caring tutor will contact a student either by email or phone and spend time with the student, addressing any issues they might have with the course material. Taking time to explain questions and ensuring the student has an understanding of the lesson before moving onto the next topic, is essential, if the student is to have a rewarding learning experience.

c. Technological Competency
We expect tutors to be competent with IT since this is the medium used by most students. ADL offers IT support when needed.

Meet the Tutors

Anna Bennett
BSc Hons Zoology (University of Bristol)

Anna is very passionate about animals and the great outdoors. She currently lectures at Easton College, Norfolk specialising in Animal Behaviour, Farm Animal Management, Wildlife Management, Ecology, Anthrozoology and Animal Collection Management. Her working life has always been associated with animals including working in the Bristol Zoo, Veterinary Nursing and as a Horse Riding Assistance. Her commitment to animals is not restrictedto the UK but also includes undertaking conservation abroad in the Greek Island of Cephalonia and a period of time in India studying veterinary practice conservation projects.
Michael Booth
B.Sc (Hons) Chemical Engineering, (University of Leeds), MSc with Merit Computer Science, (University of Kent), Executive Associate, Institute of Independent Business International

Michael has over 20 years experience in industry with a diverse academic background incorporating executive management, chemical engineering, and computer science. Michael has an international background and has worked as a technical director, production manager, and operations manager throughout companies across the world. He recently completed his MSc in Computer Science from the University of Kent, and is an executive associate of the Institute of the Independent Business International.
Shevaun Doughton
Dip Ed, BA English/History (University of Wollongong)

Shevaun is a well-qualified and experienced teacher of English Literature and English as a Second Language in both Britain and Australia. She began her career in teaching at secondary schools moving later into Adult Education. She has expertise in English literature, English language and History.
Shevaun is currently studying a Masters degree in Education at the University of Wollongong, while lecturing at a Warnborough College, Canterbury, England in academic English, Creative Writing, Dramatic Writing, Freelance Writing, Poetry, English as a second language and Business Communication.
Andrea Downes
B.SC Equine Science, Welfare and Behaviour (Easton College currently enrolled), Certificate in Education,, Veterinary Nursing Qualification, Pre-Veterinary Nursing Certificate, Dipolma in Animal Care.

Andrea is a committed tutor with a passion for caring for animals. In her current position Andrea is responsible for the coordination of the veterinary nursing course at TOCES. Most of her working career has been devoted to Veterinary Nursing and practices.

Andrea likes to keep up-to-date with current trends in veterinary practices. On of her most recent achievments was taking a group of students to complete a conservation project in Africa to support young children.
Paul Evans
CAPM, MICB, CB.Dip, PM.Dip, AMCollT, BSYA (Cl. Fit.)

Paul brings three decades of real world business and bookkeeping expertise. His bookkeeping and business experiences include many international Project Management programmes, Directorships, Managerial positions and bookkeeping services. Pauls' active participation in the bookkeeping profession ensures he is up-to-date with current accounting practices. He is a full member of the ICB. His international business background and role as a business counsellor, is an added bonus when helping students pursue their bookkeeping career. Pauls friendly, helpful and motivating personality is a contributing factor in helping many students achieve Distinction in their ICB

Alex Ewing                                    
BSC (with Honours) in Biology, University of Southampton,  MSc. Applied Fish Biology, Plymouth Polytechnic. 

Alex has over 30 years of experience in Conservation, Biology and Marine Studies. He has worked, and is active, as both a professional and educator in these fields across three continents in countries as diverse as Ecuador and Israel. He is currently involved in undertaking surveys and developing mitigation strategies to protect wildlife prior to building development throughout Kent and is personally licensed to survey protected species in the United Kingdom. He also chairs for a charity that promotes sustainable development in Mozambique. He is currently a Senior Ecologist in Canterbury, Kent, and other positions have included: Conservation & Community Officer, Project Officer, Science Teacher and Research Fellow in Aquaculture. Alex’s enthusiasm for wildlife conservation is infectious.

Ashok Francis
B.A. Science (Mangalore University), Honours in Hardware Engineering & Networking (Indian Institute of Hardware Technology), Post Graduate Diploma - Computer Applications (Institute of Human Resources Development, India).

Francis has had a diverse background as an IT professional, experienced in LINUX certification, incorporating web development, administrating and system administration. His IT expertise incorporates Visual Basic. Net, ASP.Net, and SQL Databases.

Sophie Hall-Aspland
B.SC (Hons) Biological Science ( University of Exeter, UK),  M.Sc Marine and Fisheries Science, (University of Aberdeen and Marine Research Institute), Phd Conservation Ecology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, (University of Sydney), PG Cert River Restoration and Management, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, Currently completing Cert IV Training and Assessment, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia and Cert IV Conservation and Land Management, Batchelor Institute, Northern Territory, Australia.

Sophie has a wide and varied background in Environmental studies, Conservation and Land Management. In her current position, Sophie lectures on Consevation and Land Management, at the School of Health, Business and Science, Batchelor Institute of Indegenous Tertiary /Educatuion, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. She has also been an Honoary Lecturer at the School of Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University, NSW. Other positions include, Ecologist, Rersearch Biologist, Research Assistant and Zoo Keeper at the Marine Mammal Department, Zoological Parks Board of NSW.

Sophie whose work appears in over 13 publications is also, the winner of many awards and funding. Her current research programmes include:- accoustic behaviour in estuanne crocodiles, movements and diet of snow leopards using stable isotope techniques and the hormonal and accoustic behaviour in captive Brazilian tapir. She is also a member of :  Ecological Society of Australasia, Australia Marine Sciences Association, Associate Member of the Scientific Committee for Antartic Research on Seals, Associate Member of Australasian Zoos Research Advisory Group, and Scientific journal reviewer for Marine Ecology Progress Series, Marine Mammal Science and Oecologia.
     Juliette Harris
     BSc Hons Biology (University of Sussex)

   Juliette has over 10 years experience in teaching and private tutoring. As an undergraduate, she contributed to published research on the behaviour of an endangered    bat species, though her main areas of interest and
   pecialisation are  genetics and cellular biology. After 7 months in the rainforests & reefs of Central America, Juliette began her teaching career at prestigious private school, Brighton College. She soon  returned to Central America,  heading   up a field-trip for A-level students. She has been private tutor & exam coach to a range of students with very diverse backgrounds, aptitudes and expectations.More recently, Juliette has enjoyed working with adults with learning difficulties and enormous barriers to education.  Juliette currently splits her time between England and Bulgaria, where she works as a teacher and missionary.

Nick Howarth
Bsc, (Hons) Computer Studies 1st class, (Southampton University), Prince 2 Practitioner Qualified, ITIL Foundation Certificate,
Diploma in Bookkeeping ICB Level 3, Diploma in Payroll Management ICB Level 3. ICB examiner.

Nick's business and bookkeeping experience in IT, Management and Bookkeeping expands over 20 years. His various positions held with Hewlett Packard include: Sorftware Development Engineer, Support, Engineer, Technical Account Manager, Manager  Response Centre and Support & Operations Manager for Sirenic Ltd. In addition to his extensive IT and bookkeeping career, Nick is also the Director of Southhampton Bookkeeping Ltd providing bookkeeping services to clients and also tutoring students for the ICB exams. He is also an ICB examiner.

Theresa A Kahn
Cert Further & Adult Teaching (City & Guilds), Cert TESLA, Cert of Education,
Cert of Education, Cert in Stress Management and Performance Coaching, Cert Problem focused Counselling, Coaching and Training.

Theresa has a diverse background as a Training Consultant, Performance Coach and Therapist and is an experienced tutor in the delivery of Personal Development courses and workshops in Stress Management, Positive Thinking, Visualisation, and Reiki Healing. During her 20 years experience in Life Coaching and Stress management, her clients include the Oxford Further Education College, Sheppards Bush Housing, RBKC Town Hall and City of Westminster College. She also works from time to time as a Training Consultant with the CWC. Theresa is also active in Life Coaching and runs a private practice where she assists clients on a face to face basis.

Her professional experience has allowed her to set up many training courses for such clients as, Hilton Hotels, the Home Office, St Mary's Hospital, Goldman & Sachs Bank and Brindley Estate.

Aleksandr Klyashitsky
BSc Engineering Physics (Honours, University of Alberta, Canada) 

Aleksandr focused on lasers, optics and software research during and after his degree. He went on to work in a Canadian laser gas detection company where he published some of his research and focused on optimizing the optics and software of the next generation product. After working in this field for a few years, Aleksandr started tutoring engineering, physics, chemistry and maths to students in and just before University, with which he now has a few years experience. Aleksandr is very interested in sustainable technologies which has shifted his focus to researching and learning modern and traditional farming and natural building methods around Europe. 

Iona Lister
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.

Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.

Yvonne Leach
Cert -Ed (Christchurch University College), Training the Trainers Cert, (Guild of Guides), Welcome Host Trainers Cert (S.E.E.T.B), Assessors Awards (BTEC), Adult Training Award (C&G), Blue Badge Guide - Professional Guide Qualification,(Institute of Tourist Guides)

All Yvonnes working career has been devoted to the travel and tourism industry. Her 35 years experience in this environment has seen her hold positions from trainer to acting as a travel consultant and event management organiser. She is currently a consultant and trainer for the S.E.Guides Training Programme as well as being an Event Management consultant responsible for planning and executing corporate events, including conferences, team building, incentive events and working with blue chip companies including Pfizer UK and Axa Insurance.

Yvonne, also specialises in working in, and lecturing about Incoming/Domestic tourism in the UK and aspects of both Heritage and Rural tourism. She has her own company which specialises in planning events and weddings in Italy, as well as creative itineraries for tours throughout the UK. Winning the South-East Tourism Marketing Award was one of the highlights of her career.

Noor Mazhar
B.A., M.A. (University of London), Ph.D (University of Liverpool), DipTEFL, DipTESP

Noor has extensive experience in education and his main fields are in the history of ideas, literature and their reciprocal relationship. He tutors students for Psychology and Developmental Psychology. As an added achievement, he has also obtained with distinction diplomas in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Business Purposes (ESP).

Dr. Mark C. Mifsud

Phd (Univeristy of  Bath)., B.Ed (Hons.) Uni of Malta, P.G.Dip.Env.Mgt., M.Sc., PGCEM, Pg.Cert.EfS., Dip.Eco.Des., Dip.Env.Aud.,
MiBiol, MIEEM, MiEnvSc, CBiol, CEnv, CSci.(Teach), AMPS, ARPS, PhD.

Mark is a Chartered Biologist, a Chartered Environmental Scientist, a Chartered Science Teacher, a Certified WildlifePhotographer and a Prince II Certified Practitioner with a wide range of experience in Environmental Sciences,Environmental Education and Sustainable Development. Mark has drafted plans for nature projects, reviewed EIAs and advised on ODZ applications within MEPA. He has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of different settings in relation to the environment. Mark is currently involved in environmental communication, teaching and mentoring,academic refereeing and as a partner in a number of international projects. Mark has been entrusted as a member on various national and international boards. He is presently the coordinator of the Masters in Education for Sustainable Development at the University of Malta, and also lectures at the University of Ca Foscari Venice, Italy, at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon and at NCU and SNHU in the US.

Manando Mvula
Certificate in Education  (Cert Ed) Canterbury Christ Church University, MSc Tourism Management  - Manchester Metropolitan University,
NVQ - A1 Assessor Training (City &Guilds),  Certificate in Health & Safety Risk Assessment  (City & Guilds).

Manny is  a passionate wildlife conservationist with tourism expertise and over 10 years’ experience. Thrive both independently and on teamwork with strong interpersonal skills. Has experience in ecology and conservation research. Strong awareness in harnessing the power of tourism for community rural development coupled with a conservation approach. Outgoing personality and excellent communicator.  

He is also and experienced conservationist with excellent taxonomical and identification skills of both British & African fauna and flora.

Nirmin R Patel
B.A. Natural Sciences (Warnborough College), B.Med.Sci Cert Basic Medical Sciences Certificate (Semmelweis University School of Medecine,Hungary), MD Doctor of Medicine (Saba University School of Medicine, Netherlands-Antilles, Saba, West Indies).

Nirmin's academic career has been devoted to medicine and he brings many years of experience in this profession. Positions he has held include Clinical Audit Officer, Director of Medical Studies at Warnborough and currently Foundation Programme Administrator for the North Middlesex University Hospital, Edmonton London. Nirmin is a very committed tutor always keen to advise students on how to begin their careers in medicine.


Andy Patterson
PGCE Biological Sciences; Doctor of Naturopathy (pending); Registered Nutritional Therapist; Permaculture Design Consultant (PDC); BSc(Hons) Ecology;

Andy has been a biology and science teacher since 2002, and a natural health therapist since 1998. His original degree was in Ecology and is well experienced in the Life Sciences generally, from biology, medicine and clinical sciences to horticulture, ecology and the environment. he divides his time between a therapy clinic; teaching, tutoring & lecturing. Andy is a passionate believer in the power of education to transform people’s lives, and gives 100% support to helping students achieve their goal. 

Andy has worked as a Biology lecturer in a number of post age 16 colleges, and 11-18 year age schools across the country during a 13 year career. This has included work as an Assessor for exam boards, 1 on 1 tutoring, working with small groups and whole classes. He worked on an award winning national Nuffield- STEM initiative using innovative educational techniques to develop sustainability awareness with KS3 school children. He has also managed a large vocational science area in a busy college and developed a successful Premedical curriculum which has helped many students on to successful medical careers.


Vicky  Protopapadaki
MSc (Distinction) Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare (University of Edinburgh), BSc Business Administration (University of the Aegean), Cert. Companion Animal Behaviour (University of Edinburgh ), Cert. Animal Use and Care (University of Prince Edward Island).

Vicky’s passion for animals led her to obtain her MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare, despite her having a background in business and management. Apart from her personal experience with animals, she volunteers at various animal shelters around Greece and has done research on feline behaviour at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and on primate behaviour at Edinburgh Zoo. She is currently researching PhD opportunities in the field of animal ethics and studying entrepreneurship for the purpose of creating her own charity for animal protection in Greece.

Lee Raye
M.A. (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); M.St. Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford)
Lee is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University with degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford. He has written two books, digitalised another and written several academic papers. He has been interviewed by National Geographic and presented papers at eleven different national and international conferences and seminars. Lee’s native language is English and, if asked, he is always happy to help students with their English spelling and grammar. He is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and dreams of a world where all books are available instantly to be read, searched or treasured. Although he mainly writes non-fiction, he loves Victorian literature as well as modern fiction and poetry of all kinds. His academic knowledge of medieval events, cultures and the history of Britain’s environment make him especially qualified to help students interested in world building. He is currently finishing off his PhD in wildlife history and tutors the Wildlife Law course.
Sarah Ridley
Bachelor of Education(Human Movement and Health Education), University of Sydney; Certificates 1, 2,  3 & 4 in Fitness, Personal Training, Barbell Training Concepts, Master Functional Trainer.

Sarah is an experienced Personal Trainer, Fitness Coach, Group/Single Fitness Instructor, and specialist in Nutrition and Determinants of Health. Her speciality is in the areas of nutrition, health, de-functional training, mobility, kettlebell, battling rope, powerbag, bodyweight, and suspension training.  Sarah enjoys the challenges of one-on-one and group training. Sarah's University of Sydney degree in Human Movement and Health Education included human movement, training for performance, nutrition and determinants of health.
David Smith
BA Business Studies (Swansea Metropolitan University 200 1-2004), TAQA qualified assessor 2013 (Bright assessing), PTLLS (Bright- to be completed April 2014), NVQs in all areas of fitness and instruction and coaching. Currently completing personal training certificate. Leisure management certified.

David is a fitness professional, he coaches and delivers over 15 exercise classes per week. David has 10 years fitness industry experience, in instruction, coaching and leisure management. David has run his own business with great successes in collaboration with community first projects, local schools and colleges. David has a wealth of instructor specific qualifications, first responder and manual handling certificates.

Susan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction.

Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.

In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.

Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.

Pamla Dawn Walker
BSc Natural Science with Biology (Open University), Dip. CABT (COAPE), PGCE (Canterbury Christchurch University), Puppy class instructor (COAPE), Advanced Think dog (COAPE),  Pet bereavement counselling (ACC), Canine/Human interface course (ACC), HNC Civil Engineering.

Pamla started her career in Civil engineering and in her spare time ran dog training classes. Her passion and hobby became her profession with the launch of Lupinelore; an animal behaviour counselling and dog training company in Manchester, where every day was filled with lots of slobber and an exciting new challenge of educating people about their animals and how to ensure they were healthy and understood. Through explaining the ologies of dog behaviour (such as neurobiology, physiology, psychology, ecology, ethology) and emotions of unwanted behaviours, people gleaned an insight into how their animals?? lives could be fulfilled and stress free thereby reducing any behaviour problems. Pamla has had work published in dog training magazines, including a study on Pituitary Dwarfism in German Shepherds and Breed familiarity and people'??s preconceived ideas about behaviour. She also performed seminars in Manchester on aspects of animal behaviour, appeared on the radio as a phone in expert and has been fortunate to study wolves in Yellowstone National Park and Bavaria. Lecturing at MidKent College since her move to Kent in 2007, Pamla has delivered many of the Animal Management units and has recently returned to her engineering roots by lecturing in the Applied Science department.

David Whyte
Higher National Diploma in Arboriculture, (BTEC), Higher National Certificate in Horticulture (SCOTVEC), National diploma in Horticulture, (SCOTVEC), National Certificate in Horticulture SCOTVEC. Current: - process of becoming LANTRA instructor.

David's 23 years experience and continuous participation in the Horticultural environment has allowed him to win many awards. These include: Outstanding Performance on Teaher Training course, International exposition to Kunming City, China, International Presentation on Forests and Culture to Estonia, Community Awareness on Native Woodland Conservation and International Scholarship to Scandinavia.

For most of his working career David has taught in the field of Horticulture and Arboriculture. In addition to his formal qualifications he holds many technical qualifications including, PA1 & PA6 Pesticide Application Cert, Chainsaw Maintenance Cert, Manual Handling Techniques Cert,

David's expertise in horticulture has lead him to hold many positions as a lecturer and trainer. These include, Newcastle College, East Durham and Houghall Community College, Sunderland City Council, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh (Benmore), Tern Television Productions, Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Horticultural Society (Wisley) and Angus District Council. He is currently a Technical site Based Trainer (Scotland & North England) for the ISS Facility Services?? Landscaping. He is currently in the final stages of becoming an approved LANTRA instructor.