Gillian Stellman has been involved in education for 30 years in both England and abroad as a teacher, an advanced teacher and as an assessor. She has taught at primary and secondary schools mainly in the North London area. Vivienne Howse has a background in administration in a large university medical school and has worked for many years in the NHS. She has also taught English as a Foreign Language in England and abroad. They are partners in a highly successful tutoring agency, Top Class Tutors Ltd, and are consultants to others considering starting similar businesses.