Humanities

Tom Carding - Head of Humanities Faculty 

Tom Carding teaches History and Politics at Harris Westminster. He has taught in secondary schools and in a sixth form college, and has also tried his hand at teaching German and Law. At A level he studied History, English Literature, German and Mathematics, before moving to University College London where he studied History with German. This included spending the third year studying History in German at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He then combined his interests with a Masters in German History, also at University College London. His extended research project, about East Germans’ experiences of travelling abroad, was based on oral history interviews and research of Stasi files in the Federal Archives. When he is not cooking or eating, Tom enjoys cycling and playing football, especially when there is an element of competition involved. This explains why he plays football for three different teams, in three different leagues, on three consecutive days of the week.

James Jowett - Teacher of Economics
Head of Equiano House

James Jowett teaches Economics at Harris Westminster Sixth Form. Having studied and loved Economics at A-level, he went on to study it at the University of Nottingham. James has a particular interest in development economics and has become an avid reader of topics surrounding the roots of poverty and prosperity around the world. This stems from an international background during his younger years, having lived in countries such as France, Belgium and Australia, as well as having travelled to most corners of the world. In his spare time, James is a huge sports fan ranging from football to cricket and has particular love for Manchester City FC.

Renna Karia - Teacher of Economics

Renna Karia’s interest in politics and economics stemmed from her desire as a young girl to make sense of the world she was living in. Her degree in the subjects and PGCE allowed her to embark on a rich and varied teaching career. She has taught in colleges and schools in both the UK and Cyprus, with the prestigious English School in Nicosia being her last post. She has run several economics departments and economics societies and has been involved in teacher training and the Comenius School Exchange Program. Even after 30 years in education, Renna is still passionate about teaching and is committed to ensuring her students grow to be self-empowered and confident young leaders.

Gary Zawadzki - Teacher of Economics

Gary Zawadzki teaches Economics at Harris Westminster. After having studied philosophy with some economics modules at Nottingham University, he went on to teach philosophy and sociology in North London. He then converted to teaching economics and has never looked back since. Gary has worked an EPQ co-ordinator as well as a careers lead with a focus on banking and finance. He is a keen participant and coach in the LIFB’s Student Investor Challenge and has regularly seen the teams he has mentored vastly increase the value of their (sadly) virtual investment portfolios. In his spare time, Gary loves to travel and fly his drone to capture the sights along the way.

Eddie Letcher - Teacher of Geography
 

Eddie Letcher teaches Geography at Harris Westminster. He studied Geography, Maths and Physical Education at A Level and went on to study Geography and Sports Science in a joint-honours at Loughborough University. There he developed an interest in climate change and the melting arctic sea ice and the wider global implications that it brings. He also travelled to Ghana to take part in fieldwork exploring how businesses, families and communities operate within the ‘global south’. With a passion for sport and particularly cricket, he completed his Level 2 cricket coaching certificate while at university, taking advantage of the excellent facilities Loughborough has to offer. Away from school he likes to spend time outdoors, hiking, cycling and doing a spot of yoga when he has the chance. 

Colin Whitefield - Teacher of Geography
 

Colin chose Durham University for his Geography degree which he describes as a ‘beautiful cathedral city and near Newcastle too’. After this he has had varied teaching positions including working as a tutor at St. Christopher School in Letchworth Garden City as well as a great year in Tanzania teaching English in a rural school near the capital Dodoma. After gaining his PGCE from Cambridge University, Colin stayed in the city to work at Hills Road Sixth Form College for 8 years (and did an MEd too). He has spent more recent years travelling and teaching English, both abroad and in the UK – with so many great countries to visit!  Four of his favourite countries that he recommends are Mexico, Iceland, Japan and Romania.

Richard Ogden - Teacher of History

Richard Ogden teaches History at Harris Westminster. He studied Classical Archaeology & Ancient History at Oxford University where he was a Choral Scholar. Richard began his career teaching music at an independent school in Oxford before moving into government contracting, where he supported the Department for Work & Pensions and the Ministry of Justice in the delivery of national welfare programmes. Before returning to teaching, Richard worked as a consultant for a performance-improvement company run by former British Olympic and World Champion rowers. An enthusiastic sportsman if certainly no Olympian himself, Richard has had the peculiar privilege of singing for three Grammy Award-winning choirs.

Jacob Pitts - Teacher of History

Jacob teaches History at Harris Westminster. He read History at the University of Leeds, writing his final year dissertation on the issue of masculinity during the conscription era of apartheid South Africa. His passion for gender studies has led to his role as a volunteer facilitator for the Good Lad Initiative, delivering workshops which promote gender equality and discussions around modern-day masculinity. At university, Jacob hosted a weekly music show on Leeds Student Radio, conducting interviews with various upcoming artists. He also has a keen interest in public affairs, listening to LBC and subscribing to The Week. His late evenings are always reserved with a slot for the latest BBC dramas.

Lizzie Skeaping - Teacher of History and Art History

Lizzie Skeaping teaches History and History of Art at Harris Westminster. She studied History and Culture at the University of Warwick, specialising in Renaissance Italian art and modern Irish history. Before joining Harris Westminster, she taught at The National Archives, home to some of the UK's most iconic historical records, and completed a Masters in Museums and Galleries in Education. Her fascination with different lives and cultures prompted her to teach abroad in Vietnam and Spain. She enjoys sport and dreams of playing cricket for England.

Peter McKean - Teacher of History and Politics

Peter McKean teaches History and Politics. He read History at Cambridge and has taught in a number of schools over the past 15 years. His historical interests are varied, ranging from the Vikings in Europe to modern African history, via the Tudors, the Age of Revolutions and the history of the USA. He is currently working on a PhD on 19th century South Africa at Royal Holloway, University of London, examining issues of race and nationhood during the British administration of what was then known as the Cape Colony. In keeping with his eclectic historical interests, he enjoys traipsing around castles, museums, ancient ruins and battlefields. He also has a passion for current affairs and debate, and is following the US election campaign with trepidation; he also enjoys singing in a choir, quizzes, baking and eating cake, the theatre, and playing cricket badly.

Frances Sleap - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Frances Sleap studied Philosophy and Theology and then the Study of Religions at Oxford, writing her Master’s dissertation on the idea of chosenness in modern Judaism. Before deciding to pursue a longstanding interest in education she worked at the Dialogue Society, an Islamically-inspired intercultural dialogue charity. Her work included co-authoring an introduction to ‘Dialogue Theories’ and providing training for postgraduate students. She is still fascinated by the dynamics of dialogue in different contexts and is excited to work in the natural dialogue hotspot that is the PTE classroom. Her other interests include poetry and the ethical issues surrounding energy and climate change.

Kyle Sweet - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Kyle Sweet teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at Harris Westminster. He attainted his Master's degree at the University of Birmingham, having written a dissertation on creating a new ethical theory after jesting that ‘all other theories are simply unsatisfying or impractical’. He feels that philosophy is a deeply important subject yet can seem so inaccessible to so many. This led him to decide that his dedication to the subject was best put towards inspiring young minds and creating enthusiastic dialogue about the intricacies of reality and human nature. After finishing his PGCE at King’s College London he has said he ‘feels incredibly grateful to be living out his passion at Harris Westminster’. Kyle also enjoys writing fantastical fiction and spending time with friends over a good board game.

Emma Syea - Teacher of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics

Emma teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at Harris Westminster Sixth Form. She read Modern and Medieval Languages and Philosophy at Cambridge before going on to complete her Masters and PhD in Philosophy at King's College London. She lectures in Philosophy at various universities in London and her research interests include philosophy of mind, epistemology, and post-Kantian philosophy.  She is also fascinated by the relationship between philosophy and art and is a member of King's College London's Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and painting, playing piano, and reading. 

Greg East - Teacher of Politics and Economics
Head of Turing House

Greg East teaches Politics, Economics & Maths at Harris Westminster. Having studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Durham University he went onto teach Maths & Politics at a school in Newcastle, completing his training through the Teach First programme. Politically active from a young age, Greg’s specialisms lie in the history of the British Left and the modern electoral strategies of UK political parties. Having run the debating programme at his previous school, he believes in the power of speech and argument, and is passionate about his students becoming articulate and self-confident orators. Aside from teaching Greg is a keen tennis and football player, and when he’s not playing sport, he spends time following his beloved Derby County FC.