Meet the team

Rachel Carrell

CEO and founder

Rachel was working as the CEO of the world's largest online doctor service when she had her first baby and experienced first-hand how difficult it was to arrange childcare (thus inspiring Koru Kids). Before that job, Rachel spent 6 years at McKinsey, and did a stint in the NHS. She has a DPhil in Development from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and was elected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. Rachel lives in North London with her husband and toddler, and can be found in Highgate Wood almost every weekend. Rachel recently won the 'Best Business Woman in Technology' award at the Best Business Women awards for her work setting up Koru Kids.

Rebecca Matthews

Head of Marketing

Rebecca is the former Head of Ecommerce at Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor, where she ran large marketing campaigns and successfully launched the business in two new countries. Before that, Rebecca worked at KPMG as a management consultant. While Rebecca will frolic happily in a spreadsheet for hours, her favourite bit of working at Koru Kids is when she gets to chat to parents about their kids and help them sort out the right childcare. Rebecca has a degree in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Glasgow and grew up just outside Belfast, but these days hangs out mostly in Tooting, Clapham and Balham.

An Nguyen

Head of Operations

An was previously the interim CTO and led Strategic Operations at BIMA, a global InsureTech startup with over 30 million subscribers, where he led the development of technical platforms to improve operational processes. He has significant international business experience, having lived / worked in over 10 countries, including several years at BCG in the Netherlands and Australia; experience with Acumen in Kenya, and a number of other emerging markets with BIMA and various social enterprises. An has been known to brew a pretty good american pale ale in college, and was one half of a 2-person folk band that played across pubs in London. He is, unfortunately, rubbish at languages - though he has studied a few just to be sure. An has an MBA (Dean's list) from the London Business School, a grad. degree in Arts (PolySci) and a B. Comm with honours (Finance) from the University of Melbourne.

Michael Baird

Lead Developer

Michael is a rare developer with genuine full stack skills including back end experience from his first job at a gaming company, a passion for development in Ruby, and a natural talent for front end design. Having coded and built computers since he was a kid, he studied applied computing at the University of Dundee, graduating with first class honours.

Andreas Herr

Andreas is a qualified teacher with a Master's degree in Theatre Studies. He did his PCGE in Brighton, then worked as a drama teacher before joining Koru Kids to lead our nanny training programme. Ever since Andreas borrowed a 'Cats' CD from a school friend at the age of 12, he's felt drawn to the stage, and has worked on and off-stage in his native Germany including at Theater Baden-Baden, at the Bavarian State Opera and with the Bayerische Philharmonie, where he supervised events and workshops. His drama background enables him to come up with interesting ways to convey ideas and make them stick.

Loren Meade

Loren is a highly-qualified and experienced primary school teacher now using her skills to support families and nannies. She's worked as a KS1 teacher in both Oxford and London, has trained teachers in Darjeeling, India, and is a particular expert in the teaching of phonics. Loren has a first-class drama degree from the University of Manchester – where she led drama workshops at a prison and was an enthusiastic member of the university's pantomime society – and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge. Whenever a nanny or a parent needs some informal advice, she's at the end of the line.

Susie Carr

Susie is the driving force behind our after school nanny community, bringing her extraordinary energy and dedication to make it the best student job on the planet. She should know—she supported herself with nanny jobs through her university days. Susie has a first class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews, where she also received the Dean's award for academic excellence. She's also a keen hockey player—at university she was in the Scotland team, as well as Vice Captaining the St Andrews team—and still plays regularly in London.

Kitty Green

Kitty is a rare person who combines a love of scientific enquiry with a talent for great customer service—meaning she acts as a one-woman improvement engine for Koru Kids, talking to parents and nannies then digging into the data to come up with insights and actions that constantly make things better. Kitty graduated with a Masters of Science from UCL, following an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences and along the way receiving the Michael D. Kopelman award from King's College, London for her work.

Ria Sanders

Ria's focus is finding families and nannies the perfect match. She previously worked in admissions and development for the MBA programme at HEC Paris, one of Europe's top business schools, where she also worked on marketing and events. Prior to that she studied French and Italian at the University of Cambridge, including a stint working in a French primary school. These days, she loves swimming, netball, sketching, and visiting art galleries.

Romilly Beddow

Romily graduated with a degree in history from the University of Cambridge. We're not quite sure how she had time, as she was also involved with 19 (!) theatre productions whilst at university including co-producing a show at the Edinburgh Fridge, producing the largest student opera of the year, and tour managing a production of Romeo and Juliet around Japan visiting schools and universities. Running Koru Kid's nanny recruitment system must seem like a piece of cake. Romilly has had lots of child-related holiday jobs including working as a nanny and as a children's party assistant, in which she once dressed up as an icicle for a Christmas party at 10 Downing Street. She has a particular interest in the history of food and cooking, and a growing collection of vintage recipe books.