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Meet the team

Our inspiration for Empiribox comes from our teams’

experience of teaching science over many years.

Our  Senior Team

Richard McGrath – Chairman and CEO

Richard developed and led many organisations that have been transformed into growth vehicles and investment opportunities.  Recently, he was president of Espresso Group, Ltd, a VC backed UK digital curriculum provider, where he led the business to become the UK market leading service provider in its sector.  Under his leadership, the business received BETT, BAFTA, and Royal Television Society Awards, and numerous industry awards in the UK and USA focusing on product quality and customer success.  Espresso also featured for three years on the Tech Track 100, ranked as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies.

Jan Tanner

Dr Jan Tanner BSc PGCE MSc PhD – Head of Primary Science Support

Jan has 30 years of teaching experience at primary school , including 10 years serving as a head teacher. Having seen the massive impact that Empiribox makes at first hand, he decided to join the team to help other heads understand how they can use it to raise the enthusiasm and levels of attainment with pupils of all abilities.

Chris Fourie B.Ed (Physics & Maths) – Teacher Training Manager

Chris has taught all three sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) for 9 years at the secondary level, specialising in A level Physics.  He made it his personal mission to ensure that every student in his class had an opportunity to explore the wonders of science but also to feel that they were supported in all aspects.  Chris carries this mission into our Teacher Training sessions!

James Kilroy CMILT – Director of Operations
James is a very experienced logistics professional with huge experience in supply chain, logistics, operations and warehousing management.  Previous roles include working in both large and small companies including Amazon and Aramex, where he was General Manager for the UK.

Catherine Howard – Director of Business Development

Catherine is a qualified teacher having taught in both primary and secondary schools. Since then, Catherine then set her mind to successfully developing curriculum and technology services for the schools markets with companies such as Discovery Education, Oxford University Press, Steljes (UK distributer of Smart Interactive Whiteboards), and Pearson Education.