Meet the team behind JCS Online Resources…
Having acted as Project Director for the Government-funded initiative, JISC Collections for Schools, Joyce established JCS Online Resources in 2010 as her own business when the funding came to an end.
Joyce has been successful in not only tripling the collection of e-resources for schools but also expanded the JCS catalogue to include e-resources for Further Education Colleges and Public Library authorities.
Joyce’s main way to relax is singing and she is a member of the Oxford Bach Choir but she also loves going to the theatre and concerts. She keeps fit by running round after her four young grandchildren!
Gerda joined the JCS Team in January 2017. After immigrating from South Africa in the summer of 2015 she started work at a mobile phone and smart device accessory distributor in London. Prior to the relocation she spent three years in the capital city of Mozambique, Maputo and opened her own wedding cake business in the city.
She has not lost her love for baking and still spends hours trying new recipes. She also loves exploring Britain so you will not find her at home very often. Her favorite place so far is Puffin Island!
Before joining JCS Online Resources in September 2016. Polly worked in the charity sector in Fundraising and Marketing and, before that, she gained a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, UK. She also spent a fantastic six months studying Journalism, English Language, History of Art and Creative Writing at Utica College, New York.
In her spare time you are most likely to spot her out on the pitch with a rugby ball in her hands, playing for Henley Hawkes. She also enjoys reading, her favorite genre is autobiography.
After graduating with a degree in Business Economics in 2015 Hugh joined the JCS Team in October 2015 as an Account Executive before being promoted to Senior Account Executive and then Senior Account Manager – Schools, then Sales Manager (Schools). He used online resources extensively at university and appreciates the positive impact they have on the learning process.
In his own words, Hugh is a ‘die-hard rugby fan’ and has had a season ticket with Coventry based Wasps for the last decade. If there is a rugby game on, you can be sure Hugh will be watching!
Amy has worked in the information industry for over 20 years. Having started her career working in specialist libraries in London after graduating with a degree in English and Music, Amy went on to gain an MSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Amy then worked for a number of publishers and intermediaries, specializing in the promotion and development of online journal resources. She joined JCS in 2015.
Outside of work, Amy is kept very busy with her three young sons. When she does have a spare minute, she enjoys listening to and playing music, and has recently started to teach herself the guitar.
Rupert joined JCS Online Resources in September 2017 after moving to Oxford from Brighton where he managed a busy independent retail store.
Rupert has a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Ethics from Brighton University and graduated in the summer of 2016. Online resources were a key part of his dissertation project — Understanding why Indian colonial subjects served in the British Army during WW1 — giving him an understanding of how invaluable these resources are.
He has a keen interest in history and politics, especially modern world and revolutionary history. He enjoys cooking, collecting vinyl records, and visiting museums as well as being an avid Formula 1 fan.
Matt joined JCS in November 2019 as an Account Executive (Schools) after graduating from Newcastle University with a degree in English Literature and History. Online resources proved essential in Matt’s studies and allowed him to conduct vital research into his dissertation – Deconstructing the Cambodian Genocide: Imagination, Agency and Cultural Restoration following Trauma.
He is passionate about rugby and powerlifting, but when he is not on the pitch or in the gym, he enjoys playing the guitar for his dogs.
Alex joined JCS in July 2019 as an Account Executive for public libraries after graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Business and Management. During Alex’s time at University he used a range of online resources which were pivotal to attaining his degree.
In his spare time Alex enjoys playing golf with friends, reading thrillers, and is interested in history specifically surrounding the First and Second World Wars.
Dan joined JCS in September 2020 after a short career in golf event management. He graduated from Bournemouth University in 2017 with a degree in Sports Management. He has worked in many seasonal event roles including 18 months stateside, but now has decided to follow a new path in finance, gaining his first position with us here at JCS.
His hobbies revolve around the world of sport, being a keen golfer, footballer and road-runner with a keen interest in horse racing too. If he isn’t watching football or horse racing on TV, you will find him relaxing watching a Marvel movie or listening to his guilty pleasure, country music.
Kate joined JCS in September after completing a Professional Business Diploma at Oxford Media and Business School and an internship as a marketing assistant for CRM Students – a company that markets luxury student accommodation.
Kate has had first hand experience of using online resources, whilst at school she undertook the Extended Project Qualification where she used a variety of e-resources to thoroughly research her topic ‘How do Teachers Communication with Nonverbal and Autistic Children.’
Her interests include upcycling and using her sewing machines, and she is also learning the ukulele in her free time!
Before starting at JCS in September 2020 Daniel worked as an English tutor in the EFL industry for 15 years. After graduating in Digital Film & Video at London South Bank University he worked in the film & TV industry for a short time. He has used online resources as a student and a teacher so has seen their benefits from both sides.
He has worked for a number of Oxford-based language schools, has his own private 1:1 tutoring service and has frequently taught online. This gives him a strong understanding of a teacher’s perspective of using online teaching materials. He’s also written and produced his own murder mystery events in Oxfordshire and a short collection of comedy monologues.
Outside of work he loves countryside walks, live music and looking after his four cats. He is also learning to speak Portuguese!
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