Meet the team
Joyce Martin, Director
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 loves music and you will often find her singing in her choir or at the theatre or concerts. She also enjoys spending her weekends with her four energetic young grandchildren.
Gerda Taylor, Finance and Office Manager
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. In 2017 she plans to tick one more thing off her bucket list and visit Puffin Island to see the birds!
Sean Wright, Sales Manager
Sean graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Fine Art in 2014 and worked as a sous chef at a pub in Oxford before joining JCS in 2015 as an Account Executive. He was soon promoted and now works as the Sales Manager.
In his spare time, he produces a range of media (videos, recipes, reviews) for several different online outlets such as blogs and YouTube channels. He is also a serious ‘cinefile’ and videogame enthusiast.
If you ever speak to Sean on the telephone, then you’ll notice his Canadian twang. He migrated with his family to the UK from Canada at the age of ten.
Polly Krabbé, Marketing and Communications Manager
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. 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 prop for Witney Angels. She also enjoys reading, her favourite genre is autobiography.
Hugh Webster, Senior Account Manager – Schools
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. 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 Williams, Senior Account Executive (FE/HE)
Amy joined JCS in March 2015. She has worked in the information industry for over 20 years. Having started her career working in specialist libraries in London, Amy went on to gain an MSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield.
Instead of going back to work in libraries after her degree, Amy found herself working for publishers such as Oxford University Press; she helped them to launch online products to libraries.
Amy is kept very busy with her three young sons and she also enjoys music.
Carola Lopez, Sales Support and Events Administrator
Carola joined JCS in January 2016. She moved to England, from Spain twelve years ago to learn English and, despite the weather, she fell in love with the country. She settled in to Oxford, where she has found fantastic friends and now has her own family.
When Carola attended school in Spain, the most advanced piece of technology was a television hidden at the back of the classroom. They had never heard of the internet and spent endless evenings researching with encyclopaedias and other books that the school struggled to keep updated. She wishes she had had access to the resources available through JCS!
She has always been very interested in the performing arts and has a special interest in circus and aerial skills. This means that whenever she takes a holiday you’ll find her at a convention doing juggling or climbing silks!
Jessica O'Shea, Sales and Marketing Assistant
Prior to joining JCS Online Resources as a Sales and Marketing Assistant, Jess started her career in the Marketing and Sales sector at the age of 19 working as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at a busy E-commerce business based in Oxford. After getting her NVQ in Digital Marketing, Jess worked for a small publishing business who specialized in bilingual children’s books. This is where she developed her interest in sales within the Education sector and her love of marketing grew.
In her spare time, Jess has a few hobbies that keep her active she likes attending music events, going to the gym and skating. To keep her mentally simulated and creative she likes to read books, develop her photography, videography and graphic design.
Sara Sheikh, Junior Account Executive
Sara is the latest member to join the JCS team as a Junior Account Executive. Prior to this Sara worked as a Business Support Officer at a housing association after graduating with a degree in Business Management.
Growing up she lived abroad and studied at five different schools where she understood the value of education. She has always enjoyed learning new things, from languages to cooking different kinds of food.
In her spare time she likes watching David Attenborough documentaries, getting involved with charity events and running TeenWise a community youth club for young girls. TeenWise provides a social and fun environment in which the girls can make new friends and develop their personal skills. As a team leader, Sara plans sessions and is a positive role model for the girls.