Daniel De Witt
CEO BE Education Group
A highly-acclaimed teacher and pioneer of education, Daniel has spent the last ten years specialising in helping students understand and bridge the gaps between the UK and US higher education systems.
Educated at Harvard and UCL, Daniel entered education through the prestigious Teach First programme in 2011. As a teacher, he was consistently rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and the Institute of Education, and worked as Head of Faculty for one of London’s top non-selective schools. Daniel founded an information service on higher education and campaigned for global competency in the UK national curriculum.
Alongside his work with individual students, Daniel runs higher education seminars and events for staff, students, and parents, and is regularly invited to speak at schools, US College Day and Higher Education events. He is also currently the US university school counsellor at Epsom College, London.
His exceptional gift for languages and linguistics led him to receiving a starred First Class Honours degree in French Studies and International Relations from UCL in 2007, where he was also awarded the Violet Hall undergraduate prize, the Top Arts Faculty Student prize, and was nominated for the prestigious Gapper Literary Prize.
Chief Education Advisor
A Fulbright Scholar and former Director of the UK-US Fulbright Commission EAS, Anthony’s extensive admissions experience comes from 25 years in the field as a teacher, lecturer, independent counsellor, and admissions director.
As Director of the Fulbright Commission in London, Anthony was responsible for the US Educational Advisory Service, representing over 4,000 higher education institutions and promoting education in the USA, as well as the highly sought-after Fulbright scholarships. He is regularly invited to speak and conduct seminars on higher education and admissions processes all over the world.
Beyond his own vast teaching and lecturing experience, Anthony works closely with several UK secondary schools, providing seminars and events for staff, students, and parents. He has worked as an advisor for many of the top independent schools in the UK and is the US university school counsellor for the Lycée Français Charles du Gaulle in London and the Cadet School in Moscow.
Anthony has also co-authored both Uni in the USA and Uni in the USA and Beyond published by The Good Schools Guide, Lucas Publications Ltd, and writes frequently for the British national press.
Director of Development
A former UK Director of a US Liberal Arts college in London, Mark has over twenty-five years’ experience of working in international relations and higher education in both the USA & UK.
As a member of the international team at the British Council, he spent ten years promoting UK education at an international level. He has also spent several years at the University of London, where he managed corporate development activity for the University’s International Academy, building meaningful collaborative partnerships between the University and international institutions. He has a proven record of building strategic partnerships in higher education and brings a unique and extensive UK knowledge to our team.
Originally from Edinburgh, he has an MA in Imperial & Commonwealth History from the University of Aberdeen, and spent time as an undergraduate studying in the USA. He is equally as passionate about US higher education as he is about UK, highly valuing the international benefits both education systems bring to students.
Junior Creative Director
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA) with First Class Honours, the University of Oxford, and the University of Edinburgh (MSc), Daisy has six years’ educational experience in English language, literature, and linguistics, as well as the liberal arts curriculum. At BE Education, Daisy supports students through all aspects of their UK and US university applications, with a special focus on writing. She oversees all of students’ written work for their applications and manages a team of writing specialists providing creative direction through the admissions process.
Daisy has been through the admissions process for both UK and US university, and has valuable experience of applying to, and living in, the US as a British student. Indeed, her own admissions story was featured in an article in the Sunday Times (“US Colleges pluck Britons as fees bite,” 2012). Whilst at Sarah Lawrence, she built a personalised course of study which centred on her creative and academic writing talent. She was also Editor-in-Chief of the student translation magazine Babel, which discussed many of the challenges student writers face.
Hallie Nell Swanson
Admissions Coach / Writing Specialist
Hallie graduated from Columbia University (BA) with Honours, after having studied at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London, giving her first-hand experience of US and UK education at both secondary and higher level. She brings a knowledge of and enthusiasm for helping students navigate the differences between the two educational systems.
While at university, she studied a liberal arts curriculum and majored in Comparative Literature. She contributed to several publications, in addition to being Editor-in-Chief of a campus magazine and a journal of literary criticism. Her senior thesis on eighteenth century Urdu literary culture culminated in her being awarded a year-long fellowship at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. Hallie has successfully supported and mentored several students with their US applications with a particular focus on understanding the potential obstacles faced by international applicants.
Admissions Coach / Oxbridge Specialist
Paul graduated from the University of Cambridge (BA) and University College London (MSc), having attended St Paul’s School as an academic scholar. His first-hand knowledge of the UK university landscape helps him guide our students with their university applications, particularly those to Cambridge and Oxford. Paul has supported students from the UK, China, Russia, Spain and Iran on how to optimise their educational profiles and prepare for interview situations.
Paul also mentors and teaches children with severe dyslexia and other learning difficulties at the Dyslexia Teaching Centre in London. He is specialised in helping students of all abilities navigate the Oxbridge and UCAS admissions process.
UK Higher Education Coordinator
A Canadian graduate of both Carleton University (BHum, highest honours) and Queen’s University (BEd, summa cum laude), Chelsea discovered her passion for education at a young age and has gone on to win two prestigious convocation awards for teacher quality. With over ten years’ experience working with children and young people, most recently as a teacher in London, Chelsea went on to complete a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge (MPhil) in Education, Globalisation, and International Development.
At BE Education, Chelsea assists the Director of UK Higher Education in delivering the UK advisory service. This includes providing mentorship and workshops for students seeking admissions to UK institutions, coordinating application boot camps in China, and providing specialist advice on Oxbridge applications and preparation.
US Admissions Coach
Eugene has worked with students for over 15 years in the social sciences, humanities, and arts across the US and the UK. Beginning with one-to-one violin tuition in Pennsylvania and New York, over the last six years, he has worked with undergraduates throughout their degree and on their final-year dissertation writing at King’s College London and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama. He joins us as the US Admissions Coach, supporting students with all aspects of their US university applications.
Eugene graduated from both US and UK institutions, graduating with high honours from the University of Rochester (BMus/BS), distinction from the University of Cambridge (MPhil), and receiving his doctorate from King’s College London (PhD). As a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship, Eugene’s doctoral work on musical improvisation and creative psychology was recently published by Oxford University Press. In addition to his research and tutoring, Eugene was invited to coach the National Youth Orchestra Outreach program in Liverpool, developing peer learning and creative approaches to orchestral classical music. He has also spent the last year working with 15-18 year-old inmates at the Young Offenders Institute at ISIS Woolwich developing their poetry, writing and creative skills.
Client Liaison Manager
Katya graduated from King’s College London and Mount Holyoke College (BA) with Honours; studying the liberal arts, she concentrated in International Relations, French, and Business in the Art Industry. Katya acts as the liaison for clients, families, and schools, as well as working alongside students to support them through their application processes.
An international student herself, Katya brings valuable perspectives on the U.S. application and visa processes. Her expertise in languages (Russian, English, French) meant she was Mount Holyoke’s language assistant for four years, teaching two levels of a language class and tutoring individual students. Through her studies at Mount Holyoke, Katya was also chosen for the prestigious Fulbright Internship in Brussels, Belgium, where she was responsible for higher education advice and assistance for Belgian, Luxembourgish, and US citizens, as well as for the Fulbright Schuman programme.
Libby graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA Honours in History of Art and Visual Studies. Her passion for art and education has meant she has worked in national and international art institutions, coming back recently to the UK after interning in a renowned art gallery in Cairns, Australia. At BE Education, Libby assists with day-to-day operations and works closely with our CEO, Daniel De Witt.
Whilst at university, she researched politics and anthropomorphism within contemporary and modern minimalist art and worked closely with staff and students as a Peer Support Student Coordinator. Throughout her degree, she became heavily involved with student support and welfare leading to her budding interest in access to higher education, especially within the arts.