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Dr Andrew Beards BA, MA, PhL, PhD (Calgary), PhD (Lateran)
Academic Director

With responsibility for academic governance and special responsibility for Theology and Philosophy.

As Academic Director Andrew has responsibility for the overall direction of the School, its organisation, quality and standards. He also has co-responsibility for the development and enhancement of existing and new programmes and with particular oversight of the theological and philosophical components of the programmes.   

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Dr Timothy Walker MChem (Oxon), BA, PGCE, PhD
Director of Philosophy

As Director of Philosophy, Tim is involved in developing the academic and administrative infrastructure of the School.

He also contributes to course development, lecturing and tutoring, particularly in the area of Philosophy.

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Dr Denise Clare Oliver, STB; MA; STL; STD
Director of Theology

Dr Denise Clare Oliver completed her studies in Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, where she received a Masters of Arts in Theology with a specialisation in Thomistic studies, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a specialisation in Spiritual Theology. She earned her Doctorate in Sacred Theology in 2013 – her dissertation is entitled The Gift of Wisdom According to St Thomas Aquinas Shown in the Life of St Thérèse of Lisieux: God’s Little Martyr of Love.

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Dr Baishakhee Christina Pal, B.S., S.T.B., M.A., S.T.L., S.T.D.
Senior Academic Tutor & Quality Assurance Manager

Dr Baishakhee Christina Pal is a consecrated virgin. She was raised in a non-practising Hindu household. Prior to her conversion, she studied physiology at the University of Southern California, earning a Bachelor of Science degree.

Her conversion to the Catholic Faith happened in the midst of a very Evangelical Protestant environment. Having almost no experience of the Catholic Church prior to her conversion, she had to learn everything as an adult. After her conversion, Dr Pal was a retreat leader and a catechist in a Catholic parish, teaching high school confirmation classes, RCIA, and adult education. She also worked for St. Joseph Communications, a Catholic apostolate dedicated to apologetics and evangelisation.

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Mr Brian Roxburgh, BA, MA
Course Manager

As Course Manager for the One-Year Courses, Brian is responsible for the administration of our short programmes. He also oversees the development of the Latin course. Brian has degrees from Thomas Aquinas College, California (2011), and the University of Dallas (2014), where he is a doctoral candidate in political philosophy.


Mrs Frances Hall   BA. MA.
Course Manager and Tutor - Foundations in the Faith for the New Evangelisation.

As Course Manager, Frances has responsibility for course administration, organisation, course related enquiries, management of student admissions and assessment, oversight of teaching and learning areas of the website for the Foundations in the Faith for the New Evanagelisation.

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Sr Crucis Beards FMDM  R.Nurse, R.Midwife, MTDip, MSc, MA
Office Manager

As Office Manager Sr Crucis has responsibility for enquiries, bookings, reception, general office duties, and all information and arrangements for Guild members supporting the mission of the Church and the School of the Annunciation.  

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Mrs Amette Ley BA, MA, STL.

Amette is part of the team that wrote materials for The Diploma in the New Evangelisation and is one of the tutors for this Course. She is married, with four children and four grandchildren, and lives on the South Coast.

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DSC07883.JPG Carol Ann Harnett  BEd, MA 


Carol's first career was primary school teacher but with the arrival of her children, she turned her attention to parish catechesis. Carol has nearly 30 years experience in all aspects of parish catechesis. Carol has also worked in a number of schools and universities as well as in the voluntary sector, and spent much time teaching and forming catechists.

Carol delivers talks on catechesis as an independent conference speaker and her passion is helping others understand and learn to pass on the Catholic faith. Carol has written articles for the international catechetical journal 'The Sower' as well as faith based reflections for her local secular paper.



Dr Petroc Willey  BD, STL, PhD, PhD
Reader in the New Evangelisation

With overall responsibility for curriculum development and special responsibility for New Evangelisation.

As Reader in the New Evangelisation, Petroc works to develop the research and publications dimensions of the School's work. Petroc also assists in teaching and curriculum development in the area of New Evangelisation.

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Dr Peter Kahn  BSc, DIC, PhD, MA, SFSEDA, FHEA
Higher Education Advisor

With overall responsibility for monitoring academic quality and validation.

As Advisor in Higher Education, Peter chairs the School of the Annunciation's Academic Council which has overall responsibility for monitoring academic quality and for supporting development work for the validation of the School's programmes.

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