Richard Hurrell, Director of Engineering

Richard Hurrell

Richard began his career as an apprentice electrical engineer for British Steel. After achieving an HNC in Electrical Engineering and an Honors Degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering, he was offered a full time position working in the steel industry.

15 years later, Richard decided to train as a teacher through the Open University. Richard joined the UTC in it’s opening year.

Sim Richards, Teacher of Engineering and Design


Sim holds a life-long passion for designing, making, breaking, remaking and improving products in an effort to understand how things work and how they could work better.

He graduated from Swansea University with a BSc in Product Design. He spent two years working in Africa and Spain in the fields of solar power, ecological design and sustainable transportation and 10 years in the bicycle trade, latterly with his own business teaching bicycle maintenance and riding skills to thousands of young people across the south.

Sim qualified as a teacher in 2011 through the Oxon Bucks GTP program and since then has taught Engineering and Design and Technology at Cherwell School Oxford, before starting work at UTC Oxfordshire in September 2015.

Will Ratty, Teacher of Engineering and Design

Will graduated from Bradford University with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He spent 30 years in industry, paper mills, steel mills, as a self-employed design engineer, and ended up at Siemens, Eynsham, making MRI magnets.

After qualifying as a teacher, Will worked in Cherwell School and further education, including teaching Design Technology, BTEC, and HNCs to BMW Project leader staff.

Georgina Phillips, Teacher of Engineering and Design


Georgina studied Industrial Design and Technology with Education and completed her PGCE at Loughborough University. She taught in a secondary school in Northamptonshire covering Resistant Materials, Product Design, Food Technology and Graphic Design for 11 years.

In 2016 Georgina joined UTC Oxfordshire as she was excited by the new type of education it promised to provide.


Kate Tyler, Teacher of Engineering Mathematics

After working as a Registered General Nurse for 10 years Kate completed a degree in maths with the Open University and her PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. Kate spent 11 years teaching maths at Matthew Arnold School.

Kate joined the UTC in 2015 and teaches all year groups including GCSE, A levels and maths for engineering.