Science

Jon Burland- Head of Science Faculty

Jon Burland is Head of the Science Faculty at Harris Westminster and also teachers Physics. Mr Burland was born and educated in London and has taught at schools and 6th Forms in the capital for several years. He studied History, Physics, Maths and Chemistry at school before indulging his interest in space by reading Physics at Bristol University. After several years teaching he has decided to study part time for a Master’s degree in Education at Oxford which keeps him busy during the holidays. He believes strongly in the value of scientific literacy and wishes it received a greater emphasis in primary and secondary education.

Samantha Strickland - Teacher of Biology
Head of Wilberforce House

Samantha Strickland is a teacher of Biology at Harris Westminster Sixth Form. Miss Strickland completed her Biology BSc at the University of Bristol, with a focus on evolutionary biology and behavioural ecology. She particularly loved the diversity of her undergraduate degree, studying everything from the detection of background matching colouration in moths to reviewing the arguments surrounding the relationship between science and religion regarding human morality. As well as being a keen biologist at university, Samantha was also the Senior Midshipman of Bristol University Royal Naval Unit; a position which saw her enjoying several deployments around Europe on-board the unit’s P2000, HMS Dasher. Having embarked on a teaching career through Teach First, Samantha has much less time to exercise her sea-legs but still enjoys playing the clarinet, dress-making, and enjoying the great outdoors in her spare time.

Rob Dyer - Teacher of Biology

Rob grew up in a beautiful part of West Wales, where the air is clean and the sheep are free to roam. His surroundings there gave him a deep fascination for the natural world and led to me studying Biology at the University of Bath. He continued on to postgraduate study and was drawn to the big smoke to undertake a PhD at Imperial College London. Based at the Natural History Museum this included research into the evolution of plants (ferns in particular) and later, his main passion, the conservation of biodiversity. When he is not thinking about ferns or watching iguanas being chased by snakes in the Galapagos, he very much enjoys an evening dip in the sea/lido or going for a nice ride on his bike.

Roslyn McKendry - Teacher of Biology

Roslyn McKendry is a biology teacher at Harris Westminster Sixth Form. Dr. McKendry completed a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of St. Andrews, and a PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. During post-doctoral research at the University of California she studied the patterning events during early vertebrate development. During her years conducting lab research, she sought out opportunities to teach eventually realising that she found teaching more rewarding. She now focuses solely on teaching, combining a part-time teaching role at Birkbeck College, with a part-time teaching role at Harris Westminster. In her spare time she pursues her long-standing passion for rock-climbing and mountaineering, activities that have taken her around the world. She recently took a personal interest in sport performance to a new level by completing an MSc in Sport Science.

Rob Morgan - Teacher of Biology
Head of Garrett House

Rob Morgan is a teacher of Biology at Harris Westminster Sixth Form. A biochemist at heart, Rob studied Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics at A-level before pursuing his love at the University of Bristol. An interest in the pharmaceutical industry took Rob in to consulting before he decided to embark on a teaching career. Rob chose the Teach First pathway, which resulted in him being a part of the second cohort in to Wales. Other than Biochemistry, Rob particularly enjoys sport, travelling and brushing up on his Cymraeg. A keen Reading FC since the age of 5, Rob classes himself as a true football fan although his ‘sporting’ talents lie elsewhere in cricket and running. 

Majid Shayeghi - Teacher of Biology

Majid Shayeghi is a teacher of Biology at Harris Westminster. Dr Shayeghi began his academic career by completing an Honours degree at Queen Mary and Westfield College, followed by an Masters’ in Medical Parasitology and a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Kent. He continued onto a successful research career for ten years before embarking on a teaching career in secondary Science. Dr Shayeghi’s interest lie in travel and sport. As well as being a devoted family man, he has embarked on several adventurous holidays including trips to North America, Mauritius, China and the Far East. Next on his list are the Caribbean and Australia where he hopes to live one day in the future. Although he is mostly an armchair football fan these days, Dr Shayeghi enjoys all sports and still plays six a side in a dad’s team to express his highly competitive nature.

Christine Bladon - Teacher of Chemistry

Christine Bladon is a teacher of chemistry at Harris Westminster Sixth Form.  Dr Bladon completed a BSc degree and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow and undertook post-doctoral research at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh and the Medical Research Council before embarking on a career in teaching.  She has lectured on degree courses at the Universities of Kent at Canterbury, University College London and Queen Mary University of London, has written an undergraduate textbook on Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and, having gained a PGCE, has taught A-level chemistry to secondary school students.  In her spare time Dr Bladon continues with some long term projects including bagging ‘easy’ Munros with her husband on visits to her native Scotland,  photographing aspects of the life cycle of dragonflies and being a mother to a teenage daughter.

Gabriela Espinoza Quintero - Teacher of Chemistry

Gabriela Espinoza Quintero is a Teacher of Chemistry at Harris Westminster Sixth Form. Dr. Quintero got started in the world of Chemistry by completing a BSc. in Chemistry at Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, in Mexico, followed by a PhD at the University of Oxford. During her PhD, she studied the fascinating field of the Chemical reactivity of group 14 and 15 Zintl Ions towards Organometallic Species. She loves playing music and training capoeira in her free time.

Sky Kang - Teacher of Chemistry

Sky Kang is a teacher Chemistry at Harris Westminster. He recently completed Batchelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. His Masters’ research project was undertaken with the Wright Group, and focused on the catalytic hydroboration of pyridines. Outside of science, he enjoys listening to hip hop and grime.

Mavji Patel - Teacher of Chemistry

Mavji Patel teaches Chemistry (and occasionally, Biology) here at Harris Westminster. He completed his first degree, PhD and postdoctoral research at Imperial College, London. His research career centred on studying the biochemistry and physiology of insect-parasitic nematodes and understanding the evolution of body-size and longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans. Dr Patel’s teaching experience spans 16 years and he has previously taught general science and KS5 Chemistry and Biology in two North London schools. He keenly promotes the value and relevance of science and motivates students to study science at university.

Minas Bacharis - Teacher of Physics

Minas Bacharis is a teacher of Physics at Harris Westminster. Dr Bacharis completed a BSc degree in Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, an MSc in Process Systems Engineering at Cranfield University, followed by a PhD and postdoctoral research in Plasma Physics at Imperial College. His research focused on the study of complex plasmas and their impact in magnetic confinement fusion. In his spare time, he enjoys books, movies, table tennis and chess.

Nathaniel Bellot - Teacher of Physics

Nathaniel Bellot joins the Physics department at Harris Westminster after completing his PGCE at the University of Exeter in June 2017. Having originally studied for a BSc in Physics at King's College London, Nathaniel is pleased to be back in his favourite city after 4 years living abroad in Germany and Austria. Outside of the classroom Nathaniel is a keen traveller, having visited over 40 countries. When his fitness level permits he is also known to partake in a spot of long distance running, having completed marathons in Berlin, Dubai and Helsinki.

Nora Kettleborough – Teacher of Physics

Nora Kettleborough joins our Physics department at Harris Westminster having spent a year teaching at Westminster School following the completion of her Masters in Physics at Imperial College London in 2014. She spent her third year studying abroad in Grenoble, France, where she carried out her Masters’ research project in quantum plasmonics at the Institut Néel, CNRS. While there she gained a love of the French language and way of life. Originally from Manchester, Nora likes the hustle and bustle of life in the capital but admits that she misses the rain (from time to time). While living in the city she maintains her keen interest in the outdoors, enjoying running, swimming and life by bike.