Teachers 2019-09-10T08:41:55+00:00

Chief Executive

Rose Aidin

Rose founded Art History Link-Up in 2017. Rose has worked for commercial and non-profit arts organisations, including Sotheby’s, Arts Council England and the Association for Art History and as a freelance arts journalist for a wide range of national and international publications. She has taught Art History A level in state supported and independent schools since 2008, including at The Camden School for Girls and James Allen’s Girls’ School, where she currently teaches Art History A level part-time. Since 2016, Rose has managed and taught free fast-track Art History A level courses for state supported students in museums and galleries as part of the Art History for Everyone scheme, currently based at the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery on term-time Saturdays. Rose studied Art History at school in London, visiting museums and galleries as part of her studies, and likewise at university: she has continued studying Art History in museums and galleries, and making it an integral part of her work, ever since.

Executive Assistant / Fundraiser

Kate Macdonald

Kate is a founder of Boisdale Restaurants and Bars which she set up with her husband in 1988.  For the past 15 years she has worked in Oxford as a teacher of children and young adults with Specific Learning Difficulties.  She has a keen interest in History of Art having studied it with Italian at Bristol University and is thrilled to be returning to the art world through working for Art History Link-Up.


Sally Bissoondialsingh

Sally is a retired actuary, who worked with Swiss Re in North America until 1998, and has more recently been supporting organisations, including the English National Ballet and Emery Walker House, in their finance departments. Sally is passionate about access to the arts and is excited about supporting Art History Link-Up’s expansion and development.


Rose Aidin

Rose Aidin has an undergraduate degree in Western Art History, a post-graduate degree in Asian Art History, and a PGCE with QTS teaching qualification in Art History and Art. Rose has taught Art History and Art in a range of state maintained and independent sector schools. She relishes the amazing opportunities and connections that teaching Art History at first hand, in our great museum and gallery collections, offers both student and teacher.

Vanessa Ansa

Vanessa Ansa found out about Art History Link Up through her university, where she is doing an MA History of Art. Having previously worked as an English teacher, she was excited about getting involved: it is an incredible opportunity for these young, searching minds – who wouldn’t necessarily otherwise have the chance to take Art History at A level – to study the subject.

George Bartlett

George Bartlett’s Art History story began when he took the A level offered by his state sixth form college in 2008-10 and he hasn’t stopped studying (and enjoying) the subject since.  George is currently doing an AHRC CHASE-funded PhD on Byzantine art and inscriptions at University of Sussex, where he also teaches BA Art History modules.

Emma Bowen

Emma Bowen is Head of History of Art at Wycombe Abbey School where she loves introducing young minds to such a fascinating subject. Having completed her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Oxford she quickly realised her real passion was for Art History and so after a few years of teaching she studied for her MA, specialising in Mannerism. Her favourite artist is El Greco, her favourite gallery is Villa Borghese in Rome and her favourite saying is ‘the earth without art is just eh’.

Jack Dunleavey

Jack Dunleavey went to a comprehensive school in London, where took History of Art A level, before studying English and History of Art at the University of York. In his spare time, he likes reading books, watching films and thinking about oil paintings. His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso, and his favourite museum is Tate Britain.

Laura House

Laura House recently completed an MA in Curating from The Courtauld Institute of Art. She also holds an undergraduate degree in History of Art and English from the University of St Andrews. Before pursuing a postgraduate degree, Laura taught Art History and English in an international school for several years. She loves learning about all aspects of art history, but special research interests include Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Land Art. She is excited about joining the AHLU team and the opportunity to work with inquisitive minds while exploring London’s incredible museums and galleries.

Susannah Kingwill

Susannah Kingwill first began studying Art History at Prendergast School in Lewisham where she was given the opportunity to take It as one of her A Levels. She is currently embarking on her AHRC CHASE funded PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art looking at the art of French courts in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Tilly Scantlebury

Tilly Scantlebury has been hooked on Art History since her A level at Camden School for Girls. She studied Art History at UCL, followed by an MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She is now a fully funded PhD candidate at The Courtauld, researching motherhood in modern and contemporary art. Tilly also writes, records and performs music with her band Lazy Day.


Chantal Gilou

Chantal Gilou is Head of Extended Project Qualification at James Allen’s Girls’ School where she also teaches Fine Art. She is a practising artist who is passionate about research and visual arts. Chantal is supporting and devising the development of the taught Art History EPQ as a course of study for Art History Link-Up.

Dr Judith Jammers

Judith Jammers is Head of Art History at Highgate School. She believes Art History should be for everyone and has supported Art History Link-Up since its inception, with a wide range of teaching and practical resources, and in development of the taught Extended Project Qualification A level Art History courses.

Jane Simpkiss

Jane Simpkiss studied History at Durham University and recently completed an MA in Curating at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her interest in visual culture is varied and wide-ranging, she is fascinated by both Old Master painting and contemporary British studio pottery. Jane is currently researching and coordinating resources for Art History Link-Up’s Diploma in Art and Visual Culture.

Volunteer Extended Project Qualification Supervisors:

Vanessa Ansa, Post-Graduate Student, Birkbeck, University of London
George Bartlett, PhD Candidate, University of Sussex
Kate Butler, Head of History of Art, Glenalmond College
Jonathan Casely, Head of History of Art, Sherborne Girls
Ella Davison, Head of Art History, Dulwich College
Olivia Dobell, History of Art Teacher, Putney High School
Chantal Gilou, Head of EPQ and Art Teacher, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Sally-Anne Huang, Headmistress and English Teacher, James Allen’s Girls’ School
Dr Judith Jammers, Head of Art History, Highgate School
James Jones, Deputy Head and History Teacher, Wycombe Abbey School
Angela Inglese, Assistant Principal, Art History and Art Teacher, St Dominic’s Catholic College
Rebecca Knott, Assistant Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
Laura Knowles, History, Government and Politics Teacher, South Hampstead High School
Clare MacDonnell, Director of Extra Curricular Activities, History of Art and Art Teacher, Francis Holland School, Clarence Gate
Dr Nadia Marx, History of Art Teacher, St Helen’s School
Andrew Mee, Head of Art History and English Teacher, University College School
Joanna Meeson, Teacher in Charge: History of Art and EPQ Coordinator, Heathfield School
Isobel Muir, Assistant to the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, The Royal Collection
Niko Munz, PhD Candidate, University of York
Oliver Murphy, Classics Teacher, Wycombe Abbey School
Helen Oakden, Head of History of Art, St Mary’s School Ascot
Dr An Pancaldi, History Teacher, London Academy of Excellence
Tom Parsons, History of Art and English Teacher, St Mary’s School Ascot
Dr Harriette Peel
Carolyn Saunders, Classics Teacher, Sydenham High School
Dr Joe Spence, Master, Dulwich College
Livia Turnbull, Assistant Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum
Dr Penny Wickson, Head of History of Art, St Mary’s Calne

Teacher Story

“These fast-track AS level Art History courses offer students something really unique. It gives them the chance to choose a subject that they’ve never done before, and to take pride in that choice. The students relish the opportunity to learn about ‘specialist’ vocabulary, about other cultures and time periods, about what it means to be creative and to express yourself.”

Tilly Scantlebury, Art History Link-Up Teaching Assistant and PhD candidate at the Courtauld Institute of Art