About us

The Thomas More Institute is an initiative of Netherhall Educational Association (NEA), a registered charity.

NEA has made available to the Institute premises in London with seminar rooms and offices, as well as access to a lecture theatre and auditorium. Following restoration and building work at Grandpont House, Oxford – also owned by NEA – the Institute's main establishment will be located there.

Religious activities in Netherhall House and Grandpont House are entrusted to the Roman Catholic prelature of Opus Dei.

 

Andrew Hegarty

Andrew Hegarty
Director

Having read Modern History at Merton College, Oxford, and taken a postgraduate diploma there, Andrew Hegarty taught for a number of years at secondary level, latterly as head of department. Later he served as warden of a hall of residence for students in London and Director of Grandpont House, Oxford, and undertook other work for the Netherhall Educational Association. Returning eventually to academic work he completed a D.Phil. at Oxford and has since been engaged in several projects researching the history of European universities.

andrew.hegarty@ThomasMoreInstitute.org.uk

Jack Valero

Jack Valero
Finance Director

After an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Transportation Planning, Jack Valero worked in the software industry managing a company for several years before moving on to work for the Netherhall Educational Association and other non-profit organisations. His expertise is in business development, finance and corporate communication.

jack.valero@ThomasMoreInstitute.org.uk

Russell Wilcox

Russell Wilcox
Senior Research Fellow

Russell Wilcox is a qualified Barrister and has taught Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is currently an ordinary member of the CRYF research group at the University of Navarre, Spain, where he also serves as an Assistant Professor. He read Modern History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and afterwards took a master’s degree and a doctorate in Law at SOAS.

Robert Mazelanik
Senior Research Associate

Robert Mazelanik is an educator who is spending the academic year 2011–12 at the Oxford University Department of Educational Studies investigating research methodologies. He was co-founder and Headteacher 2004–11 of the first boys’ primary school in Poland. He is a Lecturer at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, and has co-authored a Report on the Intellectual Capital of Poland for the Board of Strategic Advisors to the Polish Prime Minister.

Robert Teague

Robert Teague
Senior Research Associate

Robert Teague is an educator with over 10 years’ experience of middle and senior leadership in both the independent and maintained sectors of the UK education system, mainly in boys’ schools.  He has a particular interest in curriculum innovation, having co-written the Cambridge Pre-U specifications in Mathematics and Further Mathematics and helped to develop the Diploma in Engineering on behalf of the Sutton Consortium.

Piers Tattersall    
European Projects Associate

Piers Tattersall studied composition first at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and then at the Royal College of Music in London under Joseph Horovitz. Upon graduating he worked as an intern for the Thomas More Institute and conducted research in the field of ethics and aesthetics. He is currently working for the Netherhall Educational Association while pursuing other composition and teaching interests in and around London.

David Wyatt
Intern 2011/12

David Wyatt gained a Bachelor's degree in Theology from Heythrop College, University of London, in 2011. He has experience also in voluntary youth work as well as in EFL teaching. Reflecting his strong interest in current and social affairs, he is undertaking research into the ‘Big Society’ while with the Institute.

david.wyatt@ThomasMoreInstitute.org.uk