UK2Learn was established in 2006 by Alex Mackie and his late mother Suzie Mackie. Together they created a family company and the main focus was to provide high-quality educational programmes and guardianship services for international students studying in the UK.
Alex Mackie – Director
Alex is the Director of UK2Learn and manages the daily running of the company. Alex has extensive knowledge of the education industry, was educated at a private boarding school for 7 years and then worked in a top private school in South Africa. For over 15 years, Alex has worked alongside many state and boarding schools across the UK to help young people from all around the world achieve their goals.
Alex is married to Harriet, has a baby son called Milo and a black Vizslador dog called Bernard. In his spare time, Alex enjoys reading about design, art and architecture, he loves to go cycling with Bernard, pottering about in his garden and watching football at the weekend.
Lauren Hevey – Student Care Coordinator
Lauren provides full-time help to UK2Learn students, assisting with day to day matters meanwhile, giving administrative support to the UK2learn team. Lauren liases with parents, students, hosts and schools to make sure our students are cared for. Lauren also manages our social media platforms ensuring our families and hosts are kept up to date! As a qualified art and design teacher, Lauren has lots of experience working with young people and enjoys offering a listening ear to comfort and support students during their studies.
Lauren loves being creative, live music and spending weekends along the West Sussex coast.
Joo Choi – Student Care Coordinator
Joo provides full-time support to UK2Learn students, liaising with parents, students and schools, travel arrangements, booking host families and other administrative duties.
As a Mathematics and Statistics graduate, Joo loves numbers and is also fluent in Korean. He has experience working with international students from his previous job.
Joo enjoys playing sports, travelling and has recently gained interest in Geopolitics. Overall, his skills and interest makes him a well-rounded and capable support person for UK2Learn students.
Emma Rowe – Accounts Manager
Emma is the UK2Learn accounts manager and deals with invoicing, keeping track of students pocket money and all other financial matters. Emma is married and has two children, a daughter currently studying music at Oxford University and a son studying at a local private school. Emma was also a boarding school student herself, so knows all there is to know about boarding in the UK.
Philip Canton – Travel Manager
Philip is the UK2Learn transport manager and will be a very familiar face to lots of our students as he will likely have driven them to or from school at some point. Philip is actually a distant relative of Alex’s, being a third cousin. When Philip is not driving, he enjoys Surfing, Kite Surfing, Diving and just generally being near the Ocean. Philip is married with 3 children and has 2 small Pug dogs.