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.
Sheila Hastings-Rose – Student Care Coordinator
Sheila provides full-time support for UK2Learn students, liaising with parents, students and schools, travel arrangements, the booking of host families and other administrative duties. As a qualified EFL teacher, Sheila has worked in schools both in the UK and abroad and enjoys getting to know the young people in her care to make sure they are happy and well cared for.
Sheila loves music festivals and has two grown-up children; a son and also a daughter who has recently married.
Lucy Barton – Student Care Coordinator
Lucy provides full-time support for UK2Learn students, assisting with all day-to-day matters whilst also updating UK2Learn’s social media channels. Lucy also ensures that the UK2Learn office runs smoothly and all students have a range of exciting activities to get involved with at the weekends. Lucy loves baking, yoga, theatre, travelling and all animals.
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.