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Who We Are

Our Management Team


Emily Shead

Founder and Managing Director

Emily is currently managing Academus after founding the organisation in April 2020. She has been at the head of the organisation since its conception and has overseen all of our activities. She continues to help us develop new programmes, run our existing courses and she oversees the majority of our business operations.


Alongside Academus, Emily is an Account Executive for a Marketing and Communications Agency, Aspectus. She specialises in Technology and she supports clients with their PR, Marketing, Social Media and Branding. She has also worked for another PR agency and was previously the Editor in Chief of the Tab London giving her a great deal of media exposure.


She obtained a degree in Ancient World at University College London, hence her strong relationship to Academus and its origins. During her degree, she specialised in Greek Language and Culture, particularly Homer. 

Emily also has a background in education, she was a Classics tutor for 4 years, beginning teaching Minimus in primary school and carrying through to private tuition of Classics A-Level. Emily also worked as Campus Manager for Lite Regal an international summer school based out of the University of London campus. 

Emily has undertaken other major charity roles becoming an Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust and from 2016-2018 Emily also volunteered for CAFOD in their Youth Leadership programme where she coordinated charity events, ran their social media and hosted workshops for up to 100 people.

Beyond Classics, Emily is an Advanced Open Water Diver who has used her skills to support the Manta Trust in Research Projects identifying Manta Rays. In her free time, she is a budding chef and makes a mean lasagne.

Our Academic Team


Harry Derbyshire

1-1 Coach

Harry is currently reading Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge.   She has chosen to focus on Art and Archaeology, Ancient History and Literature, and especially enjoys Ancient Economics, the Pastoral, and textual criticism.   She’s also interested in Late Antiquity, Dress History and Welsh History.   She will also argue about the merits of Nestor to anyone who will listen.  


She’s been passionate about the Ancient World for as long as she can remember (shoutout to Verulamium Roman Museum and Caroline Lawrence’s ‘Roman Mysteries’ series) and hopes to stay studying Classics for as long as it'll have her.  She’s been very fortunate to be able to study Classics for a long time, and to be able to study Classics at Cambridge, but wants to make Classics a more accessible and diverse field (that’s where Academus comes in!).   


Harry has experience tutoring in English and Classics (Greek, Class Civ and Latin), and at school helped to run a Latin Drama Club for Year 7&8s.  She also mentors prospective applicants and new undergraduates via her Instagram microblog.    


Outside of studying, Harry is the Vice-President of Cambridge University Classics Society, Publicity officer for Cambridge University Real Ale Society, and a keen walker.  She also enjoys drama, (badly) playing the piano, and working her way through Terry Pratchett's corpus.

Our Content Team


Anna Henderson

Content Editor

Anna is a finalist studying Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at the University of Warwick. She has a special interest in the Roman and Etruscan periods and the interactions between the two cultures. She also enjoys funerary archaeology!

Anna has attended the undergraduate summer school at the British School at Rome and has created a Latin podcast designed for university students studying Latin for the first time at Warwick. As part of the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme, she travelled to Tarquinia in Italy to study the Greek influences in Etruscan tomb paintings. She has also been on archaeological digs in York and at Hadrian's Wall and hopes to dig in Turkey.

Outside of her classical studies, Anna plays the flute in an orchestra and enjoys reading and cooking. 

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