Teachers and Members of Staff

Principal & Head of Mathematics and Physics


Kandiah Kandeepan

MSc Imperial College London, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

Mr Kandeepan started his teaching career in the early 1990s with his top Advanced level results. His natural teaching abilities and systematic and structured approach has been praised by many students and parents.

After finishing his degree he started teaching at colleges in London and his passion for teaching motivated him to complete a PGCE. Furthermore, due to his career ambition and urge to become a top level teacher, he went on to study an MSc at Imperial College London.

He now has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Countless students have passed with top grades under his excellent and dedicated teaching. He is fully committed to enhancing the skills and knowledge of young students. Over the past 10 years many students have had to book in advance and wait for 2-3 months in order to get a place in his elite teaching group. Kandiah is a thinker with great vision and also a person who can add value to the child’s academic life. His teaching has elevated many students’ mathematical and analytical skills and these students have moved on to top universities to read econometrics, engineering, computer science and mathematics. Many of his students have then gone on to work in an array of elite environments such as: Rolls-Royce, UBS Bank, City Bank, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), in the NHS, for the Bar Council and many other leading public and private sectors.

Management Consultant and Head of Examinations

Ms Ritu Tripathy

MBA from Symbiosis, Pune(India)

PG in Advertising and Public Relations,  Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi(India)

I am a Masters in Business Administration and Post Graduate in Advertising and Public Relations from India. After working for more than a decade in multi-nationals in India, I follow a very steady approach towards growth in life and career. I would like to enjoy each bit of my work by giving it a personal touch and learning through my past experience. I am confident in every aspect and ready to take new challenges. I am a hardworking and sensible person with good leadership qualities and can easily pick any tasks related to  Administration, Public Relations and Business management. I joined HIC in 2016 and since then the college has become an integral part of my life. HIC has gone through major developments and one big stepping stone was to get a recognition of a GOOD school in 2018 by Ofsted. I am a proud member of HIC and I believe we are doing our best in helping our students succeed in their goals.

Teacher of English

Ms Maneesha Sharma


Maneesha gained her BA (Hons) in English from the University of Calcutta (Kolkata, India) and studied French to Diploma level. She started her career as an administrator, but quickly became a French-English translator and interpreter in India and overseas. After an extended stay in South America and Africa, where, alongside her translation work, she also started to teach, Maneesha came to live in the UK. She completed her TEFL qualification, then a Master’s degree in Education (Management) from The Open University in 1996, after which she worked several years as college administrator and radio broadcaster, before focusing mainly on English teaching. She became the GCSE English teacher of a private college, where every year her students achieved top grades in English Language and Literature. Maneesha has also taught KS2 and KS3 English, along with 11+ entrance exams, verbal reasoning and more recently, A-Level English.

Teacher of Biology and Chemistry

Dr. Moumita Ganguly

Teacher of Biology and Chemistry

Moumita has completed her PhD and Post-Doctoral Research work in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from University of Calcutta, India. She has done important publications in peer-reviewed journals. A dedicated professional with a proven ability to teach, undertake research projects and motivate students by encouraging a positive and energetic environment. Having spent more than ten years in research and teaching work, she has contributed to the progress of students in various aspects of life.

College Administrator & Exams Officer

Ms Anishga Selvaranjan

MSc Business Analytics, The Manchester Metropolitan University

I am a MSc Business Analytics graduate from The Manchester Metropolitan University. I have gained significant experience in risk analysis and auditing across different clients while working as a Business Risk Associate at Ernst & Young. I have delivered and led multiple projects across different industries where I have conducted internal audits covering process design weaknesses and potential risks.

As the newly appointed College Administrator and Examinations Officer of HIC, I am looking forward to be a part of HIC’s success by adding more value to the college using my unique skills and experience in analytics.

We as a team at HIC strongly believe that we strive each day to give the best possible experience to our students whether it be their core education or personal development. This is evident from our college’s rating as ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted. I am very thrilled to be a part of HIC Family and excited to work on our goals for the coming years.

Teacher of Mathematics

Sivarupan Sivapatham

PGCE, University of Greenwich

Sivarupan holds a PGCE from University of Greenwich and a fully qualified Math teacher with 10 years of experience in secondary school education. He is a graduate in Computer Systems Engineering (B.Eng.) from City University, London. Sivarupan is an enthusiastic professional in his role as a mathematics teacher at HIC for last 6 years. My dedication is to provide students with knowledge and appropriate activities designed to fulfill their potential for their intellectual growth. Since he chooses to be a professional in education sector, he finds great satisfaction in being able to create learning centered classroom by applying differentiated and pedagogic teaching as his key scaffolding strategies. He is keen to work at HIC and successfully taught many students at key stages 4 & 5 at our college. We believe that he can contributed greatly to our academic team who share the values, work together for the benefits of the students.

Teacher of Business Studies and Economics

Dr. Jiazhe (Cathy) Zhu

Economics and Business Studies Teacher

Originally from China, Cathy has come and lived in the UK since 2004. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from London School of Economics (LSE) and a doctoral degree in Urban Economics from University of Sheffield in 2018. From her Ph.D. she studied closely economics issues in UK immigration and housing and developed strong capabilities in research and teaching. Cathy has a brief postdoctoral research work experience at Tsinghua University after graduating her PhD. Having left Tsinghua University, she came back to the UK and joined Harrow Independent College as an Economics and Business studies teacher. Cathy is also capable of delivering distance learning for students at the college.

Teacher of Economics

Mr Valavan Ananthakumaraswamy


Valavan gained his BS Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in California, United States, in an interdisciplinary course that focuses on the subjects of Computer Science, Pscyhology, Philosophy and Economics. Valavan has been heavily involved in tutoring with a particular focus on UCAS and US Common App assistance in addition to working for the Fulbright Commission’s Sutton Trust programme as an academic mentor. Valavan has excelled working and motivating young people, co-founding a global youth charity in 2014, working with numerous youth start-ups since across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2021, Valavan completed a TEFL Expert Course with distinction and has shifted his focus to becoming a teacher and tutor to evoke the passion for learning in young people that he felt he lacked in his high school.

Teacher of Politics

Fernanda Miucci

MA BA in Political Philosophy, University of Florence (Italy)

Fernanda started teaching Politics at Harrow Independent College in 2016 after working for many years as Political Adviser and Programme Director for the UK Parliament. She hold a Summa cum Laude MA BA in Political Philosophy from the University of Florence (Italy). She specialised in Political Theory at the University of Naples (Italy) and in Human Rights Theory and Practice at the LSE (London). Her expertise cover UK, European and USA Politics and Government, Global Politics, Political Ideologies, and International Relations. Fernanda is also trained in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.