Janie Richardson, Consultant & C0-Founder

Janie is the founder of Yellowbird Education. Dealing with relocation on a weekly basis in her role as Head teacher in central London prep schools, she saw the need for experienced school search consultants who truly care about the families needs and interests. 

Janie’s career spans from teaching experience across the world, working in some highly sought after London schools, a former Head teacher, and mother enables her to support families from different backgrounds and cultures. With first hand experience of relocation, school entry, admissions procedures, interview practice and exam taking, she can support families throughout their individual needs.

"My role as a Head Teacher in Central London has provided me with invaluable knowledge and experience about schools. This insight – combined with being a parent myself – has enabled me to place children in a wide range of schools." 


VA Richardson, Co-Founder & Author, Workshop Teacher 

Viv is an experienced writer, illustrator and teacher. He is the writer of the successful Windjammer Series of books (Bloomsbury Publishing). As well as writing and illustrating for Bloomsbury he has had stories published by Cambridge University Press, Doubleday, Heinemann (now part of the Pearson Group), Lerner USA, Fabbri Editori, Life Holland and Pocket Jeunesse. Viv is currently working on a new series of stories for children aged 11 plus.

"I believe good writing should be structured and to the point, but around that it should be lively, imaginative and, most of all, entertaining. I was fortunate to be given a very good grounding in grammar and this has helped enormously in my career as a writer. I now feel very fortunate to be able to pass on what I have learned over the years through Yellowbird."



Leslie Palazzuoli, Head of Operations

Leslie is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in accounting. She worked in both the accounting industry and pharmaceutical sales in Houston, Texas for 10 years. In 2006 Leslie and her husband moved with their two young children to London for an expat assignment with her husband’s employer. Settling in Fulham and loving life in London, they decided to make the move a permanent one. In London, she took on a large volunteer role as the chairperson of the parent association in her children’s primary school. She held this role for 4 years. Leslie began working with Yellowbird in 2015.

"When moving to a new country, finding the right school is critical for the entire family's happiness. The school becomes both the children and the parents' community. It is your home away from home. I love working with Yellowbird Education, helping families find the right school for them."



Susie West, Consultant

Susie went to boarding school in Wales, attended Newcastle and Oxford universities, and has a masters from the OU in Educational management. She is an IAPS appraiser and mentor, as well as an ISI inspector.

Susie has a wealth of knowledge in Education in the UK. She has worked in both independent and maintained sector schools, from Reception to Oxbridge, both in the UK and Malaysia. Whilst in London she taught at Sussex House was Deputy Head at Kensington Prep, and was Head Teacher of St Christopher's Girls School for the last 14 years. She recently retired from her Headship and has joined Yellowbird Education as a consultant and helping with assessments, interview practice and mock exams.


Helen Stavert, Consultant

Helen gained a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Gloucestershire. She has taught in private, state and international schools, which has given her a wealth of knowledge of the different education systems. With her passion in the independent sector, Helen was the Headteacher of Parsons Green Prep School since 2014, where she worked as Deputy Head from 2011. During her time as Head, Helen was also responsible for teaching Year 6 and successfully prepared pupils for the 11 plus where they gained entry into some of the leading schools in London. As a new mother, Helen is now working part time as an educational consultant.


Charlotte Faber, School Search Consultant

Charlotte was educated at Heathfield School, Ascot, and then gained a BA in Modern History from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She then achieved her PGCE from London South Bank University in 2008. Charlotte was Headmistress of the prestigious Garden House Girls’ School in London since 2013, where she worked since 2006.  During her time as Head, her priority was helping each and every girl on their journey towards reaching her potential, achieving excellent academic results to both London Day and boarding schools, with a focus along the way on happiness and kindness.  Charlotte is familiar with the early stages of education, and with the prep school world, especially the important transfer to secondary education at 11/13+ or, for some children, to a preparatory school at 7 or 8+.  

Charlotte is a Governor at Heathfield School, Ascot, a girls’ 11-18 boarding and day school and at Conifers, Midhurst, a co-ed 3-13 prep school. She remains closely affiliated with IAPS through their mentoring for new heads scheme. She is an education and regulatory advisor for other educational agencies.


Anna Hughes, Marketing & Communication

Anna graduated from Exeter University with a BA Hons degree and subsequently spent many years working with a number of London’s leading marketing agencies. Having lived in South West London for over 20 years and experienced first hand with her family the pressure associated with schooling in London, she was thrilled to join Janie Richardson and her team.

“As a parent, I know how important it is to have access to the best possible advice at the right time when making key decisions about your children’s education. It’s fantastic to be part of a team of people dedicated to delivering this valuable support to families in an ever changing schooling system.”