Meet the Team

Our Educators

At the heart of Boutique Education is a team of dedicated and passionate educators, committed to instilling a love of learning and providing the best possible learning experience for you and your children. Our educators have a broad range of qualifications and experience, from diplomas in education to post graduate degrees in specific fields. They are carefully matched to students based on their needs, the qualifications and experience of the educator and availability. You can rest assured that the educator that you receive is well experienced, trained, and committed to ensuring that you or your child attain your learning goals.

Shahrul Amri
General Manager

Shahrul looks after our teachers and our families, ensuring that classes are scheduled well and that everyone is happy. He has a background in business and accountancy, as well as customer service management. What he loves most about working at Boutique Education is making a difference to the lives of students, be it children or adults. He loves to see students progressing and achieving the results that they have always dreamed of.

Regan Britstra
Head Educator

Regan is our Head Educator, the 'teacher of teachers' who oversees the work of our educators and provides mentoring and assistance when required. Qualified with a degree in primary education, Regan is experienced in teaching many levels at primary school, as well as students with special needs. He also ran a tuition company in Australia and understands the needs of families seeking educational support. Having previously worked in schools, he witnessed how time was often lacking to attend to the learning needs of each child and how standardised testing was not a fair indicator of a child's ability. He loves this role for being able to dedicate his full attention to a child, tailor learning to their needs and see them gain confidence and mastery of concepts.

alyce codrington
academic consultant

Alyce Codrington is an academic consultant and trainer for schools and families. She is an Australian Speech Pathologist with over 9 years of industry experience in schools and private clinics in Australia and Singapore. Some of her areas of expertise with students include: oral language, speech sound production, stuttering, voice and phonological awareness, social skills, as well as helping children with special needs to excel in a school environment. Alyce also has extensive experience training teachers of EAL students and developing tailor-made systems and programs that equip teachers with knowledge and strategies to bring out the best in their students. Her greatest passion is helping school staff create the best possible learning environment for their students. 

Gillian Quahe
special needs consultant

Gillian Quahe is our special needs consultant and has over 10 years of industry experience in Australia, England and Singapore. Trained in Australia with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, a Master of Education specialising in Specific Learning Difficulties and training in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Therapy, Gillian has extensive experience in schools, an adolescent unit dealing with mental health difficulties, and private therapy work. She works largely with children with autism, and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD and ADD. Her therapy sessions follow a naturalistic approach aimed at creating opportunities for children to engage with the behaviours they are working on. This translates to better real-life applications that set children up for success. Gillian loves forming relationships with families and witnessing the happiness of children and parents as progress is made.

Emma Beckford
Managing Director

Emma established Boutique Education in 2010 along with Adam, inspired to bring high quality education to families in Singapore. Having been a student of Bancroft's School in England, she genuinely loved school and realised very early on the importance of education. Later, having worked as a language teacher, she noticed a growing demand for professional and tailored education that saw students truly succeed. Boutique Education has since evolved to provide a wide range of services over the years but one thing remains the same – Emma’s vision to instil a love of learning while achieving educational goals. Of the many things that Emma loves about working in Boutique Education, the one she cherishes most is the relationship built with students, being able to see them flourish, love learning and become more confident, not only academically but in life. 

Adam Crook


Adam co-founded Boutique Education with Emma in 2010. His passion for education started early as a student of Chigwell School in England. He has a unique combination of experience in financial services, having worked for asset managers in various countries, and extensive teaching experience as a UK TEFL qualified teacher. Adam oversees the operations of Boutique Education and is well versed in the industry as well. He has seen many families come through Singapore since the start of Boutique Education, and loves seeing the transformation in a child that initially struggles to deal with the natural challenges of being in a new country, and then arrives at a place where they begin to thrive in their new school, their educational journey and life as a whole.