After my son wandering off in the Zoo and stories of other exhausting school trips – I was sure technology could help!

They say that necessity is the mother of invention so jump forward to 2018 and I’ve started The Hug Group Ltd and launched our first product – ClassHug.

Here are the people who have helped make ClassHug the success it is so far today!




Founder & CEO


Prior to founding The Hug Group in late 2016, Andy worked in financial services and was the founder and CEO of CloudMargin Ltd, a multi-award winning financial risk management platform used by investment banks, asset managers and hedge funds to mitigate counterparty risk from the trading of derivatives.

A father of two boys under 5, Andy spends a lot of his free time chasing them around parks and soft-play centres and teaching the oldest to play golf. Andy is also a School Governor at his local school.



Lead iOS Developer


A qualified primary school teacher, Lee has been writing educational apps in his spare time for years as well as teaching children to be programmers and running the coding club at his school.

Lee has taken the plunge to be a full time developer and uses his education background for the next wave of EdTech, designing apps with teachers and children in mind



Customer Success Manager

Director of Sales and Marketing

Jade is Director of Sales and Marketing here at The Hug Group as well as a mother of two girls under the age of 11 and has also worked in the educational sector as well as a kids party entertainer!

Safeguarding children has always been Jade’s main focus so when the opportunity arose to spread to word about ClassHug and join the team at The Hug Group – she jumped at it! Jade loves to go to the gym in her spare time, or cartwheel around the local park with her two children!



Director of Industry Relations


Vanessa has over 20 years of experience in education within EYFS and KS1 including being Nursery Coordinator, Early Years Teacher and the SENDco (Special Educational Needs and Disability coordinator) at a leading independent school in Surrey.

Vanessa has been a leading advocate of learning outside of the classroom both on and off site and her dedication and passion for outside learning drove her to begin educating other education leaders on the subject. Vanessa firmly believes that children benefit hugely from being allowed to take calculated risks, explore their environment and use their creativity by creating role play situations as they investigate an abundance of natural resourses that are around them.