About us


Helen Collier (left), and Caroline Nixon (right), have over 50 years of experience in education and the care of young people between them.

A “hello” from Helen and Caroline

We are delighted to welcome you to our site. We are Helen Collier and Caroline Nixon and we run Dukes Guardians, part of the prestigious British education group, Dukes Education.

As mothers ourselves, we understand how challenging it can be to send your child to a school in another country. Whether they are very little, or preparing themselves for the next steps on to university, it can still feel difficult to have them at a distance.

Helping to close this distance is why we do what we do. We will care for your child as if they were our own, and we back up that care with a huge amount of experience in international education. Helen has been Housemistress and Head of Boarding & Assistant Principal in boarding schools in East Africa and the UK for over 20 years. Caroline has worked in UK boarding schools as a teacher and a Principal for 30 years as well as being the current General Secretary of the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students. She also advises the UK Government on international education through the All Party Parliamentary Group.

Our links to Dukes Education not only ensure the highest quality of care, but also greater opportunities for our students. The Dukes Education Consultancy is home to a body of highly-sought-after Oxbridge-graduate tutors, the world’s leading consultancy Oxford and Cambridge, Oxbridge Applications, the UK’s pre-eminent US and Ivy League adviser at Dukes US Applications, and a specialised consulting arm for aspiring medics: Dukes Medical Applications. If your child is aiming high and wants the best out of a British education, we have the leading experts on hand to get them there.

Helen and Caroline