Corporate structure & rules

English UK: structure, rules and board members

We encourage members to participate as fully as possible in the association through voting in postal ballots and elections to the board, and by joining our Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in May each year.

The Board of English UK and the chief executive are responsible for the conduct of the association's business outside the AGM.

The boards

The main board has 12 seats including a chair and vice-chair. Members serve for a maximum of three years, and a rotation system retires at least one-third of the serving members each year. Elections take place at the AGM.

The board appoints subsidiary bodies:

English UK rules

Our rules cover categories of membership, the code of practice, board powers and duties and the procedure for elections, subscriptions and general meetings.

The English UK boards and their members


The Main Board


Chair


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Steve Phillips is MD Transnational Education and Pathways at the Real Experience Group (RealXP) representing British Study Centres, Experience English and The English Studio. Steve has worked in the ELT industry for over 20 years. 


Vice-Chair


Sue Edwards Sue Edwards is the director of compliance and accreditation for Kaplan International Colleges in the UK and Ireland. She is also on the board of Study UK and the Executive Board of Accreditation UK.

 

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Stephen A'Barrow is the director of English UK member Harrow House International College. He has over 25 years experience in the education sector as a teacher, administrator, manager, owner-director and as a published author, with a particular focus on sales and marketing.


Simon Cleaver Simon Cleaver is the chair and non-executive director of British Study Centres in Brighton.

Jane Dancaster Jane Dancaster is the principal and managing director of Wimbledon School of English and has been in ELT first as a teacher, then a manager, since 1983. She has been a director of English UK since it was formed in 2004, and was a member of Arels General Council before that.

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Sarah Etchells taught in Greece for five years before setting up her own summer language school for children and teenagers, English Country Schools. She is the joint chair of Young Learners English UK and has special responsibility for welfare.


Nigel Paramor Nigel Paramor has worked with international students for nearly 30 years, including stints in Hong Kong and in senior management positions in three different further education colleges. He has been the principal of English in Chester since 2007.

Alex Perkins

Alex Perkins is managing director of LAL Language Centres UK Ltd and CEO of LAL Language Centres Holding Ltd. Alex has worked in the industry for over 25 years, previously as a teacher, examiner, centre manager and general manager.


Rendell Mark Mark Rendell is the principal of St Giles International London Central. Previously, he was deputy chief executive at English UK and worked in TEFL in Poland, Saudi Arabia and China. He is currently the vice chair of English UK London and has an MSc in ELT Management.

Simpson Richard Richard Simpson is director of the University of Sheffield English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC), where he has worked for over 20 years. Previously he studied and worked at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne's Language Centre after returning from teaching in the private sector in Japan and Italy.

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The Accreditation and Professional Services Board


Chair


Andrew Hjort

Andrew Hjort has been principal of Melton College in York since 2003 and before that was director of studies. Andrew is the current chair of the English UK Accreditation & Professional Services Board. He is also on the Executive Board of Accreditation UK.


 

Dawn Abbott

Dawn Abbott is centre director at INTO Manchester and former director of studies at City College, Manchester.


Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper is chief executive designate of English UK and the deputy director of HE and International at South Thames College, where she has managed English for international students since 2008. Sarah has taught in both the private and state sector and has been chair of English UK since 2014.


Sue Edwards

Sue Edwards is the director of compliance and accreditation for Kaplan International Colleges in the UK and Ireland. She is also on the board of Study UK and the Executive Board of Accreditation UK.


Tony Evans

Tony Evans is an educational consultant and has held a number of senior posts in the ELT and Pathway sectors for more than 20 years.


Janey Futerill

Janey Futerill is the principal of Regent London. She was previously principal at King Street College for more than a decade.


Geoff Hardy Gould

Geoff Hardy-Gould has been director of education at OISE since 2007. Previously he worked for Regent Language Training as academic manager, principal and managing director. 


Nigel Heritage

Nigel Heritage is development manager of Discovery Summer and previously worked in junior summer programmes for more than 25 years.


Patrick Lawlor

Patrick Lawlor is an education consultant, advising colleges on international strategies, mentoring teachers and preparing colleges for Accreditation UK inspections. Previously Patrick worked for over 20 years at Waltham Forest College.


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The Enterprises Board


Chair


Andrew Fisher Andrew Fisher is the managing director of OSCARS International. He has operated businesses within the language travel industry since 1992.

 

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Hannah Alexander-Wright is the marketing and business development manager at the Language Centre, University of the Arts London. Hannah is also a DELTA qualified teacher, a Chartered Marketer and the chair of English UK London.


Buckham Jay

Jay Buckham is head of business development at Fettes Enterprises Limited, Fettes College in Edinburgh, where has worked for the last 14 years. Jay is a committee member of English UK Scotland and in his spare time works as a business development consultant, specialising in company re-branding.


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Mick Davies is the director of Mick Davies Education, which provides education and training to Higher Education institutions around the world. Mick specialises in English for Academic Purposes programmes, teacher training and development, and specialist language courses for global companies.


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Janette Donjon is the director of international development at City of Sunderland College.


McNally Kevin

Kevin McNally is the owner and managing director of Torquay International School and brings over 30 years of experience in the ELT industry.


Paul Murray

Paul Murray is the director of Foyle International which he founded in 1990. He has been in the EFL industry for the past 27 years and is currently the vice chairman of English UK Northern Ireland.


Quinn Michael

Michael Quinn has been working in the ELT business now for over 15 years with Centre of English Studies. He is an owner and director of CES and has worked in nearly every role involved in the running of a school.


Mike Xuereb

Michael Xuereb is the CEO of the EC Group. He has been involved in EFL for the last 16 years and is very passionate about what we do as an industry. EC has six year-round schools in the UK as well as a number of summer centres for young learners.


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The Finance Panel


Chair


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Richard Finlayson is the chair of the English UK Finance Panel.



 

Simon Cleaver

Simon Cleaver is the chair and non-executive director of British Study Centres in Brighton.


Michael Fullarton


Michael Fullarton
is the head of schools at Eurocentres Foundation.


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Charles Harrison
is the former chief executive of The English Language Centre Brighton and Hove, which he joined in 1973. He is a past chairman of Arels and formed a major role in the formation of English UK.


Val Hennessy

Val Hennessy is director of International House Bristol.


Nicole de Lalouviere

Nicole la Hausse de Lalouviere is an independent consultant with more than 25 years in education including a period with the British Council. A former chair of Baselt, she helped form English UK.


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The Public Affairs Advisory Group


Chair


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Timothy Blake is the chief executive of The London School of English group and has been in EFL since 1970. Legally qualified and with an MBA, he is a past chair of ARELS and in that role undertook a good deal of lobbying activity on behalf of the association.


 

Jane Dancaster

Jane Dancaster is principal and managing director of Wimbledon School of English and has been in ELT first as a teacher, then a manager, since 1983. She has been a director of English UK since it was formed in 2004, and was a member of Arels General Council before that.


Sue Edwards

Sue Edwards is the director of compliance and accreditation for Kaplan International Colleges in the UK and Ireland. She is also on the board of Study UK and the Executive Board of Accreditation UK.


Val Hennessy

Val Hennessy is director of International House Bristol.


Nigel Paramor Nigel Paramor has worked with international students for nearly 30 years, including stints in Hong Kong and in senior management positions in three different further education colleges. He has been the principal of English in Chester since 2007.

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Naadiya Rawat is public affairs, policy and research manager at English UK. As well as supporting members with visa queries and liaising with the UK Visas & Immigration, Naadiya supports the implementation of English UK's public affairs strategy.


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