Nominations open for English UK board
1 February 2019


In March, we will open the call for nominations for candidates for the English UK Board of Trustees. Trustees take responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the association.

What are we looking for?

  • An ability to see the big picture of both UK ELT and the wider international education industry
  • An understanding of the diverse nature of our membership
  • A talent for thinking strategically and laterally
  • A willingness to take special responsibility for, and ideally, expertise in a particular area, perhaps finance, accreditation, marketing, management, operations
  • Commitment to attend four board meetings a year (usually February, April, June and November), and the AGM in May
  • Previous experience of governance at board level would be an asset but is not necessary.

I am very happy to have a chat with any of you who would like to find out more, so please get in touch or talk to me at one of our member roadshows, which begin next week - I'll be at all of them!

New members of the finance panel

I am delighted to welcome three new members of the finance panel, and to say thank you to one stepping down for this group:

Gareth Mainwaring from Birmingman International Academy at the University of Birmingham, Chris Sousa Phipps from St Giles, Neil Harvey from the UK College of English, and thanks to Val Hennessy for her service on this panel

Also supporting our main board in the achievement of our strategic objectives are two new advisory groups.

Accreditation advisory group

Members: Gill Davidson from EC English, Stewart Watkins from Eurocentres, Thom Kiddle from Norwich Institute for Language Education, Nathan Watling from West London College, and Andrew Hjort from Melton College.

There is a project underway to refresh the strategy and enhance the operation of the accreditation process, involving many more members in a variety of working parties.

We are looking at the scheme itself and how it could be more user friendly and allow differentiation. We are looking at reach: how do we accredit online and overseas? Finally, we are looking at how we digitise the scheme. These are long term projects and part of our three year strategic plan.

Professional Development Advisory Group

Members: Chris Farrell from the Centre of English Studies, Will Nash from the University Sheffield, Sian Matos from Tti School of English, Beverly Simon from Stafford House, Nigel Paramor from English in Chester, and Anna Thatcher from Loxdale English Centre.

This group is looking at a strategic approach to CPD for our industry, involving a variety of topics as well as accessibility with everything from conferences to webinars, regional and special interest, and best practice sharing platforms.

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