Our board & rules

English UK boards and advisory groups

Members are at the heart of everything we do. To ensure your voice heard, it's important that as many of you as possible participate in how English UK is run and advised.

It's very important that you vote in board elections so that our trustees are as representative as possible of our membership. Or why not consider volunteering on our board or in an advisory group, sharing your expertise and getting more insight into our industry? We welcome applications from anyone who's interested.

One-third of the trustee posts on the main Board are up for election every spring, when we invite nominations from member centres. Every centre gets a vote and the names of the new trustees are announced at our Annual Conference & Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in May.

We want every member to participate in English UK, so every centre gets one free place at our Annual Conference and AGM.

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 Board of Trustees

The main board and the chief executive are responsible for the conduct of the association's business outside the AGM.

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.


Chair


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Steve Phillips is a managing director of the British Study Centres Group looking after Transnational Education and University Pathways. Steve has worked in the ELT industry for over 25 years as a school owner, in private higher education, and in the not-for-profit sector. He is TEFLQ (Cambridge Delta) and is a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).


Vice Chair


Rendell Mark Mark Rendell is the chief executive of International House London. He is the vice chair of English UK London, a member of Accreditation UK's Executive Board and has an MSc in ELT Management.

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Jose Brinkmann is managing director and owner of Country Cousins, the school he studied at for many years as a child. He studied at university in York whist working as an activity leader. After eight years working for Ford Motor Company in London he decided he liked Country Cousins so much he bought it!


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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Fraser Davis is senior operations director of EF International Language Centres, UK and Ireland. He has 20 years' industry experience in large and small institutions throughout the UK including as academic director at EF London. He also spent time as an EFL teacher in Germany and modern languages teacher in a state secondary.  


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Shoko Doherty is CEO of Celtic English Academy. She has worked in the industry for 15 years, having first come to the UK as an international student. She has been an active committee member of English UK Wales for the past four years.


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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.


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Ella Tyler is managing director and owner of Hello! Exmouth. She studied French and Politics and started her career in PR and marketing in the corporate world. She bought Mountlands as a failing business and took the school from 60 students a year to over 2000 student weeks in 2016.


Catrin 78x78 Catrin Diamantino is the CEO of Bell English. She helped build EC into a global brand. Catrin says she wanted to join the Board to bring her expertise in global markets and sales at an important time for the industry "when we need to join together and speak with one voice to be heard and taken seriously."

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Chris Moonie founded the Mackenzie School of English in Edinburgh in 2008, and is now its director. Mackenzie ran young learners' programmes only until 2018, when it moved into larger premises and expanded to include adult classes. Chris began his career in youth work before moving into ELT and used his specialist knowledge to create innovative young learners' programmes.


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Spencer Fordham worked in marketing and advertising in national newspapers for a decade before moving into ELT. He founded the Capital School of English in Bournemouth in 2003 with his wife Paulina, and is now managing director. He has recently created Future Success, a pioneering two-week programme during which English students collaborate with local businesses and school students on real-world projects.


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Specialist boards and panels

Members of our specialist boards and panels are all appointed by English UK staff and the main board, so you don't have to be nominated or put yourself up for election. All we need from you is an interest in the subject and a willingness to take part and attend meetings several times a year.

Our subsidiary bodies include the Enterprises Board, which focuses on StudyWorld and commercial, the Finance Panel, Professional Development Advisory Group to inform and guide our training offer for UK ELT professionals and the Accreditation Advisory Group.

The Enterprises Board


Chair


Andrew Fisher Andrew Fisher founded EAC in 1991, and the company grew to become one of the largest accredited ELT providers in the UK. He is now the managing director of OSCARS and is involved in sports activity/childcare business projects.

 

Buckham Jay

Jay Buckham is head of business development at Fettes Enterprises Limited, Fettes College in Edinburgh, where he 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 set up her own company, Global TVET Solutions Ltd., after 30 years in the FE Sector. She has been a teacher, ELT Manager, Director of a 6th Form College and International Director in an FE College.


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.


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Shelan Rodger is Regional Director EMEA at Kings Education. She has over 30 years' experience in International Education and Learning & Development. Shelan has two published novels and is training as a Drama Therapist, with an interest in the creativity application of arts therapies within the international education sector.


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The Finance Panel


Michael Fullarton

Michael Fullarton is the head of schools at Eurocentres Foundation.


Charles Harrison

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


Neil Low Neil Harvey is the chief executive of UKCE overseeing their businesses in the UK and Dubai. He has been in the for-profit education sector for nearly 30 years, working for major chains and start-ups. Neil has spent most of his time in the UK, Italy and Canada where he served on the board of Languages Canada.

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Gareth Mainwaring is director of operations and development for the Birmingham International Academy (BIA) at the University of Birmingham. Following 12 years in government, including the Department for Education, he joined the HE sector. He has operational responsibility for the growth and delivery of Foundation Pathway, Presessional English and Insessional programmes at the university. He also worked with the university to open its first international branch campus in Dubai and continues to work on other TNE initiatives.

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The Professional Development Advisory Group


Beverley Simon Head of operations on campus at Cambridge Education Group and Stafford House International

Chris Farrell Head of teacher development at the Centre of English Studies

Sian Matos Principal at Tti School of English

Will Nash Academic director at the English Language Teaching Centre, the University of Sheffield

Nigel Paramor Principal at English in Chester

Anna Thatcher Principal at the Loxdale English Centre

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The Accreditation Advisory Group


Stewart Watkins 

Head of UK operations at Eurocentres


Andrew Hjort Principal of Melton College, York

Gillian Davidson  Group academic director at EC English

Thom Kiddle Director of NILE

Nathan Watling ELT programme manager at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College

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