English UK board & rules

English UK members are at the heart of everything we do. To ensure our members voices are heard, we encourage as many as possible to engage in how English UK is run and advised. We also have a member forum where owners, directors and staff of member centres can connect with each other to take part in peer-to-peer discussion, share information and ask advice. 

English UK boards, advisory groups and rules

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.

English UK boards and advisory groups

We have a board of trustees that meets at least four times a year, the Enterprises Board which meets at last three times per year, plus a finance panal and two advisory groups.

The English UK Board of Trustees

The English UK board of trustees and the chief executive are responsible for the conduct of the association's business outside the Annual General Meeting.

The board has 12 seats including a chair and vice-chair. Members serve for a maximum of three years and are eligible for re-election for a further period of three years. A rotation system retires at least one-third of the serving members each year. Elections take place at the AGM, which is usually in May.

Interested in becoming a trustee or joining a sub-board or advisory group? Get in touch with our chief executive, Jodie Gray.

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Steve Phillips (Chair) joined Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) as director of international in December 2020. Before that he was a managing director at British Study Centres looking after transnational education and university pathways. Steve has worked in international education for over 25 years as an ELT 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 and on the international advisory board at IDP Connect.

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Mark Rendell (Vice Chair) is the chief executive of International House London. He is vice chair of the regional subgroup English UK London and a member of the Accreditation UK Executive Board. Before joining International House London in January 2019 Mark was principal of St Giles International London Central. Mark has a BA in English and History, Trinity Licentiate Diploma in TESOL and an MSc in ELT Management.


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 the ARELS General Council before that.


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.


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 five years.

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Sarah Etchells taught in Greece for five years before setting up her own English language summer 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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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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The English UK Enterprises Board

The enterprises board has nine seats including a chair and the chief executive. Members serve for a maximum of six years. The board supports the English UK board of trustees and helps direct and oversee the assocations market development plans. All members of the enterprises board are directors of English UK Enterprises Ltd which delivers all StudyWorld branded events and activties. The board meets three times a year.

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher (Chair) founded EAC in 1992, developing and leading it though to sale to TUI Travel PLC in 2009. He then founded OSCARS International, developing it and leading it through to sale in 2015. Throughout this time Andrew also operated OSCARS Childcare, an Edinburgh based company running after school clubs, breakfast clubs and holiday activity camps. Andrew founded OSCARS Childcare in 1992 and finialised the sale of the business in 2019.


Shoko Doherty is CEO of Celtic English Academy in Cardiff. 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 five years and is a trustee of English UK. She joined the Enterprises Board in February 2021.

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Jodie Gray is chief executive of English UK. Jodie has a Chinese and Hindi degree from Cambridge University and is widely travelled, having visited nearly 40 countries during her 14 year career in international education. In January 2017, Jodie was seconded to the Department for International Trade's education sector team as the specialist for English language training. 

Quinn Michael

Michael Quinn has been working in the ELT sector for over 15 years with Centre of English Studies (CES). He is an owner and director of CES and has worked in nearly every role involved in the running of an ELT centre.


Tregarran Percival is sales and marketing director at UK Language Courses (UKLC) where he has worked for over eight years. Tregarran joined the Enterprises Board in February 2021.


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Shelan Rodger is regional director EMEA at Kings Education. She joined the Enterprises Board in June 2020 and 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 creative application of arts therapies within the international education sector.

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The English UK Finance Panel


Judith Haste (Chair) is finance director at Bell Educational Services Ltd. She is a senior ACMA qualified accountant, with strong international commercial experience. She has worked in a range of sectors and organisation sizes, including as director of finance in both a FTSE 250 international group and a conservation charity before joining Bell in 2014.

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.

Karen 80x80 Karen Smith-Watson works as a portfolio finance director for The FD Centre, offering part-time FD services to SME businesses. Prior to this, she worked as CFO/finance director for a number of years for organisations in student travel, property and education. She is familiar with the ELT sector as she has previously been CFO for British Study Centres and finance director for TUI Travel plc's education division.

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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, pre-sessional 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 English UK Professional Development Advisory Group


Beverley Simon Cambridge Education Group and Stafford House International

Chris Farrell (Chair) Centre of English Studies (CES)

Sian Matos Tti School of English

Will Nash University of Sheffield, English Language Teaching Centre

Nigel Paramor English in Chester

Anna Thatcher Loxdale English Centre

Tom Weatherley English UK

Siobhán Small English UK

Eleanor Thomas English UK

Jodie Gray English UK

Huan Japes English UK

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English UK External Relations Advisory Group

Huan Japes (Chair) English UK

Kate Hargreaves Living Learning English

Val Hennessy International House Bristol

Margie Barker English in Totnes

Sue Edwards Kaplan International

Mark Allen East Sussex College

Sian Matos TopUp Learning London

Jane Dancaster  Wimbledon School of English

Nigel Paramor  English in Chester

Nicole Kennedy  Studio Cambridge

Sarah Gore  Edinburgh College

Neil McLoughlin  (Buckswood Overseas Summer School) BOSS

Richard Simpson

University of Sheffield, English Language Teaching Centre

Paul Murray Foyle International

Shoko Doherty Celtic English Academy

Jodie Gray English UK

Naadiya Rawat English UK

Susan Young English UK

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