Eaquals Events

Eaquals 30th Anniversary Conference October 2021, Belfast, United Kingdom

 at Europa Hotel

Event Speakers

Aidan O Shea

Aidan O Shea

Aidan O’Shea is Director of Operations at the Linguaviva Centre. He is an IELTS Examiner,Teacher Trainer and Teacher.

Alan Maley

Alan Maley

Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962.  He worked for the Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years.  In 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge (1988-93).  He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the Department of English, National University of Singapore. His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes.  Since retiring in 2004, he has occupied a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham, Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat Augsburg).

He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences. While at Bell, he was involved in the infancy of EAQUALS. He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C group: Creativity for Change in Language Education.  He is a past-President of IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

Alan Pulverness

Alan Pulverness

A Director of TransformELT and Senior Consultant for NILE. Co-author of course books including the award-winning Macmillan Short Course Programme and The TKT Course. Has worked extensively on curriculum renewal, materials development, reader development and trainer training. Editor of IATEFL Conference Selections (2000-2004) and co-chair of the British Council Literature Conference (2002-2006).

Alan S. Mackenzie

Alan S. Mackenzie

Alan S. Mackenzie spent 25 years in Asia in teaching, training and project management. This year, as a Director of TransformELT, he has been involved in projects in Sri Lanka, Ukraine, West Africa, and France. He is a project designer, manager, and monitoring and evaluation specialist. He is module leader for the NILE MA module in Developing Autonomy.

Alex Cann

Alex Cann

Alex has over 15 years’ experience and a wealth of academic and management experience within ELT. During his time at a large school in Edinburgh, he introduced several innovative courses for young learners, including a ground-breaking coding and robotics course.  He is currently Director of Young Learner Programmes at IH London and has also held Operations Director and Director of Customer Experience roles within the industry.  Alex is passionate about staff development and organisational culture and strives to enhance the student experience at every stage of the journey.  He was awarded Young Leader of the Year at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards in 2019.

Alex Thorp

Alex Thorp

Alex Thorp is the Lead Academic, Language (Europe) at Trinity College London. He previously gained over 15 years’ experience heading a teacher training department in the UK. With special interests in English Language assessment, CLIL, neurolinguistics and educational psychology, he publishes and presents the world over with the aim of supporting best practices in language teaching and testing.

Alex Warren

Alex Warren

Alex is a DELTA trained teacher trainer with over 18 years’ experience of working in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic director. He has presented and run workshops and webinars on a wide range of topics in over 35 countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Alex is currently the Senior ELT Academic Consultant for National Geographic Learning.

Andy Hockley

Andy Hockley

Andy Hockley is a freelance educational management consultant and trainer based in deepest Transylvania. He has been involved in ELT for over 30 years, living in 11 countries and training and working in many more.  He has been training managers for 20 years and has been coordinating and training on the IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) since its inception in 2001, and is the global lead trainer for the course, as well as being a tutor on NILE’s MA in Professional Development for Language Education

He is co-author of ‘From Teacher to Manager’ (CUP, 2008), ‘Managing Education in the Digital Age’ (The Round, 2014) and author of ‘Educational Management’ (Polirom, 2007), as well as co-author of the soon to be published “Managing Technological Change” (CUP 2022). 

Angela Signorastri

Angela Signorastri

Archie Pollock

Archie Pollock

Archie Pollock has been working in the international education sector since 2009. He brings his sector experience to digital marketing through HEM’s services in providing everything a school needs to recruit more students online. Google, Facebook, and HubSpot certified, Archie is a frequent presenter at conferences worldwide, helping industry stakeholders to make sense of the sometimes-complicated world of digital marketing. He is always open to discussing strategy and tactics with those interested in developing their digital presence.

Ben Beaumont

Ben Beaumont

Ben Beaumont is Head of TESOL Qualifications at Trinity College London and has an interest in developing pre and in-service support for teachers to help promote effective learning and teaching. Having moved between ELT and generic state sector teacher education roles, Ben is keen to help share best practice between sectors and support teacher development in general.

Conrad Heyns

Conrad Heyns

Conrad Heyns is the Director of the Language Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is an Eaquals inspector, an IHWO inspector and the current Chair of the BALEAP Accreditation Scheme.
He is also a judge for the British Council ELTons and the English Speaking Union Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
He has particular interests in intercultural communication and the student experience in HE.

David Coarsey

David Coarsey

David Coarsey is the founder and CEO of Guided e-Learning (GEL), industry leader in the provision of digital EFL education and quality management systems.  GEL has a content partnership with Oxford University Press and supports organisations across the world including the British Council, ELS, and EC English.  Because GEL works with a wide range of quality English language institutes, David has a unique and privileged view of digital trends in schools.  david@gelnet.com

 

Dr. Cristina Perez Guillot

Dr. Cristina Perez Guillot

Dr. Cristina Pérez-Guillot, received her PhD from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2003, she is currently Senior Lecturer of Business English at Universitat Politècnica de València, Department of Applied Linguistic, Head of Language Centre of The Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). President of ACLES (Asociación Española de Centros de Lenguas de Enseñanza Superior).

Ela Jarosz

Ela Jarosz

Galya Mateva

Galya Mateva

George Pickering

George Pickering

George Pickering is an educational coach, trainer and consultant who has worked in over 65 countries. He is the academic director of the English UK Diploma in English Language Teaching Management (DELTM) and is a senior inspector of language schools in the UK (Accreditation UK).

Gillian Davidson & David Byrne

Gillian Davidson & David Byrne

Gillian Davidson is Academic Director of EC English, she has worked in Slovakia, Indonesia, Russia and the UK as a teacher, a trainer, a manager and in product development.

David Byrne is the Curriculum Manager at EC. He’s worked in EFL as both teacher and manager, in Spain, Korea and the UK. In his spare time he writes materials and a blog called Textploitation.

They are both members of the Product Development team for EC English.

Ian Brangan

Ian Brangan

Ian Brangan is Director of Education at the Linguaviva Centre. He is an Eaquals and QQI Schools Inspector as well as a Teacher Trainer and Teacher.

Joanne Murphy

Joanne Murphy

Dr Murphy is the Interim Director of the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute and a Senior Lecturer in Queen’s Management School. Her research explores leadership, change and organisational development in politically volatile environments. She has written extensively on policing, organisational change and conflict diplomacy.

Joanne holds a PhD from the School of Business, Trinity College, Dublin and is a frequent contributor to national and international media outlets in the areas of leadership, change and resilience. She is a Fellow of the Senator George Mitchell Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice (QUB) and Chair of the British Academy of Management’s Organisational Transformation Change and Development Special Interest Group. Joanne’s research has been published in world leading management and political science journals. She is the author of two books: Public Management and Complexity Theory (2011); Policing for Peace in Northern Ireland: Change, Conflict and Community Confidence (2013). Her new book Managing at the Extremes: Leadership and Change in Conflict and Transition is forthcoming in 2020.

John Haagensen

John Haagensen

Jon Hird

Jon Hird

Jon is based in Oxford, UK, where he divides his time between teaching English at the University of Oxford, teacher training and writing ELT materials. Jon has a particular interest in Grammar and EAP and has written and contributed to a number of grammar, resource and course books, recently co-authoring one level of the brand new course book series ‘Language Hub’.

Jonathan Dykes

Jonathan Dykes

Jonathan has spent most of his professional life in language school management. He founded Net Languages, a Web-based language school, and he was also co-founder of Green Standard Schools, an association of schools committed to protecting the environment.  VR4LL is one of several Erasmus projects he is currently working on.

Julie Wallis

Julie Wallis

Julie Wallis is Director of The London School in Italy, Eaquals Trustee and Inspector, AISLi Inspector, and Trustee of IH London.

Justin Vollmer

Justin Vollmer

Klaudia Bednarova

Klaudia Bednarova

Klaudia graduated from the Faculty of Education, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Department of English Language and Literature – Education. In 2009 she founded a private language school the Bridge – English Language Centre. She has been one of the founding members of the Slovak Chamber of English Language Teachers and the Slovak Association of Language Schools. She is a chairwoman of the Slovak Chamber of English Language Teachers and she has been a chairwoman of the latter in 2011 – 2016. Klaudia is passionate about teacher training, she established and runs projects such as Eltforum.sk and the Bridge re-boot camp for teachers. Her passion and professional interested is in effective learning strategies, which she understands as a broad and complex topic. Klaudia believes that there is no ultimately correct answer, but it is eclectic and holistic approach that can help us to be more effective teachers and learners.

Liam Brown

Liam Brown

Liam is a manager, trainer, writer and consultant focusing on business communication, collaborative learning, management and decision making.
Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he works independently as Liam Brown Training with ELT and education institutions around the world.
He designs and delivers intensive and “bitesize” soft skills learning programmes and management and staff “Awaydays”.

Lou McLaughlin with members of Project Group

Lou McLaughlin with members of Project Group

Ludka Kotarska

Ludka Kotarska

Ludka Kotarska has been Director  of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy since 2016. She oversees management of Eaquals accreditation services, development of the Inspection Scheme  and is responsible for advising and supporting language centres that apply to become accredited members  of Eaquals.      

Nicholas Gossett

Nicholas Gossett

Nick Gossett, PhD, is the Higher Education Specialist for Avant Assessment. He has over a decade of experience in the field of language assessment. Nick spent nearly two decades in higher education where he taught courses on Russian philology and trained secondary school language teachers. Currently, he works with language programs to help them institute the best practices in language assessment.

Peter Lahiff

Peter Lahiff

Peter is an experienced course designer, teacher trainer and academic manager who has
worked in the English language teaching for 20 years. He is the founding Academic Director of
Future Learning Language School and works on the development and management of
technology enhanced summer language courses for young learners from all around the world
which take place in Ireland and internationally.

Rhona Sharpe, Professor

Rhona Sharpe, Professor

Professor Rhona Sharpe was appointed Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning in December 2019.

Rhona brings to Oxford a strong track record in online teaching, with over 20 years’ experience underpinned by an academic approach and a body of research and development projects. She was previously Head of the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Surrey, where she led the team in focusing on the development of technologically enabled approaches supporting the university’s research-led teaching ethos. She has written, contributed to and co-edited a number of publications and journal articles in the field of digital education and educational leadership.

She is also an experienced transformation manager, having steered many projects throughout her career and has developed approaches which foreground student experiences and academic practices in order to lead to sustainable organisational change.

Rhona has maintained her teaching interests throughout her career and currently teaches on the MA in Open and Distance Education at the Open University. As well as chairing several working groups and involvement in professional bodies, she is often asked to speak at conferences and events exploring the themes of digital education, digital literacy and education.

Rhona is responsible for leading the development of a vision and long-term plan for the new Centre for Teaching and Learning which supports the collegiate University’s commitments to provide an excellent, personal education for every student.

You can follow Rhona at:

Twitter: @rjsharpe

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rhona_Sharpe

Rod Bolitho & Richard Rossner

Rod Bolitho & Richard Rossner

Rod Bolitho is a freelance ELT consultant and former Academic Director at NILE. He has co-authored books, including Continuing Professional Development 2018, (with Amol Padwad), and Language Education in a Changing World (with Richard Rossner, forthcoming).

Richard Rossner was a cofounder and a former Director and Chair of Eaquals. He is an author and a member of an ECML project team.

 

Sarah Aitken

Sarah Aitken

Sarah Aitken is an experienced inspector and a member of the Accreditation Panel, moderating Eaquals reports and overseeing the Inspection Scheme’s standards. She has been involved in the recent review and update of the Scheme. Previously Sarah served for four years as Eaquals Executive Director and was responsible for advising and supporting language centres that apply to become Accredited Members of our Association.

Sue Sheerin

Sue Sheerin

Susanna Dammann

Susanna Dammann

I have been a member of the Eaquals ‘family’ since 2002 as a corporate (IHW) and then as an individual member. I managed the Eaquals Inspection Scheme and oversaw the revision of the Scheme for Version 7.1.
I am fascinated by the way language learning happens and how teachers can help it to happen.

Thom Kiddle

Thom Kiddle

Thom Kiddle is Director of Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE), Vice Chair of the Eaquals Board of Trustees, and a Founding Director of the Association for Quality Education and Training Online (AQUEDUTO).

Ute Arnold

Ute Arnold


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