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Eaquals International Conference 2020, Belfast, United Kingdom

Event Speakers

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.

Professor Ema Ushioda

Professor Ema Ushioda

I have been working in language education and language teacher education since 1982, and have taught in Japan, Ireland and the UK. I obtained my PhD in 1996 from Trinity College, Dublin, where I also coordinated a research-and-development project to set up institution-wide language programmes, and then pursued postdoctoral research funded by Atlantic Philanthropies to promote language learner autonomy in Irish secondary schools. This project involved designing and evaluating a version of the Council of Europe’s European Language Portfolio. I moved to Warwick in 2002 where I have been teaching primarily on our MA and PhD courses. I became Director of Graduate Studies in 2013, before taking up the role of Director of the Centre in September 2018.

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.  After resigning from the Council 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, where he stayed for 5 years   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 from Assumption 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 continues to write for publication.  His most recent ELT publications include:

Creativity in the English Language Classroom. (co-editor with Nik Peachey) 2015 British Council.

Global Issues in the Creative English Classroom. (co-editor with Nik Peachey) 2017  British Council

Creativity in Language Teaching: from Inspiration to Implementation.  With Tamas Kiss.  2017 .  Palgrave-Macmillan.

Alan Maley’s 50 Creative Activities.  2018, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Developing Expertise Through Experience (ed) 2019.  British Council.

He has recently published two collections of his haiku:

What the Eye Sees.  2018. Fordwich: PWP.

How the Heart Responds.  2018. Fordwich: PWP.

 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.

Jenny Johnson

Jenny Johnson

Jenny has been involved in academic management for many years. She started her ELT career at International House in Barcelona as a teacher, then Director of Studies, Head of English, teacher trainer and Head of Teacher Training, before returning to the UK, where she has worked as Academic Director for Cactus Language Training, Brighton and Academic Manager at ELC Eastbourne. Jenny has spent many years as a volunteer in various roles for IATEFL, including Coordinator of the Teacher Trainers and Educators and the Leadership and Management Special Interest Groups and Representative for SIGS on the IATEFL Coordinating Committee. Jenny passed the IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) with Distinction and she was awarded a Distinction in the Masters in ELT from the University of Sussex.

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 is Customer Experience Director at British Study Centres where he plays a key role in their customer experience programme, initiatives and strategy. He is passionate about staff development and strives to enhance his students’ experience at every step of their journey.

Alex Throp

Alex Throp

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.

Angelos Evangelidis

Angelos Evangelidis

Anja Peters

Anja Peters

Anja Peters studied English language and literature in Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. and was awarded a PhD from Southampton University. After lecturing at U.K. universities and working as examiner for Cambridge Assessment, she joined the TestDaF-Institut in 2018. Her responsibilities include the production of writing tasks, rater training and the development of training and preparation materials.

Ash Smith

Ash Smith

Ash is a performance coach with over 20 years experience of helping people make permanent behaviour changes. He develops their skills and more importantly their ability to perform on the biggest stage, Ash is passionate about bringing the skills he developed coaching elite athletes to help others develop the confidence and mental skills required to thrive and not just survive in life.

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.

Burcu Cubukcu

Burcu Cubukcu

Burcu Cubukcu has been working as the ELT Academic Specialist at Terakki Foundation Schools in İstanbul for many years. She graduated from Bogazici University, Western Languages, and Literature Department and has a master’s degree in Educational Management afterward. She holds a Cambridge Delta certificate(curriculum writing) and has extensive experience in the field.

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell is Head of Teacher Development with the Centre of English Studies group. He is Head of the Celta Centre in CES Dublin and is a Delta trainer. He is a committe member with TDSIG and is the founder and project coordinator of the Irish Research Scheme for Teaching.

Christina Nicole Giannikas

Christina Nicole Giannikas

Christina Giannikas holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics in the field of early language learning. She is the QLS Academic partner and Project editor, an Instructor at Cyprus University of Technology and a Pre-service teacher trainer for the Department of Education of the University of Cyprus. She is also a freelance educational consultant, author and editor of print and digital ELT material.

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.

Cristina Perez Guillot

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).

David Byrne

David Byrne

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. He is a member of the Product Development team for EC English.

Duncan Foord

Duncan Foord

Duncan Foord is the Director of OxfordTEFL, Barcelona. He has 30 years experience in language teaching, teacher training and school leadership and management. He is the author of “From English Teacher to Learner Coach” (with Dan Barber, The Round 2014) The Developing Teacher (Delta Publishing, 2009) . He is lead trainer on the OxfordTEFL Leadership in ELT course.

Edna Rooth Dr

Edna Rooth Dr

Dr Edna Rooth is based at LifeSkills Africa and has worked in the field of Life Skills in South Africa, and in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Zimbabwe. She has developed interactive teaching methods including videos. She proposes an integrated approach to teaching English, Life Skills, and Digital Citizenship withing the context of decolonization. She is the author of numerous books.

Elisabeth Butler

Elisabeth Butler

Elisabeth Butler is an MFL advisor working with a national support service to support teachers in enacting the new curriculum in schools.

Evi Kyrlesi

Evi Kyrlesi

Evi is currently holding the position of Academic Associate and is responsible for the development of YL exams at LanguageCert.

George Pickering

George Pickering

George Pickering is an educational coach, trainer and consultant, who has delivered talks and workshops in over 65 different countries. George is the academic director of the English UK Diploma in English Language Teaching Management (DELTM). He is a senior inspector of language schools for the British Council (Accreditation UK). He was a trustee of IATEFL for 12 years.

Gillian Davidson

Gillian Davidson

Gillian Davidson is Academic Director of EC English, she taught in Slovakia, Indonesia, Russia and the UK as a teacher and a manager. She is a member of the Product Development team for EC English.

Herbert Gerzer

Herbert Gerzer

My name is Herbert Gerzer and I run a highly creative Digital Marketing Agency for language schools and education providers.
I have over 12 years of experience in the language training industry, from teaching, to sales, to marketing. Now I help language schools attract new customers and sell more language courses through paid ad campaigns.

Ian Brangan

Ian Brangan

Ian Brangan is an Academic Director, ELT Consultant, Curricula & Materials Developer, QQI & Eaquals Inspector of Schools, TIE examiner, CELT Trainer. He runs Teacher Training & Development Courses through ActualiseELT.

Jonathan Dykes

Jonathan Dykes

Jonathan Dykes has been working in the language teaching industry most of his professional life. He was the founder of a number of language schools (both physical and online) in various different countries and has been on the Board of IHWO for several years. He was also responsible for introducing an environmental policy in IH Barcelona 12 years ago, so has a good deal of experience in this area.

Julie Wallis

Julie Wallis

As a school director Julie Wallis manages a permanent staff of 25 with a management team. I have extensive experience in leadership and management and have delivered workshops for Eaquals, AISLi, NILE, Pilgrims and Bell.

Kristof Hegedus

Kristof Hegedus

Kristóf is responsible for academic development at Euroexam International, which includes both the development of Euroexam’s range of tests and also training programmes for prospective test takers, such as e-learning exam preparation courses.
Besides having taught English for 25 years, Kristóf leads the team of exam developers for the Hungarian National Matura in English language.

Leonardo Mercado

Leonardo Mercado

My experience as a teacher, academic director, project manager, certified rater, and teacher trainer extends for more than 25 years. As an international author/co-author, I have written on a wide variety of topics and presented extensively at international conferences, including IATEFL and TESOL. In the area of accreditation, I led a successful process with the CEA and now lead one with EAQUALS.

Leonor Marín

Leonor Marín

Leo studied Education, Post Graduate on ‘Curriculum and Syllabus Design’ at Saint Mary’s University, Study Skills at Lancaster University, Minedu & British Council Experimental Material Project .
Presentations in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, UK and this year in Spain at EQUALS 2019.
Currently works as a freelance, Past Iatefl-Peru President and she is doing research on ‘Balance between Life & Work’

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”.

Liliana O'Reilly

Liliana O'Reilly

Liliana O’Reilly is a senior quality officer in charge of developing and managing the work plans and resources relating to English language and transnational programmes in QQI. Managing the legacy ACELS scheme and project managing the development and introduction of the International Education Mark for English language education are two of her main areas of responsibility in QQI.

Loraine Kennedy

Loraine Kennedy

Loraine works as an independent leadership consultant, trainer and ICF certified coach. She has extensive experience working with English language schools, tertiary education, the public sector and the business world across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is also a committee member of IATEFL LAMSIG.

Maria Davou

Maria Davou

Maria is a school owner, teacher, teacher trainer and researcher. She has a BA in Philosophy, DELTA, MA in TESOL, now completing her PhD in Athens. She has more than twenty-five years’ experience in Greece, the UK and the US. She is a language school owner in Athens, promoting alternative models of teaching. She is an international trainer, academic consultant and a university professor.

Mary-Elaine Tynan

Mary-Elaine Tynan

Mary Elaine Tynan works for the National council for Curriculum and assessment in Ireland, leading the Development Group for the new curricular languages in the upper secondary curriculum in Ireland (Polish, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese).

Matthew Benton

Matthew Benton

Matthew Benton is Director of Foreign Languages at Bahcesehir College, a private Turkish K-12 school system with over 130 locations. A leader in the field of ELT, over the past two decades Matthew has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, editor and writer, ELT publishing project director, and senior manager. He is based in Istanbul and a long-time member of Eaquals.

Meltem Akpınar Yılmaz

Meltem Akpınar Yılmaz

My name is Meltem Akpınar Yılmaz and I have been working as an English instructor at Özyeğin University since 2016. I received my BA degree in ELT from Çukurova University in 2009 and my MA degree in Educational Administration and Planning from İstanbul Kültür University in 2018. I also hold CELTA from Cambridge University. Besides, I have been delivering drama sessions in my institution

Nicholas Gossett

Nicholas Gossett

Nick Gossett, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Russian at the University of South Alabama where he is the Russian language program director, the Director of the Language Resource Center, and the coordinator for the minor in Applied Linguistics. He received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in Applied Linguistics. He has over a decade of experience in the field of language assessment.

Nigel Pike

Nigel Pike

Nigel is an assessment consultant working as the Qualifications Development Manager at LanguageCert. He has extensive experience teaching young learners and has worked in language assessment for over 25 years, including 20 years at Cambridge English where he was Director of Assessment.

Özlem Kaplan

Özlem Kaplan

Özlem Kaplan has been the line manager of one of the teaching units in Özyeğin University School of Languages for four years. She graduated from Bilkent University (English Language and Literature) in 2006, started working there as an instructor in 2006, got her DELTA and MA (Management in Education, Bilkent Uni) in 2012 and has been working at Ozyegin University since then.

Palmina La Rosa

Palmina La Rosa

Palmina La Rosa, a qualified leadership coach, is the president of AISLi, Italy following her experience as Director of Operations. She is director of IH GIGA, Italy.

Patrick Creed

Patrick Creed

Patrick Creed is the owner of an EAQUALS member school, QQI Inspector of Schools, Cambridge & TIE examiner, and CELT Trainer. He runs Teacher Training & Development Courses through ActualiseELT

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.

Philippe Taza

Philippe Taza

As the CEO of Higher Education Marketing, Philippe provides digital marketing solutions in over 14 different languages for a number of language schools across the globe. His company’s specialised services include SEO, paid advertising campaigns, content development, social media marketing, analytics management, CRM technology, and more.

Richard Rossner

Richard Rossner

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

Rod Bolitho

Rod Bolitho

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).

Shaun Wilden

Shaun Wilden

Shaun Wilden had been involved in English language teaching for over twenty-five years. He is the Academic Head of training and development for the International House World Organisation and a tutor at the University of Oxford. His book “Mobile Learning” was published in 2017 by OUP. He is a trustee of IATEFL. For a hobby he makes the TEFL commute podcast for teachers.

Sian Hanson

Sian Hanson

Silvana Richardson

Silvana Richardson

Silvana Richardson is Head of Teacher Development at Bell, Academic Director of Bell Teacher Campus and Programme Quality Manager at The Bell Foundation. She has over 30 years of experience working in the EFL, ESOL, EAL and MFL fields in various roles- teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, trainer trainer, quality assurance inspector, consultant, writer, speaker at international conferences.

Sue Hackett

Sue Hackett

Sue Hackett has been involved in language education as a trainer, manager, curriculum designer, learning assessment and quality assurance expert for more than 30 years. She has recently been undertaking research into the impact of PD initiatives. She works for Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the national agency with the remit for the quality assurance of all post secondary education.

Susana Gutierrez

Susana Gutierrez

Susana Gutiérrez, language teacher, Master degree in Education, Former Universidad Nacional del Santa Academic Vice Rector, presenter at different International Conferences, including IATEFL, currently working on Research and case studies.

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.

Tim Ashurst

Tim Ashurst

I have been a teacher, manager, Examiner and Director of Studies in language schools for over 20 years, working in Turkey, Italy (British School of Trieste) and most recently, the UK, where I have been Director of Studies at British Study Centres in York since April 2019. I have always had a strong interest in personal development and how we can help others excel.

Yagmur Serim

Yagmur Serim

I have been working at Girne American University since 2016 as a lecturer. My areas of interest are innovative teaching methods at beginner and elementary levels in multi cultural student environment.


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