Meet our English for Work team
Our Business and Specialist English training team is a diverse group with a wealth of language training skills and experience.
Business and Specialist Centre Manager
Before running the Centre, Maurice worked as a teacher and teacher trainer with International House. He has been with the organisation for 26 years, and since 1993 has been working with executive clients. Apart from teaching the usual business English skills, he has even managed to play golf and cricket with some of them! He speaks Hungarian and some Polish. His qualifications are: BSc., MA, RSA DipTEFLA.
Assistant Director of Studies
Lewis joined the Business and Specialist Centre in 2014 and now works as a Senior Teacher. Previously he had a similar role at a large school in Kent and has taught business English in numerous locations around Europe. Lewis speaks French and Italian. His qualifications include: MA TESOL, Dip TESOL, BA (Politics) DELTM.
Claudia studied English at International House and became a qualified Spanish teacher in 2009. She has been working at the Centre since 2015. Besides Spanish and English, she also speaks excellent Italian and is conversational in Greek. Her qualifications are: Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires.
Alan Cargyl was previously an Assistant Director of Studies in International House, Poland. In his fifteen years at the Business and Specialist Centre, Alan has been a frequent contributor at Conferences and other events for teachers. He has also had significant input in the educational management of the Centre. His qualifications include: BA (Hons) & RSA/UCLES DTEFLA.
Anne studied Law at Oxford, but since then has made a successful career in ELT, becoming a teacher-trainer, course assessor and materials writer. She now runs the English for Law programmes in the Business and Specialist Centre, but is also involved in IH London Teacher Training courses from time to time. She has worked in Austria. Her qualifications are: BA (Hons), RSA/UCLES DTEFLA.
Bruce obtained qualified teacher status in the 70s, afterwards working at Moscow State University as well as International House London. He spent eighteen years as Professor of Business Language at Nagoya University, Japan, before returning to London to teach in the Business and Specialist Centre. He speaks Russian and Japanese. His qualifications are: BA (Hons), MA, Mphil, PGCE.
Dominique Vouillemin taught English in Japan and Poland before coming to International House in 1992. She has wide experience in English language teaching, is a qualified NLP trainer, and runs business English Teacher training and cultural training courses. Her qualifications include: BA (Hons), MA English Lang, Cert Ed and RSA/UCLES DTEFLA. She speaks French.
Francis worked for International House in Milan after gaining his teaching certificate in 1999. He is also a qualified lawyer and still does some work in this area. He joined the Business and Specialist Centre team in 2015 and has taught a wide variety of business, general and legal English classes. He speaks fluent French and Italian. His qualifications include BA, GDL, CELTA.
Helen has wide-ranging experience of ESP, management and business English in both Latvia and the UK. She studied linguistics at Masters level for two years and did an MBA course, also working for 6 years at a business school. She has been on the teaching staff of the Centre since 2011. Her qualifications include: BA, DELTA. She speaks Russian, French, Latvian and is learning Italian.
Jane von Holzen
Jane has a wide variety of experience of business English tuition and management. She has been a teacher and teacher trainer at the Centre for eight years, is an important member of our IELTS teaching team and speaks French. Her qualifications include: MA , RSA/UCLES Dip TEFLA & LCCI CertTEB.
Melanie Bryant's wide-ranging experience areas include business English teacher training, English for exams and project-based General Executive courses. She has been with IH for twenty years. Her qualifications include: BA (Hons) MA (Spanish) RSA/UCLES Dip TEFLA. Melanie speaks Spanish and German.
Nichola taught English in Costa Rica, where she opened a school, and in Turkey before coming to International House. She has been working at the Centre for a number of years and her qualifications are: BA, RSA/UCLES DTEFLA. She speaks French, Spanish, Turkish and Arabic.
Nick Hamilton has been a Director of Studies with IH in Turkey and has also taught and trained teachers in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and China. He is a teacher trainer on DELTA, CELTA and CertIBET courses, and has been with IH for twenty five years. His qualifications include: MA (Hons), RSA/UCLES Dip TEFLA. He speaks German and Turkish.
After reading English at Cambridge, Ruth spent a year working in Japan, as well as doing voluntary work in Africa and the Middle-East. Her acting background means she has an especially effective approach to pronunciation and voice training. She has been with the Business and Specialist Centre for ten years. Her qualifications are: M.A. (Hons), TESOL (Trinity), LCCI Cert TEB. She speaks French and basic Japanese.
Sally worked for a number of years with a large pharmaceutical company before beginning a new career teaching English in 2010. She is a qualified online learning facilitator and speaks Spanish. Her qualifications include CELTA.
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