Our administration team are here to make your stay in Brighton as easy and enjoyable as possible by helping you before, during and after your course as required. We have a dedicated team of staff that organises everything in-house so that we can control the quality of our services.
Ali Passmore MA, BA Head of Accommodation and Welfare
Ali is Head of the Accommodation and Welfare Department here at ELC Brighton. She joined in 2010. Ali is originally from Johannesburg but studied in the US for 3 years before coming to live in England in 1999. Before joining ELC she worked for a school in London. She loves travelling and playing squash.
Heather Shonkwiler Ba, Dip, CTEFLA Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Heather works with Ali in the Accommodation and Welfare Department. Before joining, Heather worked for different schools in Brighton. She has a BA in Sociology, a diploma in acupuncture and she is a TEFL certified teacher. She also lived and taught in Italy for three years. She loves history, writing and travelling in her spare time.
Fergus Kavanagh BA (Hons), Cert TESOL Social Activities Organiser
Fergus is responsible for the social programme at ELC Brighton. He joined us in 2017 having worked previously as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in the UK and abroad. Before joining ELC he worked for a school in Canterbury, Kent. In his free time he enjoys travelling and going on long walks in the countryside.
Hayley Brown MSc Digital and Design Marketing Officer
Hayley is responsible for maintaining the school's website, blog and social media streams. She joined ELC in 2018 having previously worked for a small brand in Brighton, after completing her Master’s degree. Hayley has a love for photography, travelling and film.
Silvia Berástegui BA Enrolment Officer
Silvia is responsible for enrolments including all documentation before and after arrival. Originally from Spain, Silvia joined ELC in 2017 having worked for another language school in Brighton. She has a love for cooking, travelling and practising martial arts.
Julia Sandiford BA Sales & Marketing Administrator
Julia is responsible for all bookings and enquiries and will usually be your first point of contact. Julia joined ELC in 2006 having previously run her own business for many years. Julia is also a host family for ELC. Julia has a degree in graphic design and in her spare time loves visiting historical places and art galleries. She is also a keen gardener and cook.
Monika Szkudlarek MPA Administration and Groups Officer
Monika is responsible for the administration of group bookings. Originally from Poland, Monika joined ELC in 2018 having worked previously for another English language school in Brighton and in the travel industry. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, baking, cycling and interior design.
Benita Rudkin AAT Finance Officer
Benita is reponsible for the day-to-day running of the Accounts Department, overseeing both our schools - ELC Brighton and Eastbourne School of English. She joined ELC in 2015 after many years' finance experience in other companies in Brighton. In her free time she enjoys travelling.
Sam Woods MAAT Accounts Administrator
Sam works in the Accounts Department. He joined us in 2015 following a number of Accounts and Sales roles. Sam studied for a Higher Diploma in Modern Music at Brighton Institute of Modern Music and has kept up his love of drumming ever since. He is also a keen photographer.
Phil Steere Buildings Manager
Phil is responsible for the maintenance of the school buildings and for Health & Safety at ELC. He joined ELC in 2010 having previously worked for other companies in London & Brighton. He studied lead guitar at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and is also a keen photographer.