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ELC Brighton Administration Team

Our Administration Team in Brighton

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 - Head of Accommodation and Welfare

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 - Accommodation and Welfare Officer

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 - Social Activities Organiser

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.

Cali Coquet-Steere - Administration Assistant

Cali Coquet-Steere BA (Hons), PGCE, Cert TESOL Administration and Groups Officer

Cali is responsible for the administration of group bookings and also supports the CEO with administration. She originally joined ELC in 2007 as Academic Secretary but took a couple of years out to study for a PGCE in maths teaching. Cali's first degree was joint in Ancient History and Archaeology / Hispanic studies. She speaks fluent Spanish, upper-intermediate Galician and pre-intermediate Basque. Amongst her many pastimes, she is a keen archer.   

Silvia Berástegui - Enrolment Officer

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 - Sales and Marketing Administrator

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.

Benita Rudkin - Finance Officer

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 - Accounts Administrator

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 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.