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Our Management Team in Eastbourne

We have a very experienced management team based at ELC Eastbourne who run the school day-to-day. The Centre Manager has more than 25 years' experience in English language teaching in the UK and overseas, as a manager and teacher. The academic managers are very well-qualified and each have over 30 years' experience in ELT.  

John Veale - Centre Manager

John Veale BA (Hons), DTEFLA Centre Manager

John is the Centre Manager at ELC Eastbourne and has overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the centre. He is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Lead for Prevent for ELC Eastbourne. John is experienced in all aspects of leading a successful EFL centre, focusing on student outcomes, achievements and experiences. He joined ELC in 2017 and has had a varied industry experience; having taught in the UK, Japan, Spain and Italy.  In addition to overseeing ELC Eastbourne, John is also part of the overall ELC management team, contributing to the future development of ELC and its schools in Brighton and Eastbourne.

Jenny Johnson - Academic Manager

Jenny Johnson BEd (Hons), MA (ELT), DTEFLA Academic Manager

Jenny is Academic Manager at ELC Eastbourne, looking after all aspects of the day-to-day delivery of our courses in Eastbourne. Jenny joined ELC in 2013 with extensive experience in academic management. She worked for many years at IH Barcelona as Director of Studies and Head of Teacher Training. In 2006 she relocated to Brighton, UK and became Academic Director of an international organisation. Jenny is strongly involved in Teacher Development and IATEFL. She is a regular conference speaker, has written many articles and contributed to a number of published books. She also contributes to It's Magazine. 

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson BA (Hons), DELTA Assistant Academic Manager

Chris is Assistant Academic Manager at ELC Eastbourne, supporting Jenny with the day-to-day running of the academic department in Eastbourne. He joined ELC Eastbourne in 2018 having previously taught English in Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Spain and the UK. He has 11 years' experience as a teacher, examiner and academic manager in the UK. Chris is an avid reader, enjoys motorcycle touring and playing football, cricket and chess.

Phil Hopkins - Chief Executive

Phil Hopkins MA (TESOL), BSc (Hons), DTEFLA Chief Executive

Phil has overall responsibility for the charity and the 2 schools it operates - ELC Brighton and ELC Eastbourne. Day-to-day he oversees the business and is primarily responsible for strategic direction, administration and marketing. He is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Designated Lead for Prevent for ELC Brighton. Phil joined ELC in 2001. He has over 30 years' experience in ELT, as a Principal, academic manager, teacher trainer (CELTA and DELTA) and teacher in the UK, Greece, Spain and Kuwait. Phil speaks French, Spanish and some Greek.

Peter Tamkin - Academic Director

Peter Tamkin BA (Hons), PGCE (TESOL), DTEFLA Group Academic Director

Peter is responsible for teaching and courses across the two schools of the charity. He has more than 30 years' ELT experience in the Sudan, Spain, Brazil and the UK. He joined ELC in 1990 and has taught on the whole range of courses. He is particularly interested in business English. Before joining ELC he was the Head of ESL at a large secondary school in London for 5 years.

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