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 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.
Chris Robinson BA (Hons), DELTA Academic Manager
Chris is the Academic Manager at ELC Eastbourne, looking after all aspects of the day-to-day delivery of our courses 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 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 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.