Meet the committee

The LAMSIG Committee

Andy Hockley – Co-ordinator

Andy is a freelance educational management consultant and teacher trainer based in deepest Transylvania. After 11 years of teaching English worldwide, he completed an MA in International and Intercultural Management. Subsequently he worked as a project manager at the School for International Training, including participating in the curriculum working party that developed the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM). He has been coordinating and training on the IDLTM since its inception in 2001. He is co-author of “From Teacher to Manager” (CUP, 2008) and “Managing Education in the Digital Age” (The Round, 2014) and sole author of “Educational Management” (Polirom, 2007). He has been a member of the LAMSIG committee for many years, is responsible for the SIG’s online presence, and became coordinator in 2015. He can be contacted at:[email protected]

 Marina Gonzalez – Social Media coordinator

Marina González is a graduate from UCAECE in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She teaches ELT Management and Materials Design at the BA for language teachers. She also coordinates the English Department at Universidad de Flores (UFLO).  She has held managerial positions in medium and large sized language organisations since 1995.  Also a researcher in both universities, her research interests focus on Complexity Theory and Professional Development. She has presented her work and delivered plenaries in different countries of South and North America, and Europe. 

Jenny Johnson – Secretary & Webinar coordinator

Jenny Johnson works in Eastbourne, on the south coast of England, as Academic Manager for ELC Eastbourne (previously Eastbourne School of English). Jenny has been in ELT for many years, most of them in training and management roles.  Before returning to the UK Jenny spent many years in Spain, as teacher, Director of Studies,
teacher trainer, and eventually Head of the Teacher Training department at International House Barcelona.

Jenny has held various IATEFL committee roles, including Special Interest Groups Representative and Co-ordinator of the Teacher Trainers and Educators Special Interest Group. Jenny has been a member of the Leadership and Management Special Interest Group committee for many years. She was Co-ordinator from 2012-2015 and now
manages the LAMSIG webinars.

Jenny’s qualifications include a Masters in ELT from the University of Sussex, the IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) and the International House COLT (Certificate in Online Training). Jenny’s professional interests are training and
continuous professional development for teachers, teacher trainers and managers, professionalising ELT, and lifelong learning. She co-wrote, with Susan Barduhn, a chapter on teaching qualifications in the Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education, and, with Monica Poulter, a chapter on teachers’ language competence in the Cambridge Assessment English Studies in Language Testing series. Jenny also
spent a month as Guest Writer on the British Council | BBC TeachEnglish website. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Loraine Kennedy – Newsletter Editor

Loraine KennedyLoraine Kennedy is now based in Berlin running her own educational training, coaching and consultancy services, after five years as Centre Manager of Bell International Institute in London, part of the Bell Educational Trust. Loraine has been in ELT for many years, most of them spent in management roles overseas and in the UK. Before returning to the UK, Loraine was Deputy Director of the British Council in Porto, Portugal and before that she spent many years in Hong Kong.Loraine has conducted numerous consultancies, projects and training events worldwide.  She is interested in helping individuals and teams solve all kinds of educational management problems, but is particularly passionate about promoting successful  change, through professional development, innovation and self management.

Loraine’s qualifications include a Masters in ELT from University of Reading and a Postgraduate Business Administration Diploma from University of Leicester. She also holds the the Cambridge ESOL accredited ADLTM (Advanced Diploma in Language Teaching Management) and Dip TEFLA. She is also a qualified life and business coach.

George Pickering – Newsletter Editor

georgeGeorge is an educational coach, trainer and consultant. He has delivered training and seminars in over 60 countries throughout the world. He was the co-ordinator of the Leadership & Management Special Interest Group (SIG) for many years and is the editor of the SIG Newsletter. George was the treasurer of IATEFL from 1999 to 2005 and is currently the SIG Representative on the IATEFL Co-ordinating Committee. He is the academic director of the English UK Diploma in English Language Teaching Management (accredited by Trinity College London) and a tutor on the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (accredited by Cambridge ESOL). George is a British Council inspector of language schools in the UK (Accreditation). His main professional interests are leadership and management development, coaching and personal effectiveness (time management and stress management) and managing change.

He can be contacted about the SIG and its Newsletter and management and training issues at:

Telephone: +44 1843 580150
Skype: georgepickering (Ramsgate)
E-mail: [email protected]

Liam Brown

Liam has been ‘in’ learning and development all his working life. It’s been his world for four decades. He knows it as an experienced teacher, manager, trainer, speaker and consultant working on achieving excellence at work through communication, collaborative learning, management and decision making.

He worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and UK for the British Council – the UK’s international organization for education opportunities and cultural relations – for 29 years, including Director of the prestigious Professional Development Centre in Singapore and latterly from 2002 to 2017 as Learning and Development Manager for the worldwide English and Exams Strategic Business Unit.

In that role he was responsible for designing and delivering business-wide learning initiatives and interventions for managers, teachers, examinations administrators, specialist and support staff.

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he now works independently with individuals,  businesses and ELT institutions around the world.

Liam specialises in L&D programme design for management and staff and increasingly with a new focus on BiteSize programmes and “Awaydays” to help people spend more time ‘on the business’ rather than ‘in the business’.

Gerhard Erasmus

Gerhard has been teaching in Asia for almost 20 years and currently lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife and three children. Over the last 10 years, he has worked as Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Assessor, Academic Manager, and Director of Studies. He is currently with the British Council Taiwan. He is still actively involved in teacher training and tutors on various courses including the Trinity Certificate in TESOL, Trinity Young Learners Extension Certificate (TYLEC), Cambridge DELTA Module 2 and Cambridge Train the Trainer.

He has been an active member of IATEFL for almost a decade and currently also serves on the Marketing and Membership Committee.  His main interests are professional development for teachers, coaching and mentoring. He contributes to a variety of ELT related magazines and blogs and has written a number of course books and teacher books. When he is not working or writing, he enjoys board games, sports (especially cricket), and is a hobby magician.

Gerhard’s qualifications include an MSc Education, Cambridge DELTA, Post Graduate Certificate Education (Senior Phase and Vocational Education and Training) and the IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management).

He can be contacted on [email protected]

Katherine Martinkevich

Katherine is a past LAM SIG IATEFL scholarship winner (2016) and has given regular talks on English language teaching and academic management at IATEFL and other international and local conferences. She holds an M.Ed. from Minsk State Linguistic University (1999), Cambridge CELTA, IH CELTYL, Cambridge Delta, IH Certificate in Educational Management, and is currently studying towards her second Master’s at NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education).

From 2014 to 2019 she worked as an academic manager at the British Council Ukraine and is now is a member of the British Council Global Teaching Excellence working group, as well as a Professional Skills trainer, teacher and course writer. She blogs about teaching, learning and managing at Kate’s ELT Crate

She spends her free time reading science fiction and fantasy, working out at the gym, listening to extreme metal, watching Asian dramas, or doing all of it at once.

Josh Round


Josh Round has nearly 20 years of professional experience in ELT and has mainly worked in London-based language schools, firstly as a teacher on General and Business English courses, then as a teacher trainer on Trinity TESOL Certificate and Diploma programmes, before becoming a Director of Studies in 2005.

Josh started teaching in 1992, initially as a Drama teacher, and also enjoyed a moderately successful career as a theatre, TV and film actor, combining both jobs over a period of 10 years.

After ‘retiring’ from acting to focus on English Language Teaching, Josh became Trinity Diploma qualified, and later gained the English UK Diploma in ELT Management. He has been part of LONDOSA – the DoS Association in London – for many years, and became Chair in 2011; he joined the IATEFL LAM SIG Committee in 2014. Josh is a regular presenter at conferences, has delivered training sessions for English UK, and has been involved in co-organizing several successful ELT conference events.

As Director of Studies at St Giles International London Central, he enjoys the process of quality management, ensuring excellent study experiences for international students, and the challenge to continuously improve the teaching team, and develop himself.

He speaks Spanish, French, German and Catalan, but has never worked abroad.

He blogs from time to time on aspects of academic management at

Evrim Üstünlüoğlu

Evrim Üstünlüoğlu is based in Izmir-Turkey working as an associate professor at the Izmir University of Economics.  She has been an English instructor and also worked as the director of School of Foreign Languages for many years. As a director, she has overseen the coordination, curriculum and material development, exam development, and extra curricular activities of the intensive English program. As a faculty member, she has taught English at different levels, organized international and national conferences/activities, conducted research, and also participated in several international/national projects. She has publications on quality in higher education, pedagogical competencies of faculty members, and approaches in teaching  in  international and national journals. She has been awarded  scholarships to conduct research and to teach as a visiting scholar abroad. She is the founding member of a national language education accreditation association and TESOL Turkey; and she has certificates on accreditation reviewing. Her expertise and interests are quality in education, program development, methodology and designing thinking.

Evrim’s qualifications include MA degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Ph.D in Educational Sciences.