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

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)


Loraine Kennedy – Secretary

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.

Jenny Johnson – member

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


Josh Round – member


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


Andy Curtis – member

AndyPhotoAndy received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England. From 2007 to 2011, Andy was the Director of the ELT Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in China, and a professor in the Faculty of Education there. And from 2002 to 2006, he was the Executive Director of the School of English at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Over the last 20 years, he has published around 100 articles, book chapters and books, and presented to around 25,000 teachers in 50 countries, in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as North, South and Central America. He is currently working with the Graduate School of Education at Anaheim University, which is based in California, USA, while researching and writing on educational leadership and management, online teaching and learning, and teacher professional development.


Marina Gonzalez – member

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.