Meet the Staff

School Staff

The Wimbledon School of English team

I am the Registrar at Wimbledon School of English. I first came to work here in 1994 and since joining the school I have enjoyed meeting people from many countries. I enjoy my job enormously as the students and staff create a very happy atmosphere. In my free time I like gardening, seeing my grandchildren and retail therapy!
Barbara Goodson
Registrar
I started my career in teaching in 1989 when I lived in Egypt. From Egypt I moved to Brazil where I spent a few years working mainly with corporate clients who wanted to learn English. After living overseas for several years I decided to return to the UK. I have been at WSE since 2001 when I started as Director of Studies. I have recently taken over as Principal, a role that I am honoured and excited to have. We have a wonderful team here at WSE and also enthusiastic, hard-working students who, together, create a great environment in the school. I love my job and am very proud to be a part of WSE. I have great opportunities to meet people from all over the world and be part of people's learning experience. Our school is a fantastic place to work with a welcoming atmosphere, lovely building, stunning garden and friendly people.
Fiona Dunlop
Principal
I started working at WSE in March 2010 after working at the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. As the Assistant Registrar, I enrol students, confirm bookings, have daily contact with agents and all other administration duties. I also work in the accommodation department each morning. In accommodation, I am responsible for allocating students to a host family or a residence house. I also on a regular basis visit our host families to ensure that our students are placed with caring families and the facilities offered are of a high standard. I love working here because of the friendly students and staff. I spend my spare time looking after my two children and the students who stay with me. I've been a host family for quite a few years now and love welcoming people from all over the world.
Elaine Sinclair Johnson
Assistant Registrar & Accommodation Officer
I came to Wimbledon School of English as a student in 1982 and liked the atmosphere so much I stayed on as a part-time general assistant after taking my English exams. Then I was lucky enough to be offered full-time employment in the administration of the school, working on the introduction of computers into every aspect of the School's activities from courses to accommodation to leisure activities and developing the examination centre side of the business. I am here to ensure you have an enjoyable, profitable and smooth-running time at our friendly school.
Sandro Saviolo
Operations and Examination Centre Director
I started in the EFL industry as a teacher working abroad in Spain, Australia and Italy. After several years as a teacher I changed direction and moved within the industry to sales and marketing where I worked for a couple of London language schools. I have mainly worked with European and Latin American markets and have enjoyed travelling there to meet our representatives and sample new cultures. I'm looking forward to a new challenge at Wimbledon School of English.
June Dunn
Sales Manager
My career in the past has primarily been focused on Project and Events Management in sectors such as intercultural and art events. I have always been drawn to and enjoyed working in international environment due to having a degree in and a deep love of languages. This is one of the reasons I had a wish to join WSE, famously known as an industry frontrunner and a hub of amazing personalities from every corner of the world. I spend my spare time painting and exhibiting my artwork in and around London and abroad.
Samaira Ali
Student Services Officer and DSP
I joined the WSE as the Accommodation Manager in 2015. I have been a host parent for a number of years and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting many interesting students. My background is varied, from Youth Work, Educational Support, Property letting and the NHS. My role here at WSE is to ensure all students enjoy their stay with their host family or the independence of one of the residence houses. In my spare time I swim, cycle and spend time with my children and grandchildren.
Julie Ransley
Accommodation Manager and DSL
I joined Wimbledon School of English in May 2017 as Service Coordinator. This is my first time working in a school and I am enjoying it very much. I love working with a great team of staff and it's so interesting meeting students from all over the world. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends...not forgetting my 3 dogs!
Hayley Johnson
Services Co-ordinator
After a few years working in France I joined WSE as a teacher in 1989. I used to love teaching grammar, and Cambridge Proficiency was my favourite course. In 1990 I became Director of Studies and really enjoyed working with our wonderful team of teachers. I then left and worked for another excellent organisation for a couple of years, but I missed Wimbledon School of English, its fantastic staff, its friendly atmosphere and its beautiful building & garden, and I was delighted when I was invited back as Principal in 1999. I became the Managing Director of WSE in 2017 and these days I spend a lot of my time on marketing, which means I travel all over the world. I am very proud of this school and everyone who works here and I really do believe we are one of the best schools in the UK.
Jane Dancaster
Managing Director
I recently joined the Sales and Marketing Department of WSE after working for one of our partners. I am very happy to work with all the friendly staff here and to be in this beautiful part of London. In the past I have followed several language courses abroad myself and for me these were unforgettable times. Therefore I have very good experiences with language stays and that is the reason why I enjoy being part of an organization that is providing these kind of services. Because I like sharing my experiences and encouraging people to do the same, I see it as a challenge to convince people that coming to Wimbledon is definitely the best way to learn English.
Sjors Helderman
Sales & Marketing Officer
I have recently joined the tremendous team at WSE as the Accounts Officer and I have found everyone within the school, both staff and students to be welcoming and friendly. This is my first time of working within a school environment, which whilst I have found is very different to my previous jobs, I am adapting to the change in environment. Having a great team, both behind you and working with you, is very helpful in understanding how the school system works and also assists with the knowledge required to fulfil my role within the school. Outside of the working day, I enjoy reading books and spending time with my family and friends.
Amanda King
Accounts Officer
Hi, my name is Greg, I come from Ireland and I have been living in London for the past 7 years. I started in the industry in 2017 after attaining my CELTA certificate and working in another London language school. I knew the reputation and quality of WSE for many years and I am delighted to now be part of their driven and creative marketing team! I have a varied experience, having worked in different roles within Film, TV and Music. I am a huge music fan and I love all things creative. I find ELT a very interesting industry to work in and love getting to know people from different parts of the world.
Greg McCarthy
Marketing & Digital Media
I recently joined WSE in the summer of 2017, as the new General Assistant. I love working here and meeting new people from around the globe and the atmosphere is incredible. In my free time, I tend to meet up with my friends and play football in the park. My favourite team is Chelsea (sorry!) but I generally enjoy all sports.
Tom Edwards
General Assistant

Academic

I've been at Wimbledon School of English since 2001, having spent a year teaching in Macedonia followed by a few years teaching and teacher-training at another London school. While here I have written numerous courses which I have found extremely stimulating, and in the past few years have taught many of the IELTS courses held in the school. I have recently been involved in the new Certificate in Teaching English for Business teacher training course. When I'm not busy writing new courses or teaching, I enjoy cycling. A few years ago I was mad enough to cycle from Land's End at the bottom of the UK to John O' Groats at the top!
Julian Oakley
Assistant Director of Studies & Teacher
After spending five memorable years at Wimbledon School of English, I left in 1984 to further my horizons and experience by living and teaching English in South Africa, the USA and Japan for a total of 8 years. I had always kept very fond memories of my years spent at the Wimbledon School of English and on coming back to Wimbledon in the early 1990s (with the addition of a young family!) I couldn't imagine working anywhere else! I taught part-time 'au pair' classes for a number of years and am now teaching full-time general English classes. I love having the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful students from all over the world and helping them to make good progress in a very special and unique school!
Hilary Busso
Teacher
My career began with a year teaching English in a primary school in Shanghai, and continued with a variety of international business roles. Some years as a teaching assistant in London state schools followed while my children were growing up. I returned to teaching English as a foreign language in 2009. On completion of my DELTA I started work at Wimbledon School of English in 2013. I grew up in Wimbledon, so I have also come back to my roots. I teach all levels of general English and I particularly enjoy teaching the Cambridge exam classes. In my spare time I love travelling, cooking, listening to jazz and learning other languages.
Helen Dennis-Smith
Teacher
I started teaching in 2005 and my first teaching job was in Japan. It was there that I fell in love with teaching. I worked in several cities in Japan and after that, I moved to the south of Italy and taught there. I came back to London in 2009 and got my Delta in 2011. In London, I've taught all levels and age groups. I've taught exam preparation, business English and specialist courses. I also spent some time working in Academic Management. I started at WSE in January 2020 and I'm so happy to be working at such an amazing school with a great team and fantastic students. In my free time, I love going to karaoke, spending time with family and friends and studying other languages.
Liz Agholor
Teacher
I've been teaching English since 2004. I have taught both General English and exam classes. Although I have worked in various language schools, in my opinion Wimbledon School of English uniquely combines great teaching with the most warm and friendly atmosphere. To relax, I'm a big fan of jazz and I enjoy painting.
Vittorio Pelosi
Teacher
Yvette Gresle
Teacher
After teaching at Wimbledon School of English since 1991, I still look forward to a day's teaching and leave feeling I've done something fulfilling. I've taught a whole range of courses from Beginners to Proficiency. One of my favourite courses is English and Culture which allows me a chance to indulge my interest in art and literature. I also keep fit playing tennis with the students once a week and have been known to appear on stage in funny costumes for our Christmas show! It's simply wonderful to work with a fantastic group of people and meet such lovely students from all over the world. Work here really is a pleasure.
Helen Galer
Teacher
I've been an English teacher since 2001 and have taught in London and the UAE. The most rewarding aspect of my job is being able to build a great rapport with my students and empower them with the skills they need to achieve their personal and academic goals. I joined WSE in March 2016 and am really proud to be part of such a dedicated and experienced team of teachers. It is the best language school I've worked for! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy running and hope to run the London Marathon one day! I recently did a skydive over the Palm Island in Dubai to raise money for the NSPCC charity in London.
Zahirra Dayal
Teacher
My wife tipped me off about the school and how good it was, as she was a student here in 2000 from Korea. I came to work at the school in 2012 after eighteen months teaching in South Korea and I love working here! The students always put a smile on my face, and it's so nice to see so many different nationalities together all achieving the same goal. Furthermore, it's fascinating to see their communicative competence develop during their stay and to be a facilitator of this. As a teacher, the school has a great working atmosphere, with helpful colleagues and there's a strong focus on career development. Away from teaching, I also enjoy learning Korean, food, football, Leicester City FC and fishing!
Sean Hodson
Study Centre Manager & Teacher
I've been teaching English since 1997 and have been in language teaching management since 2004. I have taught and managed in schools in Japan, Italy and Vietnam. I came back to the UK permanently in 2010 and since October of that year I've been working for WSE. While I enjoyed my time living and working overseas, I have no plans to do so again for the foreseeable future and I am enjoying teaching and interacting with a wide range of students here at WSE. As well as in the classroom, you may see me in the academic office or leading a social programme excursion to Cambridge or to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club. I look forward to seeing you here in whatever capacity I meet you.
Duncan MacInnes
Academic Project Manager & Teacher
I have 17 years experience in the EFL industry. After teaching for a few years, I took the Cambridge Diploma in English Teaching. Having been a teacher for several years, I became the Director of Studies at Internexus at Regent's College. I oversaw the integration of the language school into the university, and set up the university's first English language pre-sessional and in-sessional programmes. While at Regent's College I also took the school through a British Council inspection, where we achieved several points of excellence. I moved back into teaching in 2013 at the prestigious Wimbledon School of English, where I have taught for 5 years. I am now looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of being the DoS at one of the most highly regarded EFL schools in the UK. As Director of Studies, I will be responsible for maintaining the high academic standards and managing the teaching and learning in the school.
Jo Krousso
Director of Studies
I have been teaching English for around 25 years, usually in this country but also in Hungary (in scenic Szolnok) and in Shanghai. I started working here in March and have been really impressed by the atmosphere in the school, the dedication of the teachers and shortness of my walk to work. Outside of the school I am a supporter of the local football team, AFC Wimbledon, and write film reviews that appear in a number of North London newspapers.
Michael Joyce
Teacher
I became a teacher in 1984, almost straight after university. Since then, I have taught English at all levels in many different schools and organisations in both England and in Italy, where I lived for more than 20 years. My teaching experience enabled me to work in educational ELT publishing for some years, and here I had the chance to work on the preparation and publication of English coursebooks and components. WSE provides such a rich programme of trips and experiences, and it's wonderful to see our students enjoying their stay and making the most of their time in London. The team of teachers and admin staff at WSE is dedicated and professional, and the atmosphere throughout the school is warm and welcoming, making it a wonderful place both to work and to study in. My children keep me busy when I'm not teaching.
Dilly Grotto
Teacher
My first experience of English as a Foreign Language came in 2005 when I coordinated the social programme for a summer school. I completed my teacher training the next year and set out on a journey that saw me teach a range of courses in Hungary, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands. I would return to the UK every summer to centre manage junior summer schools until I moved back to Britain in 2019. I taught at WSE before becoming Director of Studies of the Junior Summer Centre in 2019. I am now responsible for the overall organisation of the Juniors which is a role I relish. I also write novels and PapRise was published in September 2019, ride my bicycle, support Wolverhampton Wanderers, and spend long stretches of time on trains.
Adam Mathews
Juniors Operations Manager & Teacher
I have taught English for over ten years and really enjoy the sense of purpose I get from helping students reach their language goals. I have taught in several countries around the world which has been really rewarding as well as interesting. However, I chose to work at Wimbledon School in London because here I can teach classes with students from different language backgrounds and cultures, which is really enjoyable. In my free time, among other things, I like to cycle, go to the cinema and also watch football.
Luke Phillips
Teacher
I started teaching in Barcelona in 2000 and a year later came back to London and have been at WSE ever since. I teach all levels and many types of ESP as well, including Cambridge exam and IELTS courses. I am also involved in teacher development, leading teacher training workshops in schools in the UK, and have taken this role to China, Poland, and Kurdistan.
Mark Smith
Teacher
I began working in education in 2001, and until 2009 spent my time supporting teenagers with learning difficulties and behavioural problems to complete their courses. During my time in this role I started working with young people who were refugees, and this sparked my interest in English language teaching. I completed the CELTA qualification in 2009 and have been teaching in London since. I have taught a range of levels and I really enjoy encouraging genuine communication with students and finding out about their different life experiences. I find people fascinating! I qualified with Cambridge DELTA in Summer 2016 and began teaching at WSE in March 2017. It is rewarding to work in such a comfortable and welcoming environment with so many gifted teaching professionals.
Helen Merritt
Teacher
I taught in Australia for many years, then worked for a spell in Madrid before moving to London in 2007. I consider myself lucky to have landed on my feet at Wimbledon School of English, where I've taught ever since. It's a unique place to work; challenging, but with a unique sense of fun and camaraderie. I teach a wide range of courses from beginners to proficiency, as well as Cambridge exam preparation courses, and find all of them satisfying in their own way. I really enjoy the cultural mix in the classroom and helping people to make progress in our wonderful language!
Rob Julian
Teacher

The London Exam Centre Staff

I joined Wimbledon School of English in May of 2014 and spent the summer working as a General Assistant. I quickly fell in love with the school and had a great time working with my lovely colleagues and helping our students from many different countries. The next summer I came back and started helping Blanca, our social programme officer, with the various social activities in and out of the school and had heaps of fun doing so. Since then, I also helped our exams department by invigilating for Cambridge and IELTS exams, as well as doing various other jobs for our school. In May of 2018 I joined the exams department on a full-time basis and I am very happy to be part of such a wonderful and hard-working team. In my free time I love travelling and experiencing different cultures.
Arturas Rysevas
Cambridge Examinations Assistant
I started to work in The London Exam Centre as a Cambridge English exam administrator in August 2008. Now, as the Head, I'm overseeing the whole exam process from registration to posting of certificates. Also my responsibility is management of all operational procedures associated with exams, making sure our candidates have a stress-free and rewarding as possible exam experience. I am pleased that we can offer our students the opportunity to take the Cambridge English exams at our school, in a familiar and supportive environment. I enjoy lots of activities, especially dancing and badminton.
Renata Havrillova
Head of Cambridge Examinations
I recently joined Wimbledon school of English as IELTS Coordinator for the London Exam Centre, a role that I am very excited to have. I am glad to work with a wonderful team and a multicultural environment. I studied Foreign Languages and Cultures at university and English has always been my passion. In my spare time, I love travelling, reading and going to the gym.
Loredana Varraso
IELTS Co-ordinator