Meet the Staff

School Staff

The Wimbledon School of English team

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
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
After teaching English in Madrid and Central London for a few years I was lucky to get a teaching position in a school in Wimbledon, I then settled in the local area. I have over 30 years experience in running language schools and I joined WSE earlier this year. I enjoy meeting new people and new adventures so my current position suits me very well. I organise the activity programme and arrange group programmes. I love living in South West London as it has its own character, many green spaces and I can get to Central London quickly by train. I enjoy travelling and recently I have visited many areas of the UK, Derbyshire and Cornwall being two of my favourites.
Julia Clarke
Partnerships,Groups and Activities Manager
I started working at WSE in March 2010 after working at the Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. As the Registrar, I enrol students, confirm bookings, have daily contact with agents and all other administrative duties. I also work in the accommodation department each morning. 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
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
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
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
'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' is a Sanskrit phrase which means 'The whole world is one single family!' and this phrase translates well into the WSE school community! Hi, my name is Smita and I joined this wonderful school community as an Accounts Assistant in April 2022. I have prior accounting, auditing and project finance experience although this is my first time working in the Accounts team within an international school environment. I find this role interesting and enjoy interacting with people from all around the globe. I love Music, fancy the Space and outside of my working hours, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Smita Khanzode
Accounts & Admin Assistant
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
Originally from Portugal, I moved to the UK 10 years ago and have worked in the education industry since. I first started as a conference organiser for StudyTravel, having moved into sales positions in a couple of different organisations. I have a soft spot for the juniors programme and will be most happy to discuss it with both agents and students' parents alike.
Alexandra Branco
Sales Executive
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 Manager
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
After teaching English in China, I joined Wimbledon School of English as Student Services officer in May 2021. I enjoy meeting all our students from around the world and helping them to make the most of their stay. I studied History at University and I am hoping to do a masters in History in the future. I cycle to school most days and enjoy history and photography as well as writing my blog. I have lived in the area all my life, London is my home town and I love living in a multicultural city. I have travelled around the world including China, South America, Africa and many European countries but friends, family and the diversity of food and restaurants always brings me back!
Akosua Sarpong
Student Services Officer
I moved from the Czech Republic to the UK in August 2015. I wanted to improve my English, experience a different culture and make a change in my life. I started working as an au-pair, looking after children, and then moved on to a career in retail. From the shop floor I worked my way up to floor manager. The most interesting aspect of my job in retail was the opportunity to be around people and provide excellent customer service. For this reason, I was excited to join WSE as I get to meet people from around the world and work with great staff. In my spare time I love going to the gym and focussing on my well-being. I am currently studying a personal trainer course and training for a wellness competition. One of my goals is to help people live healthier and happier lives.
Gabriela Krchova
Administration Officer
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Assistant Director of Studies & 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
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
Hi, I am Susi, the Director of Studies. I have been working in the ELT industry since 2006, and have spent time working and living in Thailand, Australia, Bournemouth and London. Throughout this time I have had extensive experience as a teacher, a teacher-trainer, and as an academic manager. I am a qualified CELTA and CertTESOL trainer, and hold a Diploma in ELT Management from Trinity/English UK. I am highly customer-focused with a keen eye for detail, and extremely keen on professional development for both myself and my teams. I look forward to helping you achieve your language goals here at Wimbledon School of English!
Susi Wright
Director of Studies
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 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
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
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