Meet the Team

The Distance Delta has an expert training team drawn from the vast pool of knowledge, expertise and experience in the International House and British Council network. Amongst our expert team we have published ELT authors and Cambridge Module 2 Assessors and Moderators as well as Cambridge Examiners for Modules 1 and 3. Together they will provide you with the individual guidance and tutoring you need during your course. In addition to this, we have a support team of Course Co-ordinators, the Course Administrator and a dedicated IT helpdesk should you need extra assistance.

  • Programme Manager

    Paulette Milego

    Hi. I’ve been working as a teacher and trainer at IH London since 1992. I worked on the original Diploma Distance Training Programme and have worked on the IH Educational Management Programme as well as the Distance Delta. I also work for Cambridge as a Delta Module One Exam writer and Team leader for Exam markers and Module 2 Assessor and Moderator. Before coming to London I worked in Turkey, Spain and Brazil and during my time here I’ve done a couple of stints abroad in Kenya and Moscow.

  • Course Administrators

    Francesca Battinieri

    Hi everybody, I’m Francesca and I come from Italy. I have an MA in English and French languages and literature and I have worked as an administrator in the Distance Delta offices for the last two years. I enjoy my work and it’s always nice to get to know the people behind the emails.

    I’m into theatre and cinema, reading and travelling. I spend my extra time working at the Globe Theatre in London (in Summer) and checking out the latest plays in the West End. Also being an Italian, there is nothing I don’t know about ‘good’ food.

    I love living in London, it’s a great city, but the one thing I don’t like about London is the weather!

    Magda Homa

    Hello Everyone, my name is Magda and I’m originally from Poland. I have a teaching degree in early school and pre-school education and also hold a CELTA qualification from IH London. For a very, very short while last year I tried to teach Polish at IH London so I’m definitely open to challenges!

    I enjoy long walks, playing badminton and am also a scrabble addict. I like reading, recently I’ve been introduced to P.J. O’Rourke; I’m also a number one fan of Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Futurama. I love dogs.

  • Course Co-ordinators

    Anne Timson

    I’ve been at International House for over twenty years on and off. I started back at IH London in 2009, after a six year break, I had previously worked there from 1992 to 2003. During my time away, I taught everything from basic literacy and ESOL beginners to pre-sessional Masters EAP courses. Here in IH, I usually work in the Executive Centre, teaching Business and ESP (mainly lawyers) and as a teacher trainer for CELTA and Delta.

    Cathy Ellis

    I’ve been a teacher trainer for about the last 20 years and have taught and trained in Spain Poland, Brazil, the Republic of Georgia, the UK and most recently Canada, where I worked for three years in Vancouver. I came back about six years ago and since then I’ve been living in London, teaching and training, working on CELTA and Delta courses, carrying out assessments for both courses. I also work for Cambridge ESOL as a Team leader for Delta Module One exam markers, and a moderator and assessor for Delta Module Two.

    Duncan Mackenzie

    Enjoying my third stint at IH London, I have been teaching and training permanently here since 2006. I was also a trainer in Prague and worked in Spain and Argentina before that, managing the switch between variations of Spanish with relative success. As well as CELTA and Delta, I have been a tutor on TKT, Business 1-1 and Training the Trainer courses. I also work for Cambridge ESOL as Module 1 exam marker.

    Jan Madakbas

    I have been at IH London since 2001 but before that worked in Moscow and Istanbul. I am a CELTA and Delta trainer but also work on the Diploma in Educational Management, do examining work and have been involved in designing online teacher training courses particularly for China. I am a Cambridge ESOL marker for Delta Module 3 and a Delta Module 2 assessor.

    Nick Witherick

    I have worked at International House London since 2009 but have been involved in Delta training since 2001. I do a number of ELT-related things including writing coursebook materials and language consultancy work in the field of recruitment. I’ve been a Trinity College London examiner since 2000 and mark Delta Module 1 exams for Cambridge.

  • Course Tutors

    Adam Bejsovec

    I’ve been working as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic manager since 1998 in different countries and different settings. I recently relocated to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I currently work as a teacher training coordinator for IH, tutoring CELTA, Delta and YL courses. I also spend quite a lot of time working online, tutoring courses for the Distance Delta and IH. My work has always been my hobby so the boundaries between my work and free time are fairly blurred. Apart from the ELT, I love cooking, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and an occasional movie, run and swim.

    Alastair Douglas

    I’m a teacher and trainer at International House, London. I worked in Japan and Indonesia for a number of years, before returning to IH where I had done my CELTA and Delta courses. I have an MA in ELT and Applied Linguistics from King’s College London. My teaching interests include using memory techniques to help with language recall and the cultural effects on learner styles. I train on CELTA and Delta courses and a Cambridge examiner for Delta Module 3.

    Annie Thomson

    I’m Annie and I having been working at International House, London since 2006.  Before then I was living in Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Portugal, teaching a range of courses, including EAP and YL. I am a CELTA and Delta trainer but, like probably all trainers, I love to be back in the classroom teaching whenever I can!

    Brigid Nugent

    I’m originally from Ireland, I still have my Irish brogue and am based in Istanbul. I do face to face Deltas, ICELTs and CELTAs and am an Assessor/Moderator for all. I am also the Professional Support Leader for the Cambridge ESOL exams in Turkey, Central Asia and Costa Rica (I folded the map when they were giving out countries and they still haven’t noticed anything) with 14 wonderful Team Leaders, who train up all the ESOL speaking examiners in the region. I was an IELTS trainer for a minute but ticking boxes is not really my style so I just examine these days. And the best thing about it all is that I love what I do and know that I am incredibly lucky to be able to say that.

    Chris Ozog

    I’m Chris, a teacher, teacher trainer and writer, originally from Scotland but very rarely there now. I’ve been involved in English Language Teaching for long enough to have white hairs appearing, usually working for International House, and I’m the current editor of the IH Journal. My work has taken all over the globe, from Costa Rica through Dubai to Thailand and Japan (where I’m currently based), amongst other places. I’m a CELTA and Delta tutor and Assessor and also present occasional webinars, as well as writing articles here and there. My particular interests are in the observation and feedback cycle in teacher training / development, along with context-relevant teacher training.

    Claire Potter

    I work at Clic, International House, Sevilla as Director of Teacher Training,
    working on CELTA, Delta and IH YL courses and teaching teens. I originally
    started teaching in Japan for two years, before moving to Spain in
    the mid-nineties, where I have worked ever since in Cordoba, Sevilla and
    Malaga. I am lucky to be able to travel to different countries when
    CELTA and Delta assessments and IH inspections, which I love. In my free
    time you will often catch me at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, cheering on my
    football team Sevilla FC.

    Damian Williams

    I like to keep myself busy and as a freelance teacher trainer have my fingers in lots of pies, both sweet and savoury. I’ve been teacher training for eight years both in the UK and Brazil. I’m an Assessor for CELTA courses, as well as Delta Module 2. I’ve also done writing for UK and Brazilian publishers, do consultancy work for local schools, translating, and of course, teaching. I’ve been based in Rio for the last five years, though my work often takes me all round Brazil and Argentina.

    Danny Norrington-Davies

    I moved from gardening to teaching in 1995 after a winter spent raking leaves in London, and started teacher training in 2004. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to work through the winter on courses in Argentina, Thailand, South Africa, as well as training in Saudi Arabia and Peru. I’m now happily settled back in London.

    Darren Cainey

    I’ve been teaching English since 1998 (in Thailand, Spain and the UK). I’ve been a CELTA tutor since 2004 and in this role have worked in both the state and private sectors. More recently I have also trained a group of thirty teachers in Lima, Peru. At IH London, my timetable varies between teaching General English and tutoring on CELTA and Delta courses.

    Dave Rea

    I have been in ELT since 1996 and have taught and trained teachers in Poland, Egypt, Argentina, France and the UK. I am currently a teacher trainer at IH London.

    David Palfreyman

    Hello. I’ve taught EFL in Italy and Spain, and ESL in the UK, and I’ve been a Delta Tutor and Assessor for about thirteen years in Turkey and the Middle East. I enjoy working on the Distance Delta as it involves vicarious contact with a lot of different teaching situations around the world. I’m especially interested in lexis, learner autonomy and the use of technology.

    Deidre Conway

    I’ve been involved in ELT since the mid-80s and was with IH in Egypt, Spain and Singapore. I went home to Australia in 1991 and spent the next 15 years teaching/training (CELTA/Delta) at various language colleges in Perth. I worked at the BC in Kuala Lumpur for 4.5 years, running CELTA, YL Extension and Orientation Courses for the Distance DELTA, as well as running the first ICELT course at the BC there. I arrived here in Abu Dhabi in May 2011. I am also a CELTA/YL Extension Tutor/Delta Assessor and an ICELT Tutor.  Most importantly, I still enjoy teaching students and try to ensure that my workload includes General English classes.

    Fran Barnard

    I’ve been working at IH for 10 years as a teacher and teacher trainer. Before that I worked in various countries including Sweden, Turkey and Hungary. My most recent stint abroad was 2 years in New Zealand from 1996-8 which was a fantastic experience. Originally I was state school trained and spent three years teaching in secondary education (English and Religious studies). I still have a strong interest in teaching and training teachers of younger learners at both primary and secondary levels.

    Ifthaquar Jamil

    My name is Ifthaquar but most people just call me Iffy because it’s a lot easier to pronounce. I’ve been at IH London since 2006, but before that I worked as an English teacher in Japan. I am a CELTA and Delta trainer for the most part, but I also still try to spend as much time as I can in the classroom. I am also an examiner for Cambridge ESOL.

    Jane Richbell

    Hi, I’m a CELTA tutor and assessor and Delta tutor. I have been teaching for many years and have worked for IH in Sydney and the British Council. I have just returned to England after living overseas for about 15 years in Thailand, Brazil and Australia and am now a freelance trainer. I’m still getting used to the weather here!

    Jon Goodliffe

    I’ve been a TEFLER since 1987. I’ve worked in Paris, Tokyo, Bahrain, Riyadh and now Oman. On the teaching front I’ve been a trainer since about 1990 and I have a particular fondness for phonology.

    Jonathan Stoddart

    I’m Jonathan, and I’m the Pre-master’s Co-ordinator at the English Language Centre, King’s College, University of London. Previously I worked at International House London. I began teaching in 1994, and have been training since 1999. I am a CELTA and Delta Assessor and am an examiner for Module Three of the Delta. Prior to working here in London, I worked in the beautiful city of Lisbon for ten years, initially in a secondary school, and then for International House (where I took my Diploma in 1998). I completed my Master’s in ELT at the University of London Institute of Education.

    Kate Evans

    I live in Leeds, Yorkshire, and work free-lance. Much of what I do now is on-line, but I work on a face-to-face Delta course at Leeds Metropolitan University, as well as on local CELTA courses. I was a teacher and teacher trainer at IH Hastings (later Embassy CES) for many years, where I taught and trained on a range of different courses, both multi- and mono-lingual. Before that I worked at IH Mataro in Spain, and did summers at the Bell School in Norwich. I’ve done teacher training courses all over Europe, and have been Course Director of semi-intensive Delta courses in Vietnam and Malta. I’m a Delta Assessor, and a Module 1 writer and marker.

    Kathy King

    I have been involved in EFL since the late 1980s and have taught in Turkey, Spain, Italy and the UK. Since 2004, I have been working as an EAP tutor and teacher trainer (CELTA and Delta) at University College London (UCL). I also mark the Cambridge Delta Module 1 exams. I am particularly interested in teaching and learning online and did a module of my Masters in TESOL as a distance learner myself.

    Lucy Gubbin

    I’ve worked as teacher trainer at LAL Torbay in Paignton, Devon, for 12 years now. We run CELTA and Delta courses on a regular basis and now have a team of 8 trainers. I also work for Cambridge ESOL and my work for them includes writing for and marking Delta Module One papers. I’ve been an assessor for CELTA for 8 years and have recently become a Module 2 assessor for Delta.

    Marie Morgan

    I’m Marie, based in Vancouver but born in Liverpool. Been in ESL since 1988 though was a meditation teacher first then a group facilitator/trainer. Worked in the UK teaching ESL/training teachers then freelance in Australia, US, Canada and Italy. Worked on lots of CELTA courses, am a CELTA/Delta/TKT Assessor, have trained trainers and work with Cambridge ESOL on many projects. With a colleague, introduced DELTA to Canada in 2004. Completed my MA in 2007, and still vividly remember what it’s like to write drafts! I’m an examiner for a number of international ESL exams, and for the last few years have been working with a large international school writing and editing materials for their course books – a real passion of mine.

    Mary Grennan

    I’m the founder and Director of International House Galway, an affiliate member of International House World Organisation. We are based in Galway, in the west of Ireland. I’m a Cambridge CELTA and Delta tutor and assessor, as well as an inspector for IH World Organisation and Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services (EAQUALS) and Quality Qualifications Ireland 

    Mike Carter

    My name’s Mike Carter. I’m a teacher trainer at IH Seville in Southern Spain. I’ve been training teachers on all Delta Modules for about 15 years now. I’m also an Assessor for both CELTA and Delta. In Seville we run face-to-face, blended, and online training courses. I’ve worked mainly in Spain, but also in the UK, Greece and Thailand. In my free time I love music, cooking, reading, cinema, and travelling (like most of you). I’m looking forward to working with you all.

    Neil Anderson

    I graduated with a BA in English Literature and Language in 1996 and after a period of one-to-one teaching in Oxford, I decided to do the CELTA at IH London in 1997. Pretty soon after that, I took up a job in Budapest and have been based here ever since, though my teaching and training has taken me further afield. I work as the main course tutor on our in-house Delta courses, as a tutor on the DDOC, and as CELTA trainer. In addition, I’m a CELTA and Delta Assessor which means I get to jet off all over central and Eastern Europe. Finally, I also work as a Team Leader for Cambridge ESOL during the busy Module 3 marking periods.

    Rachael Roberts

    I started my career with IH, doing my CELTA in Cairo, then worked abroad for ten years in Portugal, Brazil and Poland. Over that time I became a DOS and CELTA and Delta tutor, before coming back to the UK, where I worked at an FE College for 10 years, also managing, teaching and teacher training. About 5 years ago, I decided to take the plunge and go freelance as a coursebook writer, so that’s what I now spend most of my time doing. I’m also an IELTS Examiner.

    Rebecca Hales

    I’m currently working as the ELT Development Manager for the British Council in Vietnam. Prior to that I was involved in British Council teacher training initiatives in Jordan and Palestine as well as working as a CELTA and DELTA tutor in Cairo. I’ve also taught at university language centres and private language schools in Australia, Japan and Italy.

    Sally Beetham Tilley

    I’m Sally and I’m originally from London, but now live in Calgary, Canada. I’ve been teaching ESL/EFL/ESOL for 30 years, as well as training teachers on CELTA and Delta courses, in a wide range of contexts including private and public sectors: business and general English, basic literacy and EAP etc. Here in Canada I’m a freelance teacher and CELTA trainer/ assessor, as well as a DD tutor, doing some language examining and training on some TESL Canada training courses.

    Sally Hirst

    I came to Istanbul with a newly acquired CELTA in hand more than 20 years ago, loved it and have no intention of leaving. Currently I teach 8-12 hours language a week for a company called ESP. That’s mostly Business English and is often bespoke courses in companies. I fill quite a few hours tutoring for Distance Delta and also spend a lot of time writing materials for and running Delta Modules for ITI here in Istanbul. Given the size of this city and the need for blended options, I’ve learnt rather more than I expected about logistics and web delivery in the last couple of years, but all of it is interesting and a lot of it proves useful in coming up with new ways of working with language learners. I did my Masters with Aston University in Distance mode, so I have some idea of what it feels like to be in your shoes.

    Sam Porter

    I have been teaching English since 1997 (in mainland Europe and the UK) and I’ve been a teacher trainer since 2008. I tutor on both CELTA and Delta courses and I am also an exam marker for Delta Module One.

    Sharon Celtek

    I’ve been teaching for about 25 years, mostly in Turkey, where I started off as the DOS of IH Istanbul before moving to the British Council and doing freelance training on CELTA and DELTA courses. I’m currently teaching at Sabanci University in Istanbul, where I’m also involved in the School of Languages developmental observation program, their Teacher Education and Teacher Trainer programs as well as doing teacher training with the Turkish Ministry of Education. I can empathize with all of you who are studying online as I did my Masters through distance education with Macquarie University!

    Sheena Palmer

    I’ve been a Delta OC Tutor for 11 years in London, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo and Osaka and was Head of Teacher Training at the British Council, Tokyo for many years. I ran face to face DELTA courses in Tokyo and also ran CELTA courses there – BUSY! I have also worked in South Korea and Egypt (IH), but am now back in London.

    Steve Haysham

    I am currently a freelance teacher and teacher trainer (CELTA, Delta). I have been teaching English for nearly 30 years and have trained teachers at all levels in Spain, Portugal, the USA and the UK. I have set up and developed Teacher Training Departments and CELTA and Delta courses in both the private and public sector, in Spain and the UK, and was recently tutoring CELTA at IH Moscow. I am a Joint Chief Assessor for the Cambridge English CELTA scheme responsible for centres in the UK and South America. I am an on-line tutor and my main interests have recently focused on adapting the use of ICT and e-learning for teacher training and language courses.

    Steve Oakes

    I’ve been working in ELT since 1988, when I left the film business and took on a group of beginners, all wives of consulate workers, at the UN. I later taught in Japan then moved to Hungary where I’ve been teaching and training with International House since 1992. I’ve worked on and run Distance Delta Orientation Courses in London and here in Budapest, and have run a dozen or so face-to-face Deltas. I have a strong preference for the Distance Delta format, in part because its extensive nature (time-wise) allows a candidate to develop more naturally and gradually, to try things out and reflect on them.

    Tillat Khalid

    I’ve have been teaching EFL for the past 31 years, mainly in the Middle East but have also done stints in the UK, Pakistan and now in Vancouver, Canada. In Kuwait I ran the Delta, CELTA and Young Learner Extension training programmes for the British Council. I did my CELTA, a DTEFLA and then an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester. I am also a CELTA, YL and DELTA assessor and did a fair bit of travelling around many beautiful cities in the Middle East in that capacity. I moved to Vancouver in 2001 and am especially proud to have been involved in setting up the first DELTA centre in Canada. I am currently involved in coordinating and teaching on Delta, CELTA and YL Extension programmes here and do a great deal of work with the Distance Delta and with IELTS.

  • IT Support

    Greg Tatka

    My name is Greg and I’m your IT support guy. I’ve been involved with The Distance Delta website for over four years now. I lived in London for half a decade or so before moving to Krakow in 2006 where I run a small web company. I love travel and unusual food. In my spare time I like walking in Scottish Highlands and cycling. When in Scotland I am on a mission to help the world fighting the annoying midges so that more people can come visit this wonderful part of our planet. Join me if you hate the midges!