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Management Team

The aim of all of our staff is to make your whole stay at ESOE an enjoyable and successful learning experience.

"We exist to give all of our students the best teaching and learning facilities we can. We are committed to providing you with excellent courses in a warm, friendly and professional environment, as well as caring for every aspect of your stay. We look forward to welcoming you at Eastbourne School of English."

Jenny Johnson

Jenny Johnson BEd (Hons), MA (ELT), DTEFLA Academic Manager

Jenny is Academic Manager at ELC and shares day-to-day responsibility for the centre with Rebecca. Jenny joined ELC in 2013 with extensive experience in academic management. She worked for many years at IH Barcelona as Director of Studies and Head of Teacher Training. In 2006 she relocated to Brighton, UK and became Academic Director of an international organisation. Jenny is strongly involved in Teacher Development and IATEFL. She is a regular conference speaker, has written a many articles and contributed to a number of published books. She also contributes to It's Magazine


Rolf Donald

Rolf Donald BA (Hons), MA Tesol, DTEFLA Assistant Academic Manager

Rolf is Head of Teacher Training and Assistant Academic Manager. He joined ELC in 1985 having previously taught English in Paris and on summer courses in England. For a number of years he worked on the Cambridge DELTA course run by ELC. He has also developed and taught on our courses for overseas teachers of English and led workshops for teachers in Switzerland and Poland.  He is a Cambridge oral examiner and has been involved in producing training videos for Cambridge examiners.  He is particularly interested in humanistic teaching techniques and is develops on-line learning materials for the school.


Phil Hopkins, CEO

Phil Hopkins MA (TESOL), BSc (Hons), DTEFLA Chief Executive

Phil has overall responsibility for the charity and the 2 schools it operates - ELC Brighton and ELC Eastbourne. Day-to-day he is primarily responsible for strategic direction, administration and marketing. He is also the designated Child Protection Officer for the organisation. Phil joined ELC in 2001. He has more than 25 years' experience in ELT, as a Principal, director of studies, teacher trainer (CELTA and DELTA) and teacher in the UK, Greece, Spain and Kuwait. Phil speaks French, Spanish and some Greek.


Peter Tamkin Academic Director of ELC Eastbourne

Peter Tamkin BA (Hons), PGCE (TESOL), DTEFLA Group Academic Director

Peter is responsible for teaching and courses across the two schools of the charity. He has more than 25 years' ELT experience in the Sudan, Spain, Brazil and the UK. He joined ELC in 1990 and has taught on the whole range of courses. He is particularly interested in business English. Before joining ELC he was the Head of ESL at a large secondary school in London for 5 years.