Who's who in IATEFL

Head Office

  • Chief Executive: Jon Burton
  • Deputy Chief Executive: Louise Atkins
  • Senior Bookkeeper: Iwona Minkowska
  • Conference Programme Coordinator: Sarah Ward
  • Conference Planning Officer:  Laura Creed
  • Exhibition, Sponsorship and Advertising Officer: Annie Park  
  • Membership Officer: Ewa Minkowska
  • Special Interest Groups and Publications Officer: Eleanor Baynham
  • Jobs Market and Careers Fair Officer: Freya Rutt
  • Finance Administrator: Linda James

Patron, Trustees and Advisory Council

Patron: Professor David Crystal, OBE, FBA

Board of Trustees:

President
Gabriel Diaz Maggioli

Vice President
Aleksandra Popovski

Treasurer
Bethany Cagnol

Secretary
Ros Wright

Membership Committee Chair
Mojca Belak

Special Interest Group Representative
Judith Mader

Digital Committee Chair
Shaun Wilden

Associate Representative
Jean Theuma

Trustees can also be contacted by emailing [email protected].

Advisory Council:

  • As Patron: David Crystal
  • As Editor of the ELTJ: Dr Alessia Cogo
  • Individual members: Roy Cross, Amos Paran, Catherine Walter and Johannes Wassenberg

Executive Committees

Associates Committee: Jean Theuma (Chair), Marta Bujakowska, Mirela Cristina Manea Gültekin and Ewa Minkowska 

Conference Committee: Gabriel Diaz Maggioli (Chair), Louise Atkins, Jon Burton, Laura Creed, Sarah Mount, Annie Park, Sarah Ward and Ros Wright

Digital Committee: Shaun Wilden (Chair), Louise Atkins, Sanja Bozinovic, Marcio Oliveira, Pola Papadopoulou and Georgia Papamichailidou

Membership Committee: Mojca Belak (Chair), Syke Annamma Kumaran, Ewa Minkowska, Maria-Araxi Sachpazian and Bozica Saric-Cvjetkovic

Publications Committee: Aleksandra Popovski (Chair), Eleanor Baynham, Marina Gonzalez, Vicky Papageorgiou, Arum Perwitasari, Ruby Vurdien

Other Committees

Scholarship Committee: Christian Ludwig (Chair), Ben Beaumont, Laura Creed, Amos Paran, Nora Tartsay-Nemeth and Adrian Tennant

Voices Editor: Tania Pattison

  • The Editor of Voices can also be contacted by post via: IATEFL, 2-3 The Foundry, Seager Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7FD, United Kingdom

Conference Selections Editor: Deborah Bullock

IATEFL representative on the ELTJ Editorial panel: Shelagh Rixon

IATEFL representative on the ELTJ Advisory board: Richard Smith

Business English Special Interest Group

Joint Coordinators: Rob Howard and Maria Szugfil

Committee:

English for Speakers of Other Languages Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Lesley Painter-Farrell

Committee:

  • Joint event managers: Larysa Agbaso 
  • Newsletter editor:  Kathryn Sidaway
  • Reviews editor: Lesley Painter-Farrell
  • Social media manager: Vivi Bairami
  • Webinar coordinator: Roshii Jolly
  • Website coordinator: Pauline Blake-Johnston

English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Caroline Hyde-Simon

Committee:

Global Issues Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Rose Aylett

Committee:

  • Publications: Linda Ruas
  • Publications & events: Hind Elyas
  • Online: Gergö Fekete & László Hajba

Inclusive Practices and Special Educational Needs Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Rachael Harris & Giovanni Licata

Committee:

 

 

 

Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group

Joint Coordinators: Giovanna Tassinari & Lawrie Moore-Walter

Committee:

Leadership and Management Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Gerhard Erasmus

Committee:

  • Communications and newsletter sub-committeeSandra Pitronaci
  • Design & web team: Katherine Martinkevich
  • Digital/Technology/Design/Social media sub-committee: Alex Walls
  • Events & publications: Evrim Üstünlüoğlu
  • Events & membership: Josh Round
  • Mentoring & web team: Marina Gonzalez
  • Membership & secretary: Lucia Marotta
  • Publications & networking: Andy Hockley
  • Publications and mentoring: Gerhard Erasmus

Literature Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Rob Hill

Committee:

Learning Technologies Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Vicky Saumell

Committee:

Materials Writing Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Heather Buchanan

Committee:

  • Events coordinators: Niki Joseph and Clare Maas
  • Publications coordinator: Luis Carabantes
  • Deputy publications coordinator: Penny Hands
  • Technology and social media coordinator: Jennifer Dobson
  • Joint social media coordinator: Shilpa Ukau
  • Joint website managers: Sandy Millin and Nick Tims

Pronunciation Special Interest Group

Joint Coordinators: Gemma Archer and Adam Scott

Committee:

Research Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Ernesto Vargas Gil

Committee:

 

Teacher Development Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Serkan Aras

Committee: 

  • Publications: Serkan Aras, Cecilia Lemos and Irene Varela
  • Website/social media:  James Taylor and Irene Varela
  • Developod: Tania Meridew, James Taylor and Christian Tiplady
  • Scholarships: Tania Meridew and Irene Varela
  • #tdsiglive: Fiona Mauchline
  • Member at large: Duran Duckett

 

 

Teacher Training and Education Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Bahar Gun

Committee:

Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Maggi Lussi Bell (interim)

Committee:

Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group

Coordinator: Laura McWilliams

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IATEFL Ambassadors

The role of IATEFL Ambassadors has been reviewed and relaunched in 2022 as part of the Association’s drive to further build awareness of what we are, what we do, and the benefits of working with, or joining IATEFL. On a rolling basis a small number of individuals are identified based on their passion, their commitment to the Association, and their existing links and networks within the profession, and invited to accept the role for a minimum of 12 months.

Ambassadors are tasked with raising awareness of IATEFL within the wider English language teaching profession, and in supporting fundraising initiatives. The role involves:

  • motivating people to support and join IATEFL
  • informing people about what we do
  • increasing the reach of the association throughout the world.

We would like to thank our volunteer IATEFL Ambassadors for their hard work and commitment.

Sandy Millin is a freelance ELT consultant, teacher trainer, and materials writer, as well as an experienced presenter across a whole range of subjects. She is currently Deputy Tech Coordinator for     MaWSIG, and was previously part of the IATEFL Membership and Marketing Committee, where she helped to set up the IATEFL Voices blog. Sandy blogs at http://sandymillin.wordpress.com and tweets @sandymillin. She has self-published books focussed on teacher development (ELT Playbook 1 and ELT Playbook Teacher Training), and a book of ways to adapt speaking activities (Richer Speaking). 

Being a member of IATEFL has taught me so much, through the people I've met at conferences, the skills I've picked up on committees and in SIGs, the many talks I've attended and the feedback I've had on talks I've presented myself. Put simply, I wouldn't be the professional I am now without IATEFL. Becoming an IATEFL Ambassador is a wonderful opportunity to share the benefits of being part of such a diverse international organisation, and to help it continue to develop into the future.

Evan Frendo is a freelance teacher, trainer and author, specializing in Business English and English for Specific Purposes. His expertise is on training individuals and groups to improve their English so that they can operate more effectively in an international business environment. Sometimes this involves running courses and seminars, but more and more of his time is spent providing consultancy services to international corporations, training business English teachers and writing training materials. He is currently based in Berlin, Germany, but his work takes him to different parts of Europe and Asia. Visit www.e4b.de to find out more about Evan and what he does.

I have been an active member of IATEFL since 1993, and have benefited enormously from my involvement, not only via stints as a Trustee, and as a SIG Coordinator, but also via the countless interactions with IATEFL members and affiliates over the years. I am particularly pleased to take on a role as ambassador because it will help me spread the word to the many thousands of English language teachers who work in contexts not traditionally associated with mainstream ELT (e.g. workplace learning and development, corporate communications, management training), and who may not know much about IATEFL and what it has to offer.

Sarah Mercer is Professor of Foreign Language Teaching at Graz University, Austria. Her work focuses on the psychology of language learning and teaching. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited a number of books in this area and been principal investigator on several funded projects in this field.

IATEFL was the first professional association I joined and has been my home ever since. Although my work profile has changed over the years, my link to the association has remained strong and fulfilling. I cherish the friendships and work partnerships which have been formed through the association, and have very fond memories of my years as a SIG Coordinator. The conference is a key fixture in my academic year and I love meeting and learning from colleagues working in diverse contexts across the globe. I am absolutely thrilled to be invited to further the work of the association as an ambassador and hope I can help others connect to this wonderful community and reap the same benefits I have enjoyed for many years.

 

 

IATEFL has made me a better teacher, and also to mature as a person and professional while giving me the tools to develop.
Rob
Educator
Poland