Academic Board

The Academic Board has a role as an independent guarantor of academic quality and the integrity of academic activities conducted under the Bell brand. It supervises and advises the Trust’s executive and academic staff on key policies and strategies in the academic arena. Membership includes Governors and eminent external academics holding senior positions in universities, schools and other learned bodies. The Academic Board reports periodically to the Board of Governors.

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Eileen Milner (Chair)

Former posts include senior leadership level in public service and educational consultancy. She has helped large, complex public service organisations deliver successful change and sustained improvements in performance. Eileen has also worked in education as the Head of the School of Law, Governance and Information Management and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of North London.

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Susan Maingay

Freelance writer and consultant in English Language and Education.  Has a first degree in Modern Languages, and Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics.  From 1970-1984 worked as English teacher, teacher-trainer and text-book writer in France, Thailand, Hong Kong, Mexico and China.  From 1984-1991, Editorial Director of Longman ELT dictionaries.  Joined the British Council in 1991, initially in the post of EL adviser in London, then as Country Director in the Baltic States, Sri Lanka and Poland.  Currently engaged in PhD research at the University of Liverpool.

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Greg Watson (Chief Executive)

Greg joined Bell in August 2010 from OCR (Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations), which he led as Chief Executive between 2004-2010. Prior to this he spent three years as its first Marketing & Sales Director before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2001. Before joining OCR, he worked for ten years in the oil industry in retail and business-to-business sectors, covering marketing, business development, IT systems development and quality management.

Greg is a modern languages graduate from Queens' College, Cambridge. He also spent a year teaching English in Germany.

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Will Kinsman (Director of Sales and Marketing)

Eighteen years’ Sales & Marketing experience in service industries. Three years as Marketing Controller with Norwich Union, then four years as Head of Marketing for MGM Assurance, a specialist investment, pension and insurance provider and Britain’s longest registered company. Recruited to set up a greenfield marketing function for William M Mercer before joining Charles Schwab, NYSE-listed US financial services group as European Sales & Marketing Director. Then spent three years as Sales & Marketing Director for a subsidiary of insurance giant, Aviva, before taking up his current post in March 2006. Professionally qualified with a degree in English from the University of Birmingham.

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Martin Bygate (Professor of Applied Linguistics & Language Education, University of Lancaster)

Professor in Applied Linguistics and Language Education (Department of Linguistics & English Language, University of Lancaster) since 2003, previously taught at the School of Education, University of Leeds (from 1994) and at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Reading (from 1986). Was co-editor of Applied Linguistics journal (1998-2004), and Meetings Secretary of BAAL (1989-1995). Apart from his experience in higher education, he also has worked in the private sector in the UK, Has worked overseas in Morocco, France, Brazil and Peru. He is author of Speaking, co-author of Tasks in Second Language Learning, and has co-edited books on pedagogical tasks, and on grammar and the language teacher. Click here for a list of Martin's publications.

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Jim Scrivener (Head of Teacher Development)

Jim is internationally known as an author, conference speaker and trainer. He has worked in many countries, including two years in Kenya, three in the USSR and seven in Hungary. He has written more than twenty books including Learning Teaching (Frank Bell prize 1995) and Oxford Basics: Teaching Grammar. He is currently contributing to two business course books for OUP and is a regular writer for

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Jim Kell (Director of Operations)

Jim is Director of Operations at Bell. He has an MA in Applied Linguistics and the DELTA, and has worked for more than 20 years in ELT in the UK, Portugal and China – as a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer, consultant, and manager. He has presented at international conferences and exhibitions throughout the world, has published a wide variety of articles and materials, and regularly carries out overseas consultancy work for Bell.

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Peter de Voil

Retired headmaster of The English College in Prague (2004-9) and Frensham Heights School in Surrey (1993-2003). Before that English teacher at Wrekin College and Uppingham School. Fulbright exchange teacher at Milton Academy in the USA in 1977-8. Summer courses director of residential English language courses for young people for the Bell Educational Trust for 15 years. Former chairman of the HMC Community Service Committee and of HMC Central and Eastern European Projects. Deputy chairman of the English-Speaking Union of the Czech Republic (2007-9). ISI inspector. Governor of St Christopher School, Letchworth.