The key to success in learning a language is to have the best teacher. We have more than 30 years of experience of providing individuals, companies and schools with qualified, experienced teachers who really help them learn.
Now we’re using the latest internet technology to bring you the best teachers to your own home, via video!
Our academic team also has much experience of teacher training, writing materials, creating bespoke courses for groups and individuals, as well as being invited to speak at international events, seminars and conferences.
We also take the business part of teaching English very seriously which is why our team counts on some of the best professionals in their respective fields: technology, marketing, finance and law.
David de Jager, Managing Director
MBA, LLB, CELTA, DELTA
David founded Cambridge School SCP in 1985 and 30 years later, Perfectly Spoken is a direct result of his extensive experience gained both from working in the business and academic sides of TEFL as well as in managerial positions in UK based companies.
David has also worked as a teacher, ADOS and Director for the International House World Organisation- including contracts in their centres in Ankara, Izmir, Mataro, Valencia, Palma and London. Now based in the UK, he has worked in sales and marketing for The Economist Group in London, published a magazine for English Language students and has been a business and marketing consultant for a number of UK SMEs in sectors such as property and design. He is currently a member of the Board of Cambridge School.
Alistair Jones, Director of Teaching
BSc(Econ), CELTA, CELTYL
Alistair has over 20 years experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, author and language school director. His is currently Director of Cambridge School, Granollers (nr Barcelona) and Academic Co-ordinator for British Summer’s summer camp programmes. He has spoken at dozens of teacher training events for Macmillan ELT, International House and ESADE University. He is the co-author of Net Languages’ online courses, English 4 Kids and English 4 Teens, of Clever Kids, a multimedia course published by Oxford University Press and the student websites for Macmillan ELT’s Bugs World series.
Jim Chillman, Director of Education
BA Management, TEFL Trinity, DELTA
Jim has been in the language learning sector for more than a decade, having previously worked at Goldman Sachs investment bank. He started at Cambridge School in 2003 and shortly after became the New Technologies Manager. After running a successful project to digitise many of the school’s practices, he became the Centre Director of a new school opened in Mollet del Vallès. He then moved into his current position as the Director of in-company at Cambridge School and oversees the group’s teaching contracts with 250 companies as well as the group’s IT resources. He has recently developed and supervised a long-term software project to consolidate and manage all of Cambridge School’s business units and academic information.
Sarah Edge, Director
B.Ed, CELTA, DELTA
Sarah has been Managing Director the the Cambridge School group of schools since 1989. Under her leadership the school has grown from one to eight centres and has become a major player in the Catalan language learning sector, offering courses to individuals, families, companies and schools. She also oversaw Cambridge School’s transformation into an authorised teacher training centre offering University of Cambridge qualifications such as CELTA and DELTA. Prior to moving to Cambridge School, Sarah worked for the British Council and International house and in Italy, the UAE and the UK.
Andy Nicoll, Assistant Director of Teaching
LLB, CELTA, DELTA (Modules 1& 2 with Merit)
Andy has been working in language services for nearly 15 years, having previously worked in a number of sectors, including publishing. As well as more traditional teaching, he has worked in online teaching since as far back as 2005. Andy is a former Director of Studies of a language school in the Costa Brava, and also helped to sell and administer a major Blended learning platform developed by the University of Mondragon as well as recruiting and training teachers to deliver online classes. He has also worked with a number of organisations in Barcelona such as Ajuntament de Barcelona and the Universitat Politecnic de Catalunya, both teaching and recruiting teachers. Andy currently works for Cambridge School and has recently been involved in the production of materials for use with the Perfectly Spoken platform
Debbie Jones, Director of Marketing
BA (Hons), CIM (Cert)
Debbie has over 15 years product and marketing management experience developing digital products for both consumer and business to businesses for companies such as Epson, Dell, where she led the roll out of a major website initiative across 9 countries, and as eLearning marketing manager for Adobe UK. Since 2009 Debbie has run her own companies including a cutting-edge visual communication services to the food and drink sector and is a partner in a company providing marketing efficient web services for businesses of all sizes.
Christian Hambly, Director of IT
Christian has over 15 years technical experience ranging Web Development, Server and Technical consultancy. Christian’s technical expertise is balanced with his customer centric approach using plain non-jargon language and entertaining analogies. Jack of all trades? No, master of many! If he doesn’t know, he knows where to get it done. With a keen focus on making websites and technology work for a business. Asking questions that cut to the chase and focus on relevant function not fads.
Adam Bradley, Director
Adam is a partner and head of the corporate team at international law firm, Taylor Vinters. His corporate practice spans a range of sectors and he works with start-ups through to multi-national businesses. Adam has a particular focus on M&A transactions and joint ventures, mainly involving owner-managed businesses. He is a commercially-minded lawyer and negotiator who looks for pragmatic solutions. Clients praise him for his direct, straight-forward approach.
Caroline Henderson, Language and Copywriting Consultant, Italy Rep
BA (Hons), PGCE
Caroline has worked in Italy for 20 years, teaching English to both children and adults, writing and translating, mainly for the fashion and design industries. She is multilingual and has a lifelong fascination with all aspects of language, and particularly with language acquisition, which both her degree in Linguistics and her teaching experience have enabled her to explore and develop.
Victoria is a freelance writer, trainer and E-Moderator and also acts as the ICT & Social Media consultant for a number of ELT institutions. Until late 2013, she was Academic Manager of a language school in Bournemouth, UK. There she implemented an extremely successful programme of complementary handheld learning. She has written for several publishers and given many training talks online and face to face. She is experienced in writing for print and digital media and co-created the British Council ELTon shortlisted ELTpics.
Sarah has been a graphic designer for over 15 years, producing branding, illustrations and graphics for Coventry University, Avery Weigh-Tronix, the Noun Project and the Church of England, amongst others – a particular highlight was collaborating on a 31-language DVD for npower. In 2011 she co-founded Guru, the first digital science-lifestyle magazine. A lifelong language enthusiast (and sometime translator) with a passion for francophone comics, her attention to detail and friendly approach bring something unique to each project.
Xela Falgueras, Client Services – Spain
Xela is passionate about new technologies and the internet. She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French & Italian and lived and worked for over 6 years in the UK before returning home to Spain. She has extensive corporate experience; working in different and varied positions of responsibility for companies ranging from small businesses to multinationals such as P&G, Intel Corp UK , but always with customer service as a priority – an approach which is at the core of her role at Perfectly Spoken.