Our team combines a wealth of experience in language teaching with hands-on knowledge of the demands of international business, giving them a unique insight into our participants’ language requirements.
Sarah spent four years in Spain working in retail and airfreight management and has managed projects in the tourism industry. She joined Abbey Communication in August 2006. A languages graduate, she also holds qualifications in translation, English language teaching (CELTA) and business studies. She gained a pass with distinction in her Certificate in International Business English Training in 2008. In 2010 she gained an MSc in Responsible Tourism Management with a project on host family accommodation for executives.
With 20 years’ HR, training and coaching expertise, Alex runs powerful and effective leadership and team development programmes with both global and UK based clients. These programmes make significant improvements in team communication and create effective international leaders and managers.
Alex’s recent projects include:
- Leadership development and Intercultural team development with a global aerospace manufacturer in Thailand
- International Communication training with international data science organisation in UK
- International Communication training with various Japanese corporations
- International Communication coaching with a number of senior global leaders
- Doctoral research in the use of English as a Lingua Franca with Indian outsourced teams
- Co-delivering Intercultural train the trainer with Fons Trompenaars of Trompenaars Hampden-Turner Consulting, a world-renown intercultural consultancy.
- Leadership Development for NHS related organisations
Alex manages two training companies, True North and Abbey Communication and coaches and develops her team of world-class trainers and coaches to help international managers perform at their best. Previously Alex was Head of Personnel/HR for a large direct marketing company, and led Leadership Development at a large health service organisation.
Alex has a Masters in Intercultural Communication, and is currently completing a Doctorate in the use of English in global teams. Alex is also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. As a THT Licensee, Alex helps international clients successfully reconcile international leadership dilemmas with the THT’s Intercultural Awareness Profile, Dilemma Reconciliation Process and Intercultural Competence Profile.
In addition, Alex is an accredited Action Learning Facilitator, qualified at Levels A and B in psychometric testing, and is an NLP Master Practitioner.
Fiona joined Abbey Communication in 2013 after completing the Certificate in English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA). She has an MA (Hons) degree in French with German and Spanish, a Diploma for Graduate Secretaries with commercial French and Spanish, the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris Diplôme Supérieure de Français des Affaires, and a PGCE in the 16+ sector. Her background is as a Personal Assistant in a variety of industries as well as teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages and French to a range of age groups. Living in Nigeria, Scotland, France, Singapore and England has ignited an ongoing interest in international culture.
Jane joins us regularly from New Zealand, where she was previously Director of Studies in a language school. She has a BEd (Hons) degree in English and Education, plus CELTA and DELTA qualifications. Jane worked in various education-related jobs before studying and becoming a primary school teacher. After emigrating to New Zealand, she worked in Adult Education, devising courses for job seekers and teaching English, Maths and Life Skills. She trained for EFL teaching in 1995 and for several years taught at all levels, including IELTS and TOEFL exams and pre-sessional Polytechnic courses.
Louise has a BA in European Business Studies and is CELTA qualified. She has worked as a Business Analyst and Technical Author for a variety of companies in the United States, Belgium and the UK, including Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines and Honda.
Simon holds degrees in Linguistics and French (University of Leeds) and English Literature (University of London), as well as the Diploma in Translation from the Institute of Linguists.
After several years working in the insurance industry, Simon gained the Trinity College Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in 1999 and began his career teaching Business English at Abbey Communication, later establishing himself as an independent trainer and consultant.
He has worked with a wide range of business clients at managerial and board level in France, Germany and Spain, particularly in HR, Sales and Marketing and Operations Management. He has also delivered many individual courses and intensive workshop programmes for medical professionals.
Diana has a BA (Hons) degree in English, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and CELTA qualifications. She has many years’ experience teaching English to native and second language students and was a head teacher for 14 years, so has particular expertise in education, financial management and staff development.
Vaughn gained a Masters Degree in French and German from Oxford University and taught and managed as Head of Modern Languages in Schools, Sixth Form Colleges, and FE. He also tutored and managed for the Open University during which time he was awarded a second Masters Degree, this time in Educational Technology from the University of Bath. He has over 30 years’ experience of classroom teaching and has run many courses for teachers on language acquisition and teaching methodology. As a teacher of English and Modern Languages in Business his clients include Lucent Technologies, British Aerospace, Rolls Royce, Pfizer and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Bosch Siemens and the Open University.
Rosie joined Abbey Communication in 2013. She has an MA in French with European Studies, and is a member of the Institute of Linguists. She gained her TEFL diploma with distinction in 2012. Her background is in business development and finance, working for companies such as Société Générale and KPMG, as well as being a Consular Agent and interpreter. She has experience in teaching both in the UK and abroad, and has authored three accredited English language courses.
Juliet joined the Abbey Communication team in 2012. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Modern Languages, as well as PETLLS, TEFL and CELTA qualifications. Her experience of working in a business environment at Die Kreissparkasse, Germany and Alcatel, France has given her an understanding of the importance of immersion in the foreign language and culture. Her wider range of experience includes many years of generalist advice work at the Citizens Advice Bureau. She provided French tuition at Cheltenham College of Further Education and taught English to foreign students through SUL Language Schools.
Howard Gray joined Abbey Communication in 2017. He has a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) qualification. He is an experienced business-to-business writer and publications editor, producing marketing collateral, customer communications, website content and bid submissions for a wide range of corporate clients. He ran his own marketing business for a number of years and recently worked full time within the business development teams of two leading FTSE100 companies.
Abbey Communication Training was founded in 1992 by Sharon Nolan and Bill Reed, authors of the Business English Teacher’s Resource Book. Their objective was to put the book’s principles into practice, providing effective Business English training for corporate and individual needs: “The English you Need to Succeed”.
They chose the small town of Malmesbury in order to benefit from an attractive location, a dynamic, friendly community and to maintain close contact with host families.
This formula has proved very durable and when taking the business over in 2013, Alex and Sarah continued in the same spirit. They’re still in close touch with Bill and Sharon, who provide consultancy, quality audits and trainer-training.