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Mat Wright

Authority to grant or withdraw accreditation is vested in the Joint Chairs of the Accreditation Scheme Board who are guided by the Executive Board and the Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee.

Executive Board

The Board meets quarterly and comprises the following members:


  • British Council: Mike Welch (Chair), Alison Devine, Jenny Simms
  • English UK:  Jodie Gray (Chair), Andrew Hjort, Mark Rendell


  • Jacqueline Gresham, Chair of the Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee
  • Liz McLaren, Manager, Accreditation UK (Secretary)
  • An additional member of the Accreditation Unit attends all Board meetings.

All members of the Board act in the general interests of the Scheme, Scheme members and their students. The Board can invite others to attend Board meetings on a non-voting basis.

Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee

The Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee (ASAC) meets at least six times annually. It has a maximum of 14 voting members appointed by the Board, and includes individuals from accredited ELT centres from both state and private sectors, as well as experts in the fields of ELT, student welfare, and educational evaluation.



ASAC responsibilities

  • consider inspectors’ reports and make recommendations to the Executive Board to accredit or not accredit new applicants, and to continue accreditation, place accreditation under review or withdraw the accreditation of existing members
  • make recommendations concerning the timing of inspections
  • consider cases of doubtful eligibility for the Scheme
  • order, where appropriate, full inspections or spot checks – these may also be ordered by the Accreditation UK Manager
  • consider cases of factual inaccuracy in inspection reports.

ASAC members


  • Jacqueline Gresham

Private sector ELT management

  • Mark Greenow, British Summer School
  • Mary Shipley, Discovery Summer
  • Simon Dooley, CES Worthing
  • Celine Aloe, UK Language Courses (UKLC) 
  • Gillian Davidson, EC group
  • Patrick O'Donoghue, Stafford House Canterbury
  • Michael Glen-Kerr, ALPADIA Language Schools / Kaplan
  • Helen Lunney, Celtic English Academy

FE/HE ELT management 

  • Rachel Connabeer, Hilderstone College
  • Melanie Jarman, University of Worcester
  • Sue Lavender, University of Chichester

 The meeting is also attended by the following people (non voting)

  • Huan Japes, English UK
  • Liz McLaren, Manager, Accreditation UK
  • Alison Tudor, Assistant Manager, Accreditation UK (Secretary)
  • One of the senior inspectors (George Pickering or Rhona Hodgart)
  • Sharon Stoneham, Accreditation UK (minutes)