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Meet the team

The friendly and professional BLC Team are here to help!

Many of our teachers and support staff have studied or lived in other countries, and we understand that living in another country can be as challenging as learning a language.

We are here to help you improve your English and support your studies, while ensuring you are safe and happy at the same time.  We will help you make the most of your language learning experience. 

Seonaid Birkett

Managing Director and Founder

Seonaid understands the challenges of learning a language and living in a foreign country and will do everything she can to ensure that your time at BLC is enjoyable and productive.

Contact Seonaid at Seonaid@blc-english.co.uk

Seonaid Birkett

Jenny Cannell

Director of Studies

Jenny recruits and manages the teaching team and BLC’s academic department. She plans courses, organises classes and oversees the students’ academic welfare. Jenny is dedicated to ensuring that BLC students are taken care of and progress as quickly as possible on courses that meet their learning needs.

Contact Jenny at dos@blc-english.co.uk (if applying for possible teaching jobs, please include your full CV and a covering letter)

Jenny Cannell

Monika Smith

Assistant Director of Studies

Monika helps with the management of the teaching team and the academic department. She organises and runs the academic side of the Junior Summer Programme. 

Monika has taught English in the UK for many years, as well as teaching in Spain, Poland, Malta and Slovakia. She is an experienced translator and an examiner for Cambridge ESOL English language exams.

Contact Monika at ados@blc-english.co.uk

Monika Smith

Kasia Tyka

BLC Teacher

Kasia first came to BLC in 2007 and has been a full-time teacher at the school for more than 5 years. She has taught a variety of English courses to students of all ages for 15 years, and has worked in secondary schools and language colleges both in Poland and the UK.

In addition to teaching, Kasia advises students on the different English language exams that are available and makes sure our exam courses are well promoted in the school. She can also assist students with exam applications. 

Contact Kasia at teachers@blc-english.co.uk

Kasia Tyka

James MacPherson

BLC Teacher

James is a full-time member of the teaching staff and first came to BLC in 2011. Before joining the BLC team he taught general and exam English for several years to adult and teenage students in Indonesia and Italy.

In addition to teaching, James offers BLC students help and advice with employment and applying for universities in the UK. He can help with preparing CVs and application forms, as well as giving tips for interviews and finding work.

Contact James at teachers@blc-english.co.uk

James MacPherson

Elena Rehbein

Centre Administrator

Ellie makes sure everything in the Student Support Services Team runs smoothly. Ellie deals with agent enquiries to BLC, and loves meeting our students and helping them settle into life in Bristol and at BLC. She speaks Chinese and German and is also responsible for putting together our group packages.

Contact Ellie about any groups, accommodation or visa enquiries at centreadministrator@blc-english.co.uk

Elena Rehbein

Phoebe Ruxton

Sales and Marketing Executive

Phoebe deals with all individual enquiries and takes care of marketing for BLC, encouraging students from around the world to study English in our school. Phoebe speaks French and Spanish and is also available to support students whenever they need it.

Contact Phoebe to enquire about any course or programme at BLC, or to hear more about what we do at marketing@blc-english.co.uk

Phoebe Ruxton

I like this school because it isn't a big one and because all the teachers and school staff are very friendly

Laura Rodriguez Font, Spanish, aged 33

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