Steve Wood, Principal

After many years of seasonal involvement with Bede’s, Steve took up his current position as Principal of Summer School in September 2005. A graduate of French with a Master’s in Teaching French and a PGCE in Modern Languages, Steve is responsible for every aspect of managing the Summer School. Although a huge responsibility, he very much enjoys his role which draws perfectly on his past professional experiences and combines his flair for business and passion for languages. Steve lives with his wife in Eastbourne and when not busy running Summer School, enjoys travelling, keeping up to date with the latest technology and going to the gym.

Yolanda Chimeno, Assistant Principal

Yolanda is highly qualified in the fields of education and psychology, having earned a BSc in Education and Psychology, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and having completed the theoretical modules towards a PhD in Educational Psychology and Didactics. She has also gained the DELTM (Diploma in English Language Teaching Management) qualification. Yolanda previously worked as Director of Studies and Teacher Trainer at a language school in San Sebastian, Spain. After 2 years of seasonal involvement with Bede's, she took up a full-time position in January 2008. As Assistant Principal, she has strategic responsibility for the commercial and admissions side of the Summer School.

Danny Kenward, Operations Manager

Danny started his career in the Accounts department for an independent freight forwarding company and he worked his way up to becoming the HR and Commercial Manager. His duties included all HR apsects for the company, from recruitment to payroll, along with looking after the fleet vehicles and property compliance and maintenance for all their UK sites. As Operations Manager at Bede's, he is looking to recruit the best people for the right roles, whilst also taking care of all the administrative work relating to the recruitment process. Danny's passions are Music (he plays the guitar and a little piano) and when he gets time, he also enjoys playing football and watching films. Danny is married with three young children, with whom he loves spending as much time as he can. 

Casey Dearing, Operations Executive

After earning a First Class degree in Performing Arts and a Master's Degree in Musical Theatre at a renowned London drama school, Casey worked as a professional actor and singer for many years. This led on to teaching children singing and drama within London primary schools and local children's theatre companies. Casey is also a trained Salsa dancer having spent time training at a dance school in Havana, Cuba which she utilised whilst teaching Salsa for various companies. Her love for Latin music propelled her to train as a Zumba instructor which she has been teaching for many years in local leisure facilities for both adults and children. As Operations Executive, Casey will be using her knowledge and experience of working with children to develop all aspects of the Operations social, excursion and activities programme within the Summer School.

Luke Hodges-Ramon, Operations Assistant

Luke has been returning to work at the Summer School for five years now. Throughout this period, he has experienced a number of different roles, from Activities Leader to working in Head Office. In his current position as Operations Assistant, he is involved in the recruitment of staff, transport operations and occasional admissions work. When Luke is not ‘Summer Schooling’, he is busy pursuing his academic studies and research. He recently completed his Masters in Political Sociology from University College London, and he will begin his doctorate there this September. His other passions include writing and football, which he manages to combine when publishing work for a number of different digital websites and blogs.

Ashley Ratcliffe, Sales Executive

Ashley has previously worked in retail management, the television industry and sports coaching. Prior to joining Bede's Ashley spent a year travelling and working in Australia, Dubai, Thailand, Bali and America. As the Sales Executive he will be promoting Bede's summer courses, managing social feeds and the online chat on the website. In addition, Ashley will be following up enquiries and processing enrolments. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, going to the cinema and watching football.


Kevin Pallister, Admissions Assistant

Kevin originally trained as an actor. He has worked in theatre, television and film for many years as an actor and musician. More recently, Kevin has also taught acting classes and prepared many students for LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) Examinations in communication and performance. These practical exams are recognised and accredited across the world and help students to develop life skills. In his role as Admissions Assistant at the Summer School, Kevin’s duties include dealing with enrolments, enquiries, payments and mailings. In his spare time Kevin performs regular music gigs, singing and playing guitar. He is also a proud father to his teenage son, who is soon to start studying at university.

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