Ryan Edwards, Director of Summer School
Ryan began his career in the Summer School industry back in 2009 whilst still studying for his Undergraduate at Cardiff University as an Activity Leader. Ryan moved up to Activity Manager before stepping up to run his own school as Centre Manager. In addition to these seasonal roles, Ryan spent time as an EFL Teacher in Spain (2011-12) and then as Project Director for an NGO (2012-14) based in Accra, Ghana helping disadvantaged children gain access to education and sport. He completed an MSc in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Newcastle University Business School before becoming a Programme Manager for a large junior EFL provider in 2016 and then taking the on role of Operations Manager & DSL in 2018 prior to starting at Bede’s in 2021. Ryan is a keen football and sporting enthusiast and lives in Brighton with his partner, Cara and their Labrador, Reggie. ryan.edwards@bedes.org
 
Danny Kenward, Assistant Director 
Danny started his career in the accounts department for an independent freight forwarding company, eventually working his way up to becoming the HR and Commercial Manager. Danny's remit included all aspects of HR, from recruitment to payroll, looking after the fleet vehicles, property compliance and maintenance for all their UK sites. With over 10 years experience in the summer school sector, Danny has a wealth of knowledge in all areas and has strategic responsibility for the commercial and operational side of the Summer School. Danny is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.   danny.kenward@bedes.org
 
Neil Firman, Admissions Executive
Neil has a degree in French and has previously worked in the fields of multilingual customer service and ESL teaching. Prior to joining Bede’s Neil spent 11 years working as an English teacher in Japan for a private English conversation school, where he taught both adults and children at over 40 branch school locations across the country. As the current Admissions Executive, Neil's responsibilities include promoting Bede’s summer courses, processing enrolments and following up enquiries related to bookings and payments. In his spare time, Neil enjoys reading, swimming, watching films and studying foreign languages. He has also recently started teaching himself to code. neil.firman@bedes.org
 
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