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. yolanda.chimeno@bedes.org

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 aspects 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 miniature 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. danny.kenward@bedes.org

Ashley Ratcliffe, Sales Executive

Ashley has a degree in Television Production and Broadcast Media and 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 by himself and watching football. summer.admin@bedes.org

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