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 on the 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 and worked his way up to become 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 11 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
 
Alicja Piotrowska, Operations and Academic Manager
Alicja has a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and has been working as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer in Poland, Spain and the UK for over 15 years. Prior to Bede’s, Alicja spent 10 years working for a big summer school provider in the UK and Malta at centre level, and it is where she was first introduced to the study and travel industry. With a BA degree in Marketing and Advertising, she is also hoping to add a new face to Bede’s on social media. In her free time, Alicja enjoys exploring new places and capturing them on camera, learning new languages and spending time in global communities. She is also committed to life-long learning and keen on further developing her TEFL-Q qualifications. Alicja.Piotrowska@bedes.org
 
Mel Hambly, Recruitment Executive
Mel has 10 years experience in the EFL business, initially joining the Student Admissions department in 2012 for a large Summer School provider in the UK. Mel’s passion for understanding the industry on a deeper level has seen her take on several roles both in head office and in centre and led to volunteering opportunities such as teaching English for an NGO in rural Cambodia. Mel was approached to enter the world of Summer School recruitment in 2017, and has been building her knowledge on sourcing, recruiting, training and retaining staff for seasonal positions before joining Bede’s at the beginning of 2022. In her spare time, Mel enjoys exploring nature, new experiences, travelling the world and tasting international food. mel.hambly@bedes.org
 
Stephen Farebrother, Lettings & Social Manager
Stephen started at Bede’s in the summer of 2018 as an Airport Coordinator, before this Stephen taught English as a foreign Language in Seville, Spain. Stephen has worked in the Sports department since 2018 where he was the Sports Operations manager. Stephen’s responsibilities include communicating with external lets and managing bookings across both sites. In Stephen’s spare time he enjoys  Football, Swimming and Learning new skills, Stephen is also a Google Certified Level 2 Educator. stephen.farebrother@bedes.org
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