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, eventually working his way up to becoming the HR and Commercial Manager. His duties included all aspects of HR, from recruitment to payroll, looking after the fleet vehicles and property compliance and maintenance for all their UK sites. As Operations Manager at Bede's,  Danny is is in charge of recruitment of over 260 summer employees, the Leisure Programme, Transport, Website alterations and is the Deputy Safeguarding Lead. Danny's passions are Music (he plays the guitar and 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.

Neil Firman, Admissions Manager

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 Manager, 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.


Sebastian Cirillo, Leisure Programme Manager

After having completed his MA in Sport and International Development, Sebastian co-founded his own Sport for Development charity Run The Bases. Together with two former course mates, they aim to tackle gender inequality through the medium of sport and softball in particular. Prior to his graduate degree, Sebastian worked in London for two years as a Sport and Events Co-ordinator. As the current Leisure Programme Manager at Bede’s Summer School, he is in charge of the organisation of all extra-curricular events from excursions to sports, arts and crafts academies. After having played many sports, he is now a keen middle-distance runner, training up to 11-12 times a week. Other passions include playing and watching football, reading, and playing the piano and guitar. When he has time, Sebastian also enjoys returning to Rome where he grew up to visit his family.




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