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Meet the Experts

‘Great people whose names and knowledge are so powerful that I thought
I could only meet them through their books and articles.’
– Laila  Djoebaidah, Indonesia


Our Consultants support Members with personalised advice and exclusive articles and videos.

Herbert Puchta

Herbert is an internationally renowned teacher trainer and bestselling author. He is an expert in the field of teaching young learners, and has given talks, seminars and workshops in over 50 countries.


Jack Richards

Dr. Richards is an internationally renowned specialist in language acquisition, an applied linguist and educator, and the author of numerous professional texts and widely used coursebooks.


Penny Ur

Prof. Ur was awarded an OBE in 2013 for her contribution to English language teaching. She is the author or editor of several renowned methodology books and has over 30 years' teaching experience.


Nicky Hockly

Nicky is Director of Pedagogy at The Consultants-E. As a teacher trainer and author, she is a specialist in technology, and has written numerous books, articles and blogs on the subject.


Mike McCarthy

Prof. McCarthy is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is the author of titles such as English Vocabulary in Use and Spoken Language and Applied Linguistics, and also helped develop the Cambridge spoken corpora.


Scott Thornbury

Scott is an internationally-known teacher, educator and presenter with over 30 years' experience. He is currently Curriculum Coordinator at the New School in New York. He is the editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers series.


Speakers and Writers

Cambridge English Teacher webinars and articles are created by a large number of authors and trainers who are experts in their fields. These include:

Tessa Woodward

Tessa Woodward is the Editor of the Teacher Trainer Journal and former President of IATEFL. She is the author of numerous books and articles for teachers and trainers.

Ben Goldstein

Ben Goldstein is an experienced author, tutor and teacher. He is currently teaching the online MA TESOL programme of the New School in New York.

Russell Stannard

Russell Stannard is a freelance trainer and conference speaker in ICT and Education. He has won 3 internationally recognized awards for his work in feedback and his website, which is now visited by more than 350,000 users a year.

Andy Curtis

An expert in the field of Intercultural Communications, Dr. Andy Curtis has worked with teachers and learners in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, North, South and Central America, and he has published articles in journals such as TESOL Quarterly, TESL-EJand System, as well as several books and books chapters.

Johanna Stirling

Johanna is a freelance English language consultant, teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer and presenter.


Martin Hewings

Martin has taught English for over 30 years in many countries, including Sweden, Italy, Malaysia and Australia. From 1985 to 2009 he taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Birmingham and since then has been a freelance author and consultant.

Craig Thaine

Craig Thaine has been involved in ELT for 30 years. He has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer all over the world. He has extensive experience developing and teaching English language courses to adult learners. Craig is co-author of Real Listening and Speaking Level 2, Teacher Training Essentials and Cambridge Academic English Intermediate.





Amanda French

Amanda French works as Academic English Coordinator and teacher trainer at Languages International, Auckland.

Lucy Gubbin

Lucy Gubbin has an MA in Applied Linguistics and has worked in language schools in Japan, Spain and the UK. For the last 15 years she has been working as a teacher trainer and Cambridge examiner.

Dr Peter Watkins

Dr Peter Watkins is a Principal Lecturer in English and Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth.

Nik Peachey

Nik Peachey has been involved in ELT since 1992. He has worked all over the world as a language teacher, teacher trainer and technology trainer.

Dafne Gonzalez

Dafne Gonzalez has been an EFL/ESP teacher for more than 30 years. She graduated in Language Teaching, has a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics, and a PhD in Education from Universidad de Valencia in Spain.

Marie Therese Swabey

Marie Therese Swabey has been involved in English Language teaching for more than 30 years as a teacher and a teacher trainer. She has taught in the UK in both the private and state sector and in Italy, Africa and the United States.

Kay Bentley

Kay Bentley has taught learners and trained teachers in primary and secondary bilingual and CLIL European programmes since 1998. She has a Masters in Education and is a tutor and supervisor for an MA CLIL module.

Lynn Durrant

Lynn Durrant works as Head of Young Learner Teacher Trainer and is a CELTA Trainer at International House Barcelona. She has worked in training and teaching for over 25 years and has given seminars and training courses in many different parts of the world.

Mary Spratt

Mary Spratt has been involved in different aspects of English language teaching for over 30 years. She regularly does conference presenting, materials writing, research, teacher training and materials production for teacher exams. She is free lance and has authored or co-authored several ELT coursebooks.

Niki Joseph

Niki Joseph is a full time writer based in Australia. She has taught all levels and ages, in many contexts ranging from kindergarten to mainstream secondary and also university level. She has worked in many countries including Brazil, South Africa and Portugal, where she lived for nearly 20 years.


Cambridge English Teacher webinars and articles are created by a large number of authors and trainers who are experts in their fields. These include:

Eric Baber

Eric is a former President of IATEFL, and has also worked as a teacher trainer, course developer, university lecturer and online course tutor. He has taught English in Germany, Thailand, Laos and the UK, and is the author of several books about online learning and teaching with technology.


Blue Kearsley

Blue is the Online Support Coordinator at Cambridge English. She is responsible for supporting institutional members, moderating webinars, moderating forums and updating content on Cambridge English Teacher.



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