Our Professional Team

Giancarlo Calderini
Director of the British Learning Academy and Non-Executive Director of Brockhurst & Marlston House Schools, GC is an electronic engineer who graduated at Oxford Brooks. Of Italian and English descent he is a serial entrepreneur having being involved in a number of technology and educational companies for the past 30 years.
James Washbourne
James has been teaching since University, where he studied and researched Education and gained his teaching qualification. He describes himself as a farmer and a teacher. Having worked with BLA since 2014, James has taught and designed a range of courses from Business English to exam preparation (Trinity, Cambridge, IELTS). He’s currently working on building...
Katya Parkinson
Katya started teaching English as a foreign language in 1993 when she went to China to work with students studying for degrees in business and economics. Since then has taught for language schools in Brighton and Chichester and hosted intensive homestay English courses. She currently teaches English at Chichester college and British Language Academy.
Andy Ayres
Andy started his career in education over ten years ago teaching English to individuals and small groups. After completing his undergraduate studies in Romance philology, he undertook a postgraduate course to become a qualified teacher. He has taught in Spain helping to create bespoke learner-centred courses, many schools across the UK and China, where he...
Paola Genovese
Marketing and Logistics Director at BLA, Paola has been working in the Education industry since 2008. She works closely with teachers and team leaders, ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the schools while taking a keen interest in the welfare of the students. Paola looks after prospective students and interacts with agencies and corporate clients worldwide. She previously...

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