Who we are
ALL is run by teachers, for teachers, and has thousands of members across the UK and further afield.
ALL has a very active volunteer network, with hundreds of volunteers offering their time and commitment to support other language teachers, or learners of foreign languages.
Below you will find information about those members who volunteer specifically to support our governance structure. For information on other ways in which you could get involved with your subject association, see Getting Involved.
The ALL Council is chaired by the President of the Association. The ALL Council comprises of twelve ALL members, who are elected from the membership and serve for a period of three years. ALL’s elected Officers, and at least one Invited Trustee, who all serve on the Board of Trustees (ALL’s Management Board) attend Council meetings. The ALL Director and staff also attend. Observers from other languages subject associations, notably the National Association of Language Advisers (NALA) and the Independent Schools Modern Languages Association (ISMLA) are also invited to send observers to Council meetings, as are editors of ALL’s academic journal, the Language Learning Journal.
ALL Council’s serving members
Liz Black 2015 – 2018
Carol Hughes 2015 – 2018
Kathy Wicksteed 2015 – 2018
Lisa Probert 2016 – 2019
Karine Harrington 2017 – 2020
Kevin Dunne 2017 – 2020
Clodagh Cooney 2017 – 2020
Crista Hazell 2017 – 2020
Clare Seccombe 2017 – 2020
David Shanks 2017 – 2020
Jackie Rayment 2017 – 2020
Kerry Phipps 2017 – 2020
Laura Simons 2017 – 2020
Lisa Stevens 2017 – 2020
Anna Lise Gordon (President)
Jane Harvey (President – Elect)
Steven Fawkes (Honorary Membership Officer)
Other invited attendees:
René Koglbauer (Chair of Management Board)
Richard Fairbairn (ALL Invited Trustee, Treasurer)
Elaine Taylor (ALL Invited Trustee)
Jane Bland (ALL Invited Trustee)
Karl Pfeiffer (Observer, Management Board)
Rachel Middleton (ALL Director, ex-officio member)
Find out about how the ALL Council works
Our Elected Trustees
Anna Lise Gordon
ALL President (2016 - 2018)
Anna Lise Gordon has been a member of ALL since its inception. For the last 15 years, she has worked in initial teacher education as MFL PGCE tutor, as Academic Director for the PGCE provision at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, currently holding the title of Professor of Education at the same institution. She is a National Teaching Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Anna Lise’s tenure as ALL President commenced on 01 September 2016.
Jane serves as President-Elect from September 2017 to August 2018, after which she becomes ALL President (2018 – 2020). Jane has been a member of the ALL Council and also runs the ALL Border Marches Network. Jane taught French and Italian during her career and worked in primary and secondary sectors. She finished her career in Further Education as Head of Learning at Gloucestershire College.
ALL Honorary Membership Officer
Twice President of ALL, now Honorary Membership Officer, Fellow and Chair of ALL North-East Branch, Steven Fawkes supports Branches, Networks, Hubs as well as Primary SIG, ITET and the ALL Literature project. Steven taught Languages in Co. Durham before working in curriculum development in special and comprehensive schools. At the BBC he developed TV, radio, print and internet resources for Schools Languages before taking the overview of policy across the schools area. He is a consultant and author and works in CPD and ITE contexts.
Our Invited Trustees
Chair of Board of Trustees
Following ten years in secondary education in Oxfordshire, René Koglbauer is currently Executive Director of North Leadership Centre, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and has recently been awarded the status of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). René represents ALL on various national and international steering groups and is particularly interested in curriculum/language policy. René was President of the Association for Language Learning from 2014-2016 during which time he served as a trustee. René has now been invited by the ALL Management Board to become an Invited Trustee and to fulfil the role of Chair of Trustees.
Elaine has worked in languages education throughout her career. A former HMI, she worked for Ofsted as the National Lead for Modern Languages and now runs a consultancy, supporting language teachers and head teachers to build capacity to deliver robust and exciting language curricula. Elaine has had a long association with ALL through her professional career and is an Invited Trustee, as well as a member of the Language Futures Steering Group.
Richard works as a partner at a law firm in London. He has wide experience of most aspects of private client work including trusts, wills and probate and associated tax planning and his work is international,and as a French speaker his work is particularly focused on France and French clients in London.
Richard holds two French medals: Officer dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, and Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
Richard was a long serving Chair of ALL’s Board of Trustees (ALL Management Board), and also serves on other language and education-based boards. From 01 September 2016, Richard became ALL’s Treasurer on its Board of Trustees.
Jane is Assistant Principal at Rushey Mead Academy in Leicester, responsible for teaching and learning across the school, and line
manager for MFL. She is an SLE in MFL and has been teaching languages for more than 20 years, as head of a large faculty for much of that time. Jane is passionate about teaching languages and would like to see all children given the opportunity to experience high quality language learning at all ages. Jane still teaches in both KS3 & 4, and she has also been working with primary schools in Leicester and Leicestershire to improve language lessons.
Jane is very excited about the opportunity to work with ALL to ensure all language teachers and learners are given the support they require to enjoy and flourish in a foreign language.
David Crystal is an academic, writer, editor and broadcaster, and Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor. He is a patron of the Association for Language Learning (ALL) and of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), president of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and the UK National Literacy Association, an honorary vice-president of the Institute of Linguists and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000. David lives in Holyhead, where he is the director of the Ucheldre Centre, a multi-purpose arts and exhibition centre.
Karl attends meetings of ALL’s Management Board as an Observer. He brings a wealth of experience to this role as well as an international perspective, and the ability to see how cultural institutes and other partner organisations might work together with ALL to meet shared objectives : raising the profile of Languages, developing intercultural awareness, and fostering international collaboration. Karl is Director of Educational Links at The Goethe-Institut London.
Find out about how the Management Board works
Day-to-day leadership of the Association, developments and funding, tendering, commissioning and delivering projects. Rachel actively seeks to improve and enhance services for ALL members, along with the team of ALL staff which she manages. Rachel advises ALL’s trustees and sits on the Management Board and ALL Council as an ex-officio member. Additionally she supports the work of the President and President-Elect. She undertakes much of the external representation for ALL. Rachel holds a PGCE as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She is a Chartered Manager.
Responsible for developing and editing content for languages teachers through Languages Today magazine and the teaching and learning areas of the website. Victoria also develops bids for new projects with partners and cultural institutions and in addition will be supporting the ALL Council and membership voice. Victoria holds a PGCE (Primary with French) and will be continuing to teach in the Nottinghamshire area as well as working for ALL 3 days a week.
Communications and Marketing Manager
Responsible for the communications and marketing strategy and functions of the Association, to build public awareness of the Association, stimulate growth in membership and member engagement, celebrate the work of the Association, its working groups, governance, volunteers and staff, and cross-promote other services offered by the Association.
Responsible for membership and financial administration and support. Meriem is also responsible for corporate membership and ALL’s Jobs Board, as well as supporting ALL’s array of local member-led groups. Meriem manages the administration of the Association’s general email accounts and also liaises with members by phone. She also administers most of the Association’s discussion lists.
Responsible for supporting the work of the Membership Co-ordinator by processing membership applications, issuing invoices, ensuring members are able to access the online Members Area and day to day office support for ALL. Aimee also works alongside the Education Officer and ALL’s Director, providing assistance for tasks such as posting events, competitions and other content onto the Association’s website, as well as other general administrative duties which underpin ALL.
ALL Past Presidents
Below you will find a list of Past Presidents, along with a short introduction which summarises the focus of the Language World conference which they hosted during their presidency. ALL’s Presidents have all served ALL’s members as trustees, and many of the Past Presidents continue to serve the ALL community, on working groups, as members of ALL Council, working in consultancy capacities on projects or research; and meeting fellow ALL members’ training and development needs out in local ALL Branches, Networks and Primary Hubs.
René Koglbauer (2014-2016)
Executive Director of North Leadership Centre and Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University
In the first year of the ALL Connect project, which coincided with the first of a two year Presidency, René brought all of the ALL Connect strands together at Language World Conference 2015, under the banner ‘ALL Connected’. He also formally announced the launch of ALL’s Language Zones. The focus of the Language World Conference 2016 was on Curriculum Innovation, reflecting and preparing ahead of the changes to the language curriculum in September 2016
Rachel Hawkes (2012 - 2015)
Teacher of Languages and Deputy Principal at Comberton Academy Trust
Rachel is also a Languages Advisor for TES Resources, and, planned her Language World to get us ‘ALL Joined up’, reflecting her sense of the community of language professionals, and the importance of teachers working together and with others.
Ann Swarbrick (2011 - 2014)
Ann encouraged us at Language World to Imagine… having recently imagined the creation of the ALL ITET Special Interest Group for Teacher Educators. Ann’ s current project is as editor of Barry Jones’ selected writings.
Bernardette Holmes MBE (2010 - 2013)
‘Languages for all – defining today, transforming tomorrow’ expresses some of the passion that Bernardette continues to bring to her advocacy with Speak to the Future.
Karl Pfeiffer (2010 - 2013)
Director of Educational Links, Goethe Institut London
The first Language World to be held in London was called ‘ALL Together’, a fitting title for Karl, whose work as Director of Educational Links at the Goethe Institut London encourages personal and cultural exchange.
Cynthia Martin (2008 - 2011)
Primary Education Specialist
As befits someone with a specific interest in the early stages of language learning, Cynthia chose as her title for Language World, ‘Building on Firm Foundations – Steps to Success’. The work she began continues with the ALL Primary Special Interest Group and the Primary Hubs around the country.
Pauline Swanton (2007 - 2010)
Tutor in Adult Education
Pauline’s presidential challenge was about ‘Grasping the nettles that beset us’. Pauline served as an Invited Trustee for a number of years beyond her presidential tenure.
Helen Myers (2006 - 2009)
Teacher of French
Helen ‘Pulled the Threads Together’ at Language World. Her interest in assessment is visible on the web pages of ALL London Branch, which she continues to chair.
David Wilson (2005 - 2008)
David encouraged us to focus on ‘Expanding Horizons’ and conveying positive messages about languages at the time of the Dearing Review. David continues to support ALL by acting as an objective reviewer and editor of ALL’s web content.
Kathy Wicksteed (2004 - 2007)
SSAT Languages Coordinator
Kathy’s campaigning work on behalf of CLIL is still as vibrant now ,(See FLAME), as it was at ‘Language World: Working Together’. Previously she also led the Linked Up project for ALL. Kathy currently serves on the ALL Council.
Barry Jones (2003 - 2006)
Barry’s theme at Language World, was ‘Creating Opportunities’. This encapsulates many of his principles as a teacher and trainer. These are to be explored in ALL’s publication of Barry Jones’ selected writings.
Bill Musk (2002 - 2005)
‘Reaching Out’ was a suitable theme for Bill’s presidency, reflecting his career in forging effective international education links. ALL maintains links with other teachers internationally through FIPLV, FIPF and IDV and its close co-operation with cultural agencies and the British Council.
Steven Fawkes (2002 - 2004) and (1999 - 2002)
BBC Policy Adviser / BBC Education Officer
Steven, now an ALL Fellow, is the only person yet to have been President twice; the first time around his theme was ‘Motivation – for all’ stressing the importance of teacher motivation, reflected in the current ALL-Literature wiki which he manages.
Steven chose ‘Next Steps’ as his theme for his second Language World, in the European Year of Languages, exploring issues of learner progression, but also of developing the work of the Association to be more readily available locally. Steven now chairs ALLNE Branch, one of the dozens of Branches, Hubs and Primary Hubs that have taken this idea forward.
Terry Lamb (2000 - 2003)
Terry’s presidential theme of ‘Building Bridges’ related to bridges between sectors and languages, especially with community languages, and is now continued in his work with FIPLV.
John Trafford (1998 - 2001)
John raised the important issues around ‘Celebrating Diversity’, still relevant within ALL, as reflected in the work of the World Languages Special Interest Group.
Peter Downes (1997 - 2000)
Peter’s theme of ‘Raising Standards’ is reflected in his work with the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and on Language Awareness.
Margaret Tumbler (1996 - 1999)
Teacher of German
Margaret’s theme ‘The Way Ahead: language strategies for the millennium’ explored the potential for ICT and the way towards learner autonomy, and her talks always included the importance of diversification of language provision.
Madeleine Bedford (1994 - 1997)
Madeleine’s first Language World in York included the introduction of the European programmes (then called Socrates) while her second celebrated European Year of Lifelong Learning.
Bob Powell (1992 - 1995)
Bob’s Language World in Edinburgh brought language teachers together with teachers of EFL in the cause of promoting language learning and best practice.
Brian Page (1990 - 1993)
Brian’s career encompassed teaching, teacher education, the launch of the European Actions and a keen interest in autonomy. See Looking back, moving forward (now available in the ALL Language Zones).