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About Us

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.

Philip Coates, Operations Manager

Philip has previously worked in banking, auditing and events management and has a degree in Banking and Finance. As Operations Manager, his role is to manage a number of key operational processes crucial to the success of the Summer School and he is also the Summer School's nominated Health & Safety representative. Philip is married with two children and in his free time, the family enjoys walking and cycling round the wonderful East Sussex countryside and coastline, competing on the Wii and generally spending time together. Philip also enjoys watching movies and ‘trying’ to keep fit.

Danny Kenward, Staffing Manager

Danny started his career in the Accounts department for an independent freight forwarding company and he worked his way up to becoming the HR and Commercial Manager. His duties included all HR apsects for the company, from recruitment to payroll, along with looking after the fleet vehicles and property compliance and maintenance for all their UK sites. As Staffing Manager at Bede's, he is looking to recruit the best people for the right roles, whilst also taking care of all the administrative work relating to the recruitment process. Danny's passions are Music (he plays the guitar and a little piano) and when he gets time, he also enjoys playing football and watching films. Danny is married with two young children, with whom he loves spending as much time as he can.

Brenda Ticehurst, Admissions Manager

Brenda joined the Summer School in February 2013. She has focussed her career around Sales, Marketing and Advertising and has spent the last 13 years as Sales Manager for a large PLC where she was responsible for delivering large scale Emigration Exhibitions along with monthly newspapers and magazines to assist Brits who were looking for a new life abroad. Brenda worked very closely with the Governments of Australia, New Zealand and Canada and a wide range of clients around the world who could assist in this process.
In her role as Admissions Manager, Brenda helps parents make the right decision on Bede’s Summer School courses, manages enrolments and is on hand to assist parents when their children are at Bede’s during the summer.

Lauren Page, Admissions Assistant

Lauren started her career in administration before taking time out to go travelling. She bravely travelled Australia for 3 months on her own - which she thoroughly enjoyed! - and has also been to Singapore and Thailand.
Before joining Bede’s, Lauren worked in hospitality for a number of years and she is also a qualified swimming instructor.
Her role as Admissions Assistant is to promote Bede’s summer courses, follow up enquiries, process and manage enrolments and undertake all administrative duties relating to admissions.
In her spare time, Lauren likes going to the gym and spending time with her friends and family.