As of May 2021, we would also like to welcome Heléna Stakounis, Rachel Lasham and Katalin Egri Ku-Mesu to the committee (profiles to follow soon).

Would you like to join our committee? Please contact us at and we can discuss any vacancies with you.


I am delighted to have been NATESOL chair since September 2018. I first joined NATESOL as a student member in 1996 and have worked with NATESOL as a committee member for several years.  

I have been a second language teacher since taking up an EFL job in Greece in 1988. I thought that I would be there for a year and then come back to the UK for a ‘proper job’. Since then, I have worked in Germany as a general and Business English teacher, then in UK universities as an EAP teacher and programme coordinator. I worked as a lecturer in TESOL at the University of Salford, UK since 2003 – primarily as a tutor and programme leader for the MA TESOL programme.  Since 2018 I have been an academic developer at Salford University, working with academics to support their teaching development, and am joint programme leader for the university’s PG Certificate in Academic Practice.  I completed a PhD in TESOL at the University of Manchester.  This work considered student understandings and perceptions of grammar in their language learning.  My current research interests include affective aspects of education, relating to motivation, emotions in teaching and learning and the psychology of teaching and learning. I have recently completed a joint research project on EAP Teachers’ positive emotions (Etherington, Hanks and Al-Shehri) ‘Sticky Objects’ and pathways to well-being and resilience: teacher understandings of and practices in positive psychology in their classrooms’ 


I was incredibly pleased and honoured to join the NATESOL committee after speaking at the 2019 conference. Before attending, I had been told by a colleague that this organisation represented the friendliest, most approachable group of professionals and experts in the field of English language teaching. And it’s true!

I work as a Teaching Fellow in the Language Centre at the University of Leeds. After leading the General English Programme for several years, I have now turned to the pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes modules. I am geekily interested in all things teaching & learning. I’m also passionate about bringing attention to issues around mental illness in the workplace.


Mike has experience of working with teachers in over twenty different countries, from Bogotá to Budapest to Beijing. 

He began his teaching career in 1970 as a volunteer in a secondary school in North India. He then taught EAL in a Manchester comprehensive, and EAP in further education, before leaving the UK again to direct language teaching operations for the British Council in Tabriz, Iran, where he did not escape the beginnings of revolution. Having completed two postgraduate qualifications along the way, in 1979 he was appointed Lecturer, later Senior Lecturer, in TESOL at the University of Manchester, where he taught and supervised postgraduate students for the next 28 years. After retiring from Manchester, he held visiting posts as Guest Professor at the University of Vienna, and later at the Universities of Lancaster, Salford and Liverpool. In 1984, he had joined the steering committee that brought NATESOL into existence, and was elected its first Chair, before moving on to serve as Branches and Affiliates Co-ordinator for IATEFL. In 2007, he was invited to take on the role of NATESOL Chair once again, and was delighted to help the Association celebrate its 25th and 30th anniversaries in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Having passed the Chair’s baton to Siân Etherington in 2018, he now enjoys watching from the side lines as a younger generation takes the Association forward in exciting new directions.

In his spare time Mike cooks, gardens, writes, and plays the violin (rather badly).


Born Leeds 18.05.41.  Lived in Sinnington, Harrogate, Manchester, Paris, London, Mexico City.  Qualifications MEd (Manc.) MA (Oxon.) Dip. TEFLA, LRAM (Speech & Drama), PGCE + ESOL L4, Counselling Assessor, etc.  Worked as performer, stage-designer, shopkeeper, dressmaker, school-teacher, lecturer, teacher-trainer, FE team-leader, regional exam’ coordinator (UCLES), examiner (TCL), editor, etc. Now retired & engaged in gardening, drawing, marking & writing up Minutes but still interested in pronunciation, academic writing, literacy & the social significance of ESOL.


From age fifty I was an ESOL teacher in further education colleges for twenty one years teaching all levels (Entry Levels 1,2 and 3 and Level 1 and Level 2). I have also taught Spanish, Accounting and Business Studies. In the 1960s I taught English at Libyan secondary schools or two years.

Between teaching in Libya and teaching in UK I worked for twenty five years as an economist and in Human Resources and general administration in UK, The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. I also had some years of running my own gardening sundries business.


MA Hons Arabic with Spanish, Economics and International Law | MSC Economics | Master of Business Administration | Cambridge Cert TEFLA and Trinity Level 4 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other  Languages to Adults | PGCE


Anthony Picot is a Senior Lecturer in TESOL and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds a Trinity TESOL Cert (Stockport College), Diploma in ELT (Distance DELTA) and an MEd in ELT and Ed Tech (University of Manchester). He is close to submitting his PhD (Manchester Metropolitan University)..

He has worked with all levels and ages of learners and has taught English and trained teachers in Thailand, Japan, Germany and UK. He has taught General English, Business English, EAP and ESP. From 1997, he worked in a language school in South Thailand and became a Cambridge Examiner. He worked at a university in Japan for two years. He now works at Manchester Metropolitan University as a teacher trainer on the Trinity TESOL Certificate (undergraduate) course and as a unit leader for Language Teaching, Course Design and Academic Management and The Dissertation on the MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics.He has presented on various TESOL related topics at different conferences.

He enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking and loves Asian food and world cinema. Overindulgence in the latter requires large amounts of the former.


Fatma Hamaid is a Libyan EFL tutor from Manchester. She graduated in 2016 and is a qualified English language teacher who holds a CELTA certificate (Manchester Academy of English), a BA (hons) in TESOL/Education studies (Manchester Metropolitan University), and an MA in Linguistics (University of Manchester).

She has taught at various English language schools and colleges in the UK; she has taught both adults and children, and learners across all levels. She has mainly taught Academic English and General English. She has also worked in two universities in Manchester; University of Manchester as a Research Assistant, and University of Salford as an EFL tutor on the Pre-sessional course and International Foundation Year.

She has presented at the annual NATESOL conference, and Multilingual Manchester’s linguistics conversational conference.

She enjoys swimming, baking, reading books and hiking on a good day!

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