Committee Profiles


Giovanni Rottura has spent his whole career working in the education industry. Although originally from Italy, he has been based in the UK since 1989 and is CEO at Gallery Teachers. Thanks to his dedication and good-natured sense of humour, he has always received top results. “Once I start running,” says Giovanni, “no one can catch me, except for Reuben, my chocolate Labrador.” Giovanni’s work with teachers across Europe and his support for teacher development projects is legendary.


Steve Hirschhorn has been teaching and training teachers for around 40 years. He has lectured and delivered workshops from Peru to Japan and most stages in between, going the long way round! Steve has been a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, school Principal and Director of TESOL; he was External Examiner for three UK universities’ MA TESOL and English Language boards. He has written numerous articles on various aspects of teacher-training, teaching and learning language. During the 80s, Steve studied Silent Way and Suggestopedia and continues to develop ideas from the Humanistic Approaches. He enjoys surprising younger students with his knowledge of computers and even computer games! In the late 80s he created an IPA font which enables IPA writing rather than cut and paste systems (now at v7). He is currently busily retired.


Thomas Jones – usually known as Thom Jones.
Thomas Jones has lived in more than a dozen countries and delivered training in over 70. He is principal of an international college in the summer, teaches at universities and schools around the world and is invited to speak regularly at global conferences year round. He runs his own training company and is a consultant for Telc, and others. He is rubbish at maths, but his mother thinks he is great.


Dorothy Zemach is a teacher trainer, author, writer, and editor based in Oregon, USA. She holds an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont, USA. After teaching ESL and foreign languages for over 25 years, she now concentrates on writing materials and conducting teacher-training workshops. Her areas of specialty and interest are teaching writing, teaching reading, business English, academic English, testing, and humor.A prolific author and editor of ELT textbooks, Dorothy has penned everything from the Teddy Bear’s Magic Music teacher’s book to the lowest and highest levels of Macmillan’s flagship course Open Mind to the groundbreaking English for Scammers (self-published). In 2012 she founded a micropress, Wayzgoose Press, that publishes fiction, literary non-fiction, and ELT materials.


During his long career in Education, Chuck Sandy has worked as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, materials developer, and program director. He is the author of several popular course books, a co-founder of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), and an EdYOUfest pioneer.