Meet the team

skSteve King

“I am the owner and director of Celc and thoroughly enjoy my day-to-day involvement. I have a background of working in schools and colleges and some time as a church leader. I am committed to ensuring that Celc is one of the very best family-run, independent language schools in the UK.

“Our English language school enjoys a wonderful location and I lead a great team.  It would be a real pleasure to meet you, help you improve your English and give you a fantastic experience of the UK.”

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Director of Studies / Social Programme Co-ordinator / Welfare & Safeguarding Officer

BSc General Studies, Dip. Teaching (New Zealand)
RSA Dip TEFLA (Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults)

“I am originally from the USA and joined Celc in 1991 after a number of years teaching in New Zealand. As well as taking care of the academic side of the school, I am responsible for sports, excursions and other social activities. It is my job to ensure that your time in the classroom is successful and that you really enjoy the social aspects of being at Celc.

“In my free time I enjoy water sports and getting out into the countryside on foot or bike.”

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Teacher / Exams Tutor / Health & Safety Officer

RSA DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)

“I have been teaching at Celc since 1987. I am also an official examiner for the University of Cambridge EFL exams.
“I am a keen musician and worship leader and a passionate photographer. I enjoy preparing students for exams as well as giving an insight into the British culture and way of life.”  

JoyJoy Tuttlebee

BA(Hons) Spanish & Portuguese, University of Southampton
Trinity College Diploma TESOL (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


“I’ve been teaching English since 2013, both in the UK and abroad. I’ve worked with people from a variety of backgrounds, including students, refugees and asylum seekers.
“My passions include learning about and experiencing new cultures – I particularly like Mozambique and South America, having spent time in both places! I also enjoy speaking Spanish and Portuguese (when I get the chance!), as well as art, music and spending time with my friends.”

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BA(Hons) in Applied Theology
Trinity College Cert. TESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


“Following the completion of my degree, I have worked in various cross-cultural situations; from supporting asylum seekers to managing a language school for migrant workers and now as a TEFL teacher.

“A particular passion of mine is amateur dramatics – I am a member of All Saints Dramatic Society and have enjoyed acting in a variety of principal and supporting roles from panto to comedy to serious parts.”

Lydia Tipler

BA (Hons) Geography UCL
PGCE Hull University (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
Trinity College Cert. TESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

“I’ve been on the Celc team in a part-time capacity since 2010 when I returned from a period of teaching English in the Arabian Peninsula. Having travelled and worked in quite a few countries worldwide over the years, I now love meeting and welcoming people to my own country and derive great pleasure from seeing students progress in their English.

“I find my soul is restored by activities in the open air like walking, kayaking and ski-ing and also by classical music. Hosting dinner parties and experimenting on my guests with various types of cuisine is also a real love of mine.”

Amanda King
Bookkeeper / Administrator

“Having raised three daughters, I have more recently worked as an administrator for a Bournemouth-based charity and volunteered at our local hospital.  I do what I can to keep some of the practical things at Celc running smoothly.

“I enjoy cooking, reading, family occasions and meeting friends.”


Louise Rawlings
PA to Director / Groups Co-ordinator

“I have very happy memories of hosting students from Celc many years ago, and started working for the school in 2014 as a temporary summer teacher. I am now enjoying working with the admin team and am the point of contact for group leaders and Celc Summer School.

“I enjoy going to the theatre, walking the dog, and playing badminton and volleyball – there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball on a part of Bournemouth’s 7 miles of golden sand as the sun goes down!”

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Accommodation Officer

“I studied languages at University and spent some time living in France and Spain, so I have a good understanding of how it feels to be a student abroad.

“I now live in Christchurch with my husband and two children and I love the outdoors, going to the theatre and travelling.”

Jill Lord
Assistant Accommodation Officer

“Living and working in boarding schools has provided me with considerable experience in pastoral care and support to international students. I understand the joy that comes with getting to grips with the English Language!

“I love spending time with my family and friends, watching live theatre and movies. I particularly enjoy travelling to new countries, discovering their cultures and customs. I have recently started studying again as I am a firm believer in the benefits of life-long learning!”

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Receptionist / Admissions Officer

“As the person responsible for enquiries and Registrations, I will probably be your first point of contact if you are looking to join us to learn English.  I have been working for Celc since 1999 and am the daughter of the school’s founder, David Williams. In my free time I enjoy the beach and water sports.”

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Receptionist / Academic Administrator

“I have worked at Celc since 2008 and provide administrative support.  I enjoy supporting Chris and the teaching team and do all that I can to ensure that they have what they need to teach you well.

“In my free time I enjoy all sorts of ‘arty’ stuff including drawing, crafts and making my own cards.”

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Teacher /Admin Assistant /Gardener



Additional Teachers

As the number of students wanting to study English in the UK grows during the summer months we take on extra teachers. These are qualified, experienced and friends of Celc. They become very much part of the team.