PANELISTS

"Strengthening Quality Assurance and Developing Global Standards in the English Language Sector in ASEAN and Australia" 

Brad Hughes - Transnational English Executive, UTS Insearch in ASEAN, China and South Asia

Brad Hughes is Transnational English Executive at UTS Insearch, the ELT pathway centre of the University of Technology Sydney. In this role, he has responsibility for quality in ELT delivery at the UTS Insearch partnership centres in Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, China and Korea.  Brad has over 30 years’ experience in ELT in the areas of teaching, teacher training, language testing, and curriculum design and development. Brad is lead designer of the UTS Insearch 1200-hour Academic English pathway curriculum. He is also a Cambridge Assessment CELTA tutor and CELTA Assessor. 

 

Assoc Prof Wu Siew Mei - Director, Center for English Language and Communication, National University of Singapore

 

WU Siew Mei is an Associate Professor of English Language and Director at the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. Her research interest are in evaluative expressions in academic writing, academic writing development and measurement, large scale writing assessments, descriptor validation and language programme evaluation. She has recently published with Teaching and Learning Inquiry, Language and Education, Higher Education Research and Development Society of South Australasia (HERDSA) on the areas of large scale assessments, corpus analysis of excellent teachers’ scripts and programme evaluation.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Asian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is a key leader in the regional network called SoTL-Asia.   

Ronnie Hill - Head, New Initiatives Department, School of English & University Pathways, RMIT University Vietnam

Ronnie is the Head of the New Initiatives Department in the School of English & University Pathways at RMIT University in Vietnam, where she has lived and taught for over 18 years. She manages the development and implementation of the EAP curriculum alongside the operations of SEUP's Teen and IELTS preparation programs. She holds a Masters in ELT from Reading University, UK and the IDLTM (International Diploma in Language Teaching Management) from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her particular interests include curriculum design, change management in language teaching organisations and staff development. 

Lim Cheng Pier - Regional Director (South East Asia & Pacific), Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge

 

Lim Cheng Pier is Regional Director for South East Asia & Pacific at Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge. She has extensive experience at growing emerging and untapped markets. Her leadership acumen is driven from her diverse exposure of cultures across Asia Pacific coupled with senior management discipline in her rich career with Multi National Corporations such as the LEGO Company and Apple. Cheng Pier enjoys reading and music. Her passion in arts forms the basis of her inspiration to drive diversity and change. Cheng Pier holds a MA from the University of Cambridge and BA from Simon Fraser University.

Ashley Irving - Principal, Australian Centre for Education (ACE), Cambodia

Ashley joined ACE in June 2012 as Principal. A native of Australia from Melbourne, Ashley holds degrees in mathematics, business and linguistics as well as an International Diploma of Language Teaching Management from the University of Queensland (RSA/Cambridge ESOL).

After a twenty-year career in corporate banking culminating in a position as Associate Director at Rothschild Bank, Ashley decided that ELT would be more fun. Since then he has worked in the ELT industry for twelve years, including a two and a half-year stint in Brazil and Argentina where he learnt that he just can’t dance.

Before taking his position with ACE, Ashley was Director of Studies and Admin Manager at the Access Language Centre in Sydney, and Teaching Centre Manager with AMES in Sydney.