Learn English from our experienced, friendly and internationally-qualified teachers. We work together with our students to help them do their best and achieve their goals.


Our team of over 100 teachers and trainers in Singapore are trained to help students achieve their goals. We support students in their learning and motivate them to do their best.


All British Council teachers have native speaker proficiency. In addition to a first degree, they all hold professional teaching qualifications including CELTA, Delta, PGCE, MA TEFL, TYLEC. They have extensive experience teaching both adults and children.   


The British Council has been helping students around the world for 80 years and we have over 100 teachers working for us. Our teachers receive ongoing training throughout the year to keep them up-to-date with the latest teaching methodologies, techniques and technologies for teaching real life English.

Gemma Church

Head, Young Learners, British Council in Singapore

MBA, DELTA, CELTA-YLX, Cert in ELT Management, BA (Hons)

Gemma is from London and has been teaching as well as managing young learner programmes for over 14 years. She was a teacher in Egypt, South Korea and India, and the Head of Young Learners in Morocco and Bahrain. Gemma has presented on topics such as Engaging Teenagers, Promoting Professional Development in Teachers and Incorporating Literature into the Primary classroom at international conferences and teacher training institutes.

Portrait of Matthew Scott, Head of Pre-school

Matthew Scott

Head, Pre-school Courses, British Council in Singapore

Cert TESOL, TYLEC, DELTA, Dip Ed Management, BA (Hons) English Literature

Matthew is from the south-east of England and has over 13 years of teaching and course writing experience. Before coming to Singapore, he worked in Japan, Korea and Vietnam as a teacher and then a Branch Manager. Matthew is also a Trinity TYLEC trainer and has experience training primary and secondary school teachers in Korea and Vietnam.

Lia Testa Teismann

Head, Secondary Courses, British Council in Singapore


Lia is from Philadelphia, USA. She has taught, trained and managed teachers and learners in Singapore, France, Monaco, South Korea and the USA since 2005. Lia is a teacher trainer in CELTA and TYLEC teacher training courses and has presented to Singapore MOE teachers as well as at multiple international conferences on the topics of motivating teenagers, managing educational institutions and developing reading and writing skills in the English Language classroom.

Graham Down

Part-time Course Manager, British Council in Singapore

BA History (Hons), DELTA, Trinity College Cert TESOL

Graham has been involved in teaching and managing English language courses for more than 20 years. Originally from the south east of England, Graham has worked in several countries including Japan, Korea, Spain, Malaysia, China and Australia. Graham re-joined the British Council as manager of part-time adult courses midway through 2017.

Portrait of Lorna Higgins

Lorna Higgins

Contracts Course Manager, British Council in Singapore

BA (Hons) French and Spanish, LLB, Dip LP, MA Special and Inclusive Education, CELTA, TYLEC, Delta

Lorna is from the UK and has been teaching and managing for over 12 years. She has worked in Spain, Colombia, Jordan, Oman and Slovakia before starting work here in Singapore in 2019. Lorna is one of the Course Managers for our 1:1/Small group programme, and supports the Holiday Study Camps throughout the year, helping to maintain our high academic standards.

Portrait of Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson

Young Learner Course Manager, British Council in Singapore

BA (Hons) Geography, CELTA, TYLEC, DipTESOL 

Alex is from the UK and has been teaching and managing for ten years. She has taught in the UK, Spain and most recently Vietnam where she was involved in teacher training, Academic English and IELTS courses. As part of the English Contracts team, Alex is responsible for organising Holiday Study Camps for both Singaporean and international learners. 

Diane Parkins

Student Engagement Co-ordinator, Adult Learners, British Council in Singapore

PGCE, Licentiate Dip TEFL,BA (Hons)

Diane is from the UK and has been teaching and training for nearly thirty years across the full range of age groups. She has worked in nursery, primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education, as well as delivering in-house training for business. Whilst she has mainly worked in the UK, she has taught in countries such as Sweden, Kenya and Romania. She has worked as an examiner and is the co-ordinator for student engagement and learning beyond the classroom.

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