Meet our product heads and curriculum writers

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.

Meet some of our teachers

Duncan Rose
Head, Young Learners, British Council Singapore

MA Ed (in-progress), MA ELT, DELTA, Dip TEFL, PGCEi, PGDip Ed, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

Duncan is from the UK and he has over 18 years of teaching and course writing experience in the UK, Japan, Turkey and Singapore. His interests include course writing and developing materials to fit the needs of Singaporean students as well as promoting the ‘voice’ of parents and students in the British Council.

Portrait of Dr Duncan Rose, Head of Schools

Claire Firat
Head, Adults Learners, British Council Singapore

MA Ed Management, MSP® Practitioner, DELTA, CELTA, BA (Hons)

Claire is from Australia and has over 16 years of teaching and course writing experience in Australia, China, Turkey and Singapore. Claire is a qualified ICELT Course Tutor and educational manager, specialised in the academic oversight of adult learners in multi-lingual courses.

Claire Firat, Head of Adults

Thomas Lavin
Head, English Contracts, British Council Singapore

MSP® Practitioner, DELTA, CELTA-YLX, CELTA, PGCE, Dip in Assessment and Test Item Writing, Cert ELT Management Skills, BA (Hons)

Tom is from the UK and has over 15 years of teaching, course writing and test writing experience across a wide range of ages and levels in the UK, Japan, Thailand and Singapore. He is certified IELTS examiner and has also written articles for several national newspapers.

Thomas Lavin, Head, English Contracts

Matthew Scott
Head, Pre-school Courses, British Council 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.

Portrait of Matthew Scott, Head of Pre-school

Charlie Spiller
Head, Primary Courses, British Council Singapore

MSc in Educational Leadership, DELTA, Cert TESOL, BA (Hons)

Charlie is from the UK and has been teaching and managing language school programmes for over 16 years, the last eight years have been with the British Council. He has worked in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Egypt, Vietnam and Singapore. He is a local DELTA tutor and TYLEC tutor.

Portrait of Charlie Spiller, Head of Primary

Robert Playfair
Head, Secondary Courses, British Council Singapore


Rob is from London, England and has been teaching since 2005. He has worked as a teacher in the UK, Italy, Japan and Vietnam and is also a teacher trainer, having delivered workshops and training courses to local MOE teachers as well as British Council teachers in Vietnam and Singapore. He is passionate about helping teenagers and young adults use English better to improve their life chances and play a productive role in 21st Century society.

Portrait of Robert Playfair, Head of Secondary

Clare Robertson
Senior Teacher, English Contracts, British Council Singapore


Clare is from the UK and has been teaching and training in Europe, South America and Asia for 13 years. She has designed and taught specialised courses for many industries, ranging from food and beverage to law and finance, and has taught many high level executives on a 1:1 basis. She has also written and delivered courses in academic English and ESP in universities and higher education institutions, both in Singapore and abroad.

Portrait of Clare Robertson, Senior Teacher for English Contracts

Ed Gibbons
Senior Teacher, Adult Learners, British Council Singapore

MA Art History (Hons), DELTA, CELTA-YLX, CELTA

Ed is from the south of England and has taught and managed courses for 14 years in a wide variety of different countries from Europe, Asia and North Africa. He is committed to providing students with supported learning opportunities that provide challenge and build confidence. He is eager to encourage students to develop their vocabulary, especially through reading as he knows it helps students to make real progress.

Portrait of Ed Gibbons, Senior Teacher for adult courses

Ian Cameron
Senior Teacher, Adult Learners, British Council Singapore

MA Cross Cultural Communications and Applied Linguistics, DELTA, CTEFLA, MA (Hons)

Ian is from Dundee in Scotland. He started teaching English twenty five years ago and has worked in Europe, South America and here in Asia, including Japan, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. He loves teaching all kinds of students, but his current focus is on young adults, and preparation for study. He believes that people learn best when they are relaxed, interested and active. 

LE Portrait of Ian Cameron, Senior Teacher for adult courses

Wendy Naylor
myClub Events Coordinator, Adult Learners, British Council Singapore

MA TESOL (Teacher Training), Dip TESOL, Cert ELT Management Skills, BA (Hons)

Wendy is from the UK and has over 10 years of teaching and course writing experience in the UK, Jordan, Libya, Spain, Ecuador, Taiwan and Singapore. She is particularly interested in teaching adults and how people learn through experiences.

Portrait of Wendy Naylor, myClub Events Coordinator for Adult Learners

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