John H Corcoran MBE
Chairman & Managing Director
John was Director of the English Language Summer Courses at St Andrew’s College, Bearsden, Glasgow, between 1988 and 2002. He was also Director of Commercial Services at the College over the same period. John has a vast knowledge of the Commercial field, as well as his role with the company he is also former Chief Executive Officer with Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce and was recently made honorary President. Consequently, he relates well to people and recognises the importance that care of visitors means to parents and guardians sending young people to Scotland. John ensures that he is on campus every day and makes himself freely available to talk to students and leaders on any issue.
Director of Operations
Simon is a fully qualified teacher within the Scottish Education System. He has been involved in English Language Summer Schools since 1997 and has been a driving force behind St Andrew’s College Language Schools since its inception in 2002. Without his hard work and dedication, the company would not be where it is today. Simon is an extremely well liked member of the team and is known for building an excellent rapport with visiting students. His forte is ensuring that everyone enjoys the “Scottish Experience” in every respect.
Elena Bueno Galán
Elena is a qualified English language teacher by the University of Jaén. She also holds a degree in Tourism & Information by the University of Málaga and she is a qualified DELE examiner. She started her career teaching English in Jaén in 2003. She worked with the Junta de Andalucía as a group leader for Spanish students abroad during the summer periods for 5 years. She moved to Scotland in 2006 and since then she has been teaching Spanish at UWS, Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities. In 2004 Elena started being part of St. Andrews College as a group leader and since then she has been a Spanish teacher, a Centre Manager, the Summer School Coordinator and has now taken on the role of General Manager.
Director of Studies
Susan has 14 years’ experience in the field of ELT. She is Cambridge DELTA qualified and holds a Master’s Degree. She began her career in Greece in 2001 and moved to Malaysia in 2004 where she worked in both Penang and Kuala Lumpur for the British Council. She returned to Scotland in 2012 and joined St Andrew’s College as Director of Studies. She is very happy to be a full time member of staff and is keen to work on the development of our language courses. She lives in Barrhead with her two little dogs.
Summer School Manager
Kirsty started her career as Activity Leader with St. Andrews in 2011, since then she has returned every summer. She has taken on various roles within the company, Activity Leader, Welfare Officer, Activity Manager and Centre Manager. Kirsty has vast experience working with children due to her time working in summer camps since the age of 16. She has worked with children of all ages and nationalities. She also worked for many years with different children’s organisations and holiday clubs e.g. Girls Brigade, Anchor Boys. Kirsty also was involved in the organisation of various after school clubs. She was the Summer School Activities Coordinator last year and has now taken on the role of Summer Schools manager.
Summer School Development Officer
Amy began working with St Andrews College in 2013 as a Welfare Officer, and has since taken on roles such as Centre Manager and Activity Manager in campuses around Scotland and England. Since graduating from the University of St Andrews in June with a degree in Management, she has joined the team, full time, taking on the position of Summer School Development Officer. Having watched the company grow significantly over the past 3 years, she is excited to play a greater role in the organisation and planning of the summer campuses. She hopes that with her experience in working on a variety of campuses combined with her degree in Management, she can contribute well to the company as it grows in both size and quality of service.
Carole has 4 years’ experience in the field of administration and holds a Business studies degree. She began her career in London where she worked for an airline company in London as an administrator and operation assistant for over 3 years. She has a broad-based experience covering a full spectrum of administrative duties and customer service. Carole has now taken the role of administrative assistants. She is very happy to be working for st Andrews college and hope to bring her skills and experience to the success of the company.