The International Certificate Conference (ICC)

ICC Chair

Ellinor Haase

Ellinor Haase studied Romance languages at the universities of Saarbrücken, DE and Madrid, ES, and was subsequently Lecturer at the Institute for Educational Sciences, University of Saarbrücken. She has taught in a variety of language teaching environments in Germany and abroad and managed a large department of modern languages in a major adult education institute in Bochum, DE. From 1993-2001 she worked as Project Director for DVV international ( supporting the re-building of adult education in Romania; from the office in Bucharest she and her staff cooperated with adult education and cultural organizations in all parts of the country.

Her last post before retirement was that of Secretary General of the European Association of Adult Education in Brussels, where she initiated and administered a number of European projects related to adult education over a period of six years. During this period she acted as co-founder of EUCIS LLL – The European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (

Ellinor ran the ICC Head Office in Offenbach during a period of transition in 2012, after the retirement of the former Director and appointment of the new General Manager. She provided all necessary services to the membership and represented the association in a number of current projects.

ICC Board Members

Barry Tomalin

Barry is Visiting Lecturer in Information Management and Governance, Public Diplomacy, International Communication and Cultures at the Academy of Diplomacy and Governance at Loughborough University London. He is the author of a number of books on Cultural Awareness and on the teaching of English, including ‘World Business Cultures – a Handbook’ (Thorogood), ‘Cross-Cultural Communication: Theory and Practice’ (Palgrave Macmillan) and ‘Cultural Awareness’ (OUP). He is a longtime member of ICC through his association with International House London and the University of Westminster. His interests are international education, the raising of cultural awareness in language teaching and university and corporate training, and developments in international publishing.

Ifigenia Georgiadou

Ifigenia Georgiadou is a language teacher, teacher trainer, writer and consultant. She currently serves as the Managing Director and Director of Studies at the Hellenic Culture Centre, and has worked as Director at AEOLIS Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island and as Director at the Education Department of AGROTOURISTIKI S.A., Public organization.

She is a philologist (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Athens, ΜΑ in Education and Human Rights, University of Athens and University of London) with 30 years of experience in education. She has had further training in adult training and in using drama techniques in language teaching. Author of 5 books on language learning and teaching, as well as articles and research papers on teaching Modern Greek as a foreign/ second language.

Ifigenia is a teacher trainer and certified EUROLTA Master Trainer and facilitator on Teaching Methodology and Intercultural Education seminars at the Hellenic Culture Centre, in various NGOs and other public and private Institutions. Coordinator of various research projects on education, on European and national level.

She has worked as Evaluator – adult education expert in the National Organization for Certification of Adult Educators (EOPPEP) and evaluator of adult education In- Service Training courses and projects for the State Scholarship Foundation (IKY), National Agency for the Erasmus plus Programme, evaluator for Erasmus Plus Youth Projects for the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation (INEDIVIM), coordinator and evaluator in EU and National funded projects on education. She has worked as a Master Trainer level A and level B at the Hellenic Ministry of Education (“Major Training Programme”) in a 9 person group of Master trainers who were responsible for training all public school language teachers.

Michael Carrier


Michael Carrier is Managing Director of Highdale Consulting Ltd, based in London, and consults for Cambridge English Language Assessment & other organisations. He has been involved in ELT for over 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author, school director and network director. He has worked in Germany, Italy, Poland, UK and the USA, and lectured in many other countries worldwide.

He was formerly CEO of the International House World network of schools, Executive Director of Eurocentres in Washington D.C., and most recently Director of English Language Innovation for the British Council. He was also formerly an Associate Professor at New School University, New York for the MA in TESOL.

He has written a number of ELT coursebooks and skills books, including the Front Page series, Business Circles, Intermediate Writing Skills and Spotlight Readers. His special field of interest is Digital Learning and the application of technology to Language Teaching, and he was Editor of the Technology section of Modern English Teacher. He is co-editor of Digital Learning, to be published by Routledge Education in 2017.

He is currently serving on various Boards, in addition to the Board of ICC, as a Trustee of the TIRF Foundation in the USA, Governor of International Students’ House in London, and a member of the Advisory Board of OUP’s English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Member of the Institute of Directors, the Society of Authors, and the Oxford & Cambridge Club.

Myriam Fischer

Myriam Fischer, former Director of English Studies at the Volkshochschule (Adult Education Centre)in Aschaffenburg, Germany, has been working in adult language education since 1980 as a teacher, teacher trainer, course book and materials writer and assessor.

She was part of the German working group that developed a language portfolio for adults which was accredited by the Council of Europe in 2006. She is a consultant for various publishing companies and has written a series of English language course books for adults.

As Head of the Bavarian EUROLTA team, she has been training teachers and teacher trainers since 2002. She has been a key figure in the development and implementation of EUROLTA, both in and outside Germany, and advises the ICC board on the further development of EUROLTA. Myriam believes that the quality of language teachers is of utmost importance in a global world of mobility in language teaching. She believes that EUROLTA guarantees such high quality.

Nikolaos Maras

Nikolaos Maras is Second Vice President of PALSO Federation. He is a Teacher Trainer; Language School owner   and Lifellong Learneing Centre owner in Greece. Nick is the Chairman of PALSO Examination Board.

As the ICC Treasurer, Nick’s main focus on board will be the ICC financial structure cooperating with Michael Carrier.

Rob Williams

Former chair of the ICC, Rob Williams has over 30 years experience in language education as a teacher, teacher trainer, materials writer, assessor and consultant. He also trained as a conference interpreter and for the past 15 years has been involved in teaching intercultural communication directly in company and within trainer training.

He is currently a principal lecturer in the department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Westminster, where he teaches on the MA TESOL (leading modules on Testing and Materials Development) and is course leader for the MA International Liaison and Communication, a pioneering course, training people to be the bridge across communities and between language groupings.

Rob has a wide experience in teaching English for business. He taught executives in small groups and on a one to one basis (companies included Kingfisher, Shell, London Stock Exchange). He worked with engineers and commercial sector employees from Siemens, and he was the academic manager of pre-sessional MBA and MSc Finance Programmes at City University, London. This experience has extended into the field of intercultural communication, working with multicultural teams and preparing employees for placements in different countries (companies included Rolls Royce, CORUS, Reckitt Benkiser and Barclays)

As a materials designer, Rob has published both general and specific purpose course books as well as being heavily involved in creating and improving courses for agencies where he worked. In his time at City University, Rob wrote the pre-sessional courses for the MBA and MSc Finance programmes in general finance, shipping and real estate management. At Siemens, he rewrote the in house programme for engineers and designed a four level course for call centre operatives.

Through the ICC and the University of Westminster, Rob has been involved in many EU co-funded development projects. He was an external commentator for the PELLIC project (providing English Language in the context of practice enterprises), contributed to the design of materials for Chinese 4 EU (providing instruction in Chinese through virtual platforms) and was a trainer on the Diverse European Workplace project (providing intercultural communication training in the workplace). He was a lead materials developer for Linguapeace and Linguapeace Europe (producing two books training English for peacekeepers) and led the PICT project promoting intercultural communication in translators. He is currently the internal quality assurance member for CoMoViWo – a project designing intercultural communication training material in English and Spanish, with a specific focus on e-communication.

He chairs an annual Intercultural Masterclass through UK Trade and Industry and regularly speaks at conferences across Europe and beyond. In his teaching, Rob has frequently worked with students, employees and executives who have been called upon to perform in situations where they have not had sufficient language competence to do so. This and the intercultural and non-verbal causes of misunderstandings form the core of his research interest.

Rob is a passionate believer in the need for improved communication as a means to greater social understanding, and feels that maintaining high quality language instruction combined with intercultural competence goes a long way to achieving this.

Away from languages Rob teaches singing for the terrified and writes and records music – some of which has appeared in educational publications and at conferences.

Sue Wood

Sue Wood works for Flying Teachers in Zürich. She currently spends most of her time teaching and developing materials for English for Medical Purposes. EUROLTA and the Quality Assurance Scheme are her main areas of interest for the ICC.

Tony (Anthony) Fitzpatrick


From February 1995 Tony was entrusted with the affairs of the International Certificate Conference (ICC – The International Language Association) as Secretary General, responsible for co-ordination of the work of the organisation (comprising some 15 organisations of adult and continuing education in twelve European countries, many of them members of EAEA). The chief objective of the organisation is to provide services for adult education providers in the area of foreign language teaching and learning, including teacher training, materials development and a suite of examinations in foreign languages for adults. The examinations system at present includes nine European languages at three different levels of competence, including vocationally oriented language qualifications.

ICC Coordinator

Ozlem Birgul Yuges

Ozlem Birgul Yuges is the Coordinator of the ICC, International Language Association works with the ICC Board members. She is also a  Teacher and a Trainer at IH London Executive Centre.

Ozlem has been working in education with various age groups including young adults and adult education since 2006. Ozlem has been involved in ongoing professional development and curriculum development in language education.

Her qualifications include: MA TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Westminster; BA Honour’s in TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language and English Language & British Culture from Middlesex University; DELTA, Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults – Module Two Developing Professional Practice at UCL; CELTA at OHC; TEAP, Teaching English for Academic Purposes at SOAS; QTLS form Society for Education and Training; and Machinima Teacher Training Course (VIrtual World) CAMELOT, Creating Machinima to Empower Live Online Language Teaching and Learning.

Her belief as an educator is to be sensitive to learners’ psychological and emotional needs in order to tailor teaching in a way that maximises its effectiveness with individual learners. She is also an ardent believer in the need for effective communication among educators, as well as with learners, to improve the quality of teaching and learning.

Ozlem’s teaching journey has taught her the importance of motivation for both teacher and learner; ongoing teacher training in terms of keeping up with the current developments in education; the knowledge of intercultural and cultural elements in globalised society; understand the changing issues that each generation brings in order to adapt to teaching; and the importance of using technology in education in this digital world.