7th – 8th June, Bratislava, Slovakia
Conference for all leaders and managers in primary and secondary education, language schools, universities as well as organisations that work within language education.
About the Conference

Who is LAMSIG for?


The LAMSIG Slovakia conference is for academic managers, directors of studies, school owners, senior teachers, coordinators, supervisors, principals, deputy heads, ADOSs, managers, directors, and anyone else involved in or interested in leadership and management in language teaching organisations.

The LAMSIG conference in Bratislava is organised by the Bridge – English Language Centre with the collaboration of a special interest group of IATEFL – LAMSIG.


The conference takes place parallel to Eltforum 2019 on 7th – 8th June in Bratislava, Slovakia.

in association with

The ELT Leadership & Management Special Interest Group was created in 1990 to meet the needs of academic and administrative managers in both the state and private sectors of the industry. Our current membership stands at over 500. Half our members are based in the UK.


What are our aims?

  • To raise awareness among the ELT profession of management issues.
  • To contribute to the development of good management practices within ELT.
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of management issues that affect our profession.
  • To provide opportunities for, and information about, relevant management training.
  • To help improve quality standards in ELT.



Here are some of the ways you can network with / in LAMSIG and its members:

LAMSIG Testimonials
Short video from LAMSIG in Bratislava 2018
The conference speakers

Chris Farrell

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Chris Farrell is the Head of Teacher Development with the Centre of English Studies Group in Ireland and the UK and is also the Head of the CELTA Centre in Dublin. He has an MA and a Cambridge DELTA and he regularly represents CES and EAQUALS at international events and conferences.

He is a committee member with IATEFL TDSIG and with EAP in Ireland, as well as being the Chair of the English UK Teacher Development Advisory Group. He is the founder and project coordinator for the Irish Research Scheme for Teaching and former co-editor of the EAQUALS Member Blog. He regularly lectures with the ALC in University College Dublin.

Michael Carrier


Michael Carrier has worked in language education for over 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author, and director in Germany, Italy, Poland, UK and USA, and lectured worldwide.

Michael has an MA in Applied Linguistics and an MBA, and is interested in both the academic and management aspects of ELT.

He was formerly CEO of the International House World schools network, Director of English Language Innovation at the British Council in London, and Executive Director of Eurocentres USA.

He has written many ELT coursebooks and professional articles, including the Break into English series, Front Page series, Business Circles and Spotlight Readers. His area of specialisation is digital learning and educational technology, and from 2003 to 2014 he was Technology Editor of MET Journal.

He is currently serving as a Trustee of the TIRF research foundation in the US, a Board member of ICC – the European Language Network, and a Governor of International Students House in London.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the ICC Journal – ‘Training, Learning and Culture‘, and was until recently also a member of the Advisory Board of OUP’s English Language Teaching Journal and a Trustee of the EAQUALS organization.

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

Mike Shreeve


Mike Shreeve has taught in state schools, language schools and management academies. He has also worked in a business and professional context. The connecting principle is an interest in people and their psychology.

Mike is CELTA trained and a qualified coach who aims to enable students to realise some if not all their learning potential. He has taught for the last few years in Pilgrims summer teacher training school the coaching with NLP course and teaching “difficult learners”.

He has recently been involved in a large teaching project to enhance coaching and feedback skills to Ethiopian teachers- a welcome return to a country he worked in when qualifying as a teacher. Outside of this he coaches individuals (mainly teachers, business owners and professionals) and is involved in several education projects. Until recently he has been a school governor.

Outside of professional life, Mike lives in Brighton and enjoys walking and contemplating the South Downs and is (healthily)obsessed with playing tennis.

Silvana Richardson


Silvana has worked in English language teaching for over 25 years. She holds an MA in Teacher Education, is PGCE and Delta qualified and has trained teachers all over the world.

Silvana is the Director of Studies for Bell Teacher Campus and the Course Director for the Bell Online Delta. Silvana writes teacher training materials for the Bell Delta and Cambridge English Teacher and recently received a standing ovation for her plenary at IATEFL UK, an industry-leading teaching conference.

Maureen McGarvey


Maureen McGarvey is Programme Manager eLearning at IH London and has been involved in online training and management training for the past 15 years.

Maureen wrote the management module for the MSc in TESOL previously offered by Aston University, and was subject tutor and dissertation supervisor for several years. She also tutored the management module for the MA in TESOL offered by Westminster University.

Maureen is Chair of the IATEFL Scholarship Committee and a frequent conference speaker on topics related to academic management and online training.

Loraine Kennedy

Loraine Kennedy

Loraine Kennedy is a full-time practising coach and management trainer, having qualified as a life and work coach in 2002. She has more than 30 years’ experience in education and ELT worldwide and 20 years in management. Her passion is in helping people to fulfil their full potential and managers to become successful leaders within an ever-changing world.

She works extensively with educational associations, schools and universities across the world. She is on the committee of IATEFL’s leadership and management special interest group.

Olivia Hurbanova


Olivia is a positive sceptic, a lecturer and an educator, teaching her own concept of Future skills. Her educational agency Olinclusive is preparing people for the careers of tomorrow, getting them ready to adapt to an ever-changing world. Her concept of “Future Skills” develops the ‘soft skills’ competencies recognized as a modern day requirement by Institute for the Future and Fortune 500.

Olivia is trying to take a more complex approach to understand the complexity of human behavior, and she has been a passionate student of neurobiology and behavioral sciences for more than a decade. The Future skills concept is shared with companies here & abroad and also with international students as an accredited subject within Leadership program at the University of Economy in Bratislava.

She is proud to serve companies as PWC, IBM, Lenovo, Kronospan, American Chamber of Commerce, Allianz, Swiss Re and others. In February 2019 she was recognized as the Lecturer of the Year.

Vic Richardson


Vic Richardson is enjoying retirement (not). He was until recently Director of Academic Development for Embassy English, a division of Study Group. He has been in the EFL sector a goodly while and has worked and travelled widely.

He has been a teacher, a teacher trainer, a university lecturer, a course book writer, a test writer, an assessor, an academic director, an operations director, and even a member of the editorial panel of the ELTJ, but, given that he has spent his life in language teaching, to his wife’s chagrin, he has never successfully learned another language.

Preliminary PROGRAMME
Learn schedule of the conference.
Friday 9:00 - 20:00
  • 7. June 2019 8:00 - 9:00
  • 7. June 2019 9:00 - 12:00
    Pre-conference workshop
  • 7. June 2019 11:00 - 13:30
    Lunch / registration
  • 7. June 2019 13:30 - 14:30
  • 7. June 2019 14:30 - 14:45
  • 7. June 2019 14:45 - 15:45
  • 7. June 2019 15:45 - 16:00
  • 7. June 2019 16:00 - 17:00
  • 7. June 2019 17:00 - 17:15
  • 7. June 2019 17:15 - 18:15
  • 7. June 2019 18:15 - 22:00
Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
  • 8. June 2019 8:30 - 9:00
  • 8. June 2019 9:00 - 10:00
  • 8. June 2019 10:00 - 10:15
  • 8. June 2019 10:15 - 11:15
  • 8. June 2019 10:15 - 10:30
  • 8. June 2019 11:30 - 12:30
  • 8. June 2019 12:30 - 14:00
  • 8. June 2019 14:00 - 15:00
  • 8. June 2019 15:00 - 15:15
  • 8. June 2019 15:15 - 16:15
  • 8. June 2019 16:15 - 16:45
    Closing + raffle
How to get to the LAMSIG

By car

GPS coordinates: 48.128024, 17.131923 Free parking in front of venue

By public transport

More detailed information and schedules can be found at www.imhd.sk


We recommend using mobile apps available on google play: HOPIN or Taxify.

Taxi taxi 02/16077, Hello taxi 02/16321, Profi taxi 02/16222

Approximate price of a taxi from the Main Train Station to the venue: 7 EUR

Note: Calling a taxi always results in more reasonable prices than taking one from a taxi rank.

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