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Executive Committee

The English Teachers Association Switzerland (ETAS) is an association as defined by articles 60ff of the Swiss Civil Code. As such, ETAS is governed by an elected Executive Committee of at least seven members. The positions include the President, the Treasurer, the Secretary, plus at least four other members. Executive Committee position terms are for three years, with the possibility of one additional year. All ETAS members in good standing are eligible to stand for election, which takes place each year during the AGM.

The Executive Committee meets whenever business so requires, but at least three times a year. No decisions can be taken unless a majority of the members are present. All matters which do not fall expressly within the competence of a GM shall be dealt with by the Executive Committee. Further information and details about the roles and governance can be found in the Statutes and the Guidelines.

A number of the ETAS Executive Committee positions come open each year. An announcement of those openings is posted with a Nomination Form in the Summer Journal. Please feel free to contact the current Officer or Chair should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on the Executive Committee!

President

Sue Wood

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Before Sue moved to Switzerland she was a retail pharmacist in Bath, England. Her move to Switzerland prompted a change in career and  in addition to her BPharm (Hons), she now has a CELTA,  and MSc TESOL as well as a range of online and business teaching qualifications. Not surprisingly, her main focus is on teaching Medical English, but she also teaches Business English and examination classes.

Sue has been a member of ETAS for many years and stepped down as Regional Co-ordinator for Zürich-Winterthur at the beginning of 2016. Her roles within ETAS have seen her organise the PD Day in Wetzikon and the 2016 AGM in Zürich. In her free time Sue loves spending time with her family, travelling, watching films, reading and cooking. 

Vice President

Jayne Kyte

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Jayne was born in the north of England and moved to Switzerland with her 10-day old son and Swiss husband in 1983. Following the birth of her two daughters, she decided to pursue a career as an English teacher for adults. After 18 years teaching at the Migros Klubschule in Basel, Jayne took on the position of Area Sales Manager for Oxford University Press in Switzerland. Although she loved meeting teachers and travelling all over Switzerland, her heart remained in the classroom, in particular, in teacher training. Jayne is now a freelance teacher/teacher trainer and part-time CELTA tutor. Jayne’s ETAS career began in the 1990’s, she became RC for the Basel area, followed by National Events Chair for 4 years. During that time Jayne organised 5 Annual Conferences, an experience which she enjoyed very much, she is now looking forward to leading the organisation of the Professional Development Days.

Secretary

Laura Kennedy

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Laura comes from the south of England. She went to university in London, where she studied English and History, before starting a career in project management. She spent over 20 years working with a variety of international organisations and societies, supporting them with their communications and management. After spending a year in China, she moved to Switzerland in 2012. Ready for a new challenge in 2016, she took the CELTA course in Lausanne, and has been teaching English ever since. Given her background, her main area of interest is Business English, but she is lucky enough to teach a wide range of students aged from seven to over 70, mainly through Wall Street English in Lausanne.

Treasurer

Florian Gantenbein

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Florian has dual nationality as both a Swiss and Canadian citizen. He holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., as well as a Diploma in Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the ETH Zürich. His mother tongue is Romanisch and German, and he is fluent in English and French, and has a basic knowledge of Italian and Spanish.

He currently serves as Head of Finance and Controlling/ IT for a Business Unit at RUAG Switzerland Ltd. - Division Aviation. Former positions include Vice President and Division Board Member of Business Administration / Finance and Controlling for a Business Unit at Siemens Schweiz AG; and Head of the Division Controlling worldwide for a Business Unit at Siemens Building Technologies, among others.

He lives in Würenlos with his wife Nancie. He has already had quite a bit of contact with ETAS through Nancie and TLC (The Language Company International House Zurich-Baden). She has been a member of ETAS for many years, served as a Regional Coordinator for Baden and is currently serving as Teacher Training and Development Special Interest Group Coordinator.

National Coordinator

Antoinette Breutel-O'Donoghue

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Born and brought up in London, Antoinette worked for a political risk consultancy after completing Business College. She moved to Switzerland in 1987 and worked in the insurance industry, first as a liability underwriter before transferring to Corporate Communications, where she was responsible for the company's Issue Management process. In 2006, wanting to experience life outside the corporate world, Antoinette took CELTA and started teaching Business and Medical English. She works for a private language school based in Basel.

National Events Chair

Choreanne Frei

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An active ETAS member for nearly 20 years, Choreanne Frei has been both a Regional Coordinator and SIG Coordinator. Her ELT qualifications include CELTA, CELTAYL, Cert TEB, SVEB and a BA (honours) in ELT from the University of Manchester.

Publications Chair

Helena Lustenberger

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Helena is British and studied English, French and Philosophy and then Business Administration.  After some years working in Marketing and then running a business, Helena has been an English teacher and member of ETAS for over 25 years.  She began contributing book reviews to the Journal before becoming Book Reviews Editor and a member of the Publications team in early 2013 and is known to readers of the ETAS Journal through her ‘At A Glance’ column.  Since March, she has taken over the position of Publications Chair.

Helena has extensive experience in teaching adults up to tertiary level and in translating, and is particularly interested in CLIL. She has also served ETAS as Sponsorship Coordinator on the National Events team and enjoys the social and cultural benefits of belonging to an organisation such as ETAS and especially the  Publications Team.

Public Relations Chair 

Antoinette Breutel-O'Donoghue

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Born and brought up in London, Antoinette worked for a political risk consultancy after completing Business College. She moved to Switzerland in 1987 and worked in the insurance industry, first as a liability underwriter before transferring to Corporate Communications, where she was responsible for the company's Issue Management process. In 2006, wanting to experience life outside the corporate world, Antoinette took CELTA and started teaching Business and Medical English. She works for a private language school based in Basel.

Teacher Development Chair

Jayne Kyte

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Jayne was born in the north of England and moved to Switzerland with her 10-day old son and Swiss husband in 1983. Following the birth of her two daughters, she decided to pursue a career as an English teacher for adults. After 18 years teaching at the Migros Klubschule in Basel, Jayne took on the position of Area Sales Manager for Oxford University Press in Switzerland. Although she loved meeting teachers and travelling all over Switzerland, her heart remained in the classroom, in particular, in teacher training. Jayne is now a freelance teacher/teacher trainer and part-time CELTA tutor. Jayne’s ETAS career began in the 1990’s, she became RC for the Basel area, followed by National Events Chair for 4 years. During that time Jayne organised 5 Annual Conferences, an experience which she enjoyed very much, she is now looking forward to leading the organisation of the Professional Development Days.

Web Chair

Ben Hoyt

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Ben took a roundabout journey from a Bachelor's in Computer Animation in 2000 to an MA TESL/TEFL in 2015. These days he designs blended learning materials for his Business English students at the School of Management Fribourg. An ETAS member since 2008, he lived in Geneva for four years before moving to Bern, where he is the ETAS Regional Coordinator and helps organise the monthly ELT Springboard teachers’ discussion group. Ben has had his own teaching website since 2010 and was part of the team which relaunched the ETAS website in 2015.  He has written a number of pieces for the ETAS Journal and is a regular presenter at ETAS events on topics related to technology and pedagogy.