The YA Team

Claret Group CEO
Sean is the CEO of the Claret Group, a group of companies with a portfolio of training companies in the…

York Associates is owned and run by Claret Holdings Ltd together with Bob Dignen and Richard Hawker, who hold Executive Directorship roles. YA is supported by its excellent team of teachers, trainers and staff, all of whom help us to deliver high quality English language, professional communication, intercultural and leadership training.

York Associates has been offering training in the language and communication field for over thirty years. It is well known in the international communication field through its publishing of books, multimedia materials, articles and conference presentations.

In 2014 York Associates became a member of the Claret Group, which has training centres in the UK and on Malta. And in 2016 our General English school English in York joined the Group and is located in the upper floors of our training centre Peasholme House. 

Bob Dignen, Director
Director
Bob has worked in the field of business and specialist English and international communication training for over twenty-five years.
Director
Richard is an international trainer with over 30 years' experience. He has worked extensively in Europe and the Middle East. He is comfortable working in English and Spanish.
Dale Coulter
Associate Director
Dale specialises in communication skills training, leadership and team development and Business English. His experience spreads over 10 years in Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

Our Trainers

Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 5 years + international experience (eg Italy, Libya).
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 25 years + international experience (eg Hong Kong, Singapore, South America).
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Former Director
International communication skills and international team and leadership trainer, executive coach, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg. France, Pakistan), French speaker.
Nicola Mackley
Nicola Mackley is a trainer and facilitator in the field of leadership, professional language and communication skills. She has worked in Italy, France Switzerland and the UK. She specialises in Training in Leadership skills Business Communication and Influencing Marketing, Insight and Strategic Planning
David Wilson is a training consultant, trainer and coach in the field of professional language and communication skills. He also works as a freelance translator and writer. He has worked in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, UAE and the UK Qualifications: M.A. (Oxford), M.A. (Reading), MCIL, PGCE, Dip. London School…
Former Director
International communication skills and international team and leadership trainer, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg. Poland, Russia, Germany, Ethiopia), German, Polish speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and international communication skills trainer, teacher trainer, 20 years + international experience (eg. Germany, Switzerland, Peru), German speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English, Business English and international communication skills trainer, writer, teacher trainer, 16+ years international experience (UK, Germany, Singapore), speaks English as her first, Chinese and Japanese as her second, and Italian as her third language.
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English and international communication trainer, teacher trainer, coach, 25 years + international experience (eg. France, Japan), French speaker.
Former Director
International communication skills and international team and leadership trainer, executive coach, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg. Germany, Switzerland).
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English language and international communication skills trainer, 25 years + international experience (eg. Italy, Germany).
Sandy ;oööom
Sandy Millin is teacher, teacher trainer, education technology trainer and Director of Studies. She has written Richer Speaking (published by the round) and the ELT Playbook series (self-published), as well as doing freelance writing work for various publishers. She blogs at http://sandymillin.wordpress.com and tweets @sandymillin. She has worked in Europe, North and South…
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 5 years + international experience (eg Germany), German speaker.
Associate Trainer
English language, international communication skills and intercultural trainer, with more than 25 years international experience.
Senior Trainer
Nicky Pirożek is senior trainer at York Associates with more than twenty-five years’ experience. She has worked extensively in Europe and further afield, including South America and the Middle East.  She delivers a wide range of training, covering language development and business skills to stress management and emotional intelligence. She is…
William Roche
William Roche is a consultant trainer in Erasmus projects, lecturer in International Business Projects in IGS Paris and social psychologist working in refugee areas. He has worked in the Far and Middle East with the British Council as well as most of Europe and the US on international education projects.…
Rick Geake is a teacher trainer in the field of education technology and English teacher. He has worked in Spain, Taiwan and the UK. He has a CELTA and a degree in Film and Media Studies He specialises in: teacher training education technology

Support team

Sales Office (Germany)
Caretaker and Security
Administration Coordinator
Operations Administrator
Welfare and Accommodation Officer
Finance Officer
Academic Manager
Helen is the York Associates Academic Manager and also a Trainer in intercultural skills. She is a Cambridge accredited teacher…