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Simon Cleary


"At Kings my role is to ensure that students have a positive and successful learning experience. I aim to create a positive and friendly atmosphere where all the managers, teachers and admin staff are able to achieve their best. This attitude I hope leads us and our school to provide students with an opportunity to get the most out of their studies and their time in London.

Throughout my work experience I have always worked with international students. I have taught on programmes in Saudi Arabia, The United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Mexico and in several cities in England. I have been responsible for running International Study Centres at several universities in the UK; University of Surrey, Kingston University and The University of Bangor.

Outside of work I spend time with my family relaxing. In order to stay healthy I enjoy swimming and running."

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Emma Carlile

Director of Studies, Academic Programmes

Emma is responsible for managing resources and organising classes on the academic programmes. She also advises students on how to achieve their learning goals.

"I have worked at Kings London since 2006 and have been teaching for 15 years. I have a BA in French and Russian from Exeter University, an MA in TESOL from the Institute of Education, London and a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education from Canterbury Christchurch University. I have taught in Russia and France and travelled to Australia, Siberia, Germany, Spain and Italy.

When I’m not working, I enjoy learning new languages, singing in a local choir and going to dance classes. I also love arts and crafts such as knitting, card-making and cross stitching. I spend a lot of time in Devon and Cornwall, where I enjoy going for long walks along the beach, painting watercolour scenes and drinking hot chocolate in cafes!"

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Danny Carroll

Director of Studies, English Language Programmes

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Lynne Brown


Lynne works in Accounts at Kings London and deals with all financial transactions including taking payments from students and agents for tuition, accommodation and other fees to processing all payments for the business. She also looks after students’ pocket money and helps with any student enquiries with regard to their payments whilst studying with Kings. 

“I have recently joined Kings London and I am really enjoying my new role and my colleagues are very supportive and helpful. I enjoy meeting new people and spending time with my 3 children and husband.  I love to read, especially autobiographies as I enjoy finding out about peoples lives and experiences. We have a family home in Malta which I try to visit a couple of times a year to unwind and relax from the busy life at Kings. I am also a wine connoisseur and I love to try new wines from around the world.”

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Margharita Leonard

Student Welfare Officer

Margharita has worked at Kings London since April 2011. She started as an EFL tutor before becoming Student Welfare Officer in February 2012. Prior to that she taught adults Modern Greek and Modern Standard Arabic at quite a high level in adult education colleges. She has worked in Health Promotion in deprived areas of the South East, through outreach work such as promoting a healthy heart and healthy lifestyles.  As a result of her work in Health Promotion she is now in her final year of a Master’s Degree in “Health Promotion” at King’s College London.

"My role as Student Welfare Officer means that I help make students welcome, help them adjust to being in a foreign country, and to the loneliness of being away from friends and family. Where needed, I counsel students through this difficult adjustment period. I guide students through registration with the NHS, safety and wellbeing through inviting outside agencies like Community Police where I later reinforce the key messages in PSHE (Personal Social, Health and Economic Skills) classes. I also assist with health issues, their academic studies and other practical problems.

I encourage good communication between host families, parents and guardians, and work closely with the Accommodation Department. I am here to support the students in fulfilling their potential and achieving their goals. This is a demanding but, a very rewarding role."

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Gaston Zapata

Travel Manager

Gaston organisies trips and social activities for students and handles a range of administrative duties around the college.

"I come from Chile and was a student at this wonderful college in 1996. I got involved in trips for students in the summer of 1997 and 12 years later I am still working here! As a well-travelled person (I've travelled to 10 countries in Europe and many cities in England!!) I am in a position to provide sound travel information of all kinds. Groups and individual students have benefited from my advice, enhancing their experience at Kings."

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Nikki Gateson

Assistant Registrar

Nikki is responsible for assisting the Registrar in the application process for students who wish to join Kings. Answering enquires from Students and Agents as well as processing applications that come through to Kings London on a daily basis.

"I have worked at Kings London since November 2011. I started off in the Student Services Department and began my role as Assistant Registrar at the beginning of 2014. I have always enjoyed my jobs at Kings, mainly because I meet so many interesting people from all over the world. I love learning about the different cultures and ways of life abroad.

I like to travel, my favorite places being Germany and Russia - where I spent a month living and learning. I have a BA in Film Studies so I enjoy watching films from all around the world in my spare time (The works of Park Chan Wook and Guillermo Del Toro being particular favorites), as well as reading or whiling away an evening with friends somewhere in London."

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Victor Garcia

Accommodation Manager