EAAST supports the development of assessment expertise in East Asia by providing on-the-ground professional support, realising client-focused regional language assessment solutions, and serving as the point of contact for engagement with the global British Council language assessment teams.

Sheryl Cooke – Director, East Asia Assessment Solutions Team

Sheryl Cooke leads a regional team that provides language assessment solutions for partners throughout East Asia including needs analysis, language assessment literacy training, test development, post-test services and teacher support. 

Trevor Breakspear – Innovations Project Manager

Trevor Breakspear has 18 years of teaching and training experience within the Chinese ESL and EAP contexts and over 10 years of project management experience within localisation and assessment fields. He is currently pursuing an MA in Language Testing with Lancaster University.

Johnathan Cruise – Assessment Solutions Manager

Johnathan Cruise graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Literature in 1991 and obtained a PGCE in General Primary Education in 1993, before then moving to China to train English teachers. In the last 20 years, Johnathan has worked as an examiner and examiner trainer and obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL with a focus on assessment of Speaking tests in 2010.

Jan Langeslag – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Jan Langeslag is an experienced language instructor, trainer and assessment expert, holding an MA in Language Testing. His expertise lies in the assessment of the productive skills and analysis of rater behaviour. In his current post with the British Council in Guangzhou, Jan promotes assessment literacy among teachers and other stakeholders through workshops and conference presentations and also plays a role in product validation research. 

Jonathan Dixon - Assessment Solutions Consultant

Jonathan Dixon has worked in the assessment sector for the British Council for over three years. He has been involved in the Chinese ESL industry for around 17 years, working as a teacher, trainer, manager, and assessor. Jonathan holds diplomas in language teaching and academic management, and is currently studying an MA in Language Testing with Lancaster University. Jonathan came to China in 2002 and has worked for a variety of public and private institutions across the country.

Christopher Redmond – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Christopher Redmond  has taught in public and private institutions in Ireland, South Korea and China. He received an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester and has written articles for publications such as Modern English TeacherEnglish Teaching Professional and Korea TESOL Journal.

Neil Ryder - Assessment Solutions Consultant

Neil Ryder  has worked in the assessment sector of the British Council in Beijing for over 3 years, and is now currently employed as an Assessment Solutions Consultant.  He previously worked in the Philippines, providing language assessment consultancy services for the off-shore customer service call centre industry.  In this role he was involved with developing assessment products and training solutions for a wide range of corporate clients throughout East and South Asia.

William Bayliss - Assessment Solutions Consultant

William Bayliss has worked in the field of language teaching and assessment for 10 years. Working as teacher and then academic manager in Chinese private language schools, before transitioning into the role of assessor, he has a wealth of experience in team management, programming and assessment delivery underpinned by an MSc in Applied Linguistics from Edinburgh University.

Frank Wucinski – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Frank Wucinski has spent much of his professional life as an ESL teacher in all sectors of the Chinese education system, from public high schools to universities and private language schools. After receiving his CELTA in 2010, Frank soon began working for the British Council as a Language Assessment Consultant. He holds an MA in Language Testing from Lancaster University.

Neil Stead, East Asia Assessment Solutions Team

Neil Stead – Project Manager: New Directions Conference

Neil Stead is located in Japan and is currently a project manager for the New Directions in English Language Assessment Conference (East Asia edition). Neil has been involved with and managed a range of online and offline language learning products, some of which have been in the academic development department of one of Japan's largest English language schools. He has a degree in English Literature from Exeter University and is a PMP-certified project manager.