Our team

Anthony James – Director

Anthony James studied History at Oxford University and started his career with Arthur Andersen, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant working in London and Switzerland. He then worked in the capital markets department of Citibank. He went on to work as an independent financial training consultant, primarily in the corporate sector. Since 1999 he has been a visiting professor of Finance at the China Europe International Business School, CEIBS, the #1 business school in Asia, # 11 globally. He founded London Languages in 1989 appreciating the need for business language training in the corporate world. A keen linguist himself, Anthony believes that learning another language is a great, possibly essential asset in a professional competitive environment.

Maria Gordo – Senior Account Manager & Spanish Training Lead

With a background in Spanish education in colleges across the UK, Maria went on to tutor professionally in the City within the insurance, banking, media sectors as well as in the government and third sector. Initially joining London Languages as a Spanish tutor, her range of responsibilities has since widened to include managing the London Languages team and leading on Spanish language courses. As a senior member of the team, Maria has a sound knowledge of the company’s philosophy, its clients and their needs.

Gil Goncalves – Language Training Account Manager & Portuguese Training Lead

Originally graduating with a BA in Communication Studies from the Brazilian University of Minas Gerais, Gil is also a qualified Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) with relevant experience in Learning and Development and HR interventions, particularly in the field of Diversity and Equality. Gil successfully completed his Cambridge CELTA qualification in London and went on to work for 2 years, as an EFL teacher, at a prestigious English Language Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He joined London Languages in 2018 where he utilises his language teaching skills combined with his 5 year previous experience as a Language Adviser to corporate and individual clients.

Caroline Jacquard – French Training Lead

Caroline Jacquard holds a Master of Economics from Paris Dauphine (a leading French University) and worked in the Asset Management Industry for more than 10 years in Paris and London before teaching business and general French to professionals in the City. She brought into the company her valuable expertise in marketing and communication in 2015 French Language lead.

Theresa Ou – Finance Administrator – Chinese Cultural Adviser

Native Taiwanese, Theresa speaks Mandarin and English and is learning Spanish. Theresa’s interest in languages developed during her studies within a Taiwanese school specialising in European languages. After acquiring an M.A. Degree in Journalism at Goldsmiths College (University of London), she returned to Taiwan to work within international education recruitment. After returning to the UK, Theresa worked as a pricing analyst in the aviation industry. She joined London Languages in 2014 as our Finance Administrator and Chinese cultural adviser.

Sarah Hobbs – Project Manager & English Training Lead

Following the completion of her LL.B., Sarah obtained an LL.M. in International Business Law from The University of Manchester. After some time in the legal industry, she travelled extensively. Her love of learning led her to teaching English to both business and private clients across London. With 4 years teaching experience, she joined London Languages in 2016 as an Project Manager and English Training Lead.