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Our Staff

Our Staff

Melton College has always been a family school. It was founded in 1962 by Finn and Elizabeth Hjort. Since then it has evolved into one of the most respected language schools in the UK.

Andrew Hjort  MA (App Ling) BA (Hons) PGCE (TEF/SL)

Andrew Hjort MA (App Ling) BA (Hons) PGCE (TEF/SL)


Andrew has overall responsibility for all aspects of Melton College. He is especially involved in marketing and promotion and represents the College at promotional events. Andrew is also actively involved in EnglishUK and EnglishUK North.

Andrew has been Principal since January 2003, having worked at Melton College since 1986, becoming Director of Studies in 1993. He studied Philosophy and Linguistics at University College, Bangor (Wales), where he did research on the use of essays in placement tests. He also studied teaching English as a second or foreign language, during which time he worked in Birmingham and Valencia (Spain).

Andrew was a member of ARELS General Council for four years, chaired the ARELS Sub-Committee on Criteria and was the ARELS representative on the Accreditation Scheme Review Committee. He was Chair of the English UK Accreditation and Professional Services Board for many years and currently represents EnglishUK on the main board of AccreditationUK.  Andrew is also the co-ordinator of the English UK North. Andrew’s other interests are mountaineering, skiing, climbing and classical music.

Other qualifications:
HSE First Aid At Work
First Aid Trainer
SPA Climbing Instructor
MLTB Summer Mountain Leader
SnowSport England Level 2 Instructor
BASI Level 2 Instructor
BASI Mountain Coach
SnowSport England Level 4 Apline Race Official

Elizabeth Hiley  MA

Elizabeth Hiley MA

Emeritus Principal

Elizabeth founded Melton College, with her husband, Finn Hjort, in 1963. She is still involved with our 50+ programmes and is a useful source of advice!

Elizabeth Hiley was born in Leeds. She studied French and English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin. After university, Elizabeth taught English language and literature in Normanton before founding Melton College with her husband in 1962.

Elizabeth is a former Chairman of ARELS. She is also a former Chairman of FELCO, and of the ARELS Welfare Committee.

She was a magistrate in York for 30 years and is a former Chairman of the York Bench. In her spare time she is a keen walker and gardener. Elizabeth is also a trained volunteer guide at York Minster.


Denise Lloyd BA (Hons)

Denise Lloyd BA (Hons)

Head of Student Services

Denise is responsible for accommodation, including the selection and induction of homestay hosts, transfer arrangements for individuals and groups.

Denise was born and educated in Northumberland. She lived in Botswana from 1980, and previously, Zambia for five years. Whilst in Botswana she helped established a Ballet School and ran a Cub Scout Pack. Denise gained her BA (Hons) degree in English at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg. She has a great love of classical music and ballet and has an eclectic taste in reading.


Katie Davis

Katie Davis

Exam Centre Manager

Katie is responsible for managing the various exams run by Melton College. She also runs exams for Melton College at various other venues.

Katie has always lived in York, and likes to explore the city in her free time. Katie has travelled extensively throughout South-East Asia, finding Vietnam to be her favourite country because of its beautiful scenery, diverse culture and friendly people. Katie is interested in cinema, comedy, current affairs and music, and likes to socialise with her friends. When she has the time, Katie enjoys charity fundraising and has recently done a parachute jump for Cancer Research UK in the Lake District.

Sara Mountain BSc (Hons)

Sara Mountain BSc (Hons)

College Administrator & Welfare Officer

Sara is the College's designated Welfare Officer, she is the first person students should come to if they have a problem. She is also responsible for handling student bookings and works alongside Katie in the day-to-day administration duties associated with exams at Melton College.

Sara has lived in York all her life. She trained and worked as a Youth Worker, a Young Person’s Development Worker and dance instructor for 10 years before studying Education and then Social Science at York St John.

Sara went on to work in primary and secondary education before joining the IELTS team as an invigilator in 2014. Since then Sara has worked within the College’s Exam Centre alongside Katie and now as the College Administrator and Welfare Officer.

Other Qualifications:
First Aid at Work (FAW)

Jake Millson BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics CELTA

Jake Millson BA (Hons) in English Language and Linguistics CELTA


Jake started teaching in 2014, completing the CELTA as part of his English Language & Linguistics degree here in York.

Jake spent four years teaching in Málaga, Spain, before being drawn back to York.

When he’s not in the classroom, you might find him playing tennis, practicing his Spanish, or looking for new adventures around the city.

Louise Malster-Hinett MA BA (Hons) CELTA


Louise is involved in the administration of both the College and our Hotel.

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