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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 40+ 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 and HR 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 also manages HR documentation, training and development.

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.

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

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

Director of Junior Programmes and Safeguarding Lead

Jake is responsible for our Young Learners and group courses. He is also our Designated Safeguarding Lead and available at any time when somebody needs a person to talk to or listen to them.

Jake was born in York and loves being able to call the city his home. He started teaching in 2014, completing the CELTA as part of his English Language & Linguistics with TESOL degree. After finishing university, Jake spent five years teaching in schools in Málaga, Spain, before being drawn back to York, which is when he started working at Melton College. When he’s not in the classroom, you might find him playing tennis, looking for new adventures across the country, or, practicing his Spanish with friends from around the world!

Richard O’Neill MA, BA (Hons), LTCL DipTESOL

Richard O’Neill MA, BA (Hons), LTCL DipTESOL

Director of Studies

Richard is responsible for making sure that courses at Melton College meet the needs of our students and that the teaching is of the highest possible standard.

Richard was born in Malaysia and moved to the UK with his family when he was eight. He studied philosophy at the University of Sussex before moving to Japan, where he worked for 20 years as a teacher, academic manager and materials designer. He has taught and written courses and texts for English language learners of all ages and levels, including Unlocked Pre-intermediate, a skills-based course book published by Cambridge University Press.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys cooking for friends, baking bread and playing with his cats.

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Campus Manager

Educated in a military boarding school in Dover and after many years serving in the Armed Forces, Mark has settled in York with his wife and has two grown up daughters.

He worked in facilities management and veterinary services before taking on his current role. He is a magistrate and Chairman of the North Yorkshire Bench and Chairman of an army officers’ association. He enjoys keeping fit having completed many marathons, but now enjoys walking, playing racquet sports and cycling.

He supports York City Football Club, enjoys socialising and eating out in the many restaurants the City has on offer.

Matthew Hallett BA (Hons) MA M.Ed

Matthew Hallett BA (Hons) MA M.Ed

Senior Teacher

Matthew has been teaching English since 2010. He has taught in France, Italy and the UK. He writes regularly about the English Language Teaching world for various publications.

He really enjoys teaching the Gold classes and watching students develop their communicative English for work and pleasure. Matthew’s first two degrees are in history and it remains his greatest enthusiasm alongside walking, singing and black coffee. He believes the answer to all life’s problems is a combination of hard work, joyous laughter, smooth black coffee and fresh air.

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