Our Team

Fakhera Rehman, Principal

The person that keeps everything running smoothly. Fakhera has a background in education, cohesion and faith based work, and has been recognized as a community leader promoting friendship and cheeriness across communities and neighborhoods. If you’re ever in any doubt or bewilderment, she’s the person to go to, and will make sure you have a great, enjoyable time at YES!

Tim Catterall, English Academic Manager

As well as being our Academic Manager, Tim also enjoys teaching on a regular basis. Tim is currently a speaking, listening, GESE and ISE examiner for Trinity College London, and facilitates the full range of CEFR levels in different European and Non-European countries. In his free time, he’s a musician and song-writer, producing his own recordings! He also enjoys reading, writing, film-making, walking and travelling.

Victoria Pepworth, School Administrator

Victoria is part of the Senior Team and helps to ensure the school is running smoothly and to the highest standards. A qualified teacher and an experienced linguist, Victoria brings with her a unique combination of skills from her international experiences. She is the welcoming first point of contact at Yorkshire English School.

Fiona Benfield

One of our newest members to the team, Fiona has a wealth of life experience having had a successful career in health and social care. Fiona has always enjoyed her role as a mentor and requalified as an EFL teacher whilst in Barcelona. She is passionate about teaching and finding new ways to explore her role and support students to learn.


Alex Howe

A big part of improving your English is done by relaxing and enjoying yourself; the more fun you have, the more successful you’ll be. Alex has trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Alexandra has years of experience teaching voice techniques, speech and drama. She is an actress and writer who teaches regularly and has worked across the UK and internationally.

Tricia McTough, Educational Consultant
Tricia has lots of experience of teaching the English language and has even taught abroad, in places such as Kenya! If you have any questions about your course or classes, she’ll be happy to help!

Peter Ackroyd, Educational Consultant

With over 40 years’ experience, Peter is an extremely skillful teacher of the English language, among many other things too. He loves variety, and likes to apply his strong theatrical personality to new classes. As well as having been a Researcher, Professor and Lecturer at a number of different universities and educational institutions, Peter has been an English teacher, Director of Studies and even an occasional Acting Principal at several language schools over the years.

Yousuf Zubair, Digital Media Coordinator

Very rarely without a set of headphones on his head and a QWERTY keyboard on his fingertips – Yousuf is certainly the go-to person for technology and media at YES. For any queries about our website or social media pages, feel free to get in touch with Yousuf.