Hi everyone, I’m Phill. I’m originally from Oxford in the UK, but I now live in Bogota, Colombia, in South America. I’ve been teaching English since 2006 and have taught in quite a number of countries around the world. I started helping people with the IELTS exam in Vietnam in 2012. I have also worked as a university lecturer in South Korea and Thailand, teaching academic writing and research literacy. Before working at IELTS Advantage, I was at the British Council in Colombia doing numerous IELTS-related courses. During this time, I found that all the best online resources were coming from IELTS advantage. I love working alongside such a talented team of teachers and experts who genuinely care about helping their students. When I’m not teaching, I like to travel with my fat cat and play the guitar.
Hello everyone, I’m Jason. I’m from the USA, but I’ve been living in Vietnam for the past 15 years. I’ve been teaching English now for 13 years and instructing IELTS for seven. I joined IELTS Advantage in early 2018, and I primarily help students improve their speaking and writing skills. The time I’ve spent working here has been wonderful on a number of levels, and I love helping students achieve the scores of their dreams. In my free time, I spend my time cycling, travelling, listening to music, and trying to avoid going shopping with my wife (whom I love, but I detest shopping). My goals are to one day write a book and to travel to even more beautiful and exciting countries.
Hi everyone, I’m Brian, and I live in Ireland. I’m a Course Advisor here at IELTS Advantage; it’s my job to help you on the journey to success in your IELTS exam. I studied at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. I taught English, Business, Economics and History for ten years. The best thing about working for IELTS Advantage is helping prospective students find the right course for them, and I love seeing those students go on and achieve their dream scores. When I’m not at work, I love going to sporting events. Golf is my favourite, but I’m also a big Manchester United fan. I’m also a big fan of rock music; no one does it better than Bruce Springsteen and The Foo Fighters!
Hello, I’m John! I am originally from Orange County, California, in the USA, but I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I got my bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2008. Upon graduation, I began my initial career in the banking industry, working for companies like J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo Bank. After five years in this field, I knew that my calling was abroad, and that is when I decided to move to Vietnam. I began by working in various academic centers where I helped students prepare for their IELTS exam. After five years, I joined IELTS Advantage full-time as a teacher, but now I work as a Course Advisor. I love the company’s devotion to helping its students succeed. When I am not working, I enjoy travelling, exercising at the gym or diving into a book related to personal development.
Hello, I’m Tom. I’m from England but have spent much of my working life living in different countries around the world, and nowadays I live in Spain. I’ve been working as an IELTS professional for several years now. What first drew me to IELTS was the focus on tangible results: both the actual scores that candidates get and the fact that people’s lives change in important ways because of those scores. One of the real benefits of working at IELTS Advantage is meeting people from all over the world and helping them (alongside my colleagues) achieve the scores they have dreamed of. In my free time, I like hiking and learning about the natural world. I also enjoy travelling whenever possible.
Hi, my name is Damien. Originally from the beautiful green hills of Wales in the UK, I have been an English teacher in Spain and Britain since 2006, teaching general English, academic English and IELTS to international students. As well as my diploma in teaching, I have a history degree and a master’s in international relations. I enjoy working for IELTS Advantage because the staff are experts in their fields, and it is both fascinating and a privilege for me to interact with students from all over the world and help them achieve the IELTS scores they need. When I’m not working, I like exploring historic Seville’s beautiful streets (where I currently live), eating out in the town’s many tapas bars, watching rugby and playing with my daughter.
Hello everyone, my name is Sofia, and I am the Student Success Manager at IELTS Advantage. I was born in Portugal, where I was raised until I was ten years old, before moving to South Africa with my parents and siblings. I spent most of my life in Johannesburg beneath the beautiful African sun. Now I find myself in not-so-sunny (but every bit as beautiful) Northern Ireland. My job at IELTS Advantage is to make sure that my team and I answer all of our students’ questions promptly. Outside of work, I have three great passions in life; my family, reading and travelling!
Hi, I am Justin, and I am the Social Media Manager here at IELTS Advantage. I live in Northern Ireland, and I have a master’s degree in marketing from Queen’s University Belfast and a bachelor’s degree in politics. My job is to look after all of the social media platforms and ensure that you all get to see the great free material Chris produces on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. I love seeing all of our students’ success stories and making sure that everyone else gets to see them online too! I am a keen technology enthusiast and love listening to podcasts in my spare time.
Hi everyone. My name is Sarah, and I am the Human Resources Officer here at IELTS Advantage. I live in Northern Ireland with my husband, son, and our Jack Russell, Mo. I studied for my degree in business management at the University of Glasgow. My job involves lots of variety, but my main tasks are recruiting great people to our expanding team, building our strong company culture through training, and answering queries from my colleagues on all things HR. In my spare time, I like to cook and bake for my friends and family.
Hello, my name is Uyen. I am from Vietnam, and I am now living in Ireland. Before moving to Ireland, I worked for Moet Hennessy Vietnam as a Human Resource Executive for over ten years. Now, I am the Finance Manager at IELTS Advantage. My job is to look after the team’s wages, generate accounting and financial reports, and support the management team in making important business decisions. I love working within our amazing team, where each team member plays such an important role in improving our students’ lives. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending precious time with my sons Tom and William and my amazing husband, Chris.
Hello, I’m Chris. I started IELTS Advantage as a simple blog to help 16 students in my class. I am very humbled that it has gone on to help millions of people around the world. My main roles in the company are strategic planning, content creation and building an amazing team to make sure we can help even more people in the future. When I’m not helping people with their IELTS scores, I’m at home with my lovely wife, Uyen, and sons, Tom and William. I hope, one day, they will be very proud of what we have built.
You can read more about Chris on this page.