Our strength is our experienced, professional and expert team of specialist English teachers who help you get results.

Oxford Professional English (OPE) consists of a team of English language specialist teachers and coaches. It is part of Oxford Professional Consulting.

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Our Founder and CEO

Alison Haill MA, PGCE, MA App Eng Ling

Alison Haill

Alison Haill, Founder and CEO


CEO of Oxford Professional English and Managing Director of Oxford Professional Consulting

Alison started her career as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. She lived and taught first in Brazil for 2 years, then in Slovenia and Croatia, then for 2 years in Egypt and finally for 6 years in Singapore before returning to the UK where she worked for several years as a Business English specialist teacher in Oxford.

Alison has extensive experience in advising clients on the best training solutions for effective international communication in English.

She lives in Oxford, England, where in 1998 she founded Oxford Professional English and later  Oxford Professional Consulting. She is now an experienced Executive Coach, working with businesses in the UK and worldwide.

She has three university degrees:

  • Masters in Hispanic Studies from St Andrews University
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Education from London University
  • Masters in Applied English Linguistics from Birmingham University.

Alison speaks several languages and has wide practical experience of international communication. For over 20 years she was an active member of IATEFL and a member of their Business English Committee for 6 years. Now she is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and the International Coaching Federation.

Our Teachers

Consultant Teachers

These are our most experienced teachers of English. Each member of the Oxford Professional English team of Consultant Teachers is carefully selected. They each have all of the following:

  • a university degree in English or another relevant subject
  • a specific qualification in teaching English as a foreign language
  • an international track-record
  • 10-25 years’ experience in working with business executives and professionals focusing on improving use of English, increasing confidence in the language and achieving the individual client’s language aims.

Specialist Teachers

In addition, we have a team of Specialist Teachers all well qualified to teach English. They come from a range of different professional backgrounds, to give more variety in our programmes and meet the needs of our clients. Each of these teachers has met the following criteria:

  • an international track-record
  • either experience of working in a corporate environment or specialist knowledge and experience in a particular field
  • at least 6 years’ experience as an English teacher or translator
  • a specific qualification in teaching English as a foreign language.

Very occasionally we will accept a teacher who has fewer than 6 years of teaching experience, but only when they have another skill which is valuable in improving English for professionals.

We speak over 20 languages

All our English language teachers have studied and speak at least one foreign language so that they know the difficulties and enjoyment of being a language learner. Across the team we have studied or speak over 20 languages. This helps us teach English better!

For professionals in the aviation industry, we can offer English for Aviation with one of our specialist associates.

Oxford Professional Consulting’s network of experts

OPE  has a close relationship with the wider network of consultants within Oxford Professional Consulting, which includes specialists in the following fields:

  • Leadership and executive coaching
  • International meetings skills
  • Clear Speech for Business
  • Voice coaching
  • Image consultancy
  • Coaching workshops

We combine English with other aspects of communication

We can arrange special combination courses for you – to combine English language lessons with sessions from one of these experts from Oxford Professional Consulting.

Who we are

Oxford Professional English (OPE) is your team of English language specialist teachers, part of the training and coaching consultancy Oxford Professional Consulting.

Oxford Professional Consulting (OPC) works in coaching, leadership and business communication. Interested in team building skills and leadership? Visit Oxford Professional Consulting for information on these topics:

  • Leadership Communication
  • Coaching Skills Training for managers – Manager-as-Coach training
  • Leadership and Executive Coaching
  • Personality Profiling for teams and individuals.


Careful coaching brings out the best in each professional, enabling every one to maximise their potential in an international environment.