About Us

We are based in Alton in the South East of England, and are always available to help with your enquiries. Contact us individually on the details below, or register on our database to access information relevant to you.

Steve OliverSteve Oliver, Director

I have been involved in EFL since 1993 and started my career as a teacher in Poland. I spent several very happy years there teaching in a primary school, a private high school and at the University of Opole (and getting used to the very cold winters). I also worked as an oral examiner for the Cambridge First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency examinations. I have also taught here in the UK and in Belgium where I worked in two different language schools teaching groups of children and teenagers and adults on a one to one and small group basis. My EJO career began in 1996 as a teacher at a homestay summer centre and I have also managed residential centres (including our Rickmansworth centre). I joined the head office team on a full-time basis in 2002 and am now the director. I am responsible for selling our courses, putting together all aspects of the programmes and recruiting the staff to work in our different centres. I also manage our intensive English Home Lessons programmes. If you take a Home Lessons course will either meet me or speak to me as I visit many courses. If I cannot visit your course I will call to speak to you.

I am married with a young son, William. He was born in July 2011 and so keeps me fully occupied when I am not working. If I do have any free time I like to play golf or do something connected with music. I am learning to play the saxophone.

Contact Steve:

Email:  steve@ejo.co.uk
Tel:      +44 1420 500250

Nicholas LockstoneNicholas Lockstone, Consultant

I have worked in the English as a Foreign Language world for many years. I obtained my degrees and general teaching qualification at the University of London, and later qualified in teaching EFL. I have taught abroad and have, for a number of years, run EFL departments in local government colleges in the UK.

I have worked with EJO since the 1970s and now work with them as a consultant. I help Steve Oliver on the preparation of our different programmes and spend a lot of time in EJO centres making sure that courses run to the highest standards.

I used to live on an island on the River Thames near London and have always enjoyed river boating and travelling. I now live not far from Guildford with my partner of twenty years. We have a home full of animals and a large garden to be cared for!

Contact Nicholas:

Email:     nl@ejo.co.uk
Tel:         +44 1420 500250

Lee HayterLee Hayter, Operations Manager

At this point I have been working with EJO for 15 years since my first summer in the Salisbury centre as an 18 year old! Having benefitted enormously from similar courses growing up, I thoroughly enjoy watching each annual intake of students improve their language skills and create their own lasting memories on our courses.

I am a qualified teacher of French and German, as well as English and I have worked for EJO as an Activity Leader and then a Teacher before settling as Course Director at our residential centre in Rickmansworth between 2007 and 2012. My current role at Head Office now involves working in all areas to maintain the high standards our students have come to expect.

Separately I also work as a professional piano player and during the summer evenings you will often find me rehearsing on a piano at one or other of the EJO centres as I prepare for a wedding, or a gig with my band; The Guilty Pleasures!

Contact Lee:

Email:              lee.hayter@ejo.co.uk
Direct Line:    +44 7815 734 939