Election 2022 for Executive Committee nominations

In advance of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022, votes are invited from the UKALTA Membership for individuals standing for election to UKALTA posts starting in 2023. This will be to replace those whose term of service ends on 31 December 2022. This year the membership will vote on the positions described below. For all but one position (events and liaison officer) there is only one candidate per position.

Please ensure you vote by WEDNESDAY 7 DECEMBER 2022 on the link sent out by email to the membership.

Note: ONLY members have voting privileges.

This year the UKALTA members will vote for the following positions.

  1. President: (for three calendar years: 2023-2025) 
  1. Chair of the Membership & Nominations Committee: (for three calendar years: 2023-2025) 
  1. Membership & Nominations Committee Members (2 posts): (for one calendar year: 2023)
  1. Postgraduate Research Network Officer: (for three calendar years: 2023-2025)
  1. Events and Liaison Officer (for three calendar years: 2023-2025)
  1. Ordinary Members (2 posts): (for three calendar years: 2023-2025)


Post: President

Nominee: Lynda Taylor 

Affiliation: Professor Lynda Taylor, CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Introduction video: Lynda Taylor

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Bio: Lynda Taylor has over 35 years’ knowledge and experience of theoretical and practical issues in language learning and assessment. From the 1980s she worked closely with Cambridge English on the development, research and validation of their examinations, including IELTS, and she joined the academic staff at CRELLA in 2011. She has published extensively in the field and presented at language testing conferences, workshops and training courses worldwide. She has served on editorial boards for professional journals and on the Executive Board for ILTA, and she is currently a series editor for Studies in Language Testing published by CUP. 



Post: Chair of the Membership & Nominations Committee

Nominee: Fiona Orel

Affiliation: Visiting Fellow, University of Reading & Account Manager, Inspera

Introduction video: Fiona Orel

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Bio: Fiona started her HE career in academic language and skills development. Since 2011 her main focus has been on assessment and she has led on testing and assessment in a number of universities. Fiona’s interest in the affordances of digital platforms has led her to her current role with Inspera working with HE partners in the UK. Fiona has a particular interest in authentic assessment, assessment for learning, and inclusive assessment.



Post: Member of the Membership & Nominations Committee

Nominee: Elena Gandini

Affiliation: University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Introduction video: Elena Gandini

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Bio: Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston (UK), Elena currently teaches EFL, EAP and study skills and academic literacy to international and foundation students, as well as on a range of teacher training courses. Quality lead of the EFL language testing team, she contributes to research and test development, and her main research interests are in the area of teacher education, language assessment and multilingualism. She has previously worked as a language teacher, examiner and teacher trainer in Italy, Austria and Germany.



Post: Postgraduate Research Network Officer

Nominee: Santi Lestari 

Affiliation: Linguistics and English Language Department, Lancaster University

Introduction video: None

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Bio: Santi is a PhD student in Linguistics at Lancaster University. In her PhD research, she investigates the scoring of integrated reading-into-writing performance using analytic rating scales. More specifically, she looks at the potential impact of two different ways of operationalising reading-into-writing construct in analytic rating scales on rating. Her PhD research has been awarded the British Council Assessment Research and Duolingo Doctoral awards. Santi’s research interests include writing assessment, rating scale development and validation, and educational assessment more generally. She recently started working as a research officer at the Assessment Research and Development, Cambridge University Press and Assessment.



Post: Events and Liaison Officer

Nominee 1: Muhammad Tayyab 

Affiliation: British Council

Introduction video: Muhammad Tayyab

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Bio: I’m Muhammad. For the last 15 years, I worked on various positions in the field of teaching, testing, management, and training. Currently, I work with the British Council in Saudi Arabia as a Business Development Manage in exams. My main role is to develop links of the Saudi education institutes with the British Council through English and Exams work. I completed postgraduate degrees in language testing and educational management along with teaching qualifications. My areas of interest are test development and analysis of items. 



Post: Events and Liaison Officer

Nominee 2: Nathaniel Owen 

Affiliation: Oxford University Press

Introduction video: Nathaniel Owen

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Bio: Dr. Nathaniel Owen is a Research and Analysis Manager at Oxford University Press. He holds a PhD in language testing from the University of Leicester and was previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Open University. He is a member of UKALTA, BAAL and IATEFL. He is currently online events co-ordinator for BAAL TEASIG (2022-) and was previously an Ordinary Member for BAAL TEASIG (2020-2022) the Web Editor for BAAL (2019-2022). He hopes to use this experience to help support future LTF conferences and UKALTA events to become more accessible and flexible hybrid formats.



Post: Ordinary Member

Nominee: John Pill

Affiliation: Lancaster University

Introduction video: John Pill

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Bio: I am a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. I teach on the MA in Language Testing programme. My research interests include specific-purpose language testing, particularly in healthcare and academic contexts, speaking assessment, and language assessment literacy. My professional background is English language teaching and teacher training. I was UKALTA Secretary for 2018-20. I see UKALTA as a young and dynamic association with an important role to play in promoting greater awareness and understanding of issues around language testing and assessment in the UK.