UK Association for Language Testing and Assessment

Membership and nominations committee members

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There are three nominees for the Membership and nominations committee, for which two new members are required. The successful candidates will hold the post for a period of one year, which shall run from 1 January to 31 December of the year after the members are elected. A brief biographical statement for each nominee is shown below, including short video introductions from each candidate.

Nominee statements and introductions

Nominee 1

David Booth

Hi. My name is David Booth. I work for Pearson in their Test Development Unit. I have been involved in High Stakes Testing for the last 20 years or so and before Pearson I worked for Cambridge Assessment on their English Language examinations. Before that! I worked with the British Council as a teacher and was also involved in testing.

I would like to contribute to the continued development of UKALTA so am seeking election to the Membership and Nominations committee. If elected I will do my best to serve the committee diligently and as effectively as I can. Thank you. 

Nominee 2

Sathena Chan

Sathena is a Senior Lecturer in Language Assessment at the Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), University of Bedfordshire. Her research interests are in the areas of reading, writing and integrated assessment, validation of language tests and cognitive processing of language use. She conducts funded research projects for English language testing providers in the UK and worldwide. Her recent book publications include English Profile Studies v8 and Studies in Language Testing v51 published by Cambridge University Press. Her work can also be seen in peer-reviewed journals. She is passionate about promoting language assessment literacy to different stakeholders including research students, teachers and practitioners.

Nominee 3

Fiona Orel

My career in English language teaching began in 2001 with general English. Since 2008 I have delivered and led EAP courses in the UK, China, Thailand and Turkey.

EAP assessment has been the focus of my career since 2011 when I was at Birmingham City University as a Teaching Fellow and later Testing Unit Lead, and at the University of Bath as a presessional Course Leader responsible for assessment design and development. I joined the International Study and Language Institute at the University of Reading as Director of Assessment in March 2020.

Qualifications: MA TEFL, University of Birmingham (Dissertation on language assessment); BA, The Open University; CELTA and DELTA; SFHEA