Academic Staff


Sally Hirst: BEA Academic Director

Sally is a graduate of Oxford University who has taught general, academic and business English in a variety of institutions. She taught in the Istanbul University Institute of Business from 1996 until 2010. She has also taught in high schools, adult language schools and on a variety of programmes within commercial companies. Sally has been teaching in BEA’s Mecidiyeköy Training Centre since July 2010 and has been Academic Director since September 2013.

Sally is a also a very experienced teacher trainer, training both native speaker English teachers and Turkish English teachers for ITI on the Cambridge suite courses – CELTA, ICELT and DELTA – and for the British Council on NLP courses and on the Cert ELT (for high school teachers). She works on line for the Distance DELTA (run by International House London and the British Council) giving support and guidance to teachers all over the world.

She wrote the grammar practice books for the OUP Pacesetter series in 2000 and is currently writing and maintaining the online course for the ITI DELTA. She has been in Istanbul since 1990.


Neville Wells: BEA Founder and Managing Director

Prior to qualifying as a teacher of English as a foreign language, Neville had an abortive career as a reinsurance broker and also worked in the UK head office of a subsidiary of an American Bank. In 1993 Neville came to Istanbul to work for English Fast. Two years later he started working for the Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration as a teacher in the tourism department. He then went on to teach business English at the University’s Business Administration Institute where he continue to work part-time until 2007. Between 1995 and 1998 he worked as a freelance English language/educational consultant in Istanbul.

In 1999 Neville founded The Business English Academy. Today he is responsible for the long-term strategy of the company, recruitment of teachers and consultants, and all of the company’s marketing activities. He still likes to teach when he gets the chance.


Our teachers

All of our teachers are native English speakers and have the necessary qualifications for teaching English as a foreign language. They are also all experienced teachers with an average of 15 years teaching outside their countries of origin. With an average age of 45, many of our teachers had careers prior to teaching and this background and experience is a great help when teaching working people.

If you would like more information about The Business English Academy please call us on (+90) 212 356 02 48/49/50.

If you think you have what it takes to be a BEA teacher and are interested in joining our team, then please click here and fill out the application form.



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