About Us


Our Story...

Speak was created by a team of experts with many years of experience in residential language education. We first collaborated on residential summer schools in 2006 in the UK, creating and developing an international summer school specifically focused on hosting English learners from all over the world. The schools were based on several principles: language excellence, as broad an international mix as possible and an incredible summer experience. The schools went from strength to strength and, by 2014, we managed 7 of the most prestigious summer schools in the UK, including in Oxford and Cambridge, welcoming more than 1000 English learners from over 100 different countries.

All of our Speak Programme staff have previously worked as Directors in international summer schools and have many years of experience of language training and managing tailor-made language programmes, inspiring learners to improve their English and engage in an experience that they will never forget.

 Here are the profiles of some of the members of our Programme Team:

Joe Lang
Operations Director

After spending some years in Spain as an English teacher, Joe moved to Italy in 2001 where he worked in various schools and companies such as Natuzzi, Fastweb, Decathlon and as a lecturer at the University of Bari. He is an Examiner and Team Leader for all levels of Cambridge exams and has been Director of some of the UK's largest residential summer schools (Oxford, Kingston, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Bedford, Cheltenham).

Rustin Schutte
Programme Director

Rustin, originally from South Africa, is a graduate in English and Psychology. Before Speak, he worked for some years in the UK in the organisation and running of residential language programmes for teenagers, most recently in the role of Director for several of the most prestigious summer schools in Oxford.

Faye Murton
Learning Director

Originally from the UK, Faye has over eight years’ experience as an English language teacher for adults and young leaners and as a teacher trainer, as well as being Director of Studies at numerous residential language programmes. She has worked in Costa Rica, Azerbaijan, England and Spain and is specialised in one-to-one learning.

Giuseppe Porcelli
Giuseppe Porcelli
Marketing Manager

Manages all aspects of Speak's marketing, focusing on communicating the Speak Experience to our Learners and understanding their needs.

Giovanni Porcelli
Giovanni Porcelli
Social Media Manager

Keeps our followers up-to-date on our social media channels with the latest news or updates on our Language Immersion Programmes and blogs.

Ylenia Minei
Ylenia Minei
Office Manager & Anglo Coordinator

After many years in the UK, she coordinates and manages relations with our Anglos as well as administering the central office of Speak.

Giovanna Petruzzella
Giovanna Petruzzella
Client Support Team & Logistics

Manages enquiries and bookings with our customers as well as dealing with logistics. She also works in the role of Parent Liaison Coordinator during our Summer Camp.

Izia Mergola
Izia Mergola
Client Support Team & Administration

Deals with communication with our customers and manages their bookings as well as focusing on accounting, administration and internal processes.

Simona Ciccolella
Simona Ciccolella
Client Support Team & HR

Deals with communication with our clients and admin for Summer Camp staff. She also works in the role of Parent Liaison Coordinator during our Summer Camp.

Google Rev1
All our participants have left a positive review about our programmes.
Read more of their feedback on Google Reviews
As featured in