About Us

Who we are

Modern English Learning is an innovative, global company that makes English learning happen in the classroom and online, through mobile and in print.

Vision

We aim to be the preferred, most trusted worldwide enabler of English language learning to students of all ages, for their whole lifetime, across all learning platforms.

Values

  • Quality
  • Confidence
  • Fun
  • Commitment
  • Innovation
  • Adaption

We promise to improve learning outcomes by focusing on quality, and giving learners the confidence to use English when speaking, listening, reading and writing. We promise to make it fun, because learning should be fun. We are committed to lifelong learning, innovation and adapting as learners develop.

Our Team

Simon MoranSimon Moran
Founder/CEO

Simon arrived in Japan in 1995 and started Modern English in his spare room in 1998. He has since grown that into a global business. Also a published author away from ELL, Simon is the creative spark behind the MEL brands and has a passion for quality, adaptive, innovative and most importantly fun learning.

Barbara DreherBarbara Dreher
COO

Barbara has an MBA with a focus on change management and over 20 years of varied management experience overseeing multi-million dollar budgets. Barbara has spent many years working with people to put systems and processes in place to make it easier for people to either access or provide services.

Irene LiIrene Li (Li Xin)
China Manager

Irene, the founder of PublinkChina, is an expert in English language learning and online education. With 10 years of teaching experience and more than 10 years in the publishing industry with CUP, Cengage, Emerald and Wolters Kluwer, she is an experienced professional in the complex world of Chinese educational publishing.

Catherine Littlehale-OkiCatherine Littlehale-Oki
Director of Curriculum – YL

Catherine has an MA in Teaching English to Young Learners (YL), is an experienced YL presenter around Asia and enjoys collaborating to create childrens’ materials. She has sung all her life, first recording at age 13. Professional interests include how language learning develops the mind and how technology promotes learning.

Cynthia QuinnCynthia Quinn
Director of Curriculum – Adults

Currently Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies at Kobe University, Cynthia holds an MA in Linguistics and undergraduate degrees in Business and German. With over 20 years experience teaching, Cynthia has published and presented on second language writing, curriculum development and vocabulary learning.

Nicola SokellNicola Sokell
Art Director

Nicola graduated in graphic design a very long time ago and has since travelled and painted large parts of the world. Also a DJ and conceptual artist, she makes sure all parts of the MEL worlds appeal visually to learners and hang together as a fun, colourful, unique learning ecosystem.

Liam ConroyLiam Conroy
Lead Developer

Liam has 10 years experience in software development in various fields and now specialises in iOS, web, flash and android development and game design. Liam has built over 30 apps and has a passion for gamification with solid outcomes, such as learning objectives, rather than the simple accumulation of points.

Toru Furusawa
CFO

Furusawa-san has an MBA from Manchester Business School, a Bachelor of Economics from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan and is a Japanese Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Tax Accountant. He has 20 years experience as an auditor, tax and IPO consultant, in business valuation and on the boards of private and listed companies. He’s shy.