BESIG Editorial Team

The IATEFL BESIG Editorial Team (BET) was created in September 2012 to coordinate the creation of the first IATEFL BESIG Conference Selections from the 2012 Annual Conference in Stuttgart.

The BESIG Editorial Team consists of the following SIG members.

Roy Bicknell - Editor-in-chief

Roy Bicknell teaches Business English and Intercultural communication at Interlingua lives in Amsterdam. He writes the column The Practice for the IATEFL BESIG Newsletter Business Issues. Roy has written a series of articles on reflective teaching and is especially interested in learner autonomy and critical thinking. You can find out more about him at:

Claire Hart - BET Member

Claire Hart combines business English and ESP teaching in the tertiary and corporate sectors with materials writing. Involved in EFL teaching since 2004, Claire has worked in a wide variety of contexts in the UK, France and Germany, where she's currently based. As a materials writer, Claire specialises in creating content for online courses and digital ELT products, as well as being a course book and teacher's book author. Claire is based in Southern Germany and is a former IATEFL BESIG Web and BOT Coordinator. 

Lynn Nikkanen - BET Member

Lynn Nikkanen Lynn Nikkanenworks as a freelance in-company business English trainer in Helsinki, teaching mainly one-to-one. She has also co-authored over thirty course books for a local Finnish publisher, primarily for the upper secondary school market. Since completing an MA TESOL by distance learning, she has recently completed the Cert ICT and Cert IBET courses, both thanks to online learning programmes (and a particularly long, dark winter). In addition to teaching business English and writing ELT materials, Lynn works from home as a copy-editor for two research institutes. Her twin passions are the English language and the cinema.

Vicky Loras - BET Member

VickVicky Lorasy Loras is an English Teacher, who was born in Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for almost fourteen years. For ten years, she owned an English School in Greece with her sisters (Eugenia and Christine, The Loras English Academy, but she has now moved with her eldest sister to Switzerland,  where she continues to work as an English teacher, teaching mainly Business English to adults. She also teaches children and teenagers. I believe in teaching as an ongoing learning process, both for the benefit of the students and the teacher. For that reason I love attending workshops and conferences. I feel very motivated and inspired by them. I blog on education at