The YA Team

Claret Group CEO
Sean is the CEO of the Claret Group, a group of companies with a portfolio of training companies in the…

York Associates is owned and run by Claret Holdings Ltd together with Bob Dignen, Richard Hawker, and Mike Hogan, who hold Executive Directorship roles. YA is supported by its excellent team of teachers, trainers and staff, all of whom help us to deliver high quality English language, professional communication, intercultural and leadership training.

York Associates has been offering training in the language and communication field for over thirty years. It is well known in the international communication field through its publishing of books, multimedia materials, articles and conference presentations.

In 2014 York Associates became a member of the Claret Group, which has training centres in the UK and on Malta. And in 2016 our General English school English in York joined the Group and is located in the upper floors of our training centre Peasholme House. 

Bob Dignen, Director
Director
Bob has worked in the field of business and specialist English and international communication training for over twenty-five years.
Director
Richard is an international trainer with over 30 years' experience. He has worked extensively in Europe and the Middle East. He is comfortable working in English and Spanish.
Director
Mike is an international team and leadership trainer and executive coach, and is particularly interested in the dynamics of working in and leading cross-cultural, cross-functional and international (virtual) teams.
Associate Director
Dale specialises in communication skills training, leadership and team development and Business English. His experience spreads over 10 years in Italy, Germany and Switzerland.

Our Trainers

Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and international communication skills trainer, teacher trainer, 20 years + international experience (eg. Germany, Switzerland, Peru), German speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 25 years + international experience (eg Hong Kong, Singapore, South America).
Associate Trainer
English language, international communication skills and intercultural trainer, with more than 25 years international experience.
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English language and international communication skills trainer, 25 years + international experience (eg. Italy, Germany).
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English and international communication trainer, teacher trainer, coach, 25 years + international experience (eg. France, Japan), French speaker.
Associate Trainer
English language, international communication skills and intercultural trainer, with more than 20 years international experience.
Former Director
International communication skills and international team and leadership trainer, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg. Poland, Russia, Germany, Ethiopia), German, Polish speaker.
Former Director
International communication skills and international team and leadership trainer, executive coach, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg. France, Pakistan), French speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 5 years + international experience (eg Italy, Libya).
Associate Trainer
Experienced Business English trainer and course book writer. Rosemary has been working for over 20 years in training primarily with German companies and private university students in both language and skill development for professional and academic success.
Former Director
International communication skills and international team and leadership trainer, executive coach, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg. Germany, Switzerland).
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 5 years + international experience (eg Germany), German speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English, Business English and international communication skills trainer, writer, teacher trainer, 16+ years international experience (UK, Germany, Singapore), speaks English as her first, Chinese and Japanese as her second, and Italian as her third language.

Support team

Sales Office (Germany)
Caretaker and Security
Administration Coordinator
Academic Manager
Helen is the York Associates Academic Manager and also a Trainer. She is a Cambridge accredited teacher trainer, with over…
Operations Administrator
Welfare and Accommodation Officer
Finance Officer