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.

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
Born in UK, lived for 10 years in Spain Over 30 years’ experience as teacher / trainer Has worked extensively in Europe and the Middle East Operational director and international trainer Likes travel and all sports
Mike Hogan, Director
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.

Our Trainers

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 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).
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
English language, international communication skills and intercultural trainer, with more than 25 years international experience.
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English and international communication trainer, teacher trainer, coach, 25 years + international experience (eg. France, Japan), French speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 5 years + international experience (eg Italy, Libya).
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English language and international communication skills trainer, teacher trainer, author, conference presenter, 25 years + international experience (eg Spain), Spanish and Catalan speaker.
Associate Trainer
General and specialist English and business communication trainer, 5 years + international experience (eg Germany), German speaker.
Associate Trainer
Business and specialist English language and international communication skills trainer, 25 years + international experience (eg. Italy, Germany).
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.
Associate Trainer
English language, international communication skills and intercultural trainer, with more than 20 years international experience.
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

Finance Officer
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…