MEET THE TEAM

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CHRIS SILVA

Contract Graphic Designer

Chris has recently completed her Masters Degree in Creative practice. Her talent in design and her advanced digital skills are evident in work she’s done creating brand collateral and marketing materials. She also has experience bringing multiple elements together, such as in marketing campaigns and in organising events. She’s recently joined the Language Fuel/Pukeko team and is applying her talents to the field of learning materials design.

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RACHEL LIAO

Outreach Coordinator

Rachel is a graduate of international relations, and speaks three languages, alongside her informal studies of Te Reo.

She assists us with the Reaching out to customers, affiliates and resellers. She also helps us with our social media efforts. 

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JOANNA SMITH

Managing Director

Joanna spent her early career in tertiary language teaching and teacher training. She specialised in phonetics and phonology, and best practices for pronunciation teaching. She then took her online learning skills to the corporate world, where she worked for a number of years as a senior manager in the IT industry, responsible for People and Capability. She left in order to pursue her own business goals and set up the brand Language Fuel. The team supports the language teaching industry through the sale of physical resources at the Resource Room and through online professional development of English language teachers through the ELT Training Library. They also design and develop custom online learning solutions for other organisations, under the brand Pukeko Learning Solutions

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WILLEKE VIELLEVOYE

Language Fuel Manager

Willeke comes to Language Fuel from a background of both finance and linguistics.

After working for some time in a support role for a large academic institution, Willeke has decided to turn her hand towards a role which more closely aligns with her passion for languages. Willeke studied psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition, and is excited to support language learning and teaching in New Zealand through the Resource Room, as well as helping English Teachers worldwide via the ELT Training Library. Originally from the Netherlands, Willeke is a native Dutch speaker, and she speaks English fluently, as well as a handful of other languages. Willeke also manages our finances.

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JILL HADFIELD

Contract ELT Content Editor

Jill is an extraordinarily creative thinker. She has been writing and publishing creative learning materials for decades in the English Language Teaching industry. Jill’s role in the company focuses mainly on developing the ELT Training Library under the Language Fuel brand. She's the 'glue' holding that part of the business together, gathering well-respected and highly qualified experts from all over the world, and working to put their gems of wisdom into easily digestible online training modules for English teachers.

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SOPHIE DEVEREAUX

Lead Graphic Designer

Sophie has a degree in Information Design, as well as great natural talent and highly developed digital skills. She uses a wide range of software applications to achieve the design which has been set for a project. She has designed and produced websites, brochures, animated and real videos, eLearning modules, and custom graphics. She makes sure everything we produce is of the highest quality.