Senior Management Team

Mr John Worne

Chief Executive

John joined CIOL in 2020 having lived and worked in different countries and cultures all around the world, spending eight years promoting languages and culture at the British Council. Prior to CIOL he spent five years in senior leadership roles in Higher Education at the Royal College of Art and King’s College London and worked at the heart of UK Government in the Cabinet Office and Department of Health. This follows more than a decade working around the world in marketing, advertising and business development, including five years living and working in Paris. John speaks French, is progressing in Italian and is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Mr Rob Beswick


Head of Membership, CIOL

Rob joined CIOL in 2019 as Head of Membership, responsible for both membership retention and growth strategy for CIOL. He works closely with CIOL's membership as well as a number of Committees and Boards to improve the member’s experience and is continually looking for new ways to support the linguistic community. Previous to joining CIOL, he held a number of roles during his time at the Service Desk Institute (SDI) including Events, Corporate Partnerships, Members' Services and, most recently, as the Head of Membership and Product Development.

Mrs Ela Kwasny-Spechko

Head of CIOL Qualifications

Ela graduated in Russian at the University of Nottingham and worked as a Foreign Exchange dealer in the City of London before joining IoLET (now CIOLQ) in 2001. She was appointed to develop robust examination management strategies covering all aspects of delivery, with a particular focus on candidate and centre experience prior to QCA accreditation in 2003. During her years with the organisation, Ela has gained in-depth knowledge of CIOLQ’s qualifications and has played an integral role in the modernisation and change of the organisation. In February 2015 she became Head of Qualifications and is responsible for leading and managing the qualifications team and ensuring that all examinations are rigorously prepared and securely delivered to safeguard the quality and reputation of the Educational Trust and its qualifications.

Ms Deborah Butler


Communications and Marketing Manager, CIOL and CIOLQ

Debbie joined CIOL in 2014 after holding a number of marketing roles in the classical music, music education and not-for-profit sectors where she gained experience of communications, marketing and promotional strategies. She also has experience of brand development and representing organisations externally, both in the UK and internationally. In her role at the UK's chief music examining board, Debbie gained experience of promoting exams and working with examiners and educators. It was a keen interest in languages and other cultures that attracted Debbie to the communications role at CIOL. She works across both CIOL and CIOLQ, organising campaigns and events to raise the profile of the organisation through all communications channels.

Mr Dom Hebblethwaite

Business Development Manager & Head of Ventures

Dom joined CIOL in 2018 with a remit to raise further the profile of CIOL and to develop and expand partnerships in the UK and abroad. Dom’s background is in professional translation technology: for the last three years he was responsible for the UK corporate and government markets for SDL Trados, the number one translation memory and terminology software. Dom is a passionate linguist; he is bilingual in Italian and English as well as fluent in French and Spanish, with a smattering of German and Portuguese. Mandarin is next on his list! Dom is a firm believer in the value of learning languages and the benefits they bring in understanding and appreciating other cultures, as well as in facilitating international business relationships.