EAAST supports the development of assessment expertise in East Asia by providing on-the-ground professional support, realising client-focused regional language assessment solutions, and serving as the point of contact for engagement with the global British Council language assessment teams.

Sheryl Cooke – Director, East Asia Assessment Solutions Team

Sheryl Cooke leads a regional team that provides language assessment solutions for partners throughout East Asia including needs analysis, language assessment literacy training, test development, post-test services and teacher support. 

Trevor Breakspear – Innovations Project Manager

Trevor Breakspear has 18 years of teaching and training experience within the Chinese ESL and EAP contexts and over 10 years of project management experience within localisation and assessment fields. 

Taufique Hasan – Assessment Solutions Manager

Taufique Hasan manages a portfolio of assessment products/services and a team of assessment solutions consultants. Taufique has worked for the British Council for over 16 years and has been involved in Teacher Training and Teaching Centre Management since 2005. He has worked as a CELTA and DELTA tutor, Team leader for Cambridge ESOL exams and Examiner Trainer for IELTS. 

Johnathan Cruise – Assessment Solutions Manager

Johnathan Cruise graduated with a BA in Linguistics and Literature in 1991 and obtained a PGCE in General Primary Education in 1993, before then moving to China to train English teachers. In the last 20 years, Johnathan has worked as an examiner and examiner trainer and obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL with a focus on assessment of Speaking tests in 2010.

Andrew Hillman – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Andrew Hillman has worked for the British Council, Beijing for four years, as an Assessment Solutions Consultant and a Team Leader. Andrew often gives presentations on English language proficiency and assessment literacy for schools, universities as well as embassies and consulates.


Jan Langeslag – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Jan Langeslag is an experienced language teacher and assessment expert. He has taught English in public and private institutions in China to learners of different ages from complete beginners to advanced. Jan works on promoting assessment literacy among teachers, students and other stakeholders and is responsible for the teacher E-newsletter. 

Chris Martin – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Chris Martin has 20 years of experience working in language education and examining. He has worked as a teacher at 3 universities in China and at several organizations in Britain and Sweden. Chris has many years of experience in examining including IELTS, BULATS and RELTA. He became an examiner trainer in 2009. 

Gordon Allan - Assessment Solutions Consultant

Gordon Allan has been with the British Council in Tokyo since 2003, first as a teacher before joining the English for Education Systems (EES) team in 2014. He worked on the Leaders of English Education Project (LEEP) and is also an Academic Teaching Excellence trainer and a qualified IELTS teacher trainer. He completed and MA in Language Testing with Lancaster University in 2017, and developed the British Council’s ‘How Language Assessment Works’ assessment literacy workshops for teachers. 

Patrick Millar – Assessment Solutions Consultant

Patrick Millar has worked for the British Council in Shanghai for 11 years as an Examiner Team Leader, Senior Language Assessment Consultant and workshop presenter.  He is an experienced senior assessor and reviewer, examiner trainer, teacher and teacher trainer. Patrick trained as an Aptis item writer in Manchester, U.K. and has written items for various examinations. 

Jonathan Dixon - Assessment Solutions Consultant

Jonathan Dixon has worked in the assessment sector for the British Council for over three years. He has been involved in the Chinese ESL industry for around 17 years, working as a teacher, trainer, manager, and assessor. Jonathan holds diplomas in language teaching and academic management, as well as being a certified TESOL practical assessor for Trinity College London. Jonathan came to China in 2002 and has worked for a variety of public and private institutions across the country.