Meet Our Team

Our outstanding instructors have spent many years working professionally in the education and training field and UKTA has brought together a range of local and international trainers to help teachers and trainers develop their own skills and expertise.

Our Trainers

Dan Kirk

Dan Kirk

Dan has been working in the EFL industry since 2006. He has a Masters in Language Education and a DELTA. He has worked as a teacher trainer since 2014, delivering courses for NILE, Cambridge English and Assessment, and Trinity College London. These include CELTA, DELTA, CertTESOL, TYLEC and CertPT. He is also a DELTA Module 2 external assessor. He is passionate about delivering quality training programs that encourage autonomous teacher development.

Dan has lived and worked as a teacher, Senior Teacher, Deputy Teacher Centre Manager, Director of Studies, and teacher trainer in Slovakia, Ukraine, Borneo, Bahrain, Austria, Turkey, Algeria, and Sri Lanka.

Cherie Umagiliya

Cherie is blessed with the spirit of an islander and the soul of a foodie. After dabbling in Science and Advertising, she found her calling as a teacher at the British Council when she completed her CELTA in 2010. She has experience teaching adults, corporate professionals, young learners and delivering teacher training courses. She added TYLEC (2013) and DELTA (2016) to her credentials and has since specialised in teaching Primary and Early Years students.

She is passionate about training teachers and is an approved CertPT and TYLEC tutor. She is also a DELTA Module 2 Local Tutor. Cherie has made it her life's mission to share her knowledge and years of experience in teaching, to train and inspire the next generation of teachers in Sri Lanka and around the world.

Cherie Umagiliya
Louise Kirk

Louise Kirk

Louise did her CELTA in Cambridge, UK, in 2007, at the same language school where she had worked as student services manager for more than a decade. She then moved to Ukraine to be an English teacher, followed by various EFL roles in Borneo, Bahrain, Austria, Turkey, Algeria, and Sri Lanka. She completed the DELTA and CELTA - YL Extension courses in 2015. She is a qualified CELTA and CertPT tutor as well as a DELTA Module 2 Local Tutor and a former Senior Teacher Young Learners at the British Council Algiers.

In the last few years, she has specialized in materials development, preparing content for online and face-to-face teacher training courses. Dan and Louise were married in 2014 and have one son.