Professor Jennifer Jenkins is the Chair of Global Englishes and Director of the Centre for Global Englishes in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton, UK.
She studied English language and literature, Old Icelandic, and linguistics/applied linguistics at the Universities of Leicester, Oxford, and London, and in the earlier years of her career, was first an English language teacher then teacher trainer. From 1992 to mid-2007 she worked at King's College London, where she designed and directed the MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics, and since then has been Professor of Global Englishes at the University of Southampton. She was Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics from 2004 through 2009, was a founding editor of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca (JELF), and is currently a member of several international journal Editorial Boards. She is also founding editor of the book series Developments in English as a Lingua Franca (DeGruyter Mouton) and founding director of the Centre for Global Englishes at the University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.
John Skelton worked in ELT/ESP, and then as an academic applied linguist, for many years. Since 1992 he has worked exclusively in Academic Medicine at Birmingham University Medical School, where he is Professor of Clinical Communication. He is co-founder of the Interactive Studies Unit, which teaches aspects of communication and professional development to thousands of healthcare professionals and students each year. He is also Lead for Education Quality for all Birmingham healthcare courses, and therefore responsible for their quality management to the General Medical Council and other Regulatory Boards.
He is the author of two books on clinical communication, and has had original research published in journals as diverse as Applied Linguistics, The Lancet and The British Medical Journal. He was awarded Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 2002, and in 2016 became one of the few non-clinicians ever to be awarded FRCGP (Hon), ie Honorary Fellowship of the College.