All our coaches are voice professionals with years of experience both in voice, communication and teaching and training. They are handpicked after an extensive interview process, for their ear, the ability, their experience and that special je ne sais quoi!

Emma Serlin

Emma Serlin

Company Director

London Speech Workshop was founded by Emma in 2008, when, after working with private clients for several years, she saw there was a demand for high quality courses in English Pronunciation. Emma developed the courses after analyzing her successes with her private clients, and continues to offer the focussed and passionate teaching which has characterized her private work. Emma’s expertise is based on bringing together the performance side of communication (she is a trained actor and an award winning theatre director) and the psychological side of communication. She has an MSc in psychology, is a trained life coach, and also has training as a psychotherapist. She is currently writing a book on the London Speech Workshop method.

Jamie Chapman

Jamie Chapman

London Speech Workshop Coach

Jamie trained as a teacher of Speech and Drama with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and holds their Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma (LLAM Hons). He has some 14 years’ experience in working with both international and UK students on accent softening, vocal technique and presentation skills. Jamie is also a professional actor (having trained at the prestigious Bristol old Vic Theatre School) and has worked at theatres up and down the country – (including a years run in the British classic ‘The Mousetrap’ in the West End) as well as being in the cast of various television serials. He is an excellent and passionate teacher, deeply committed to his work facilitating accent softening and effective communication with London Speech Workshop.

Gilly Sharpes

Gilly Sharpes

London Speech Workshop Coach

Gilly trained as a Voice Teacher at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama and has over twenty years experience working as a Voice, Accent and Dialect Coach. She has coached actors, lecturers, barristers and other professionals in theatre, television and the commercial sector, supporting them to be more powerful and effective communicators both through accent work and effective communication. She has also worked at many major drama schools, including Central, LAMDA and Mountview. Gilly is also a trained Alexander Technique teacher. She is passionate about sounds, words, language and the power of communication and is delighted to bring her experience and expertise to London Speech Workshop, which she feels is a perfect match for her passionate and focussed way of working.

Shaun Morton

Shaun Morton

London Speech Workshop Coach

Shaun is an experienced coach and trainer and has worked teaching voice and acting at a range of institutions, including Arts Ed and Stage Coach. He undertook his own training as an actor at Arts Ed London, where he took a particular interest in voice. As well as teaching Shaun has worked as a successful voiceover artist, lending his voice to several large companies, narrating documentaries and voicing characters in computer games. Alongside his voiceover work, Shaun has appeared on stage and screen as an actor, including a stint in the long running West End play ‘The 39 Steps’. As a teacher, Shaun is passionate about the London Speech Workshop approach to communication and strongly believes in making learning both stimulating, enjoyable and empowering. He is delighted to bring his skills to the LSW team.

Melanie Crompton

Melanie Crompton

London Speech Workshop Coach

Melanie is passionate about all aspects of the voice, and is an experienced coach and trainer. She has coached in language, accent, voice and communication, and speaks several European languages. She developed her expertise in accent coaching over a number of years while working abroad as a University lecturer in English Phonetics. Melanie is also a musician, an experienced choir trainer, and works with singers on accent, language and phonetics. She believes strongly in empowering people to enjoy their voices and language, and is delighted to bring her experience to the LSW team.

Theo Devaney

Theo Devaney

London Speech Workshop Coach

Theo trained as an actor at the Oxford School of Drama from 2002–2005. Thanks to his inspirational Voice teachers at Oxford Theo developed a lasting passion for clear communication, vocal technique and sound production, whether that be in vocal transformation for dialect and accent work as an actor, skill sharing within various companies and work environments, or direct one-to-one and group coaching. Theo has worked extensively as a communication skills trainer and facilitator in various public and private organisations at all levels of management, and as a freelance accent coach with actors and non-actors for several years. He has seen many times the positive, often transformative, impacts of speech and communication training on people’s professional and personal development, and is therefore proud to be a member of the LSW team: combining the effective technical teaching of speech and communication with the principles of empowerment and self-expression.

Bethan James

Bethan James

London Speech Workshop Coach

Bethan has been a professional actor and voiceover artist for 7 years. She trained at the Arts Educational School London and gained her BA/HONS Acting degree. She is also an experienced teacher of LAMDA acting exams. In the 3rd year of Drama School Bethan was lucky enough to win the ‘Hobsons Prize’ for graduating voice talent. This catapulted her into the world of voiceover and she’s never looked back, working for major brands on campaigns for TV, Internet and Radio. This has only served to strengthen her passion for effective communication, speech and dialect and she is excited to join the London Speech Workshop.