The online event on 18th February at 1600 GMT is a chance for you to ask a panel your materials development questions. You can add your questions here. Here are details of the four panelists:

Vanessa Reis Esteves


Vanessa Reis Esteves has been teaching EFL in Portugal for the past 20 years and has been involved in teacher training in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Malta, Portugal and Egypt. She is currently involved in writing course material for EFL students in Portugal and has recently co-authored Let’s Rock 3 and 4, a young learner’s course for Porto Editora in Portugal and ETpedia: Young Learners with more ideas on teaching YLs for Pavilion Publishing in the UK. Her areas of interest are teaching YLs, (Pre)Teens as well as Critical Thinking and 21st Century skills.

Lyn Strutt


Lyn is a freelance content editor, copyeditor and proofreader of print and digital ELT materials, specialising in adult and business English and ESP. Before moving into publishing in 2003, she taught for over 12 years in the UK, Finland, Germany and Hong Kong, writing materials for her own classes and for the British Council. Lyn was the MaWSIG Publications Editor from 2013 to 2016. She is an Advanced Professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and holds a Licentiateship of the City and Guilds of London Institute in Editorial Skills.

Sarah Milligan


I’m Sarah and I’m the Commissioning Editor for onestopenglish. I started my English teaching career in Barcelona where I completed my CELTA, braved the daunting summer schools full of screaming children before settling down to a life of teaching angst-ridden teenagers in an international school for three years. I then moved back to my home city, London, to teach adults and take on the role of DOS. In 2008 (that long ago!) I decided to have a bit of a change and move into publishing and I’ve been at Macmillan ever since.

Julie Pratten


Julie Pratten is a teacher, writer and publisher and has taught general English, BE and EAP for many years. She is the leading author of banking and financial English, publications include ‘Absolute Banking English’ by Delta Publishing. In autumn 2015 Julie set up to a safe learning space for Syrian refugees in Dohuk, Iraq and six months later launched Heart ELT Publishing, a non-profit organisation that publishes materials to raise funds for children who have little or no access to education.

In 2015, Julie also established the Indie publishing platform, Academic Study Kit which was the joint winner of the David Riley Award for A-Z of Business and last year the second book in the A-Z series, A-Z of Intercultural Communication by Judith Mader and Rudi Camerer, was shortlisted. ASK also developed the apps Brighton Study Kit and Academic Flipwords.

Julie lives in Antalya, Turkey where she runs ‘Create and Collaborate’ writing retreats. Doing things differently in collaboration with others is what inspires her.