Who we are


The English Project Trustees

From Left to Right: Marcus Barrett, Bill Lucas, David Crystal, Nick Lodge and Chris Mulvey

  English Project Trustees


Patron of The English Project

Professor David Crystal

Professor David Crystal OBE, FBA, FLSW, FCIL is recognised throughout the world as the greatest authority on the English language. He is a writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster and has published well over a hundred books on the history and development of English. 

Trustees of The English Project

Professor Bill Lucas 

Bill is a best-selling author who has also founded and led two national organisations, Learning through Landscapes and the Campaign for Learning. He is currently Chairman of the UK’s Talent Foundation, a non-executive director of The Live Group plc and the Co-Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning. Bill is co-author, with Edward Fennell, of Kitchen Table Lingo, and chairs the English Project’s Steering Group.

Professor Christopher Mulvey

Christopher is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Winchester, and the recipient of awards from the Arts and Humanities Council, the British Academy, and the University of Virginia. He was President of the Collegium for African American Research from 2003 to 2007 and has numerous books to his credit. He is Managing Editor of the Winchester University Press.

Dr Nicolas  Lodge

Nick is an award-winning innovator of media technologies, having founded over 20 major European technology consortia and managed R&D and international standarisation for the entire UK commercial TV sector.  More recently he was chief executive of a hi-tech university spin-out company and today he runs his own successful consultancy.  Nick is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology and of the Royal Television Society.

Marcus Barrett

Marcus is Course Manager for English Language at Richard Huish College, Somerset. A barrister, entrepreneur and perpetual student of the English language, Marcus is a post-graduate of Exeter and Southampton universities and is currently working towards his PhD in neology at Bristol. He was elected to South Somerset District Council in 2015. Marcus has published articles on language and local history.

Steering Group

In addition the trustees benefit enormously from the advice and hard work provided by members of the English Project Steering Group:

  • Dr Carolin Esser-Miles, a resident linguist
  • Professor Kristyan Miller, Director of the Centre for Research into Language, University of Winchester,
  • Beryl Pratley, an experienced educationalist and
  • Caroline Short, a financial manager and freelance proof reader

Friends and cohorts

We often call on the help of Edward Fennell, an award-winning journalist and co-author of Kitchen Table Lingo, and Paul Hodgkinson an expert in advertising and copywriting.

The English Project is underwritten in its intellectual integrity by the University of Winchester.