Patricia Dalby


I have been a member of the Alliance Cambridge for almost 12 years. My joint passions for international and intercultural business and the charity sector have given me the opportunity to work, learn and develop with people from all walks of life.

First Aid certified

Virginie Friend

Course Director

I am a graduate in HR, interested in intercultural communication and love to support and advise students in their learning journey.

First Aid certified

Amélie Maddalena

Education development strategist – Under 18

I am a French as a foreign language teacher, specialised in GCSE/A-Level/IB and a DELF/DALF examiner. Alongside my interest in languages, I am an animal enthusiast (#team cat) and passionate in Japanese animation.

DELF/DALF examiner

Héléna Mercier

Education development strategist – Adults

I am a French as a foreign language teacher, specialised in Adult/Business classes. I love teaching and have a passion for my mother tongue language. My love for languages and culture extends beyond French as I spent a few years in Asia teaching at Alliances Françaises.

DELF/DALF examiner 
First Aid certified

Gaël Blaison

Cultural advisor and teacher of French as a foreign language

I arrived at the Alliance Française Cambridge after my studies in international management of cultural affairs. Specialised in French Literature and history enthusiast, I organise most of the cultural events and passionately animate the Reading clubs. I also am a teacher of French as a foreign language.

DELF/DALF examiner 
First Aid certified

Jasmine Ben Lahoucine

Teacher of French as a foreign language

I am a teacher of French as a Foreign Language. I have taught modern languages in Scottish schools after obtaining my PGDE at the University of Edinburgh. I am also the exam center administrator of l’Alliance. Alongside my passion for teaching, I love travelling, good food and music!

DELF/DALF examiner 
First Aid certified

Anna Ferrier

Under 18 & Private tuition Administration

Former intern at l’Alliance Française Cambridge, I am now part of the administrative team and managing the private tuition as well as the Under 18 Administration. I am French and currently student in a master of international management of cultural affairs.

Ania Grande

Adults & After School Club Administration

I am part of the administrative team, specialised in managing the Adults administration and the French After School Club. I am currently doing a master in Culture & Communication.

Pauline Rousseau

Communication & Culture Intern

I am a French student, currently studying International relations in Albi. I am doing my final year internship at the cultural and communication department at the Alliance Française. Can’t wait to meet you at our events!

Chloé van Meurs

Communication & Culture Intern

Currently doing my last year of master’s degree in foreign languages and cultural economy, I am doing my internship at the Alliance Française Cambridge, in the communication and culture department.

Aline Jacquin-Mathon

Teacher of French as a foreign language

I am a French as a foreign language teacher, specialised in children’s classes. I am greatly interested in everything related to childhood and child development. My love for different cultures became apparent whilst I lived in Japan for a year.

Jean-Louis Barges

Teacher of French as a foreign language

I am French as a foreign language teacher and a DELF/DALF examiner. Music is my passion, particularly rock n’ roll. I also like to play guitar and sing with friends and family.

Bibba Fadli

Teacher of French as a foreign language

I am a French as a foreign language teacher, and I am currently doing a PHD in Education & Economics. I am a literature enthusiast and my favourite author is Emile Zola. I also love to cook, particularly Mediterranean food.

Who we are

Based in the centre of Cambridge, we have been at the heart of Cambridge’s Anglo-French community since 1982. Providing French lessons and support to the local community for 40 years!

All of our teachers are FFL (French as a Foreign language) trained whose continuous training ensures that they remain at the top of their field.

We offer first-rate teaching and as the official DELF/DALF examination centre for Cambridge, we have all the tools needed to boost your French to the next level!

We are continually forging links with local businesses, big and small, as well as with educational establishments, including the Cambridge University Modern and Medieval languages department, schools and colleges.


Pierre Pillet


Pierre Pillet has been teaching languages and running Modern Foreign Languages Departments in leading academic schools in the UK for nearly 20 years. In 2006 he created the National French Debating Competition for Sixth Formers. He is currently Director of Languages at the Perse Upper School, Cambridge.

Cindy Forde

Deputy Chair

Cindy Forde is the Founder and CEO of Planetari and formerly CEO of Cambridge Science Centre. Prior to that, Cindy was Managing Director of the Blue Marine Foundation heading a global team dedicated to protecting and regenerating the world’s ocean.

Nick Santcross


Nick Santcross is the Business Development Director of Cambridge Education’s international development consultancy business globally. 20+ years of management and consulting experience in South Asia, South-East Asia, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa

Stefan Marciniak


Stefan Marciniak is an academic clinician, professor of respiratory science at the University of Cambridge Hospitals and directs the Cambridge MB/PhD Programme. He has been a member of the Alliance Française since 2016, studying in Cambridge and Nice, as well as a lifelong francophile.

Loïc Lhuillier


Loic Lhuillier has been living in Cambridge since 2006, after working in Paris, Houston and Basel. He is currently programme director for Exonate, a biotechnology company and has served as a Trustee since 2014.

Janet Morris


Janet Morris is an independent director working for a number of international organisations primarily within education.  She has been a lifelong francophile having spent much of her spare time in France including a recent intensive French programme in Paris.

From French courses to cultural events, the international network of the Alliances Française and Instituts Français will make you feel as though France is just around the corner. With our use of online platforms to keep you safe and constantly learning, there is always something for you to do!

So, whether you’re stuck for words after “Bonjour,” want to discover the latest French cinema treats, or tick a few French classics off your reading list, we’ll extend our warmest French welcome and show you around your local French language centre, library, or cultural venue. Each year, thousands of people are attracted by the quality of our service, so why not give us a go?

We are online and face to face, and eager to help you learn something new!

Your authentic French language and francophone cultural centre

Registered Charity number: 1099000