Martina Wallner was Senior Lecturer in German and the Head of the Language Centre from its creation in 2010 until her retirement from the university in 2021. She remains associated to the Language Centre as Honorary Fellow of the University.

Martina joined Keele in 1991 and has held a number of teaching and administrative roles in the University before being appointed to establish and lead the Language Centre. Martina has extensive experience in designing, delivering and managing language learning and teaching at all levels. She worked as a consultant for the TDA (Training and Development Agency for Schools) and for the Goethe Institute. Prior to starting at Keele, Martina taught German and English as a foreign language in the secondary and further education sectors in Austria and the UK.