Pete is a native of Dorset in England, although some of his childhood was spent in the Canary Islands.
His teaching career began in Japan on the JET Programme and since then he has gained diverse experience at educational institutions in several countries. For example, he was a TESOL teacher trainer at the British Council in Singapore and at the University of Reading in the UK. In 2007, he relocated to Hong Kong and acted as a consultant to Canossian Colleges before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong as a Lecturer in their Independent Learning Centre. In 2015, he went to Kazakhstan to act as mentor to local teacher trainers. Now he has rejoined the University of Reading as an academic developer, promoting the quality of learning and teaching across that institution.
Pete’s main specialisms are Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE). For the latter, he also experienced two years supporting the professional development of lecturers in Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore.
He holds a first degree in Philosophy with International Relations from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His teaching qualifications are the Cambridge Certificate and Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. In addition Pete has a Master of Science in Computer-Based Learning & Training from the University of Southampton, UK and is a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA).
Pete supports the work of China Care Fund, a Hong Kong charity, by providing continuing professional development for in-service English teachers in rural China.