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