After a career in the City of London, I trained as an adult teacher in 1992. For some years I worked as a language teacher, teaching French, Spanish and beginners Russian to GCSE and A Level standards. I also taught a variety of what were termed ‘leisure classes’, for adults with no aim of gaining a qualification, but rather wanted to learn the language for business and pleasure. During this time I worked with a number of companies, designing and delivering in house language classes. During I also acted as examiner for GCSE and A level languages.
In early 2000 I became London Regional Coordinator for The Chartered Institute of Linguists; registered as an examiner for the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting for some time, in my new role I assumed responsibility for the training of examiners and coordination of all oral exams within the Greater London area. This was a challenge indeed ! The Chartered Institute of Linguists provides interpreting and translating examinations over some 40 languages. It fell to me to appoint and train all of the examination teams over the 15 or so examination centres within London. Delivering training of this nature to a group of highly specialised individuals was both a challenge and a joy ! It was challenging to form teams of examiners comprising both the foreign language and English interlocutors, in order to deliver highly professional and demanding examinations in English law, Scottish Law, Health and Local Government . In this role I also presented and marketed qualifications to new and potentially new examinations centres.
From 2002 onwards I combined this role with one for Cambridge Education Ltd , a company owned by The Pearson Group PLC , in a role as Senior Consultant Team Leader I worked with teachers (primary and secondary) to help them to use IT in their classrooms. This became a full time role up until I began to work for The University of Greenwich as tutor in education on the PGCE and Cert Ed. It was at this time that I formed my Ltd company and began to work with public service, third sector and private companies on coaching , training and teaching skills for their staff . Some years later my consultancy is still thriving although most of my work during the last 5 years has been with NHS doctors and Consultants.
My presentation skills began to develop whilst studying part time at RADA, over the years I have attended many useful learning events and learned a great deal by watching teachers, trainers and presenters at work. Latterly, I have put these skills to good use as a National Education Speaker for Amnesty International .
You can read more about my Consultancy on the consultancy page of this website. I am very keen on using images in my presentations and talks and as a keen photographer, keep my eyes peeled for anything that I can later use in my work ! This wonderful subway in Newcastle Upon Tyne has served me well on several occasions now !