Until recently I was a management educator working at the University of Ulster, teaching at the Business Institute in the Ulster Business School on a range of programmes for private, public and not for profit client organisations. I developed and implemented a wide range of training courses in business and management communication skills. Much of this work was with leading European companies in the oil, pharmaceutical, IT, engineering and automotive sectors. In recent years my work has taken me to Poland, France, USA, Bulgaria, Hong Kong / China, Mexico, Germany, Malta, Eritrea, Canada and Italy.
My first degree is in Homeric and Classical Greek from the University of Edinburgh, where I was President of the Classical Society. After a short period as a lighthouse keeper in Orkney and Shetland, I was a teacher, teacher trainer and manager in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) for 15+ years. I worked in Sweden, Libya and Kuwait as well as in the UK and Ireland. I completed the RSA Dip TEFLA in 1977, with a Distinction in the Practical Tests, and an MBA (Henley, 1991) by distance learning.
I now contribute, as a Volunteer at the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre, to the design, documentation and delivery of ESOL material for adult Learners, especially migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Belfast and beyond.