Profession: Training Course Director - Afghanistan
For nearly four years, working for the UK and US governments, I led a team of trainers who delivered classroom training and active mentoring for Afghan Police Officers. Previously I taught technical skills to UK Customs Officers.
Teaching Experience: I trained Police/Customs students in the college and then provided workplace mentoring to enable them to become proficient in counter-narcotics . This included time working for UK/US governments providing training in other countries to develop Customs, Counter-Narcotics and Border Police Teams.
While in those roles I provided advice and briefings to high level Government officials and key leaders.
I have since enjoyed work in hotels, car rental, tourism and volunteering to help others
Interests: I am currently travelling (despite Covid), throughout the world with my partner, looking after homes and pets while the owners are away. It is very exciting to experience life in other cultures, and not as a tourist but a resident!
I love to keep fit, including running and cycling. My passion is hiking, particularly in the mountains and I have now completed eleven long distance trails in the United Kingdom and a marathon.
I was top of the class in English Literature - way back! - we were so lucky to be inspired by our teachers, particularly a Welshman who was absolutely passionate about literature and an Irish poet who brought to the school his friends; including the famous Seamus Heaney -- so naturally I still love books.
I really appreciate my experiences on Cambly and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world (all of you are individuals, with your own special lives and aspirations). Having now nearly 5000 student sessions and 82000 minutes tutoring, through sheer dedication I have sharpened my English language teaching techniques and resources to provide an excellent service for you all.
Education: Royal Belfast Academical Institution
English Language Instruction
I went to one of the top and most historical colleges in Ireland. My teachers were inspirational and several in particular sparked off my love of English language and literature. Many famous people went there including the designer of the Titanic!
Spoken Languages: 英语 (Native)