Tell us a bit about your career in the industry
I did CELTA immediately after I graduated, started as a teacher of English abroad in Italy and Switzerland, then on returning to UK and starting a family, started my own freelance business in Cornwall, running a study centre for individual students, and subcontracting and tendering for summer school provision; I moved to mid Wales and worked for Cambridge Examinations and executive language training for 10 years.
I did a Master's in international business then joined the university as a lecturer in international business. Now I deal with ELT and TESOL, manage staff and oversee our testing requirements, advise students on border agency issues, and handle the language provision in our transnational education partners all over the world.
I'd like time to be doing my research, which is in the area of global citizenship and intercultural communications, but work is all-consuming at the moment.
What is it that you like about ELT?
I love the diversity, I love that it is people-focused. It's about all of the things I have always been interested in. My family call me an ethnographer - I love observing and I try to understand how people communicate across boundaries of all kinds, national, cultural, language.
What made you want to be on the Board?
I come from the public sector, which is important. Our industry is not represented within higher education, and HE is under-represented in our sector. It's been very nice to engage with the wider industry because you can get totally tied up with international stuff and feel like you are not supported anywhere. The majority of meetings I go to, they don't understand at all, particularly about quality assurance in terms of language requirement. I realise that's not unique to HE but FE as well.