I am a qualified English teacher and I hold a CELTA certificate for teachers of English as a foreign language, a qualification which is internationally recognised. I am also a member of the English Language Teachers' Association Berlin-Brandenburg (ELTABB).
I grew up in Manchester, England and studied architecture at Cambridge University. Between 2000 and 2014 I worked as a professional architect for a large architect's practice in London on a wide variety of projects. I have also taught architecture at degree level.
From my formal education and my own studies I have a broad overview of the cultural context in which English is used and I am familiar with a wide range of spoken and written styles of English. Through my work I have come into contact with different working cultures and a diverse range of English speakers in private companies, public bodies, sporting organisations and academia. I have worked with people for whom British English or American English is their first language, and many for whom English is their second or third language.
I speak German to level B2.2 and I understand from first hand experience many of the issues connected with learning a second language as an adult.
In my spare time I enjoy practising art and have recently organised a collaborative art project called Exquisite Whispers.