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After a first degree from the University of Cambridge,
year teaching English for Voluntary Service Overseas in India, I worked
for four years at the recently established Careers Research and
Advisory Centre in Cambridge, commissioning authors of degree course guides for
prospective university students and running courses and conferences for
careers teachers and business executives. A wonderful first job (if you
don't count VSO, which you probably should!), but I felt I should find
out how one of the bigger publishers handled things, so I got a job at
Macmillan editing history textbooks for their overseas department.
After a few months, however, I found myself in Hong Kong as the first publishing manager of Macmillan Hong
Kong, and a Director of Macmillan SE Asia. This was the beginning of more
than 30 years of widely varying experience in the publishing industry, in Hong Kong and Singapore
as well as in the UK; much of it involved
developing materials for language learning. In the middle 70s, after spending a year obtaining an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University
of Essex, I went back to Asia for six years as Macmillan's regional ELT specialist for Southeast and East Asia.
My UK publishing experience included building up an
arts and social
sciences list for the then- developing UK educational publisher Stanley
(now Nelson Thornes), latterly concentrating mainly on language
materials and history; and a period as Managing Director of a new UK language learning materials publisher,
In the mid-1990s I became involved with publishing education as a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at
West Herts College, working as Course Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in
Publishing; and more recently I spent several years at Temasek Polytechnic in
where I was joint Course
Coordinator of the polytechnic’s postgraduate publishing courses as well as lecturing in business language and communication.
If you'd like more career details, please see my Linked-In profile.
I'm now semi-retired, but retain an active interest both in language education and in the rapidly evolving world of publishing. See here for my consultancy page.
I live in the English Cotswolds with my wife Nella, a professional cellist whom I met in Singapore (click here
for her website), and our Singaporean dog Emile whom we
rescued from the local SPCA, but who later became a very expensive dog
when we flew him to the UK by air. It cost more than our two air