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About me    

After a first degree from the University of Cambridge, and a 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 Thornes (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, Accent.

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 Singapore, 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 tickets combined!

Richard Slessor