I am from the UK and grew up in Cambridge. However, my wife and I moved to the west of England in 1991 and spent the next 12 years living in various places in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. I started teaching in Plymouth in 1999 and completed my first master’s degree in TEFL there in 2003. This was followed by teaching in a university in Zhengzhou, China, where I taught fourth year undergraduate English major students. I also spent some time teaching on short teacher training courses in Japan, Austria and Taiwan before moving to the Emirates where I taught at the University of the United Arab Emirates for three years. I then moved to Japan to teach at Kansai Gaidai University near Osaka. My students were advanced English reading and writing undergraduates. I returned to the UAE in 2008 to teach at the Higher Colleges of Education, both at diploma and undergraduate level. While there I completed a second master’s degree in communication studies. In 2012 I moved to Suzhou in China to teach at Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University on the first year undergraduate programme for engineers. I came to Nazarbayev University in August 2015 and have been an EAP Teaching Fellow since then.
My interests include swimming, golf and squash (although I don’t get the opportunity to play very much these days).