After teaching French and German for over 20 years, many of them as a Principal Teacher, I took a year out and studied at Glasgow Caledonian University for a Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management. Shortly thereafter, a chance encounter in a school staff-room led me to train as a tourist guide, qualifying in 2000. I continued to teach for several years, guiding only in the summer, then in 2008 made the decision to concentrate on guiding, working mainly with groups from France and Germany.
In due course I trained to become an STGA trainer, later adding the qualification to train the Guiding is Fun module. I have participated in a number of training exercises since then: I have presented Guiding is Fun on more than one occasion, and have also assisted in the training of Yellow Badge Guides in Paisley; I am currently a joint Course Director on the 2016-2018 Blue Badge Course. I hope to explore other aspects of training/assessment in the future.