A Liverpool resident for 48 years, I am passionate about the city, its history and its future. I have been guiding for 11 years, first as a local foreign language guide and then, since 2013 as a qualified, insured Blue Badge Guide. I graduated as winner of the prestigious Institute of Tourist Guiding "Guide of the Year" and also won a prize for designing a walk in a contest held by the Liverpool RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). With a degree in French and 5 years residence in
France, tours are offered in French as well as English.
What is a Blue Badge?
The Blue Badge is the highest professional guiding qualification which is presented by the Institute of Tourist Guides, the officially recognised standard-setting and awarding body for England after a year's study and 8 examinations. Holders of the Blue Badge are permitted to put M.I.T.G. (Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding) after their name and many tour operators and cruise ships will only use Blue Badge guides. Unlike many countries where only those with the local equivalent of the Blue Badge Qualification are legally allowed to guide, anyone in Britain can call themselves a tour guide. The possession of a Blue Badge is your guarantee that your guide is qualified and insured and regularly undergoes continual, professional development and should help you choose between what can be a plethora of tours. Read more about Blue Badge Guides here.
I currently offer a variety of guided coach tours: Liverpool, Beatles, Peaky Blinders, Southport, Port Sunlight, Titanic and Chester (as a day-trip from Liverpool) as well as over 25 guided walks and several illustrated PowerPoint talks. Meet and Greet services and Airport pick-ups are also available.
Previous clients have included Marie France magazine, Olympique Marseille, Bosch, the Everyman Theatre, visiting journalists, conference parties, tour operators and coach companies, various cruise ships, school parties, U3A, Probus, Rotary, History and Women's Institute groups and simply groups of friends who want to learn more about the area. I acted as historical advisor for a lottery project on the Titanic which produced a DVD and assisted in a BBC Wales programme on the "Liverpool - Capital of North Wales."
I speak fluent French thanks to 5 years teaching English in French universities and am very much a francophile. I have also spent around a total of a year in Japan. I hold the CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) certificate from the University of Cambridge which helps me identify with the problems faced by foreign visitors to the city and modify my spoken language accordingly.
Specialist Interests: Peaky Blinders Filming Locations, the Titanic and Liverpool, Chinatown, Henry Tate
Personal Interests: Travelling, reading: novels (English and French), crime novels, local and national history, cinema, massive Peaky Blinders fan.