We both hold the Blue Badge (the highest level qualification for a British tourist guide) for the Heart of England region, which comprises Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Cotswolds, Warwickshire, West Midlands, Cherwell & West Oxfordshire, and we are members of the Institute of Tourist Guiding and Ian is also a member the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides.
I was born and raised in Nottingham, although I have made my home in Birmingham after earning my degree at the university here.
I have experience of guiding and tour management throughout the whole of Europe, however I now specialise in England, Wales and the Scottish borders.
I am fluent in English and German, and I am qualified to guide in both languages. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
I have planned tours and guided for groups and individuals as varied as a Birmingham city tour for an Austrian football team’s supporters club, a day tour of the Cotswolds for a group of people celebrating a gentleman’s 60th birthday, and a tour of Birmingham’s Museum and Art Gallery for a group of French trainee teachers.
Born just North of London, I made my home in the “Heart of England” when work brought me here in the late 80’s.
An engineer by trade I have spent the last 25 years in adult training, public speaking, guiding and tour management
I have planned tours and guided for groups as diverse as a troupe of Korean Dancers around the Cotswolds, Irish F1 race fans to the British Grand Prix, Scout and Guide groups around Birmingham’s haunted sites and a group of Australian and New Zealand restoration enthusiasts on a 21 day round Britain Industrial Heritage tour.
Whilst my work has taken me worldwide I love the area in which I have settled. Whether you choose to travel by coach, take a leisurely cycle or walk, my enthusiastic style, makes me a great choice as a Guide that can both inform and entertain.