I currently teach Tai Chi with the team at the London School of Tai Chi Chuan and Traditional Health Resources. I started there as a student since the early 1990s, becoming an apprentice in 1995. Since then I’ve been teaching most years. I eased back on attending summer and winter trainings when the kids came along in the early 2000s but built back up again as the years past, and more recently, our two children have attended summer trainings here in Europe with me.
In my professional life, I have two decades of experience working with not for profit organizations. I currently work for one of the UK’s largest charitable grant making foundations. Formerly responsible for environmental grant making, I now lead our social investment work, investing directly in charities and social enterprises. Prior to that I’ve worked for a charitable bank, in Brussels, Belgium for a network of social banks, helped set up a community development finance institution lending into inner city Birmingham and worked for a small radical think tank.
My academic training ranges from a BA in Geography of Africa and Asia, and MSc in environmental policy and an MA in local economic development. More recent professional qualifications include the Investment Management Certificate of the CFA UK.
I find I have embedded Tai Chi approaches in my work life where it helps me greatly. It feels about time for me to apply my skill set from my professional life back to the Tai Chi school.