Shirley is an experienced intercultural specialist
Her interest in this subject developed during the 5 years that she spent living and working in India. Experiencing culture shock for herself and working in a cross cultural team she began to read around the subject. Upon returning to the UK, Shirley completed a Certificate in Intercultural studies from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Although primarily distance learning, this involved some taught classes in Canada. Following this, and to ensure that she had a strong academic foundation, Shirley then went on to complete a Masters degree in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions at Warwick University gaining a distinction.
Shirley initially trained as a special needs teacher and has many years’ experience of teaching in schools, as well as working for Birmingham City Council within their support services for 10 years. Here she worked as a specialist teacher to train and support staff in Early Years settings to include children with additional needs. This role has given Shirley many years of experience writing and presenting training materials.
Experienced at working in diverse multi-cultural areas of Birmingham, Shirley is aware of the nuances of working in multi-cultural situations, and she is able to use this understanding to provide training for organisations working in cross cultural or multi-cultural contexts.
Her time working with a charity in India and subsequent associations with other charities has given her good insight into the preparation required for overseas workers both before beginning their assignment and also before returning home.
Shirley is a member of SIETAR UK – Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research.