Our Staff

*Note - Natasha is on Maternity Leave from summer 2021.*

Natasha joined SCILT in 2014 as Administrative Assistant for CISS, after working in schools in both Asia and Africa.

Natasha handles event coordination and support for the team. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the Institute's website and coordinates production of publications including the CISS newsletter. Natasha manages CISS’s enquiry service and handles financial processes within the CISS office.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8180

natasha.bowman@strath.ac.uk

Ellie joined CISS in 2019. She spent most of her early life in Italy before gaining a degree in Italian with International Studies from the University of Warwick. She has previously worked for Oxford City Council and spent several years organising cultural tours in countries including Italy, Sweden and the USA.

Ellie has experienced first-hand the positive benefits of cultural exchange and communication and is excited to support the CISS team on the delivery of its events and projects. She will work mainly on the areas of the CISS newsletter, website, social media presence, Tianjin Scholars’ blogs and financial and travel related processes.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8180

ellie.cassen@strath.ac.uk

Calum joined the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools in September 2021 as a Communications and Projects Coordinator. He graduated with a degree in Modern and Classical Chinese from the University of London’s School of Oriental African and Middle Eastern Studies and is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese. Since first visiting in 2007, he has spent half a decade exploring, studying, and working in China, based in Beijing, Haikou and Shanghai.

Having been involved in a range of business, culture and education focused projects whilst engaged at the University of Edinburgh’s own Confucius Institute Calum is keen to continue contributing to greater Sino-Scottish engagement and to encouraging more young people to develop their China literacy with the CISS team.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

calum.gibb@strath.ac.uk

Wendy joined the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools (CISS) in 2021. Her role is to support the Director of SCILT with the strategic overview, management and quality assurance of CISS projects and take a leading role in the promotion of Chinese language and culture in response to the Scottish Government’s China Strategy and the 1+2 languages policy.

Wendy graduated with an MSc in International Marketing from Strathclyde University in 2001. To date she has amassed over 19 years’ experience working in management positions across the public and private sectors in both China and the UK including UK Trade & Investment (now Department for International Trade) in Guangzhou, Southern China, China-Britain Business Council and the City of Edinburgh Council. Wendy specialises in managing cross-border projects with multiple and diverse stakeholders and bringing these projects to completion to the satisfaction of all involved.

As the China campaign manager of the city of Edinburgh Council, Wendy established the first Sino-UK city level joint incubator project between Edinburgh and Shenzhen, China’s “Silicon Valley” supporting and educating small and medium size businesses in creative and tech sectors from the two cities to establish partnership and grow together.

Prior to joining CISS, Wendy was the General Manager of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh. 

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8168

wendy.green@strath.ac.uk

Follow Wendy on Twitter @siwei_liu

Lisa joined SCILT as a Professional Development Officer in November 2019 and a year later became Depute Director. As a highly experienced principal teacher of Spanish and French, she has extensive knowledge of the secondary curriculum, including both BGE and Senior Phase.

Lisa graduated from the University of Glasgow in Hispanic Studies and French, and after completing her PGCE at the University of Strathclyde (Jordanhill), she began her teaching career with Inverclyde Council.  She is an experienced practitioner at all levels in secondary, and has developed courses and resources to support both primary and secondary colleagues.  As part of her commitment to ongoing professional development, Lisa undertakes a range of SQA duties, including marking for National 5 and Advanced Higher Spanish. She is also a Visiting Assessor for Advanced Higher Spanish.

Broadening her experience of different aspects of education has always been important to Lisa.  She has been a principal teacher of Citizenship and Enterprise, where skills development and pupil voice were her key focus.  She has been 1+2 Development Officer for Inverclyde Council:  a role which gave her the opportunity to work closely with primary as well as secondary colleagues. A secondment to Learning and Teaching Scotland (now Education Scotland) allowed Lisa to work on International Education and Global Citizenship, where she worked closely with the International Education Masterclass network, and on a range of global citizenship projects.

Above all, Lisa is a passionate advocate for language learning for everyone. She looks forward to working with schools and other partner organisations to encourage and support language learning across Scotland. 

Contact:

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8179

lisa.hanna@strath.ac.uk

An experienced Primary School teacher, Susan is delighted to be joining the CISS team, having worked closely with them over the past few years, developing and running the Stirling Primary Confucius Classroom at Braehead Primary School.

As well as creating a four year Chinese language Progression with pupils at her own school and running innovative projects with the Confucius Hub, Susan has been on secondment with Stirling Council for the last two years, teaching Chinese to over 600 primary pupils every week, with the help of Chinese staff from Hanban and the British Council.

Susan developed her passion for Chinese language and culture whilst living with her family in Beijing from 2006 to 2008 during the build up to the Olympic Games, a time when the city and indeed, the whole country, was undergoing huge cultural change with a tangible sense of excitement across China.

Whilst in Beijing, Susan spent time studying the language and also worked as a volunteer teacher of English at a local school for the children of Migrant Workers, a hugely rewarding experience. Since her return to Scotland, she has continued to study Mandarin and she has also recently resumed her long-dormant study of Gaelic.

She gained Professional Recognition last year through SCILT’s 1 + 2 Language Leadership Programme and she hopes to continue to focus on research and development work to help the network of Confucius Classrooms deliver a high quality of learning and teaching experiences for pupils through Chinese language and culture.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

susan.lawson@strath.ac.uk

Karen is a passionate linguist and experienced secondary Modern Languages teacher.

Following her graduation from Heriot Watt University with an MA (Hons) in Interpreting and Translating (French and Spanish) she gained her PGDE from Aberdeen University and started her career teaching in Angus, and then spent 5 years teaching languages in Midlothian, before returning to Angus again where she has worked for the past 9 years, teaching French and Spanish at all levels from S1-S6.

Over the years Karen has been involved in a number of professional learning opportunities and helped promote and develop languages in the school and at local and national level. She has been an SQA exam marker and then team leader for National 5 Spanish over a number of years and took on the role of PT Modern Languages before becoming Angus Confucius Hub Coordinator.

She was involved in helping set up and launch the Confucius hub in her school back in 2016 and has supported the Confucius hub in many ways including mentoring several student teachers and Chinese Exchange teachers. In 2014 Karen took part in the CISS Scottish Teacher’s Immersion Course in Beijing and further increased her enthusiasm for Chinese language and culture.

She joined the 2017 cohort for the SCILT and Education Scotland Language Leaders Programme and gained GTCS Professional Recognition in 2018 with her research project on challenges of developing a Confucius hub.

As part of her professional learning Karen has been learning Mandarin through Dundee Unversity’s Languages for All Programme and is keen to continue learning more in her role as PDO.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

karen.liddle@strath.ac.uk

Follow Karen on Twitter @Miss_liddle_mfl

After graduating from the University of Glasgow with an MA in French and English, Fhiona lived and worked in Paris before returning to Scotland to undertake a PGDE at the University of Strathclyde in which she received a distinction.

Fhiona worked for several years in secondary schools, becoming principal teacher of Modern Languages in a large and vibrant department, offering French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.

In her capacity as director of SCILT and CISS, Fhiona advises and informs Scottish Government language policy and supports its implementation in schools.  She also provides strategic leadership to all the Confucius classroom hubs in Scotland, working in close partnership with Hanban, Tianjin Education Commission and Scottish Government.

She is an active contributor to Scottish Government’s Strategic Implementation Group that leads the realisation of the recommendations of Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 approach.  Similarly, Fhiona is an active advisory board member of the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) and is a trustee of the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET).  Working with a wide range of national and international partners, Fhiona is a well-known advocate of languages and is determined to create a climate in which language learning flourishes. 

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8163

fhiona.mackay@strath.ac.uk 

After leaving St Ninian’s High school in May 2015, Anna decided to take forward her chosen career in Administration which she discovered throughout her time in school. Anna’s favourite subject was Administration and she picked this subject in her second year as one of many to study.

Whilst being in school, Anna had a part-time job as a shop assistant before joining SCILT in June 2015 as a Modern Apprentice. She successfully completed her apprenticeship in 2017, gaining a SVQ Level 3 qualification in Administration and Business. This provided Anna with all the relevant skills and knowledge to take on the role of Administrative Assistant at SCILT.

Anna’s main role is first point of contact for the Centre’s Director, managing staff diaries, maintaining stock control, booking travel arrangements and providing administrative support to the team in the lead up to SCILT conferences and events.

Anna is delighted to continue working at SCILT and is looking forward to progressing further in her career and learning more about how SCILT works at promoting languages within schools and other organisations.
 

Contact:
The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8175

anna.mazzucco@strath.ac.uk

Mandy has been with Scotland’s National Centre for Languages for 12 years and is responsible for the overall administrative, financial and strategic running of SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and CISS, the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools. Mandy is part of the Senior Management Team and works closely with the Director and Depute Director in liaising with Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Confucius Institute Headquarters in China, facilitating meetings, events and projects across both SCILT and CISS.

She is directly involved with SCILT’s many networks and works in close liaison with SCILT’s strategic partnerships, disseminating information through the Languages Network Group Scotland (LANGS). Principal roles include responsibility for administration of SCILT and CISS finances and contracts; recruitment and induction of staff and management of staff issues including health and wellbeing; overall responsibility for all professional learning and national conferences and ICT support at events.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

Tel: 0141 444 8164

mandy.reeman-clark@strath.ac.uk


Minrong joined CISS as a Professional Development Assistant in August 2021. She is a GTCS fully qualified Mandarin teacher who is ardent about developing the talents and potential of young people. 

Following graduation in Macau University of Science and Technology with a BA(Hons) in Foreign Language Studies (Major: English; Minor: International Tourism Management; Second Language: Portuguese), Minrong worked as a Chinese Exchange Teacher at CISS from 2017 to 2019. It was her first full time teaching job and it cemented her desire to pursue a career in teaching. She successfully gained a PGDE qualification from the University of Strathclyde and was one of the 2019/2020 Saltire scholars. 

Prior to rejoining CISS, Minrong was an NQT at Robert Gordon’s College, where she acquired a real range of valuable practical teaching experience, including nursery, BGE and senior phase pupils with both on and off site teaching. 

As a teacher of youngsters, Minrong recognises that her role is not only to teach the subjects but also to enhance cultural understanding, allowing young people to be “all they can be”. 

Her current remit includes teaching a variety of face to face and online Mandarin classes to learners across Scotland, developing suitable teaching materials and supporting the team with professional learning activities.

Minrong is excited to be part of the SCILT/CISS team again and she is enthusiastic about working with colleagues to ensure a high quality of teaching and learning for Scottish young people in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

minrong.zhang@strath.ac.uk
Follow Minrong on Twitter @ZhanglaoshiML 

Zhao Yanyan was an English teacher and the Director of the International Department in Tianjin High School before she came to Scotland to be the Chinese Director of Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools. She is also a trilingual educator in English, Chinese and Japanese.

With her degree in both Second Language Acquisition and Psychology, she has devoted herself to Psychological Education in high school. She was awarded the certificate of psychological consultant in China in 2011. Yanyan has also been working closely with the Tianjin Family Education Instructive Centre for years.

Yanyan is delighted to join the CISS team. Her principal roles include responsibility for Hanban teachers' management and the expansion of teachers' evaluation. Meanwhile, she has established a bridge between CISS and the Tianjin Municipal Education Commission and both Confucius Institute Headquarters

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

yanyan.zhao@strath.ac.uk​

Xiaoyan joined CISS in January 2020. She is a passionate educator as well as an enthusiastic Mandarin teacher.

Before she moved to Scotland with her family in 2007, she was a university lecturer of Children Language Learning and Teaching and Child Psychology in her home city after she received her Master degree in Education Management from the Northeast Normal University. Before her lectureship, she worked on different management posts and organised many activities and university events. During that period, she accumulated invaluable experiences and knowledge as well as a growing interest in education. Particularly, she enjoyed the feeling of fulfilment in changing young people’s lives through her hard work and endeavours in teaching.

After moving to Glasgow, she started teaching different types of Chinese Mandarin short courses and programmes of different levels at the University of the West of Scotland, the University of Glasgow and the company Lenovo. She has also taught at the Glasgow Chinese School for years. At the same time, she had many close relationships with both primary and secondary schools allowing her to share Chinese culture, teach Chinese folk songs, dances and calligraphy, and to help with school talent shows etc. These experiences ignited her greatest passion of teaching Mandarin Chinese in Scotland.

With a fervent love and passion of teaching Chinese language and promoting Chinese culture, after receiving a PGDE qualification at the University of Strathclyde, Xiaoyan worked at Dollar Academy and gained invaluable teaching skills and experiences. In terms of commitment to ongoing professional development, Xiaoyan currently undertakes a range of SQA duties, including Event Verifier for National 5 and Higher Mandarin Chinese.

She believes that “knowledge is power and power can make changes” and she is very enthusiastic to make more contributions to Scotland’s Chinese language learners.

Contact

The Ramshorn
98 Ingram Street
Merchant City
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, G1 1EX

xiaoyan.zhou@strath.ac.uk