Our Staff

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

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

Katie has been with the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools since 2012. As Communications and Projects Officer, she leads on the development, planning and implementation of CISS projects, conferences, tips and events whilst managing the day to day operations of the organisation.

Katie works closely with CISS’s major stakeholders and acts as a point of contact for the Confucius Classroom hubs. Katie is experienced in leading large groups of pupils and education professionals on trips to China. She has line-management and mentoring responsibility for a number of staff and works side by side with her colleagues and the Senior Leadership team to foster relationships with partners in China, develop strategic plans and achieve the overall aims of the organisation.

Contact

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

Tel: 0141 444 8171

katie.hawkins@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

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 

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


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