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The Classical Education Forum Team

Liz Mayor
Liz Mayor is the Founder and the Head of the Classical Education Forum ( founded in 2009): she was a lecturer at Cardiff University for 16 years where she taught Classical Studies and Latin. Her main area of research is Roman Philosophy and the Ancient Near East. Liz has also been a lecturer for the Open University and run many courses for Cardiff LEA, Somerset LEA and many other organisations. Liz also works with young people as a tutor for GCSE, A Level, under-graduate and post-graduate support. She works for the International Baccalaureate organisation with regard to their Classics provision. When Liz has spare time she can be found in her garden or walking her two dogs (Jamie and Vita). She also enjoys racquet sports and golf; reading; listens to a wide range of music, and she is a very active campaigner for animal rights
Julia Evans
Julia Evans is CEF's Administrator and has lived in Wales for the last 7 years. Julia has worked with young people in Nursery Education, having both managed and owned nurseries. She worked as a police officer for Essex Constabulary for several years before moving to Wales for domestic reasons. Julia is a 'people person' and enjoys her role as Administrator particularly organising and leading the trips. Julia enjoys a wide range of sport including hockey which she played at club level for many years. She also enjoys listening to a wide range of music and is keen to explore more of her new homeland.
Roger Pinkham
Revealing the history of modern art to those who are interested is sharing pleasure, really, not hard work. Or, that is what one must make it seem. I first got onto lecturing when a curator at the V&A Museum in London. I had roamed its miles of galleries as a child, so it seemed quite natural to follow on, and work there. Learning the craft of lecturing takes time, as well as learning to avoid making heads droop in the front row, or, that glazed eyes stare if it gets too technical. Or, there have been occasions when one turns up to talk and one item of equipment is missing – the projector. And those windy nights on deserted stations. You say never again, but you go on. And on we did. I say we, because my wife Judi and I pulled up our London roots and arrived in Cardiff. She to her new conservation job at the National Museum and self to lecture at the University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. So why modern art, you may ask? My Damascene moment occurred, as a child, seeing what Picasso and Matisse had painted during WWII. Astonishment hardly fits. Then on I was intrigued by modern art’s variety, its daring, its inventiveness, its thoughtfulness, and that there was so much of it to share and give pleasure. Before then Judi and I have a job to do. We are creating a garden fit for birds to fly in, insects to hover over and bees to buzz around. It will be a designed modern garden for living things.
Chiara Strazzulla
Chiara Strazzulla studied Ancient History and Classical Archaeology at Pisa, Italy, and at Cardiff University and is currently working on a PhD on Etruscan ethnicity in the Middle and Late Roman Republic. Her main areas of interest are Etruscan and Roman archaeology, epigraphy, and the interactions between the Romans and other neighbouring ancient peoples. She is passionate about fieldwork and has taken part in several excavation campaigns. Chiara is an active novelist and playwright, with works published in Italy, Switzerland and Germany, and when not writing or researching she is very fond of sailing, singing, attending theatre shows, and going on hiking trips through moors and mountains
Chris Dale
Chris Dale originally from the Wirral, Chris studied Latin, Greek and Archaeology at Cardiff University and undertook postgraduate studies at Cardiff and Glamorgan Universities. In his younger days he participated in numerous archaeological excavations in Britain and France. He taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilisation in Cardiff state and independent secondary schools for 35 years during which time he wrote two Latin textbooks. A keen traveller, he has visited many classical sites and museums in Britain and around the Mediterranean including fourteen visits to Pompeii, always with his camera at the ready. He lectures regularly to local societies on Greek and Roman art and archaeology.
Lourdes Mitchell
Lourdes Mitchell is a native speaker of Spanish and a fully qualified language teacher. She is a graduate in Business Studies from the University of Valladolid in northern Spain, and worked in banking before being trained as a teacher at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, and at the University of Glamorgan. She has wide experience of teaching adults, in both Spain and the UK, in further and higher education.
Ian Standen
Ian Standen BSc BArch RIBA is an architect with over 25 years' experience in architectural practice and in higher education. Former Associate Director at the Welsh School of Architecture Project Office involved in the academic provision in practice within research and teaching undertaking projects providing live test beds for research derived ideas. Currently the Programme Director for the new Architecture course at the University of Wales Trinity St David in Swansea with a particular interest in Design pedagogy and the creation of an accessible curriculum in Design using current learning and teaching methods. Ian also has a keen interest in the history of the British Isles and architectural design and construction through the ages.
Dr. Robert A. Newell
Dr. Robert A. Newell PhD MA BA(Hons) PGCE studied Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art and Goldsmiths College, and was more recently awarded a University of Wales doctorate. His work in painting and drawing has passed through certain distinct phases in relation to places, themes and formal concerns: the North Sea coast, destroyed urban environments, and now predominantly rocks and clouds in Wales and Cumbria. Robert has exhibited work in a range of venues including Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, Royal Cambrian Academy (of which he's a member), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, Oriel Ynys Mon, Oriel Ceri Richards and other galleries in Wales, London, Dusseldorf, Colorado, etc. From 1978 he taught adult education courses for the London Borough of Merton, going on to include Kingston-upon-Thames and Croydon. He then went on to teach part-time at Hounslow Borough College, full-time at North Devon College and, from 1993 to 2014 he was a senior lecturer at what is now Swansea College of Art, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, formerly Swansea Institute of Higher Education. His role varied considerably, latterly he was the pathway leader for MA Fine Art and a research supervisor for some PhDs, while also teaching on BA (Hons) Fine Art. Turner has been a life long enthusiasm, fundamental to Roberts motivation to paint. Ruskin has also been particularly important both in terms of his drawings and critical doctrines. Certain aspects of philosophy have also been integral to Roberts practice and teaching, particularly concerning Kant, Schelling and Whitehead. He considers philosophy, along with the history of art and the history of ideas generally, should all have a more prominent role in education.
Professor Emeritus Howard Riley
Professor Emeritus Howard Riley PhD MA(RCA) CertDes FRSA FHEA studied at Hammersmith College of Art, Coventry College of Art, and the Royal College of Art. He holds a doctorate of the University of Wales in the practice and pedagogy of drawing. He has published in the areas of drawing pedagogy, visual semiotics, generative art and multi-modality. His drawings have been exhibited in Australia, Malaysia, Finland, Serbia, the USA and the UK.
Paul Austin
Paul Austin has worked for the past 17 years as an A-level Film and Media Teacher. He has provided a student-centred, lively and historically deep approach to film and television. From the early days of silent cinemas to the huge multiplexes, box sets and HD televisions of today there is value and meaning to be discovered everywhere! Paul lives in North Cardiff with his wife and son.
Goff Morgan
Goff Morgan was born in Newport, and trained at the Welsh college of Music and Drama as an actor. Upon completion of his studies in 1983 he started work as a freelance tutor. Goff is best known as a performer for the Tales from the Broken Arms one-man-shows. In 1988 he was winner of the HTV Best of The Swansea Fringe. In 1992 he won the One Voice Monologue competition in the Swansea Grand Theatre. During the 1990’s Goff moved onto radio as a pundit and comedy contributor. He was a regular contributor on the Roy Noble Programme for seven years, and latterly was the Good Morning Wales 2015 Rugby World Cup Poet. From 1997 to 2000 Goff was Newport Town Poet, the only official town poet in Wales. He has just published collections of poetry and was a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing with the University of South Wales for nine years.
Marco Paluzzi
Ciao! I am Marco, I’m 28 years old and I come from Italy. I’ve been working in Cardiff as an Italian language tutor for more than a year. I studied foreign languages and translation at the “Università D’Annunzio” in Pescara (Italy). I was recently awarded a certificate in Italian language teaching to foreigners by the International House of London. I teach students of all levels and age, delivering one to one as well as group lessons on a weekly basis. The content is adapted from one lesson to another in order to meet my student’s needs and help them learn and improve. What really matters to me is that students realise they are making progress throughout the course and that they have fun while learning. I love teaching and I do my best to make my lessons enjoyable. I am a very active person and my main interests are skiing, trekking and running, as well as travelling and enjoying the beauty of the nature. As a very sociable, friendly and easy going person, I like meeting new people and exchanging information about different cultures. So, is there anything better than teaching Italian to foreigners to do so?
Iestyn Jones

A first language Welsh speaker from Ceredigion, Iestyn studied for BA (Hons) in archaeology & history and a PhD (Wales) in early medieval Irish archaeology, and is an associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (ACIfA). He has taught BA History and MA Regional History modules for the University of Wales, Newport (before it became USW). Iestyn currently combines his work as a freelance archaeologist with Welsh language television presenting, including programmes such as ‘Olion: Palu am Hanes’ and ‘Cynefin’. He is married, has two children, two cats, a dog and a Kayak.

Martina Gallina

Arrived to Cardiff from Italy in 2014, Martina got her Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages and Cultures at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and specialised with a Master’s Degree in International Business and Communication. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in history, art, humanities, politics and economics and their strong connection one to each other, and she has been lucky enough to cover all these fields during her years as a student.

She has worked as a teacher of Italian as Second Language and interpreter from/to Italian, English and Russian for professionals, groups and Companies, as well as Tour Leader in Italy in various cities and museums. 

When not in work, Martina enjoys preparing some good food from scratch and watching some nice old movie, and dedicating some time to her side job, an original textile design company she founded herself that can be found here

Gwen Rees

Gwen Rees was born and brought up in Wales. Her bilingual background and early exposure to foreign travel fostered a love of languages which has grown and diversified ever since. Having completed a BA (Hons) in French and German at Cardiff University, her subsequent qualifications have included a Diploma in Spanish from the Open University. She remains passionate about her field, spending much of her leisure time in pursuit of languages and travel. She also enjoys the cinema, the theatre and concerts.
A qualified and experienced teacher, Gwen was Head of Department at a Welsh-medium secondary school for many years. In this rôle, she organized a number of exchange visits and educational trips in addition to teaching a variety of foreign-language courses, including French GCSE and ‘A’ Level. Gwen is keen to share her interest in other cultures and for students to enjoy the language-learning process. Favouring a clear and structured approach, her aim, also, is for students to be able to apply their knowledge and skills in practical contexts.

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