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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.
Margaret Hurle
Margaret Hurle studied History at University with subsidiaries in French and Latin. At the age of 21, newly married, she found herself back in the classroom, on the other side of the desk, teaching an A level class of 18 year olds in Highbury Hill High school. In between house moves and children, some teaching continued with the biggest challenge arriving in 1990 when she was drafted into Greenhill school, Tenby, to take over the A level History there in a class which included her younger son, quite an experience! Moving to Cardiff from Pembrokeshire, which had been her home since 1976, Margaret soon joined a choir and found, to her great delight, Latin classes at Thornhill. She also enjoys being much closer to her family, opera so close at hand, the wonderful concerts at the RWCMD, walking and reading.
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.
Jean Rose
Jean Rose was born and grew up in Rochdale Lancashire, and graduated in English Language and Literature from UCNW Bangor in 1968. After a Diploma in Education, she taught briefly in Weston-super-Mare, then married and had three children. While caring for them, she was for many years an examiner in English Language for the WJEC. She has always enjoyed visiting churches, and in more recent years has become a guide to the many visitors to St Margaret's Church in Roath. Since last year, she has started to guide at Llandaff Cathedral. In 2010, she produced a free leaflet, 'Discovering Cardiff Churches', and in 2013 expanded this considerably to compile a book for Amberley Press, 'Cardiff Churches through Time'. She will amplify this in her talks to the Forum, and will have copies of her book available to buy.
Andrea Viggiano
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.
Julie Primon
Julie Primon is a French native who has lived in Canada, India and Scotland. After completing a Masters in English Literature in Paris, she came to Cardiff to study Creative Writing. She is currently in the second year of her PhD, and teaches Creative Writing at undergraduate level. Julie loves languages and travelling, and has taught French at the University of St Andrews, and at Jain University, in Bangalore, India. The biggest challenge in her teaching career was probably attempting to teach English to easily distracted three-year-olds, in her French hometown of Versailles!