The expat world is a small one, and as native English speakers both living in a small town, we quickly found each other. It turned out we both taught academic writing. That was back in 2011. We started Write English in 2014 to support graduate students and researchers with their academic writing skills. Since then, we have gone on to work with leading universities and research institutes throughout Germany and the rest of Europe. Jill Henne has been working with us as a text editor since 2017, and Bridie McHale has recently joined our training team. It's a cliché to say we are passionate about what we do - but we are. From archeology to astro-physics, we get to read fascinating research and work with people at the forefront of their fields. Our workshops are diverse and international with opportunities for researchers to exchange ideas on writing, the publication process, and other aspects of their work.
MEET THE TEAM
Lesley-Anne comes from Ireland and graduated in Modern History from Queens University Belfast. After building a successful sales and marketing career in London, she moved to Germany in 2001 and retrained as a teacher of English as a Second Language.
Lesley-Anne trains graduate students and researchers in presentation skills and scientific writing. She has a reputation for creating positive and memorable training experiences where she can get the best out of people. She has trained and coached at many leading universities and institutes, including the DAAD, University of Cologne, the Liebniz Institute, TU Berlin (both in Berlin and Egypt) and the LISER Institute in Luxembourg.
In addition, she is a contributor to the Global Business Today series of textbooks and is co-author of the Business English Tool Box. She co-founded Write English with Anne Wegner in 2014 and is working towards her masters in academic writing and research development.
Jill comes from Yorkshire, in England, where she studied German and translation before completing a postgraduate diploma in journalism. After several years as news editor on local papers in the UK, Jill moved to Germany in 2001. A stint as Editor in Chief of a cultural magazine in Munich was followed by several years working for Burda publishers, where she specialised in proofreading and editing B2B magazines.
Jill has an eye for detail, a love of the written language, and a passion for clarity and has been with Write English since 2017.
Theo comes from England where he graduated in Psychology (B.Sc.), Philosophy (MA) and Creative Writing-Poetry (MA, with Distinction). While working as an actor in London, he taught English as a second language for many years, until, in 2013, he joined The Corporate Theatre as Poet in Residence. Since then he has coached hundreds of global managers and executives in the practice of inspirational leadership. Past clients include GSK, ViiV Healthcare and the Virtual University of Uganda.
With the Corporate Theatre, Theo developed a deep understanding of how creative language can inspire in business and beyond. Whether crafting narratives to communicate research data, exploiting poetic techniques to build empathy, or writing authentic keynote speeches, his clients learn how to put the human at the center of their story.
Theo is also a copywriter and editor, a publishing poet, and a founder member of the LLC Network, coaching non-native speakers of English in life, language and communication. He moved to Germany in 2019, and is currently developing a course exploring how the poetic mindset can help us embrace complexity and change.
My working journey has taken me from the UK to Germany, to Brussels, the Netherlands, France and back to Germany. It has taken me from a long pit-stop in the business consultancy and NGO world to teaching graduates about academic writing and to science editing and proofreading.
My educational journey (B.Sc. Ergonomics, M.Sc. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Diploma Intercultural Trainer) has made me acutely aware of catering for an audience, e.g., the reader, and how culture can affect writing. My workshops and proofreading reflect that awareness.
I am the writing coach for the Graduate Center at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and have recently attended a 10-week course in creative non-fiction. I am currently researching story-telling/narrative in written scientific English. I love a good story.
Bridie comes from England and worked for over 10 years developing business and marketing strategies in the IT and telecommunications sector in London. Since moving to Germany in 2006, she has worked as a freelance trainer and coach focusing on business and conversational English. Her success as a trainer lies in pinpointing the challenges people face when using a foreign language. An important aspect of her work is creating a learning environment to promote interaction with her clients
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Lesley-Anne did a wonderful job editing the book "How Change Works”.
Martijn de Zoete | CEO Anychange Group | Netherlands