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Before January 2002:

1995 - 2002 Held a range of English language teaching posts in Russia, Greece and Slovakia.

1991 - 1995 Whilst studying at Nottingham Trent University, I worked with homeless people with drug and alcohol problems with the Macedon (now known as Framework) in Nottingham. After that I moved on to Turning Point, where I worked with people with personality disorders.

In the 1980s, I trained and qualified as Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) at Saint James' University Hospital, Leeds. After working as a staff nurse on a male acute ward, I moved on to work for Leeds Social Services where I worked with people with mental health problems. I left Leeds Social Services to study for  a Communication Studies degree at Nottingham Trent University.

Jun 2004Dec 2008

International Communications Officer

Forex Club

This post came with a two-point brief:

  1. Develop a range of materials to teach people how to trade forex as a retail trader
  2. Advance Forex Club's international aspirations

Part 1 of the brief::

  • Co-wrote an ebook Making money on Forex: A manual with Slava Taran (owner of Forex Club)
  • Wrote and presented 6 films each approximately one hour in length:      An Introduction to Forex (Pro TV studio 2005) clip on youtubeThe Essential indicators (Aviteks studio 2005) clip on youtubeChart Analysis 1 (Aviteks studio 2006) clip on youtubeChart Analysis 2 (Aviteks studio 2006) clip on youtubeUnderstanding Japanese Candlesticks (Aviteks studio 2006) clip on youtubeCharting the Euro (Aviteks studio 2007) clip on youtubeThese films are currently available on and
  • Wrote a series of 10 email lessons, Forex Primer
  • Devised, wrote, designed and managed the Colt FX distance learning course, a 5-module 40-hour multi-media online course.
  • Created, developed, managed and maintained Wrote weekly newsletters Market News and ColtFX Late Edition, wrote and produced Forex Focus, a weekly wrap of forex action and delivered live weekly webinars show-casing the Colt FX trading system. Took the website from its launch in February 2008 to an average of 1500 visits a week and built up a mailing list of approximately 1000 addresses with a 27% opening average. Achieved this with very limited advertising: one banner over a 3-month period on the site.

Part 2 of the brief:

  • Created a software development company, applied for MSC status in Malaysia and then estblished the company in Malaysia. This company, staffed by former Forex Club employees, went on to service Forex Club's software needs. MSC application process was rigorous and  required a detailed three-year business.
  • Assisted in the establishment of Forex Club Financial Company, a New York based, NFA registered, retail broker. Liaised with various parties in the US and Russia and prepared/organised documents.

Working agreement with Forex Club came to an end in December 2008. The four and a half years I spent with Forex Club were full of challenge. Prior to this time, I had almost no business experience and my computer skills were limited to checking my email. I will always be grateful to Slava Taran, the other owners of the company and Forex Club's General Director, Nikolai Farima, for the opportunities they provided.

Jan 2003Jul 2004

Freelance language teacher

Self employed

Assessing and teaching a wide range of adult students general and business English. Examiner for both IELTS and Cambridge (full suite).

Jan 2002Jan 2003

Asst. Director of Studies

BKC-International House


  • maintaining/developing academic program for over 600 students spread over a number of sites in Moscow.
  • observing/assessing over 20 English language teachers
  • developing on-site training for teaching staff, including a course for teachers of languages other than English.



Teaching English as a foreign language
Russian Language
IT competencies
    СMS PHP (FriendlySoft version 1.5) Camtasia Studio 5.0, Snagit and Jing (Techsmith). Set up, edit and dispatch newsletters/mailers/polls and manage mailing lists using ConstantContact and Vertical Response. Can edit HTML; currently trainig for full working competence. Design and conduct webinars using the Omnovia platform. Competent user of YouTube (uploading/downloading, managing channels and subscribers, embedding films etc). Competent user of DVD Extractor, Vidomi, AoA Audio Extractor, Audacity, format converters (flv to avi etc), Wondershare Quiz Creator and Photoshop express. Currently writing two blogs on
Microsoft Office
Competent user of Microsoft: Word 2007, Excel 2007 and Powerpoint 2007. Familiar with Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Access 2007, Publisher 2007.


Slava Taran

Slava was my first contact within Forex Club. I taught him English for almost a year before he decided to offer me the post as International Director and Vice-Rector of the Academy.

Nikolai Farima

Nikolai acted as my immediate supervisor and mentor in the company. He took me through the formal planning,budgeting, approval and completion stages of my projects.


As the father of two young sons, I am kept pretty busy outside of working hours. When I have time, I enjoy cycling, reading and forex trading. I am currently writing two blogs connected with forex trading: Colt on Candles has a technical perspective, while Forex Focus is my weekly wrap of Forex news.

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Creative yet practical talent writing for a range of media and objectives. Managed multi-disciplinary projects from conception to completion, through all development production and approval stages. Experience of working with clients ‘live’ via webinars, classrooms and one-to-one.


Jul 2001Dec 2001


University of Cambridge
Jul 1994Sep 1994


University of Cambridge
Feb 1981Aug 1984

Registered Mental Nurse (RMN)

English National Board for Nursing