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Introducing Les Taylor

Posted on 07/03/2017 by

ITC’s new Tutor Team Supervisor, Les Taylor, has had an incredible career to-date, including roles at Air New Zealand, the navy, and as a fully qualified chef.

Meet Les Taylor, our new Tutor Team Supervisor. Les works at the City Campus – be sure to say hello when you see him around College! Below, he gives us an insight into his background in airline, travel and tourism.

Hi, my name is Les and I am a travel addict.

I first became aware of this passion (addiction) when I was a child. I would climb to the top of a large pine tree that my dad planted in our front yard, especially on wild winter days, and pretend that I was on a ship sailing into unknown waters.

That yearning for adventure and travel has definitely influenced my employment choices throughout my working life. My career has included working for Air New Zealand, a seven-year stint in the merchant navy, as well as working on oil rigs and open cast mines in Western Australia. I’m also a fully qualified London City and Guilds chef. 

For the past 15 years, I have worked in the education sector as a hospitality management tutor. All of these jobs have allowed me to indulge in my passion for travel. Some of the countries I have been privileged to visit include the US, Panama, Japan, China, Fiji, Tahiti, Bali, Malaysia, Singapora, Thailand, Indonesia, and India.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology. I’m currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma in defence studies, which will ultimately provide an academic platform and background for a PhD in war tourism.

I’m married to a South African and have been fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout South Africa. Between us, we have four adult children.

I love teaching and believe that learning is a lifetime endeavour that should be delivered in a way that is fun and memorable to all learners.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

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