Tim F Nash (师中平)
Tim was born to English parents who worked for British Airways, which meant he grew up continually surrounded by different languages and cultures. Studying such a ‘distant’ language as Chinese at Oxford University exploded Tim’s imagination. Studying Education at Cambridge University and working alongside a variety of foreign-language teachers highlighted the need to harness technology to make the language learning process more deeply human and enriching. Transferring his skills to multi-national and start-up businesses, Tim continually wrestled with how to make the ‘unknown’ accessible and relevant to different audiences. In 2010, Tim established a consultancy to help businesses like HSBC, PwC and Burberry to build better relationships with China based on reorienting them from focussing on what they wanted to sell to better understanding what the Chinese wanted to buy. Wo Hui Mandarin was born when he found others who shared similar personal and professional experiences.
Annabel Parker (杜宏霞)
Chinese Language Director
Annabel joined Wo Hui Mandarin in 2016. Since 2012 Annabel was Director of Mandarin across the DCI group of schools, co-ordinating the group’s Mandarin faculty of over 100 teachers and leading the Mandarin programme in terms of curriculum development, quality assurance, and teachers’ professional development. She also works closely with the group’s Director of Early Years on the Dual Language approach that is used at Dulwich Colleges in China and Singapore. She previously worked at the forefront of Mandarin education in the UK for more than a decade: developing curriculum, training and mentoring new teachers, and promoting Mandarin learning in both primary and secondary schools. Annabel has a teaching degree from China and fast-track Qualified Teacher Status from the UK.
Olivia (Ting) Ding (丁婷)
University Liaison & Teacher Training
Olivia has always been fascinated by the process of learning a second language, first as a learner of English and then as a teacher & researcher of Mandarin Chinese as a second language. She endeavours to understand the difficulties and challenges that learners are facing in the language learning process and to make language learning a more enjoyable and fruitful experience. Olivia has degrees in Chinese Linguistics & Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Foreign Studies University and Peking University, and a PhD on Second Language Education from University of Cambridge. She has studied, taught, and researched in a variety of university settings, both in China and in the UK. Having done research work on the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese from the linguistic, cognitive, and social perspectives, she is keen to help bridge academic research on second language education and real-life language learning and teaching experience, harnessing the technology available to us.
Chenlu Ren (任晨璐)
Chenlu officially embarked on her exploration of the world at the age of 8 when she moved to the UK with her family. Since then, she has lived in Singapore, China, Japan and Canada. She was raised in a Chinese-speaking family but grew up in an English-speaking environment, and this experience brought about her fascination for languages and cultures. Chenlu has a Sociology degree from the University of Hong Kong and later studied Digital Marketing at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about building connections between people through communication, which is what encouraged her to pursue a career in marketing. She believes cultural exchange can help to promote inclusivity and broaden perspectives. This belief fuels her drive to make a positive difference through advocating the learning of Mandarin Chinese as the Marketing Executive of Wo Hui Mandarin.
Katia Tanner (洪新美)
Customer Experience Executive
Katia was born in Singapore, lived in Belgium, and attended university in America—three different life experiences that allowed her to develop a broad, international outlook and mindset. After graduating from Boston College, she started working at Wo Hui Mandarin, inspired by the company’s educational philosophy and new learning method. She strongly believes that learning another language allows one to view the world through new perspectives, which in turn teaches us how to make deeper connections, access greater creativity, and build stronger empathy. She wants to help users of Wo Hui Mandarin have a great experience using the platform, and hopes we can all grow more understanding and accepting of each other. This desire also stems from the fact that Katia has an American father and a Singaporean Chinese mother; she hopes to share her experience growing up in a mixed household with two languages, two cultures, and two traditions.
Wo Hui launches "Pilot", a stand-alone course for individual teachers and learners.
Wo Hui Pte Limited is registered as a legal entity in Singapore, acquiring the assets of Minute Mandarin Ltd.
Tim F Nash is invited to join Annabel to manage and develop the Mandarin Resources Project.
Fraser White, Founder and Chairman of Dulwich College International, commissions the Mandarin Resources Project and invites Joel Marc Bellassen, George Zhang and Katherine Carruthers to consult.
Tim F Nash establishes Minute Mandarin Ltd to launch an prototype app using a brand new approach to the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese.