Mannequin wearing cloche hat by Kilpin Ltd. Pink straw with appliqué trim. French and British 1925.

  1. Learn about the history and role of design from mid-18th century
    to  present day in small, interactive classes:
    What is design and what is its role in our daily lives?
    What was the first object you saw when you woke up this morning?
    How did you decide what you would wear today?
    How did you find this webpage?
    What constitutes good design? And bad design?
  2. Communication and English skills, written and spoken:
    Producing a well-targeted publication, giving a persuasive talk, engaging your audience and calling for action, are all skills  you will learn on this course (individual or in small groups).

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Thank you for amazing two semesters. I have gained so much information and after even graduating bachelor, you taught me how to set up presentations and finally I am confident in presenting! Thank you very much! –
Natalia Shemyakina, BA in Art History, currently undertaking Masters in Luxury and Fashion Business Management, EU Business School

I attended two of Lesley’s workshops at the Swanwick writers’ conference. The workshops were very useful in developing my skills in specifically identifying my target market and the use of appropriate language. The workshops were very well planned with a variety of interactive exercises and discussion. Lesley was calm and enthusiastic and kept a very varied group fully involved throughout.
— Carol Thomas, writer, South Wales

training-image-1-258x167Lesley’s workshop was very helpful and informative. It was extremely useful in helping me realize the importance of targeting a specific readership.
— Bill Davidson, writer, Scotland

Lesley ran a publications workshop for ICRC communication staff in Nairobi which was well appreciated and very informative for all participants. The creation of good quality publications is often not well thought out and Lesley’s workshop brought useful insights and practical tips for us.
— Glenn O’Neil, Founder of Owl RE, research and evaluation services, Professor in communications, International University in Geneva

Lesley organized and ran successful publications workshops for the East Africa communications team and provided support to field delegations from HQ in Geneva.
— Nic Sommer, Specialist, former ICRC Head of Communications, East Africa

I have recently attended Lesley’s presentation. It was lively, interactive and illustrated with numerous examples.
— Hanna Slisinska-Eckert, Senior cross-cultural communications trainer, Business Schools

Awards and Publications

From austerity to prosperity: A historical perspective of Geneva’s luxury industry July 2020
Leading Looks, The Power of Design In Business, EU Business School, May 2019 Initiator and organising team
Literary Award for Non-Fiction 2014, Runner-up for Basil Fawlty comes to Surbiton
First Choice, published in Offshoots 12, 2013
Mini playletFirst Choice, read by the Geneva English Drama Society on 28 April, 2015. READ MORE.
Prix de Mérite de la Ville de Genève en histoire de l’art, IFAGE 2003