Tina Engstrom

27 New London Blue Badge Tourist Guides

27 successful candidates from the 2012-2014 London Blue Badge Course, pictured below were presented with their badges by Yvonne Leach, the President of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, at a ceremony at the Founding Museum on 9 April.

27 New London Guides receive their Blue Badge Photo: ©Tina Engström.

Of the successful candidates, nine are qualified to guide in languages other than English including:   German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, Cantoneses and Welsh.  The Association of Professional Tourist Guides (APTG) prize for the Best Written Exam was presented to Robert Humphreys by Derek Tarr.  The Katrine Prince award (Guide of the Year) was presented to Ruth Rolling by Martin Prince.  

New guides:

  • Lucy Adey (ENG)
  • Cristina Apostoli (ITA)
  • Olga Babenko (RUS)
  • Claudia Bacchelli (ITA)
  • Julie Chandler (ENG)
  • Maureen Corcoran (ENG)
  • Kelly Foster (ENG)
  • Tina Gwynne-Evans (ENG/Fre)
  • Susan Hadley (ENG)
  • Daniel Hockman (ENG/Fre/Ger)
  • Robert Humphreys (ENG)
  • Roger Jarman (ENG)
  • David Marshall (ENG)
  • Sally Martin (ENG/Fre)
  • Natalia Mikhaylova (RUS)
  • Erica Moss (ENG)
  • Anne Mourin Collins (ENG/Fre)
  • Marina Pechiborshch (RUS)
  • Dafydd Phillips (WEL/ENG)
  • Caroline Piper (ENG)
  • Denisa Podhrazska (CZE)
  • Ruth Polling (ENG)
  • Carey Quarrier (ENG)
  • Ruth Rossington (ENG)
  • Raymond Sharman (ENG)
  • Vanessa Silcock (ENG)
  • Ka Kei To (CAN)

Prize winners:

  • Katrine Prince Award (Guide of the Year): Ruth Polling
  • Best Written: Robert Humphreys
  • Best Overall Practicals: Vanessa Silcock
  • Best Coach: David Marshall
  • Best Westminster Abbey: Ruth Rossington
  • Best St Paul’s Cathedral: Natalia Mikhaylova
  • Go Make It Happen Prize for Youngest Guide: Marina Pechiborshch

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