Ms. Iris Veronica Barry, an active Tourist guide in Scotland, England and Wales has given her consent to be with us for the 1st TGFSI Annual Conference to be held on 7th and 8th June 2008 at Chennai. She will also address us on behalf of Ms. Rosalind Newlands, the President of WFTGA and deliver the Key note address in our Inaugural Function. Ms. Iris Barry will also address our Guides on various topics all through our convention and Post Conference Tour. It will be an honour for us to have her with us and we are thankful to her and WFTGA for giving us an opportunity to share the knowledge of Ms. Iris Barry with all our Guides.
KEY SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS of Ms. Iris V Barry
• Internationally experienced tourist guide trainer and trainer of trainers
• First-hand practical knowledge of the tourism sectors and tourist guide training in Sri Lanka; Nepal, Ukraine; Mongolia; The Commonwealth of Dominica Fiji; Vanuatu; The Solomon Islands; Papua New Guinea; Western Samoa; The Cook Islands; England; Scotland
• Design and delivery of tourist guide training programmes, workshops and lectures from entry level to postgraduate university standard
• Extensive knowledge of international standards in tourist guide training
• Experience of selecting, assessing and examining tourist guides
• Knowledge of tourist guide associations and their functions
• Understanding of the roles of public and private institutions in tourism
• Graduate of the University of Cambridge and the University of Strathclyde
• Qualified to postgraduate diploma level in International Tourism with special emphasis on tourism in developing countries
• Member of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, London; the Association of Professional Tourist Guides, London; the Institute of Tourist Guiding, London, and the Scottish Tourist Guide Association, Stirling
• Lead Trainer (International Level) World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations
• Certified tourist guide trainer for the Institute of Tourist Guiding, London
• Well organised, reliable and responsible team member
• Appreciation of the importance of cross-cultural sensitivity
• Outstanding oral and written communicator
• Good research skills
• Strong publishing record
• CELTA qualified teacher of English as a foreign language to adults
EMPLOYMENT HISTORY of Ms. Iris V Barry
Presently free-lance, self-employed tourist guide training consultant and active blue badge tourist guide in Scotland, England and Wales (22 years experience).
2007 Director and facilitator, Caribbean Tourism Organisation/Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme Train the Trainer Tour Guide Programme, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica. Initial workshop piloting training materials and methods, participants from nine Caribbean nations.
2007 Training consultant, Caribbean Tourism Organisation/Caribbean Regional SustainableTourism Development Programme, (European Union funded project). Responsible for designing 2-level tour guide training programme to conform with international best practice as a standardised certificated qualification to be available to CARICOM members.
2006 Training consultant, BIZPRO Ukraine (USAID Funded NGO). Responsible for assessing training needs, liasing with private and public stakeholders in tourism in Crimea, creating training materials and delivering intensive, interactive training workshops on communication skills and practical guiding techniques in Yalta and Sevastopol.
2006 Tutor, Elmwood College, Cupar, Fife, English language for Chinese students of Golf Studies
2005 Tutor, International Study Programme, TEFEL course, Dunfermline, Scotland
2005 Assistant General Manager, Craigsanquhar House Hotel, Cupar, Fife, Scotland.
2005 TESOL Tutor, Business English, ECS Language School, Circus Lane, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2004 Part-time lecturer, Tourism in Developing Countries, Business and Tourism, University of Strathclyde Hotel School, Glasgow.
2003 Assessor, Scottish Tourist Guides Association/University of Edinburgh.
2003 Lecturer in Cultural Tourism, Heritage and Tourism Degree Course, University of Glasgow, Crichton University Campus, Dumfries.
2002 The Competitiveness Initiative, (USAID Funded NGO), Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Consultant in Tourist Guide- Interpreter Development. Responsible for assessing training needs, liasing with private and public institutions, drafting advisory documents, training materials, delivering workshops, delivering intensive training for trainers.
1985 - present Self-employed, free-lance tourist guide training consultant, designing, delivering and developing tourist guide courses in the UK and overseas.
1985 - present Self-employed, free-lance tourist guide, managing, guiding and developing tours for overseas and domestic visitors in the UK.
1999 - 2004 Training Adviser, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.
1997 - present Private Tour Operator, specialising in women’s expeditions to Nepal.
1999 - 1997 Co-Director of Training, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. Courses in Hong Kong, China; Paphos, Cyprus; Montreal, Canada. Designed and delivered training for trainer courses for international groups of participants.
1997 Consultant, Avebury UNESCO World Heritage Site Visitor and Traffic Management Study, ASH Consulting Group, Glasgow. Responsible for questionnaire design, administration, field management of survey.
1996 South Asia Tourism Secretariat, South Asia Integrated Human Resource Development Programme (European Commission Supported), Consultant. Wrote definitive tourist guide training manual for use throughout the SAARC region.
1996 Temporary Lecturer in Tourism Administration, Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde.
1995 Consultant, Scottish Office Trunk Roads Public Consultative Programme, ASH Consulting Group, Glasgow. Identified relevant non-statutory bodies with interests affected by road construction, organised and administered regional workshops throughout Scotland.
1995 Otumfuo Opoku Ware’s Silver Jubilee Trust, Kumase, Ghana, Consultant.
Development of the Manhiya Palace Museum: design, display, marketing.
1990 Tourism Council of the South Pacific (European Development Fund Supported), Suva, Fiji, Consultant. Prepared training materials and delivered training workshops in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Cook Islands.
1989 Tourism Council of the South Pacific (European Development Fund supported), Suva, Fiji, Consultant. Prepared training materials and delivered training workshops in Fiji, Vanuatu and Western Samoa.
1989 British Museum/National Museum of Guine-Bissau, Ethnographic collector and researcher. Collection and documentation of ethnographic artefacts.
1974-1985 British Museum/University of London Institute of Archaeology/University of Cambridge, Field archaeologist. Directed excavations and research in Belize, the Southern Andes of Ecuador and the Upper Amazon of Ecuador.
2007 Lead Trainer, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations
2006 Participant, Citzenship materials for ESOL Learners in Scotland: Familiarisation Workshop, niace, Dundee.
2005 Hospitality and Leisure Opportunities pre-employment training course, Lauder College, Dunfirmline.
Appointed Person First Aid
Fire Awareness Certificate
Manual Handling Course Certificate
Elementary Food Handling Certificate, REHIS.
2004 CELTA, Dundee College, Scotland
Cetificated Institute of Tourist Guiding Guide Trainer
2003 ITALL Tutor, Scottish Executive (Adult Basic Literacy & Numeracy)
2001 University of Strathclyde Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism
(Specialism: Tourism in Developing Countries)
1999 Institute of Tourist Guiding, London, Accredited Trainer
1998 World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Accredited Trainer
1995 Postgraduate studies University of Strathclyde Tourism Department
1993 Scottish Tourist Guide Association/Scottish Universities Blue Badge Course
1987 Cambridge Blue Badge Tourist Guide Course
1986 York Minster Tourist Guide Course
1986 British Museum Tourist Guide Course
1985 London Tourist Board Blue Badge Tourist Guide Course (Prizewinner)
1975-8 Postgraduate Research Student, Institute of Archaeology, University of London
(Specialism: The Prehistory of Ecuador)
1976 Master of Arts, University of Cambridge (New Hall)
1972 Bachelor of Arts (Class 2.1), Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge
1961-9 James Allen’s Girls’ School, Dulwich, London
1968 General Certificate of Education, Advanced Level, French, History, Geography
1966 General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level, Passes in 10 Subjects
TOURISM PUBLICATIONS of Ms. Iris V Barry
2003 Tour Guides Technical Handbook (in Mongolian). Written in collaboration with Ros Hutchinson and Alan Saffery. The Competitiveness Initiative, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia.
2002 Tourist Guide-Interpreter Trainer Course Manual, Mongolian Tourism Association,
Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
2002 The Importance of Tourist Guides in the Tourism Industry, Mongolian Tourism
Association Newsletter (April 2002) Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia
1997 Trainer Manual and Trainee Text (Entry Level), Tour Guiding, South Asia Integrated
Tourism Human Resource Development Programme, (South Asia Tourism Secretariat) Colombo, Sri Lanka
1991 Guiding Techniques: A Manual for Tourist Guides, Tourism Council of the South
Pacific, Suva, Fiji
1990 Guidelines for a Registration System for Tourist Guides in the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji
ARCHAEOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS of Ms. Iris V Barry
1992a “The Americas” in The Atlas of the Ancient World, M. Oliphant, Ed., Simon and Schuster.
1992b “Arts de la Haute Amazonie” in Art Millenaire des Ameriques, Barbier-Mueller Museum, Geneva, Switzerland.
1989 “Lost Empires of the Americas” in Voyages of Discovery, The Time-Life History of the World, AD 1400-1500, Time-Life Books.
1988a “The New World 10,000 BC – AD 1600 (14 Chapters) in Past Worlds, The Times Atlas of Archaeology, C, Scarre, Ed., Times Books
1988b “Africa” in Ethnic Jewellery”, J Mack Ed., British Museum Publications.
1986 “America Before the Europeans, AD 300 – 1500”, in The World: An Illustrated History, G.Parker, Ed.,Harper and Row.
1985a “Gold of South America’s Ancient Civilizations” in Discover Gold, Benson and Hedges
Ltd., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1985b “Background to Splendour” in Hali, Issue 26, London.
1984 Up-dating and Correction of Latin American Prehistory content of The Times Atlas of World History, Times Books.
1983a Script for Network Television, The Ancient Americas, in The World: A Television History.
1983b Consultant Historian, Latin American Prehistory, Quest for the Past, Readers Digest Books.
1982a Contributor, The Human Animal, Mitchel Beazley Ltd., London.
1982b “Mesa Verde”, “Machu Picchu”, “Copan”, “Chichen Itza”, “Tiahuanaco” in The Atlas of Archaeology, K Brannigan, Ed., MacDonald.
1980a “Tropical Forest Cultures of the Amazon Basin” in The Cambridge Encyclopaedia.
1980b Discovering Archaeology, Longman.
1979 The Gold of El Dorado, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
1977 Dark Age Europe, The Illustrated Dictionary of Archaeology, Triune Books, London.
1975 Excavations in the Platform 137 Group, Nohmul and Investigations of Structure 277, Nohmul in Archaeology in Northern Belize 1974-1975, N. Hammond Ed.
English (Mother Tongue), French, Spanish, German, Serbo-Croat, Guine-Bissau Kriol, Latin. Currently learning Russian.
Other Cultures, Archaeology and History, Arts and Crafts, Cooking and Food, Travel, Classical Music, Hill-walking, History of Mountaineering, Gardening, Dogs.