Bridge Instructors

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Vivien Barton
Bridge Director
Professional Bridge Instructor and Qualified Tournament Director
Coming from: Aylesbury,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Vivien spent many years as Head of Science in a Girls High School. When she retired from teaching she became a Company Director and studied for an Open University Degree. In 2002-03 she qualified as an EBU Professional Bridge Instructor and Club Tournament Director. She has organised and taught bridge on more than 38 cruises. In recent years, she works with her partner Nick Welch who is a qualified EBU bridge Instructor. Vivien particularly enjoys meeting people and introducing them to the great game of bridge.

George Borwick
Bridge Director
Coming from: Ambleside,  Cumbria  UK
George has been playing bridge for over 50 years and teaching for the last 35 years. He has worked on cruise ships as Bridge director and teacher for over 15 years, completing over 40 cruises. He is a member of the English Bridge Union and the EBU Teachers Association and holds the EBU Club Directors Qualification. George’s philosophy is that learning to play bridge must be FUN. The aim is to bring the beginners to a level where, by the end of the cruise, they can join the more experienced players and for the improvers to go away feeling they are better players.

Robert Cutts
American and Maritime History
BSc (Eng) London Univ, former CEng, Member SW Maritime Hist Socy
Coming from: Downend,  Bristol,  UK
Robert worked in industry as a control engineer for 20 years before becoming an engineering lecturer. In 1987 he became an IT consultant and worked in computer-orientated fields before finally retiring in 2004. After taking numerous cruises, in 2007, Robert became a Saga Ambassador giving talks about Saga holidays to Women’s Institutes and the like. This led him to start giving talks on maritime subjects mainly draw from the Journal that his great-grandfather, Henry Taylor, kept during his voyages to the west coast of the north and south of America in 1862.

Ian and Teresa Ferguson
Bridge Tuition
Coming from: Crewe,  Cheshire  UK
Ian and Teresa are both experienced Bridge Instructors and run their own Bridge School in Cheshire. They are highly successful Tournament players with many trophies to their credit. Ian was Captain of the Oxford University Bridge team and they have both represented several counties at First team level. Ian has also had experience of organising and acting as Tournament Director at Bridge Congresses in the UK and New Zealand.

Paul and Diana Gagne
Bridge Directors
Bridge Grand Masters
Coming from: Caldicot,  Monmouthshire  UK
Paul and his wife Diana come as a package, both being Grand Masters. Diana has been playing Bridge for the last 50 years and has represented Wales on many occasions. She has been President of the Welsh Bridge Union twice. Paul learnt to play Bridge at University, and since he met Diane, they have travelled the Northern Hemisphere for over 25 years, playing in the European Championships representing Wales. Bridge has been their life and in 2005 they were the Mixed Pairs Champions of both England and Wales. Paul and Diane currently teach and run competitions on Cruise ships.

Valerie Jackson
Bridge Director
Coming from: Kingswood,  Surrey  UK
Valerie first starting teaching bridge in 1993 at Adult Evening classes in Reigate, Surrey. She joined EBUTA, the English Bridge Union Teachers Association shortly afterwards and successfully completed the EBU Teacher Training Course. Following this she completed her Certificate in Teaching at the North East Surrey College of Technology. This was followed by the EBU Bridge Director courses. In 1999 Valerie got her first bridge instructing assignment aboard the Saga Rose, and has successfully completed approximately thirty cruises since then including the World Cruise in 2006.

Ann James
Bridge Director
Coming from: Mawnan Smith, Falmouth,  Cornwall  UK
Ann is an EBU Qualified Bridge Director with over 20 years of professional experience. Ann founded and ran her own successful EBU affiliated bridge club for 18 years. When the opportunity to work on cruise ships arose she jumped at the chance and hasn’t looked back since. Ann and her husband John (also an EBU Qualified Director), work together and have formed a lively partnership, where they can simultaneously direct and teach the game, and as necessary one or both can step in and play - eliminating most half table possibilities, particularly during afternoon duplicate sessions.

Katie Kennedy
Bridge Director
EBUTA Teacher and Professional
Coming from: Bexhill on Sea,  East Sussex  UK
Katie has played Bridge for several years, including representing Sussex at County level. She is also an EBU County Director and EBUTA Teacher. She teaches locally at several clubs, as well as small private sessions for small groups. Duplicate sessions are renowned for their "smiley" atmosphere.

Sandra Millikin
Architectural & Art History
BA (Hons), Mphil (Art History)
Coming from: Uffington,  Oxon  UK
Sandra Millikin is an American who has lived in England for over 40 years. She was educated at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and at the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied under the famous English architectural historian Sir John Summerson. She was assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, where she contributed to the catalogue of the collection which is now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sandra has given talks on architectural history world wide on cruise ships and particularly enjoys days at sea as she is also a keen bridge player. She has also acted as Bridge Director on cruises.

Tony and Jan Richards
Bridge Directors
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Tony and Jan have been working together as bridge hosts on board ships for the past 16 years and have completed 62 cruises to date. Tony read Economics at Cambridge University, which led to a computer career in the City. He played bridge for the University; he holds the English Bridge Union rank of Premier Regional Master; and is an EBU accredited Director and teacher. Jan is a member of the EBU, a 5* Tournament Master and assists the Director when he organises duplicate competitions. Her skills as a social hostess, both at the bridge table and elsewhere, are always appreciated.

Professor Geoffrey Roberts
Soviet & Military Historian
PhD, MIlitary/Russian/Soviet/International History
Coming from: Kilbrittain,  Cork  Ireland
Professor Geoffrey Roberts is the award-winning author of Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov (2012) - winner of the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Biography. An expert on Soviet and Military History, Geoffrey is Head of the School of History at University College Cork, Ireland. He has extensive experience as a public lecturer, media commentator and contributor to popular history magazines. He has many radio and TV appearances to his credit.
In his spare time Geoffrey plays and teaches Bridge.

Janet Wilson
Bridge Director
EBU Professional Bridge Tutor, EBU Tournament Director,
Coming from: Lytham,  Lancashire  UK
With an outgoing personality and a good sense of humour Janet creates highly enjoyable audio-visual presentations. She incorporates both the basics and popular bridge conventions into her entertaining talks. As an English Bridge Union Tournament Director you can ensure that your guests will be in safe hands and enjoy their bridge competitions. As an EBU accomplished teacher and presenter of English ACOL and Standard American systems she is an experienced ‘holiday’ and ‘cruise ship’ lecturer and entertainer.