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.

Irene Burns
Craft Instructor & Bridge Director
Coming from: Spennymoor,  County Durham  UK
Irene joined the police and served eighteen years in the force, rising to the rank of Inspector, before starting a craft retail business. Having come from a ‘sewing’ family, Irene was enthusiastic about handicrafts. She attended courses to teach the subject and started sewing classes locally which continued for fifteen years. Irene now has several years experience as a craft tutor, both locally and on cruise ships. Irene is also a qualified Bridge Director and teaches Bridge.

David Charlton
Historian & Bridge Instructor
EBUTA Member/Speciality - The Knights of St. John
Coming from: Huddersfield,  West Yorkshire  UK
David joined the St. John Ambulance Brigade in 1973 and attended many events as a first-aider. He and his wife Margaret became First-Aid trainers and were Superintendents of the two Cadet Divisions in Huddersfield, until they retired at the end of 1995. David is now able to combine his two hobbies, the Knights of St. John and Travel, with his experience of lecturing, to give a rounded view of the events in the Middle East, from the eleventh Century onwards. David is also a qualified Bridge Instructor.

Anthony Cordery
Contract Bridge Director,Tutor,Player of 50+years
B.Sc - EBU trained Director - past EBU County delegate
Coming from: Chorley,  Lancashire  UK
Tony has been playing Bridge for more than 50 years. During the latter 30 years he has been a successful club teacher and Director of the game at local level in England. Since 2004 he has worked on many cruise liners teaching Beginners and Improvers alike. A simple, cheerful and practical approach has resulted in many passenger testimonials. Preset deals form the basis of his teaching thus ensuring involvement of pupils in handling the playing cards. He is fully conversant to play Acol, Standard American or strong club bidding systems and has represented his County when time permits.

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.

Colin Darling
Bridge Director
Coming from: Benfleet,  Essex  UK
Colin qualified as a bridge teacher in 1999 and is a full member of the English Bridge Union Teachers Association and is a recommended teacher on the EBU website. He has been teaching and directing bridge since then. He has taught beginners and those seeking to improve. Colin has a degree in English, History and Education and has Qualified Teacher Status. Colin has made educational presentations in more than 400 establishments and this wealth of experience has enabled him to develop strong presentational and interpersonal skills.

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.

Derek Fraser
BA, MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Professor Derek Fraser is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside where he served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive for 11 years. He has had a varied career involving time as a schoolteacher, university lecturer, HMI, senior civil servant and deputy director of a polytechnic. He has been awarded professorships at three universities, Bradford, UCLA and Teesside. Derek has been lecturing in cruise ships since 2003 on a wide range of historical subjects. He is a keen bridge player and is a qualified English Bridge Union county level Tournament Director.

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.

Martin Jones
Bridge Director
Coming from: St. Sampson,  Guernsey  UK
Martin has played cards all his life. He graduated to bridge in his teens where it soon became his favourite game. He became a qualified English Bridge Union and an ACBL Tournament Director 12 years ago and also took up teaching and became an accredited EBUTA Professional Teacher. As a player he has been a previous County Champion; Pairs & Individuals and has represented Guernsey in the Commonwealth Nations Bridge tournament in New Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. Martin has been teaching bridge for 10 years and is a frequent Guest Lecturer/Director on Cruise ships.

Bernard Kaye
Bridge Director
Coming from: Whitefield,  Manchester  UK
Bernard, a retired Corporate Bank Manager, has played bridge competitively for over 40 years. He is of County standard, representing Essex, Manchester and currently Merseyside and Cheshire during his playing career and is a qualified Tournament Director. He is a professional member of the English Bridge Union Teachers Association (E.B.U.T.A) an honour awarded as an acknowledgement for services to bridge tuition. Bernard has worked on cruise ships for many years covering both Acol (the foremost bidding system in United Kingdom) and Standard American Yellow Card (S.A.Y.C).

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.

Brian Orys
Bridge Teacher & Director
Coming from: Hailsham,  East Sussex  UK
Brian started playing bridge at a very young age. Taught by his father, they played, as a partnership, in various competitions and matches from 1958. Brian now plays in local clubs at least 4 times per week, and in the local county league. Brian is a qualified bridge director with the English Bridge Union, directing bridge competitions for three of the clubs in East Sussex and teaching from his home in Hailsham. In the lessons given to the passengers, Brian tailors the sessions to fit the ability of those participating and provides comprehensive hand-outs on all of the sessions covered.

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.

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.

David Stead
Bridge Director
Coming from: Near Banbury,  Oxfordshire  UK
David has been a bridge player for 40 years, and is Club Captain and a County Player. He passed his EBU silver teaching qualification in 1982 and this was upgraded to top professional level in 2002. He is a very experienced Bridge Director and has 12 years cruising experience taking on several assignments a year. David is also a Bridge Lecturer and Director for a number of UK hotels which he has done for many years. Uniquely David and his wife Madeleine provide top level facilities for their clients including computer-dealt hands and wireless scoring.

Roberta Trayman
Bridge Director
ACBL director, EBUTA trained since 1986
Coming from: Naples,  Florida  USA
Roberta (Rob) has been playing bridge for nearly 40 years. She has taught bridge in England since the mid 1980s and has taught in adult evening classes, private homes and private clubs. She has played bridge at all levels in the UK at local, county, national and international levels. Rob was honored to represent England Ladies and she also earned the opportunity to play bridge for Great Britain. She is a qualified American director and has been a qualified English Bridge Teacher since 1986. Rob’s teaching style is interactive.