Ian Hassell and Wendy Jayne Geobey are two of the co-founders of englishwarehouse. Ian co-owns two successful teaching agencies, one here in Madrid and one in Barcelona and remains on the board of directors. He is from Liverpool and has lived in Madrid for 11 years with breaks when he was in Barcelona and Saudi Arabia working for the British Council. He writes a weekly blog Madrid Watch, edits the Lesbian and Gay page and he doesn´t know what he likes to do in his spare time as he doesn´t have any!
Wendy is from Birmingham and made her way to Madrid via Cardiff and London. She has lived here for 17 years and is co owner of Triskel Tavern in Malasaña. She is a Humanities Fine Art graduate and has worked on the London theatre scene and for Women’s health charities. All these public friendly positions have helped her define the important social, communication and networking skills so important in a social media company of this kind.
Since englishwarehouse was founded on 1st April 2011 it has established itself a reputation with businesses, professionals and followers as the hub in English for Madrid. As well as the online magazine it keeps its followers up to date though Twitter and Facebook and of course the blog. It has organized a number of events, including "How to network yourself out of the Crisis" at the Real Café in the Bernabeu Stadium, "Community Management for Dummies", and "The Camino de Santiago" and has sponsored performances of "The Vagina Monologues" at the Tabacalera. It also supports the Madrid based NGO Serve the City. Ian has appeared on the prestigious radio programme Madrid Live, broadcast from the Circulo de Bellas Artes, on three occasions.
The online magazine was designed and developed by Keef Williamson. He is a trained designer (originally in Interior Design) and has 15 years' experience of designing and developing websites. When not building amazing websites, he writes the occasional comic novel and has been known to bake a few pies. He likes to think of himself as a 'Renaissance man' in the mould of Leonardo da Vinci, although he doesn't have a huge bushy beard, has not yet designed any weapons of mass destruction, nor painted any pictures of weaselly-looking women with vapid not-quite smiles. He does have a blog, though: probablymadrid.blogspot.com
COLUMNISTS AND COLLABORATORS
Jennifer K. Riggins is a Jersey girl living in Madrid, writing about innovation, business, government, technology, environment, energy, design y más in Spain. She has held previous jobs in journalism, community organizing, non-profit fundraising, and sales. She also teaches business English as a foreign language, with a specialty in human resources. She has a political science degree from William Paterson University. Besides englishwarehouse.com she has also written for the Gloucester County Times , The Beacon Weekly, and currently for CBS SmartPlanet.com. She was editor-in-chief of her university newspaper, producing 25 issues in one school year. Read her stuff at jkriggins.wordpress.com.
Jaime Estébanez Self-defined wine nerd and foodie (not a snob). He just writes about what he likes. Also into travel and culture. His monthly wine columns have become a firm favorite with our followers. Follow him on Twitter for the latest tips on wine.
Nicole Jewell A true Madrileña at heart, Nicole is always fascinated by the distinct culture of the Spanish way of life. Her articles and photos of the Iberian peninsula have been published in various publications and, of course, her own blog www.passtheham.com @passtheham
John Still has recently arrived in Madrid after completing a Masters degree in Maastricht, NL. An experienced writer and football fanatic, John will be covering all aspects of Madrid's sporting culture, from Atleti and Real to basketball, tennis and beyond. His other passion is music, which he has written about for several years, examples of which can be found at jwjstill.wordpress.com. He is currently on the lookout for the best Espresso in Madrid.
Dragana Zecevic is a 22-year-old student from The Netherlands. She is studying Marketing and Communication at the Albeda College in Rotterdam and is in her final year. She joined the English Warehouse Team as a communication intern in February and will be staying with us till late May 2013. She will be maintaining social media, work at events and write blog posts on the English Warehouse blog about the experiences of learning the Spanish Language in 4 months.