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I am Peter Clarke, a British expat, living in Hong Kong since 2003. I grew up near Oxford, and studied chemistry at Oxford and Durham Universities. I worked for about 10 years in the chemical industry in the north-east of England, and then relocated to Hong Kong to work for a local church.

 

From 2005 to 2008, I worked as an English language instructor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I was privileged to teach many of the EAS students (bright kids who go to university a year early) and science and engineering students from mainland China. My specialist teaching areas are writing, pronunciation, ESP (English for Special Purposes), business communications, and social speaking. I treasure the memory of my days at CUHK, which is a great working environment and where I met so many wonderful students and colleagues.

 

Since 2008, I have been working as a safety consultant in the chemical industry, first with ERM and then with exida Asia Pacific. My current specialization is everything related to the international standard for automatic safety systems in the process industry, IEC 61511; these days I mainly train and write, conduct safety audits, and lead risk analysis studies—especially for process alarm systems. I travel extensively within the Asia Pacific region and occasionally beyond.

 

Besides working as a safety consultant, I also write and play music—chiefly Western classical, with a bit of jazz. I write computer software for fun, and play football and squash (badly).

 

I am a Christian and belong to Elim Church in City One Sha Tin, Hong Kong. My main roles in the church are in prayer, worship and “prophesying” (which means, sharing encouraging messages that I believe I've received from God to address specific situations).

 

I love Hong Kong very much, and find it a very congenial place to live—the culture, climate, lifestyle and environment make this a great place to carry on one's life. Besides, it's an easy place to make friends, both expats and locals—hence my enthusiasm for learning Cantonese, the local dialect of Chinese.