Profile for Lucy Nicholls


  • 2014 - IELTS Examiner certification
  • 2012 - Cambridge/RSA DELTA
  • 2010 - Cambridge TKT: CLIL
  • 2004 - Cambridge/RSA CELTA, Leeds Metropolitan University
  • 1992 - BA (Honours) History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Lucy graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992 with a BA Honours in History. After a brief period working in Vanuatu, SW Pacific she returned to the UK and began a career in financial services with the Hambro group. Here she gained client confidence in the competitive environment of financial services and achieved professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Insurance.

Choosing to transfer her skills to work in a more rewarding career she moved into marketing event management in the non- profit sector in the UK. During this period she worked for a number of high profile organisations such as Marie Curie Cancer Care, Diabetes UK, Save the Children and Help the Aged. Highlights include organising an event at St James’s Palace and managing the National HUG campaign in 2005.

Following her dream to live in Italy Lucy transferred to Italy in 2006 where she began working as a business English teacher. She delivered training programmes to a series of renowned international and Italian companies as well as state organisations and armed services, completing her Diploma in 2012 (specialising in Business English).

In October 2012 Lucy joined the British Council in Sri Lanka to further develop her career. She was seconded to the GIZ Performance Improvement Programme (PIP) based in Trincomalee, delivering highly specialised courses to public servants in the Northern and Eastern provinces. When the project ended Lucy was appointed Academic Coordinator to assist establish the newly opened British Council centre in Jaffna in January 2014.

When she is not in the office she loves travelling around the Northern and Eastern provinces in her VW Beetle, taking photographs, meeting people and marvelling at Sri Lanka’s outstanding natural beauty whilst dreaming of a glass of good Italian wine.