THE UK HEAD OFFICE TEAM

Geraldine Lupton  – Head of Intercultural Training

Geraldine Lupton
– Business Development Manager

Geraldine heads up the team. She is responsible for Farnham Castle Intercultural Training's overall business strategy, and for ensuring that the highest standards of training delivery and client service are continuously met. She has a LLB Hons (Law) and practised as a Solicitor, before becoming involved in Business Management and Cultural Training.

Geraldine also manages a portfolio of training solutions for a wide range of clients, and is committed to providing training that makes a real difference to businesses’ diverse challenges.


Laura Mayo  – Business Development Manager

Jane Richmond
– Business Development Manager

Jane supports a range of national and international organisations to improve their business performance. She develops bespoke learning solutions for blended learning programmes that deliver the skills and knowledge to work more effectively in a global environment. 

Before moving to the UK, Jane lived and studied in Brazil, the USA and Australia.  She understands global mobility and working across borders, and is huge advocate for the importance of cultural awareness.


Lorna Marien MBE  – Business Development Manager

Lorna Marien MBE
– Business Development Manager

Lorna works with a range of leading national and international organisations to help them develop their international competencies, strengthen their global presence, and turn their workforces into effective global teams.  Passionate about international relations, she has a BA Hons in European Studies and has studied in Germany and Austria. She has over 12 years’ experience in international defence and security, having worked for the Ministry of Defence and the Diplomatic Service in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. She was awarded an MBE in 2013 for services to UK prosperity and security for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.


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Samantha Newell
– Account Manager

Samantha oversees several of FCIT’s core client accounts. She is responsible for resourcing Intercultural Consultants and Language Coaches to work on Intercultural projects, and for ensuring appropriate course content and efficient delivery. 

As an ex-pat herself, Samantha has true passion for International living and understands global mobility.She has worked in the relocation industry and has many years of experience managing client relationships in both public relations and recruitment, as well as a background in Human Resources, where she was responsible for continually identifying and addressing ongoing training needs. 


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Chris Massey
– Intercultural Business Consultant

Chris is an intercultural trainer and consultant and is passionate about the opportunities afforded by working across cultures, while being acutely aware of the potential risks to the unprepared. He is a British national with over 20 years’ experience working internationally, almost half of which he spent living and working in East & Southeast Asia.

Chris specialises in designing and delivering workshops on intercultural competency development, interpersonal communicative effectiveness, conflict transformation, and entrepreneurial and innovative thinking.

His cultural specialism is Japan, where he lived and worked for eight years. He has worked alongside Japanese trade bodies including the Japan Economic Foundation (JEF) and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) on joint UK-Japan high- technology industry programmes, and with organisations promoting UK-Japan relations.

Chris holds a distinction-level MA in Intercultural Communication from Anglia Ruskin University, is a RSA/Cambridge CELTA certified English language teacher, and speaks intermediate-level German and proficient Japanese.


Finance Manager

Cher Carr
– Finance Manager

Cher has a wealth of experience in all things financial, from Cost Control to Management Accounts, Project accounting and everything else in between.

She enjoys being part of the business, whether at the  strategic level or as part of the 'day to day'.

She is definitely an FCIT Asset !


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Kate Josty
– Programme & Administration Manager

Kate studied Graphic Design & Production in London and completed a publishing placement in Finland, and then spent two years traveling and working in Europe, Asia, and Australia. She has since worked in sales, recruitment, and office and project management for a range of companies, including design and travel specialists.

Kate heads up programme and office administration and also looks after our Open Workshops and general marketing. She supports our Business Development and Account Managers, to ensure that our training programmes are delivered efficiently.