James Halstead MCIL CL 何云骁

(Co-Chair, Association for Speakers of Chinese as a Second Language)

Peter Humphrey

James Halstead is a Chartered Linguist and member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists; originally graduating with a BA in Chinese from the University of Leeds, James went on to complete the UK Civil Service Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s highest language examination in Mandarin Chinese whilst serving at the British Embassy in Beijing.

With over a decade of China experience, James has spent the majority of his professional life in China in the service of the HMG FCO China Network. After initially working for a Yorkshire based guardianship company, Studylinks International, James relocated back to China in 2012 eventually joining the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office's China Network where he went on to work for several years, initially at the British Consulate General Shanghai, and subsequently at the British Embassy Beijing.

In addition to his professional activities, James enjoys history, martial arts, linguistic anthropology, as well as the company of friends and family.

He has been a member of ChineseSpeakers since 2011, serving on its Secretariat since 2016, and accepted appointment as Co-Chair in 2018.

For more information, or to contact James directly, he can be reached over LinkedIn here (Please include an introductory message when reaching out!)


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