Tricia Aspinall has over 25 years' professional experience of working within the education sector. She has degrees in English literature, education and theoretical linguistics and has taught English in the state system and English language at private language schools in Cambridge. She joined UCLES in 1982 and during her 17 years with the organization she worked in the Test Development and Research Unit, the English as a Foreign Language Division and the Research and Evaluation Division.
As Deputy Director of International Development Division she managed the Cambridge-based secretariat. She also acted as a consultant within the Division and undertook consultancies in Europe, South America and East Asia. She worked on a variety of projects relating to language assessment, teacher training and curriculum development.
In 1999, she left UCLES to become a freelance EFL language writer and consultant in assessment. Tricia co-wrote BEC Testbuilder with Jake Allsop. Tricia lives in Suffolk, England with her husband, youngest son and two Border collies. She is also a qualified psychodynamic counsellor working for the National Health Service and in private practice.