Judge offers services as public speaking tutor

Date: Friday 18th September 2009

KESWICK Rotarian and former judge Alan Taylor is moving in a new direction after retiring at the age of 70.

Mr. Taylor, who lives at Grasmere, has offered his services as a tutor in public speaking and has contacted local schools and adult training centres.

Mr. Taylor became a circuit judge in 1991 and practised on the Midlands Circuit, mainly in Birmingham. He retired to the Lake District in 2005, where he worked part-time as a deputy circuit judge on the Northern Circuit until 2007. He was a president of the Mental Health Review Tribunal from 2004 to 2009.

However his judicial career ended in January, on his 70th birthday.

He said: “I still feel very fit and would like to do something else. For many years I have listened to people, both young and old, speaking in public in court, at church, at school, in the lecture room, in committees, and the like and I’m frankly appalled at the low standard of articulation and inflexion on the part of a majority of people.

“Indeed, to hear a good speaker is quite an exception. Plainly, people do not do themselves a favour by failing to make themselves both clear and audible, particularly at interview.”

Mr. Taylor is hoping people will contact him if they are interested. They can reach him by e-mail at alanbtaylortiscali.co.uk or by calling 015394 35023.