James Halstead MCIL CL 何云骁

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

Peter Humphrey

James Halstead graduated with a BA in Chinese from the University of Leeds, going on to complete the CEFR C2 level Mandarin examination through the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He is a Member of the Charted Institute of Linguists holding the designation of Charted Linguist - Language Specialist.

James’s career has seen him employ Chinese language and cultural skills in and across a variety of sectors and situations; from translating patent applications to school parents evening reports, from detecting fraudulent bank documents and proofreading digital immigration platforms, to briefing Chinese government officials, and even once finding himself having to help interpret between Mandarin and Cantonese for a couple of Chinese nationals!

Initially working for a Yorkshire based guardianship company, Studylinks International, James moved back to China in 2012 as a representative of Hanson Family Holdings through their Shanghai based chemical sector joint-venture Sinojie Hanson. After deciding life in chemicals was not for him, James moved to work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's China Network, initially at the British Consulate General Shanghai, and subsequently at the British Embassy Beijing.

Outside of work James enjoys history, martial arts, linguistic anthropology, and the company of friends and family. He has been a member of ChineseSpeakers since 2011, serving on it's Secretariat since 2016, and was appointed Co-Chair in 2018.

We are grateful to the following organisations for their support
BACS University of Leeds
China-Britain Business Council
British Council