BEIO Consulting are Terry Haggerty, international specialist in human resources and business/technical English communications, and Friederike Sell, researcher in applied English linguistics.
Terry Haggerty is an international communications specialist with a background in international human resources, management, training and engineering. His interest in communication began in the early 90s while training telecomunications engineers around the world. As both an instructor and an instructional designer he found ways to minimise the barriers for those who had to learn in a second language.
During a long career in senior human resources positions with leading software company SAP, he worked in such areas as performance management, M&A and leadership. As programme manager he set up and led the company’s first compliance global training programme covering such subjects as competition law, anti-corruption and sexual harassment. This included a language policy to aid decisions on when to translate and into which languages. For four years he was the global head of onboarding.
Of course, communication plays a big part in the design, implementation and running of such programmes, either as content on the employee portal or through various communication channels. Terry’s experience includes communicating directly with global stakeholders and in cooperation with employee communications specialists to reach SAP’s 85,000 employees.
In 2012 Terry became interested in how English was used as a common language and this led to a series of studies at SAP, carried out in collaboration with the University of Bonn, Germany. Findings from these studies and from others research on international business English became the foundations of BEIO Consulting.
Terry holds a PgDip in Training Management and Human Resources Development and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
A full cv is available on request.
Friederike joined the BEIO research project in 2016 to apply her expertise on English as used in international and professional contexts. As senior researcher, she is responsible for the methodological design and analysis of the scientific studies. She also coordinates the work of the graduate researchers on the team.
In 2018, Friederike was invited to join BEIO Consulting and now divides her tasks between consulting and continuing the scientific research to make sure there is a tight interconnection between the two. In both the studies and the consulting work, she dedicates particular attention to identifying and teasing apart the oftentimes hidden linguistic factors that can have a strong effect on the success of an interaction. As a supporter of interdisciplinary work, to this end she also turns to neighbouring disciplines such as communication studies and cognitive, social and educational psychology for a full picture.
Friederike has taught and carried out research on foreign language learning and teaching. She holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh and is currently writing her PhD on cognitive aspects of foreign language use at the University of Bonn. The project is supported by, among others, the Doctoral Dissertation Grant of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education / Cambridge Assessment, and the Assessment Research Award of the British Council.