Course Director and Tutor
Jane Pettigrew has worked in the tea industry for over 30 years. She teaches tea masterclasses all over the world and has written 16 books on tea. In 2014 she was voted Best Tea Educator at the World Tea Awards and in January 2016 was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Tea Production and Tea History in the UK's New Year Honours list.
The courses have been written by Jane and are delivered by her and an experienced team of top tea professionals, certified by the UK TEA ACADEMY.
A renowned tea expert, Angela runs an independent consultancy service for businesses across the globe. With over 16 years experience, Angela has travelled and tasted her way around many of the world's tea estates and much of her career has been with speciality tea company Twinings, where she worked as a master tea buyer and blender. Angela writes about tea, and is frequently interviewed on international TV and radio.
Asako has been running independent courses about tea in the UK and Japan for the past 20 years. She is a Qualified Senior Tea Instructor with the Japan Tea Association (for black tea) and a Nihon-cha instructor (certified by the Nihoncha Instructor Association in Japan to help promote education and consumption of Japanese green tea). She was appointed Japan Tea Ambassador to the UK in 2017.
Juyan Webster is the owner and founder of the The Chinese Tea Company in London. Growing up in Zhejiang Province, which is one of the most important provinces of China in tea production, Juyan was surrounded by tea and tea culture. Her family grew tea on their land where, as a child, she worked alongside her mother, picking and processing tea. It was this upbringing that shaped a passion for tea and her vast knowledge of tea production.
Course Manager, Head Brewer and Tutor
Carri came to the world of speciality tea by way of Petersham Nurseries, where she met and worked on tea events with Jennifer Wood of Canton Tea Co. She is the UK Tea Academy Course Manager and Head Brewer, brewing teas for all the Academy courses, and has an in-depth knowledge of this fascinating world. She also teaches tea to the students of Westminster Kingsway College.
Kate’s passion for all things tea has led to her working and travelling to explore all aspects of the tea world. From sourcing, tasting, blending and marketing, to working on tea farms in India and Japan, Kate is a seasoned tea traveller and has written extensively about the subject. She specialises in Japanese tea.