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A bit about Touchstone’s Principal

I’ve had over 45 years’ experience in nearly every aspect of communications including more than 35 years’ association with interpretation in most of its guises. My early career began with library work, printing, bookselling and broadcasting before I worked in tourism with City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Tourist Board and the British Tourist Authority. After five years in public relations, I spent another three with the Countryside Commission in England.

I formed my own PR business, Western Approaches, in 1981 and established Touchstone with Michael Quinion in 1986. A few years later I became sole Principal and now also operate QuiteWrite to provide creative writing services.

I have contributed to teaching and tutoring on the UHI Millennium Institute’s MSc course in Interpretation: Management and Practice, which I helped to develop, and until recently was the part-time Administrator of the Association for Heritage Interpretation.

I currently chair Interpret Europe, the recently-established European association for heritage interpretation which brings together people from all over Europe to share experiences and learn from others' achievements. The 2012 anuual conference will be in Pisa, Tuscany


Michael H Glen and Michael B Quinion set up Touchstone in 1986 - the fox did not join the staff!