Leigh Otterson-Walter was born in South Africa, where she lived until she was nineteen years old. Leigh lead a fairly nomadic life as a child, moving from town to town due to her father’s work, and became very adaptable to both change, and new surroundings from an early age. She even attended the same High School twice!
At just nineteen years old, with £150, a backpack and a mug, Leigh moved to the UK where she went on to be accepted onto an exclusive Training Programme in Corporate Hospitality and Catering Management at the very prestigious Harrods of Knightsbridge, London. She then moved into a career in Event Management and Logistics within the Pharmaceutical industry where she worked for ten years.
Travel has always been on the top of Leigh’s list of priorities, and she has lived in both Malta and Israel, as well as the UK and South Africa. She has also traveled to more than twenty other countries.
By nature, Leigh is a planner – everything in her life is scheduled, planned, diarised and carried out with precision. Details are important to her, and this can be seen in all aspects of her work. In 2012 Leigh started The Blue Penguin Company Ltd, when she noticed a gap in the market for high quality, bespoke, Educational and Cultural Programmes. She wanted to provide a fully managed service for her clients whereby every tiny detail of their trip was taken care of, without the need for them to spend hours researching options and booking individual elements with a number of unknown service providers.
Since 2012 Leigh has continued to provide exceptional programmes to hundreds of clients, many of whom return year after year because they appreciate the care, dedication and quality of service she offers to their families.
Leigh currently lives on the beautiful Sussex Coast of England with her husband, three children and Labrador.
After finishing university where he studied Chemistry with Management Studies, Alex embarked on a career for a multinational American travel and finance company. However, in his late 20’s he went back to studying to embark on a career change to work in healthcare. Since then, Alex has attended three more universities and now works as an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner, working mainly in General Practice (Family Doctors’ Practice and at the local hospital).
Alex has a long history of teaching, and currently teaches other healthcare professionals medical related subjects. However, he has also worked with young people in an educational setting since he was a teenager himself, especially in outdoor pursuits; camping, expeditions and of course, first aid.
He helped to set up The Blue Penguin Company with his wife Leigh in 2012. When the students are in England, he provides 24 hour medical cover for them and also organises and leads the social activities for the students. He takes every opportunity to help the students improve their English and discover more about English customs, traditions and culture.
Laura was fourteen years old when she first arrived in England on the same type of educational programme that she now helps to organise for the students of The Blue Penguin Company Ltd. Laura then went Inter-railing across Europe followed by studying in Australia. Eventually Laura returned to Italy where she embarked on a career in teaching, which rapidly became a real passion for her.
Over the years Laura has taught a wide variety of students including those with additional Educational needs, Teacher training and teaching Italian as a foreign language. Laura’s love of history helped her to use historical games as a tool to bring History alive for her students, a technique which really engages and excites students.
In 2016 Laura moved to Worthing with her husband and children to embark on a new life, and in 2017 joined The Blue Penguin team. What Laura likes most about working with The Blue Penguin Company Ltd is the total dedication, attention to detail, personalised care and a genuine enthusiasm shown in organising the various programmes and activities on offer. Laura uses her teaching skills, passion for education and love of different cultures to ensure that each student who chooses The Blue Penguin Company Ltd, will have an unforgettable experience during their time in the UK.
Luisa was born in Italy where she lived until she was seventeen years old before moving to the UK to complete her education.
Luisa joined our Company in April 2019 and is the newest member our team. In her short time with us Luisa has already proven to be an important part of our operations team, as well as bringing a wealth of knowledge with her having recently graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA (Hons) in Media and Communications, and her previous experience of working with a local Language School in Brighton.