Professor Tim Connell

Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Turin and Warsaw. 

He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool, City and London universities. He was also a student at the universities of Navarre and the UNAM in Mexico City. His particular languages are Spanish and French plus some Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. He has had three periods of sabbatical leave during his career, covering Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Chile. Tim’s wife Pilar is Peruvian and she worked for the Foreign Office in London for nearly twenty years

Tim is a Fellow of Gresham College, Chairman of the Gresham Society and editor of The Grasshopper. He is also an adjudicator for the Queen's Anniversary Prizes. He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group.

Tim is an Associate Fellow of Canning House, with which he has had a forty-year relationship including work with the Library Committee and the 6th Form Essay Competition. He is also the author of the History of Canning House.

Tim is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, where he was Vice-President for seventeen years and a former chair of the Educational Trust. He is also a regular contributor to The Linguist. 

He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he sits on the Court of Assistants and is responsible for Hall and Heritage. 

Tim is currently the convenor for the Lord Mayor’s Lectures on behalf of Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli. These are designed to showcase the work being done by the many livery companies of the Square Mile and to draw together the learned societies and other expert bodies to be found in London. He is also a member of the Mayor’s and Sheriffs’ Committee.