ODILS News Article

Say Hello To Our New Staff Members

Feb 13, 2019 | ODILS News, Students News

By Chris Wilson & Lynn Easton | ODILS

Chris Wilson
PA to CEO, Cassie Roberts

My name is Chris Wilson, and I am originally from the United States. 

I have just started working at ODILS as a PA/Receptionist, and it is a great place to work! I have only lived in Plymouth for about 9 months, but I really enjoy it here so far. 

Before I moved here, I was living in Madagascar for a few years teaching and running a rehabilitation program for malnourished babies.  I met my husband, who is from the UK, while I was in Madagascar, then moved here when we got married. It is a great place to live, and I really enjoy the beach and how many places there are to explore along the coastal path. 

I also have a dog who really enjoys the coastal path!  When we aren’t out on walks, I like to paint, read, and love to travel and explore new places. 

I am very happy to be here at ODILS and am looking forward to continuing to get to know everyone here!

Hello, my name is Lynn and I am the Student Enrolment Administrator at ODILS.

I spent many years working for an insurance company before working at a local secondary school, in a variety of roles, for the past 13 years.

I am a qualified Group Exercise to Music Fitness Instructor and teach CheeziFit, a Plymouth born physiotherapy led dance fitness class, two evenings a week in my local community.  Last year, I was privileged to be part of the team which led the warm-up for the St Luke’s Neon Midnight Walk and I am looking forward to being involved again at this year’s event.

In my spare time, I enjoy quizzes, traveling and going to the theatre.  I like most genres of theatre but musicals are my favourite and I have been very lucky to have seen many productions in the West End, Broadway and our local Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Lynn Easton
Student Enrolment Administrator


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