Our company was founded in 1998 by Hugh Nagle. Hugh taught French, Mathematics and Information Technology in the Ursuline Secondary School, Blackrock, Cork, Ireland from 1988. In the early 90s, he lived and worked in Japan for two years where he studied Japanese and developed an interest in the Japanese language and culture. Apart from making editorial decisions and preparing content for Plus Publications, he is actively involved in much of the technical work involved in LGBP. He now devotes his time exclusively to Plus Publications work, having resigned from his teaching position in August 2005.
Mary McLaughlin has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Computer Diploma from University College, Cork, Ireland. She has worked as a computer software engineer in Dublin, London and Sydney and as network administrator for a Japanese company in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Her experience in Japan also provided her with expertise in the areas of publishing and general editorial work. Mary handles administrative work at Plus Publications.
Joachim Krautz is a regular contributor to Plus Publications’ language resource materials. Having studied at the universities of Tübingen, Stuttgart and Massachusetts, Joachim holds a Master's Degree in Literature and Linguistics. He taught for several years in the German and Philosophy Departments of University College, Cork. Before taking his degree, and after many years of competitive participation in the German Taekwondo team, he went on to take up the position of coach to the Belgian national Taekwondo team. Joachim is particularly interested in the study of foreign languages and has developed varying degrees of competence in Dutch, French and Korean. He has also travelled extensively in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Conny Lalk is actively involved in content preparation for LGBP. Conny is from Hannover in northern Germany, a region which is renowned for its clarity of pronunciation ('hochdeutsch', or 'high German'). A fluent English speaker, Conny's great interest when she is not at work is horse-riding.