I am a native English speaker and have dual nationality (British-Finnish). I have been living in Finland for nearly thirty years. I have a fun, relaxed, easy-going personality and I aim to make each tour unique so if you have any special areas of interest, let me know, so I can do some advance research for you. I am happy to tailor in any special requests or visits and base the tour around a particular theme of interest to you.
It has been a great privilege to be able to share my passion for both Helsinki and Finland with visitors from around the world for the last sixteen years. During my professional guiding career, I have taken politicians, journalists, bloggers, and celebrities around the city. I treat everyone on any of my tours like a V. I. P and I aim to make all my tours relaxed and entertaining with a good dose of humor.
My goal is that everyone goes home with an intimate view of what it is really like to live in Finland and how history, people and events have created the Finland of today. I want to show you what makes Finland and Helsinki so special and why I love my hometown and its surroundings.
I live in the north of the city with my family and our dog Bertie Woofster. I enjoy wild swimming, the sauna and walking Bertie around some of the fabulous, urban natural areas in Helsinki. In addition to working as a professional guide, I am a qualified Social Worker and Brief Therapist. During the winter I work in child protection as a Family Crisis Worker. Through this second profession, I keep well informed about socio-cultural and current affairs in Finland.
A Recent Review of this guide
Lesley met us at our ship in Helsinki and gave us a wonderful minivan tour of the City and nearby Purvoo . Lesley is from Great Britain, and has lived in Finland for many years, so communicating before and after the tour was very easy. The restaurant that she recommended, a manor house outside of Purvoo, Haikon Kartuno was a beautiful location and the food was excellent and reasonable. Our group was extremely happy with Lesley, and would highly recommend her as an alternative to the ship's excursions.
Authorised Helsinki City Guide (Finnish Guide Association).
First Aid Certificate.
Bachelor of Social Services (Helsinki University of Applied Sciences).
Registered to work with children and vulnerable adults (European Police Register). Solution Focused Brief Therapist (Helsinki Psychotherapy Institute).
Registered practitioner with the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira).