Gillian Mazıcı was born in the North East of England. After graduating in Education and Community Studies from the University of Leeds in 1980, she began her working life in an educational foundation in London. Before coming to Turkey, she worked for several years in human resource management. In 1992 she gained an RSA TEFL certificate and began teaching in a private school in Kuşadası. From there she went to Ankara where she worked in METU Foundation Primary school until 1997. After teaching in the preparatory programme at Başkent University for one year, she returned to METU where she worked in the School of Foreign Languages, Preparatory Department until 2002. In 2002 she joined the staff of the School of Foreign Languages at IEU and since then she has been working as an instructor and as an Academic Coordinator since 2004.