Born in Sheffield in the north of England, Phil Stoneman went to the University of Stirling in Scotland where he obtained a BA in Film and Media Studies and an MPhil in Publishing Studies. He has also completed the postgraduate diploma in English language teaching (the DELTA) through Cambridge University.
He has lived in Bogotá since April 2004. During that time, he has taught English and been the head of the English department at the Pureza de María School, taught English Literature at the Nacional University, and has been teaching English at the Externado University since July 2006.
His current duties at the Externado include running the FIGRI English Area website, magazine and podcast, as well as designing materials.
When not working, Phil enjoys a range of activities, including doing exercise, using technology, reading, drawing, and playing the guitar. He is also very keen on learning languages, and as well as being a fluent Spanish speaker, also holds the level 5 certificate for the JLPT Japanese exam.