Norman Whitby graduated from Cambridge in 1985 and began his career teaching in Italy. He worked there for eleven years, in Tuscany, Naples and Rome. During those years, he also taught for brief periods in Slovenia and South America.
In 2000, he obtained a distinction in the MA TEFL from the University of Reading. He moved back to the UK and settled in London in 2001 where he taught business English, ESP and IELTS preparation courses at Birkbeck University and Southwark College.
He is the sole author of Business Benchmark Pre Intermediate to Intermediate (CUP) which was first published in 2006.