Our teachers

We have many great teachers at IH London. In fact, they're our greatest asset. Here are just a few of their profiles. Not all of them; just the ones that have been around the longest!

Anne Timson

Anne Timson

Anne studied law at Oxford, after which she made this the centre of a career in English Language Teaching. She is a CELTA trainer, an examiner for LCCI and Goldsmith’s College, and has written for the Open University and IH World Organisation. Her qualifications include RSA Dip TEFL, BA (Hons.) Jurisprudence.

Anne Thomson

Annie Thomson

Annie has a degree in Hispanic and Latin Studies from the University of Nottingham. She also holds an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of London. During her studies she spent a year teaching in Ecuador where she first became interested in teaching English as a foreign language. Since then she has lived and taught across Latin America. 

Barry Tomlin

Barry Tomalin

Director of Cultural Training, Barry has many years’ experience of teaching and cultural training. He is Visiting Lecturer in Intercultural Communication at the University of Westminster, and has published several books in this important field. He has worked for International House in France and Algeria, and was Editor of BBC English by Radio for a number of years.


Celia Noble

Celia has a degree in English and Linguistics from the University of Nottingham. Her first career was in educational publishing but in 1987, after what would prove to be a life-changing four weeks at IH London, she entered the world of ELT. She has taught in Spain and the UK in the private and state sectors, and has been a teacher trainer since 1994. She has worked for IH London since 2004, most recently as Assistant Director of Studies for Teacher Training, and is also a Cambridge CELTA assessor.


Danny Norrington-Davies

Danny started teaching English 16 years ago in Botswana and came back to the UK to do his CELTA in 1995. He then worked with Japanese volunteers in Malawi before returning to do his Delta and working as a teacher and teacher trainer in London. He started at IH London in 2007 after spending two colourful years as a freelance teacher trainer in Argentina, South Africa and Thailand. He now works as a teacher and CELTA trainer and has also enjoyed working on training courses with overseas teachers of English and running a course in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. He has recently started doing a lot of work writing for online courses and for the TSA and BMAT exams in Critical Thinking and Understanding Arguments. In his free time he enjoys running, playing football, cooking, travelling and films.


David Riddell

David is proud to have been born in Ghana and to be a quarter Basque. He graduated with a degree in Politics and Government from the University of Kent in 1983. He started teaching in 1984, and in 1987 he started work as a teacher trainer. Recent appointments have included Director of Teacher Training, Director of Studies, and Academic Manager. He joined International House in May 2003. Since March 1994, he has been a Cambridge ESOL Joint Chief Assessor. His work has taken him to countries in Europe, North America, and South Africa. He is the author of Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language (Hodder).


Dominique Vouillemin

Dominique taught English in Poland before coming to International House in 1992. She has wide experience in English language teaching, and is a qualified NLP trainer. Currently, she runs our Business English Teacher training courses and is also closely involved with our Cultural Training programme. Her qualifications include: BA, RSA/UCLES DTEFLA. She speaks French.

Duncan MacKensie

Duncan Mackenzie

After studying Modern Languages at Christ Church, Oxford, Duncan embarked on a career as a classical music singer in which he endured the highs and lows of any journeyman. The CELTA beckoned in 1999, following which he taught in the Basque Country, Buenos Aires and Prague. It was in the Czech capital that he did the Delta, co-winning the Cambridge Delta prize, became a teacher trainer and failed to master the impenetrable language. His time is now spent teaching, training and looking after his young daughter.

Fiona Johnston

Fiona Johnston

Fiona studied Modern Languages at Oxford, and after a career in the equity markets she made a successful transition to teaching English in 2002. She has worked in Cambodia and Thailand, and speaks French and German. Her qualifications are: BA (Hons), Cambridge DELTA. She is also a certified coach.


Ifthaquar Jamil

Ifthaquar has a degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology from the University of Warwick. He lived and worked in Japan for over two years before joining IH London after completing his CELTA in 2006. He now works as a teacher, teacher trainer and Cambridge Main Suite examiner.


Jan Madakbas

Jan has an MA in History/International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. He has taught and trained teachers in Russia, Turkey and the UK. He was Director of Studies at IH Moscow, where he completed the IH Diploma in Educational Management in 1999. 


Kathy Hill

Kathy did her CELTA in London in 1997 and then worked as an English teacher in Spain and Chile. She returned to London and completed her Trinity DTEFLA in 2001. Following this she returned to South America and taught in Mendoza, Argentina for a year. Having spent five years teaching General English and exam classes at IH London, she is now a teacher trainer. In her limited free time she looks after and practises Russian with her 20-month-old daughter.


Lara Panzini

Lara is Director of Modern Languages at IH London. Lara has taught and trained teachers in the UK and Italy since 1992. She has extensive experience in the private sector and began her career as a special needs teacher in the Italian state education system. Lara's special interests include learners’ autonomy and students with special needs.


Maureen McGarvey

Maureen McGarvey is Programme Development Manager responsible for evaluating and managing the development of new programmes for IH London, both online and face to face. Her areas of special interest are management and distance learning. She has worked for International House for more years than she cares to make public. She is a CELTA trainer and has taught and trained in the UK, Spain, Hungary and France. She wrote and runs the suite of online management training modules offered by IH London and also wrote the Educational Management module for the MSc in TESOL/TESP offered by the University of Aston. She sits on the IATEFL Leadership and Management SIG Committee and the International House Trust Development Committee. Her areas of special interest are management and distance learning, and she is a frequent conference speaker on these topics.


Maurice Cassidy

Before becoming Business and Specialist Centre Manager, Maurice worked as a teacher and teacher trainer with International House. He has been with the organisation for 20 years, and since 1993 has been working with executive clients. Apart from teaching the usual business English skills, he has even managed to play golf and cricket with some clients! He speaks Hungarian and some Polish. His qualifications are: BSc., MA, RSA DipTEFLA.


Melissa Lamb

Melissa originally did her CELTA 12 years ago so she could go to China with VSO to teach English. After five years in China she came to work at IH London where she became a CELTA and Delta trainer. In the last year or so she has been learning Spanish - this is far harder than she ever imagined but did involve her spending three months in Peru, which was great.

Michael Turner

Michael Turner

Michael grew up in North London and has a degree in Philosophy from Heythrop College. He did his CELTA at IH London in 2004 before spending 4 years aboard with IH Poland, teaching General English, Exam Classes, Business English, Younger Learners and 1:1 classes. He returned to IH London in 2008 to do his Delta, and has worked here since as a teacher and teacher trainer, working on CELTA courses and specialised courses for overseas teachers of English. 

Nick Hamilton

Nick Hamilton

Nick has been a Director of Studies with IH in Turkey and has also taught and trained teachers in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and China. He is a teacher trainer on DeltaCELTA and LCCI CertTEB courses, and has been with IH for twenty years. His qualifications include: MA (Hons), RSA/UCLES Dip TEFLA. He speaks German and Turkish.


Paulette Milego

Paulette studied Modern Languages in London and has taught and trained in Turkey, Spain, Brazil, Kenya and Russia. She came to IH London in 1992, where apart from teaching General English classes and training on face to face CELTA and Delta courses, she has worked on the IH Educational Management Programme and is Distance Delta Course Coordinator. She also works for Cambridge ESOL as a Delta Module One Exam writer and Exam marker and module Two Moderator. Her qualifications include BA, PGCE and RSA/UCLES DTEFLA.

Richard Chin

Richard Chinn

Richard has worked as a teacher and trainer in London, Costa Rica, Beirut, Spain, Peru and most exotically in Birmingham, where he designed and ran the language learning module for the first PGCE in ESOL and MFL at Birmingham City University. He also worked as a teacher and teacher trainer at Brasshouse Language Centre in Birmingham. Richard joined IH London in January 2011 and is a tutor on CELTA, DELTA and teacher training special courses. He co-designed the post CELTA TESOL Update course and has presented and delivered workshops at various conferences including IATEFL. Richard’s main professional interest is teacher development.