Mark Rendell


Mark started in the role of CEO in January 2019 and has been involved in the ELT industry for over 25 years. He was a teacher and Director of Studies in Poland, Saudi Arabia and China. More recently he was Deputy Chief Executive of English UK and a Principal at a large language school in central London. Mark is also vice-chair of English UK and a trustee and director of the International House World Organisation (IHWO).

Lawrence Jackson

Sales & Marketing Director

Lawrence has over 15 years’ experience in sales, with over 7 years spent in sales for top language schools.

In addition to English, he can speak German, and says “working with a diverse range of cultures ensures I’m learning something new on a day-to-day basis.”

Lawrence adds, “IH London has been voted London’s no1 school for value and quality. So if you’re looking for a premium course at a reasonable price then IH London should be your first choice.”

Eleanor Maly

Director of Education

Eleanor Maly, our Director of Education, ensures a great academic experience for every student. Eleanor has 15 years’ experience in English language teaching, eight years as a language teacher and the last seven years in academic director level positions. Eleanor says: “Teaching has always been one of IH London’s strengths: it’s one of the reasons I joined. Our teachers are consistently rated very highly in student feedback and have received points of excellence across the board from the British Council”.

Karen Smith-Watson

Interim Finance Director

Karen Smith-Watson is the Interim Finance Director. She is a Portfolio Finance Director for The FD Centre, offering part-time FD services to SME businesses. Her current portfolio consists of clients in software development, education and PR. Prior to this, she worked as CFO/Finance Director for a number of years for organisations in student travel, property and education. She is familiar with the ELT sector as she has previously been CFO for British Study Centres and Finance Director for TUI Travel plc’s Education Division. 

Eve Truszkowska

Director of Exams

Eve has been working in education since 2006. After working as a teacher and manager in Poland and Malaysia, Eve returned to the UK to work for IH World and then joined the exams team at IH London in 2011. Eve has been heading up the department since 2013 and has also acted as consultant for the British Council IELTS for UKVI project.

Alex Cann

Director of Young Learner Programmes

Alex has over 15 years’ experience and a wealth of academic and management experience with young learner programmes. During his time at a large school in Edinburgh, he introduced several innovative courses for young learners, including a ground-breaking coding and robotics course.  He has also held Operations Director and Director of Customer Experience roles within the industry.  Alex is passionate about staff development and organisational culture and strives to enhance the student experience at every stage of the journey.  He was awarded Young Leader of the Year at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards in 2019.