Our teachers and trainers

We have many great teachers and trainers at IH London. In fact, they're our greatest asset.

Here are some of our teachers and trainers:

Angharad Vernon-Hunt

Angharad Vernon-Hunt

General English teacher Angharad completed her CELTA at International House London in 2016, following a career in marketing and public relations. Since then Angharad has taught young learners and adults alike at International House. Angharad has an MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow and continues to strengthen her teaching with TEFL courses and teacher training sessions in and around London. Outside of work you will mostly find Angharad sampling the many restaurants of London!

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.

Clare Webster

Clare Webster

Clare has a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies from UWE, Bristol and after completing her CELTA she went to teach in Spain, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam. She joined the team at International House London in 2007. She is now involved in teaching General English classes and Training teachers on CELTA and Delta courses and Teacher Training Special courses, both face-to-face and online.


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.

Fenella Dale

Fenella Dale

Fenella studied theology and philosophy at Edinburgh University, after which she worked in media and marketing as a digital specialist. In 2014, she embarked on a career change and began teaching young learners, firstly in Hong Kong and later in Argentina. Returning to the UK in 2016, Fenella completed her CELTA qualification at International House and now works as a General English and Business English teacher.

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.

Gabriela Petchey

Gabriela Petchey

Gabriela has worked at IH London since qualifying as a teacher there in February 2014 and has since attained her Delta. She teaches General English at all levels and regularly prepares students for Cambridge Mainsuite exams. Gabriela is particularly interested in developing learners’ confidence and communication skills having grown up speaking two languages herself (English and Polish) and having graduated with a First Class degree in Italian and Spanish from the University of Bristol. She has a love of music and escaping to the countryside.

George Newth

George Newth

George was born in London but grew up near Bath. He did his CELTA in Milan in 2008 where he fell in love with the Italian lifestyle, language and food. After teaching English for two years in Milan and learning Italian to a proficient level George moved back to London in 2010 where he completed an MA in Italian Culture and History at UCL. George has been at IH London since 2015 and teaches a wide-range of English language courses, from General English, to IELTS, CAE and Academic English. He is also a PhD candidate in Contemporary Italian History at University of Bath where he has taught undergraduate modules in academic writing.


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.

Jonathan Spalton

Jonathan Spalton

Jonathan began his English teaching career in Japan in 2005. He has since worked in Cambodia, Ecuador, Colombia, Nepal, Shanghai and London – where he has been based since 2009. He taught teenagers and younger learners in Japan and Cambodia, and while at IH London Jonathan has taught adults General English from elementary through to advanced along with a variety of exam classes. He particularly enjoys working with Cambridge exam suite students and targeting individual’s specific areas of development. He delivered an online presentation as part of the IHWO’s 60th anniversary celebrations on using graded readers in the classroom. He became a certified CELTA trainer while working in Ecuador in 2014 and has delivered teacher training courses around the world to new and experienced teachers. He is currently working as a teacher and trainer at IH London.


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.


Lydia Maxwell

Lydia started her teaching career in 2012. Before that, she worked in theatre and travelled the world. Since then she has taught business, general, military and diplomatic English in Rwanda, Burundi, Canada and the UK. She once hitchhiked through the Serengeti.


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.

Nick Lidwell

Nick Lidwell

Nick started working at IH London in 1992. After taking his CELTA in 1980, he taught in Turkey, Egypt, Spain and Hungary. He teaches English at all levels, and is a CELTA and DELTA trainer and assessor. He has also trained teachers in the USA, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia, Korea, Switzerland, Austria and New Zealand. Nick has a special interest in training non-native teachers and has also worked as an academic manager for EFL projects for school teachers in Colombia, China and Bangladesh. He has a Delta and an MA in Tefl. Nick loves learning about different cultures and languages and spends his free time walking and trekking.

Patrick Lenney

Patrick Lenney

Patrick studied philosophy at the University of Birmingham and carried the wisdom he acquired to drama school afterwards. He did the CELTA in 2017 and has very much enjoyed being part of the IH team ever since. Patrick is currently learning French and Spanish and is passionate about cooking.

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.

Victoria Robinson

Vicki Robinson

Vicki started teaching English after completing her CELTA in 2011, following a degree in Modern Languages. She has taught English in schools, universities and businesses in Chile and Spain, before returning to study a DELTA at International House in 2016. She now works as a teacher at International House, in General English and exams classes. She has an MA in Linguistics and is also a keen language learner who enjoys studying French, Spanish and Basque.