International House Trust provides a substantial programme of free or low-cost lessons both in English as a Foreign Language and in Modern Languages to disadvantaged people in London, giving access to those who might not be able to afford the full cost of courses. Those benefiting include unemployed people, au pairs and others who can demonstrate their need.

Each year around 3,000 – 3,500 students attend our practice courses. These courses are provided by supervised trainee teachers as part of their own training. All other programmes are taught by our fully qualified IH London trainers.

International House Trust is a registered charity trading as International House London, International House Oxford, International House Ellesmere and International House Edinburgh.

Further details, view our Annual Trustees’ Report 2015.

Further details, view our Annual Trustees’ Report 2016.

Further details, view our Annual Trustees’ Report 2017.

Further details, view our Annual Trustees’ Report 2018.

We work with International House World Organisation (IHWO) in protecting the International House brand worldwide. Further detail about IHWO is provided on their website:

In 2019, 65 years after its foundation, the IHWO network is made up of over 160 affiliated schools in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Contact the Trust

The Secretary for the IH Trust is Joseph Lowe. He can be contacted at International House Trust Secretary, International House London, 16 Stukeley Street, WC2B 5LQ or by email at: or by phone on +44 20 7611 2434.

International House Trust Ltd
Registered office: 16 Stukeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5LQ
Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales: No 1239120
Registered as a charity: No 270860

Meet the IH Trustees


Angela Dean


MA, DPhil

Angela has worked in international finance for over 25 years. As a managing director at Morgan Stanley since 1995, she specialised in technology companies and became Global Head of Technology Research. In 2005, she was appointed Director for Socially Responsible Investment. Angela is a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a trustee of York Museums Trust and a member of Council of King’s College London. She has a doctorate in early 17th century politics.


Paul Mason


MA (Cambridge), FCA
Paul read Music at Cambridge and has pursued a career in the music business and in finance. He was Bursar of St. Clare’s, Oxford for 6 years until 2009 and before that Finance Director of the South Bank Centre and a partner in Ernst & Young. He is a Governor of St. Clare’s, Oxford, a trustee of the Ouseley Trust and is a Director of the Gloucestershire Credit Union.

Ricard Alonso

Ricard has over 20 years of experience across business operations in Sales, Customer Service and IT with Fortune 500 companies like General Electric and Ingersoll Rand. He specialised in improving the customer experience and increasing profitability and in his last assignment served as Vice President of Sales & Customer Service for the security sector of Ingersoll Rand leading teams in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Ricard is Spanish, lives in Belgium and speak English, Spanish, Catalan, French and Italian.

Monica Green

Monica started working in the TEFL industry when she took her CTEFLA course at International House Lisbon in 1985. She has been involved with International House ever since. She started renovating an as yet unfinished ruin in the Portuguese countryside in 1989 and opened an IH school in nearby Torres Vedras with her partner a year later. She is still managing director of the school as well as the new IH Teacher Training Centre in Lisbon. After many years on various IH committees and Boards, she was appointed Executive Director of the International House World Organisation – a part-time role – in 2008.

Elizabeth McGlynn

Elizabeth, a qualified accountant, has considerable corporate finance experience. Elizabeth has worked across spectrum of industries for various companies, including PWC, Sir William Halcrow and Partners and Lidl. As Financial Controller and then Head of Tax at Lidl, she was responsible for complex tax and property issues as well as running the UK finance department for a large international company that grew from 170 to over 600 stores during her employment. Elizabeth has previously volunteered at a smaller charity and has joined IH to gain experience in a larger charity and to further a long held interest in languages. In addition to being on the main Board, she is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Maggie van Reenen

Maggie is an independent communications and marketing consultant and has served as an executive and non-executive board member across a range of activities including Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and currently the University of Plymouth. Born and educated in South Africa, her career started in librarianship and has included higher education.

Adrian Underhill

BA, MSc.
Adrian is a DELTA qualified English language teacher and has a Post Grad Cert in Facilitator Styles and a Masters in Responsible Business Practice. Until 1999 Adrian was a teacher, trainer, and director at International House Hastings. He now works as a consultant, speaker, trainer and author in leadership development, organisational learning and teacher training. He is a past president of IATEFL and series editor of Macmillan Books for Teachers.

Fintan Somers

Fintan has spent over 25 years as CFO of a variety of businesses with Standard Chartered Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Commercial Bank of Qatar. He has specialised in businesses that require CFO leadership to deliver challenging business change and performance improvement programs. He has lived and worked in Ireland, US, UK, Argentina, Switzerland, Middle East and has also worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and several Latin American countries. He is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Tomasz Mazgaj

Tomasz is a project lead who specialises in running global strategic projects in the educational sector. Currently working in LEGO Education, he focuses on developing ‘go to market’ strategies, teacher training programmes and STEAM learning projects across Europe, China, MEA and Asia Pacific.  Prior to working in education, Tomasz worked in global strategy roles with Bentley Motors and the VW Group. Born in Poland, and educated in the UK, he is an Economics graduate, and certified Project Manager

Tita Beaven

BA, MA, Dip Trans, EdD

Born and brought up in Spain, Tita has worked in language teaching since 1991, first teaching EFL in Italy, and most recently as a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at the Open University, where she worked for over 25 years and was Associate Head and then Head of the Department of Languages. She has an MA in History of Art, a Diploma in Translation, and a Doctorate in educational technology. She has published on topics related to language learning and technology, intercultural communication and open educational resources and practices. She is a trustee of Charity Translators, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  

Keith Davies

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

Director of Prudential Group-wide Internal Audit since September 2015, Keith moved to his new role with M&G Prudential in November 2017. He has overall responsibility for risk, compliance and the relationships with our regulators. 

Keith joined Prudential in 2011 as Audit Director for Risk, before becoming Chief Risk Officer for PruCap and PPMG in early 2014. Prior to joining Prudential, Keith initially worked as a management consultant, before starting a 20-year career in financial services, including spells at Standard Chartered, Standard Bank and Deutsche Bank in risk management and internal audit, the role of Lead Economist for the Americas for SCB, and two years in the policy team at the UK FSA.  

Keith has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in economics and econometrics from the University of Bristol.

Maxwell Nye

Max’s professional background is in media and communications, having spent 8 years working in some of the largest media agencies in the UK. As a Global Investment Director he oversees USD $0.5 bn in advertising investment across 80 countries for some of the world’s best-known brands. He also brings strong experience in implementing culture change in the workplace, having launched programmes for mental health and eco-sustainability at work. Max is passionate about language learning; he studied English and Modern Languages at Oxford, taught English abroad with the British Council, and has volunteered with charities mentoring disadvantaged students in their application for language study at university.

William Wellesley

William studied PPE at Trinity College, Oxford (85-88), before qualifying as a chartered accountant at Touché Ross. His principal roles have included: COO, St. James’s Place Capital (1994-1997), Joint Managing Director, Molton Brown Group (2001-2006), Group COO, GEMS Education (2010-2013) and CEO, Book People Ltd (2014-2018). He has also worked as a consultant advising on business planning, commercial due diligence and business restructuring.