Who we are

Latin American House was born in 1983 as the Latin America Association. Since then, it has served as a community centre for both Latin Americans in London and for the local people of Kilburn. Nowadays, though our ties to our local community remain strong, we aim to be a source of support and information for the Latin American population throughout the UK.

We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, and we house one of the oldest Spanish-speaking nurseries in London. We offer legal and social advice in relation to benefits, housing, and employment law, as well as opportunities to acquire life-long skills and a place to meet people, share ideas and enjoy the rich culture of Latin America.

Partner Organisations

Latin American House is a member of the following organisations:

Meet the Team

The Latin American House team is made up of a Management Committee and a core staff.

They are all supported by an extensive team of dedicated volunteers, who are the real spirit, basis and engine of Latin American House.

Latin American House Staff

Carlos Huascar Tapia Montes
DIRECTOR

Jose Tapia
ADULT LEARNING
COORDINATOR

Rosa Mercedes Crowley
BENEFITS, HOUSING, & EMPLOYMENT ADVISER

Natalia Basotti
OFFICE MANAGER

Beatriz Silva Porto
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION MANAGER

Daniela Quinatoa
EUSS APPLICATIONS OFFICER

Swati Patani
FINANCE CONTROLLER

Naomi Zaragoza
COMMUNITIES & CULTURES COORDINATOR

Karina Villamar
ADULT EDUCATION TEACHER

Menchú Nursery Staff

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Yris Marcela Goodspeed
NURSERY MANAGER

Luisa Fernanda Tamayo Zuluaga
NURSERY NURSE

Diana Lozano
NURSERY NURSE

Meherun Nesa Zaman
LUNCHTIME ASSISTANT

Susana Jodar Navarro
NURSERY NURSE

Carlos Eduardo Sanjacomo
CLEANER

Spanish Saturday School Staff

Gabriela Barrionuevo
SPANISH SATURDAY SCHOOL TEACHER & COORDINATOR

Mariana Richards
SPANISH SATURDAY SCHOOL TEACHER

Karina Llaneza
SPANISH SATURDAY SCHOOL TEACHER

Jenny Titto Maya
ASSISTANT TEACHER

Maria Lourdes Alban Garcia
SPANISH SATURDAY SCHOOL TEACHER

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Of Mexican origin, Enrique moved to the UK in the eighties and worked as a correspondent for Mexican media. Most of his professional life in the UK has been in London in the not-for-profit sector. He has been Director of Latin American House (LAH) and has worked as development consultant for AdviceUK. He is now back at LAH as the chair of its Board of Trustees.

Enrique Saenz (Chair)
BA, MSc

Miguel landed in Britain 1979 as a Chilean refugee, and has since been linked to the Latin American community – indeed, he is one of the remaining living active founders of Latin American House. He is an experienced executive in strategic planning, training and communications with a considerable record of international work. He is passionate environmentalist and horticulturalist.

Miguel Mercado

Originally from Peru, Raúl has worked in the charity and education sectors in the UK since 2005. He has considerable experience in project coordination and evaluation, teacher training and global education. At LAH, he chairs the Culture sub-committee and is also a member of the Adult Education sub-committee. Trained in psychology, public health and sociology, he currently works as an independent scholar and curator.

Raúl Valdivia Murgueytio
BA, MA, MSc, PhD

Inés is an Argentinian who has been living and working in London for most of her career. She has an extensive track record working in marketing and communications, having managed world-leading brands such as Whole Foods as well as smaller wellness start-ups. She is passionate about sustainability and about supporting the Latin American community to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Ines Hermida

Born and raised in Colombia, Juan José has worked in the private sector for 20 years. He has experience and training in Marketing and Project Management (Agile and PRINCE2), most recently in the technology sector, supporting businesses implementing new efficiency – creating technologies. Juan José’s relationship with LAH began as a volunteer, and he now chairs the Building sub-committee.

Juan José Jaramillo
BS, PGDip, PMP

Of Guatemalan origin, Henry is a financial executive with broad experience in Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis. His career includes positions at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, and he now applies his financial experience as well as his passion for the wellbeing of Latin Americans in the UK as a member of the Board of Trustees at Latin American House.

Henry Webb

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