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.

Between April 2019 and March 2020...

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

Carlos Huascar Tapia Montes – Director
Natalia Basotti – Office Manager
Swati Patani – Finance Controller
Jose Tapia – Adult Learning Coordinator
Karina Villamar – Adult Education Teacher
Beatriz Silva Porto – Digital Transformation Manager
Rosa Mercedes Crowley – Benefits, Housing, & Employment Adviser

Menchú Nursery

Yris Marcela Goodspeed – Nursery Manager
Diana Giraldo – Nursery Deputy Manager
Diana Lozano – Nursery Nurse
Susana Jodar Navarro – Nursery Nurse
Luisa Fernanda Tamayo Zuluaga – Nursery Nurse
Meherun Nesa Zaman – Lunch Time Assistant
Carlos Eduardo Sanjacomo – Cleaner
Zenaide Bernardo de Souza – Cleaner

Spanish Saturday School

Gabriela Barrionuevo – Spanish Saturday School Coordinator and Teacher
Karina Llaneza – Spanish Saturday School Teacher
Maria Lourdes Alban Garcia – Spanish Saturday School Teacher
Mariana Richards – Spanish Saturday School Teacher
Jenny Titto Maya – Assistant Teacher

Management Committee

Enrique Saenz (Chair) BA, MSc

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.

Raúl Valdivia Murgueytio BA MA MSc PhD

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.

Miguel Mercado

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. 

Juan José Jaramillo BS, PGDip, PMP

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.

Ines Hermida

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. 

Henry Webb

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.