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.

The Latin American House team is made up of a Management Committee, a core staff, and the staff and teachers of our nursery and Saturday School.

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

Tomas Restrepo – Office Manager

Beatriz Silva Porto – Digital Transformation Manager

Swati Shah – Finance Manager / HR

Veronica Castro – Bookkeeper

Katiana Sarmiento – Children & Young People Coordinator

Maria Victoria Cristancho – Communities and Cultures Coordinator

Rosa Mercedes Crowley – Housing, Benefits, & Employment Advisor

Carlos Molina – Cleaner

Menchú Nursery Staff

Yris Marcela Goodspeed – Nursery Manager

Susana Jodar Navarro – Nursery Deputy Manager

Epifania Chambi – Nursery Nurse

Jenny Cuartas – Nursery Nurse

Meherun Neza Zaman – Lunchtime Assistant

Edith Perez – Cleaner

Spanish Saturday School Staff

Gabriela Barrionuevo – Lead Teacher & Coordinator

Karina Llaneza – Spanish Teacher

Mariana Richards – Spanish Teacher

Maria Lourdes Alban Garcia – Spanish Teacher

Jenny Titto Maya – Spanish Teacher


Enrique Saenz – Chair

Of Mexican origin, Enrique moved tothe 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.

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.

Agustina Oliveri

Agustina is Argentinian and is currently works leading campaigns within the refugee sector. She has worked in various charities in marketing and communications roles, and worked at the refugee camp on Samos, Greece for a year. She is passionate about human rights, feminism, and leveraging digital marketing skills for good.

Mariann Sarquis

Originally from Mexico, Mariann has extensive experience as a manager overseeing complex multi-funder projects and programmes in the higher education and international cooperation sectors. Her educational background includes a degree in Law and master’s studies in International Relations between Latin America and the European Union. Currently, she manages the Latin America and Caribbean Centre at the LSE, where she oversees the Centre’s strategic planning and partnership-building efforts.

Our Services

Latin American House operates various services, some of which are externally funded and some of which are income-generating. The below diagram provides an overview of our service model. 


Latin American House is a member of the following organisations:


Latin American House is partly funded by the following organisations:

National Lottery Community Fund
Trust for London
Home Office
London Community Response
The Big Issue
The Access to Justice Foundation
Social Enterprise Support Fund
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