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...

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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.

Core Staff - Latin American House

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Carlos Huascar Tapia Montes

Director

Natalia Basotti 

Office Manager

Swati Patani

Finance Controller

Jose Tapia

Adult Education Manager

Beatriz Silva Porto

Digital Manager

Rosa Mercedes Crowley

Legal and Social Advice

Jacob Lagnado

EU Settlement Scheme Officer

Core Staff - Menchú Nursery

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Gabriela Glardon

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

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Zenaide Bernardo de Souza

Cleaner

Core Staff - Spanish Saturday School

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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 Mayta

Assistant Teacher

Management Committee

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Enrique Saenz, BA MSc

Chair

Of Mexican origin, Enrique moved to the UK in the 80s and has primarily worked in the not-for-profit sector in London since. He was Director of Latin American House in the 80s and 90s, before going on to several other directorial roles in the sector. He has also worked as a development consultant for AdviceUK and continues to support them on a freelance basis. He is now back at LAH as the Chair of its board of trustees.

Miguel Mercado

Trustee

Miguel landed in Britain in 1979 as a Chilean refugee, and is one of the active founders of Latin American House. He is an experienced executive in strategic planning, training and communications, having studied various disciplines including Languages and Social Sciences at Universidad de Concepción, Chile, Latin American Politics & Government at the University of Essex, and Computers in Education at King’s College, UCL. 

Juan José Jaramillo, BS PGDip PMP

Trustee

Born and raised in Colombia, Juan José has 20 years experience in the private sector, including Marketing and Project Management (Agile and PRINCE2) for the technology sector. He has also worked as programme leader for a volunteering programme that partners employees with NGOs. Juan José’s relationship with Latin American House began as a volunteer, and he now chairs the Building subcommittee. 

Carolina Rodriguez

Trustee

Born in Colombia, Carolina moved to London in 2009. Her training is in Public Administration and Project Management, and she works as an Exam Advisor. Her work with the Latin American community includes the OCA Community Kitchen and the cleaning workers cooperative Essential Workers. She is enthusiastic about vocational employability programmes for adults, and chairs the Adult Education subcommittee.

Raul Valdivia Murgueytio, BA MA MSc PhD

Trustee

Originally from Peru, Raúl trained in clinical psychology, public health, and sociology, and also holds a doctorate in Iberian and Latin American Studies. At Latin American House, he chairs the Culture subcommittee and is a member of the Adult Education subcommittee. He is currently a research associate in the School of Education at Newcastle University and a lecturer in Spanish at Nottingham Trent University.

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