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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 partly funded by the following organisations: