Meet our team of dedicated staff!
The School is owned by the directors; Peter Hayes, Michael Brennan, Katie Hayes and John Glew-O’Leary. Peter is a law graduate from the University of Westminster and worked as the Manager of the Business Centre at inlingua Cheltenham for seven and a half years from May 1999 until he left in November 2006.
Peter has been in the English language teaching industry since 1991, starting his English teaching career in Verona, Italy. He then went on to take the RSA University of Cambridge Diploma in EFL with the Bell School in Norwich. In Summer 1996 Peter took his first management job being appointed as Director of Studies at Stafford House School of English in Canterbury. By 1998 Peter was co-running ASPECT Oxford, a large and modern English language school with up 350 students aged between 12 and 25 years.
Michael Brennan (Mick) is one of the four directors. Mick is a UEFA “B’ licensed qualified football coach and has a degree in Sports Science & Management from the University of Central Lancashire, as well as many years experience managing youth sports coaching programs. Mick began his career in the sports industry in 1996 as apprentice coach with the Premiership football team, Blackburn Rovers FC. Mick then went on to become the Senior Community Development Officer at the club, managing an indoor football facility and a team of sports coaches. This makes him well placed to work with our football students and to pass on his experience.
Director, School Registrar
Katie has a degree in French and Italian and completed her CELTA qualification at International House London. She then went on to teach English in Italy and the Czech Republic. When she returned to the UK in 1996 she worked for Halifax bank for several years and then joined the company in 2008. She now looks after the finance, accounts and bookings for IH Manchester.
Director, School Principal
John is from Ireland and graduated in Economics from University College Cork. During his teaching career, John has worked in China where as Director of Studies he managed a large team of English language teachers. John has also worked in Ethiopia as a volunteer when he was younger. John holds the Cambridge DELTA qualification.
Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Julie studied History and Arts at university and has a passion for music. She has worked in a few language schools over the past few years and really enjoys interacting with students from all around the world.
Julie is originally from France (which is where she got her passion for cheese and bread) and has been living in the UK since 2011. In her spare time she loves going on day trips around the country, listening to music and cooking for her friends and family.
Assistant Director of Studies
Joseph has been with IH Manchester since April 2014 as an EFL teacher. Joseph has a degree in Zoology with Animal Ecology from the University of Wales, Bangor. He loves India after spending 8 months living there as a volunteer when he was 18. Joseph also loves reading, especially English classics.
Assistant Director of Studies
Marie has a degree in French & Linguistics from the University of Manchester and first discovered her love of teaching English during her year abroad in Belgium. After graduating, she taught in Switzerland for two years and then spent some time travelling around the world before returning to the UK in 2012. Since then, she’s worked in a number of different language schools in Manchester and also completed a Master’s in TEFL in 2016. When she’s not teaching, Marie enjoys being a language learner herself, and at different times in the past has studied French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Arabic.
Teacher / Social Activities Coordinator
Holly has been an EFL teacher for 7 years, and has taught in Finland, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, and now back in the UK. She has a degree in English Literature, and loves including literature in her classes. She is also passionate about helping her students use English outside of the classroom, and likes to give advice on interesting blogs, videos, and films for students to enjoy in English. Holly is our Social Activities Coordinator, so you can speak to her to get information about all of the school’s social events.
Admin Assistant – Reception
Dorota moved to the UK in 2005 and has worked in hospitality, as a para-legal clerk/interpreter for a firm of solicitors and is now a very important part of the IH Manchester team.
As a student Dorota visited the USA twice for work experience and has also travelled to Madrid, Rome, Venice and Florence.
Dorota really enjoys baking in her spare time, as well as working in her garden.
Emma is based at International House Manchester’s head office. Her background is in administration as well as being a qualified Teaching Assistant. Emma works closely with our agent partners and is always available to help with any questions or enquiries you may have.
Business Development Manager
With many years’ experience in International Education, Gabriel Moreira is the Business Development Manager of IHGMBA group. He has a background in Business Management and a certificate in Youth Leadership & Coaching. Gabriel is passionate about education and loves to travel. After a couple of years living in the UK, he is now based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but travels extensively to promote and represent the 4 IH schools, Galway, Manchester, Bristol and Aberdeen, in the group.