Meet the team

Based in central London, our friendly, professional staff look after our international network of Host Tutors and are here to help you enjoy a first-class language learning experience.

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Norman Renshaw

Managing Director


Norman has a joint degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Warwick, a Diploma in Marketing and holds the CELTA qualification.

After a career in marketing and advertising Norman set up InTuition in 1990, having been a language student himself. InTuition was the first school of its kind to specialise in Home Tuition using only EFL-trained host tutors. He also wrote the initial guidelines for the British Council to accredit Home Tuition as an approved system for learning English.

Interesting fact: He was the first tourist to be held up at gunpoint on the Inca Trail. Plays the bass in a band (for bookings please contact him direct), and cycles… a lot!


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Simon Thorley

Director


Simon studied Politics at the University of Edinburgh and Business at Heriot-Watt University. He lived in Hong Kong and taught English in Taiwan, where he set up his own training company, before returning to the UK and working in recruitment in the UK higher education sector.

He focusses on business strategy, sales and marketing for all InTuition courses and products.

He has a passion for languages and politics, and speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese and French.

Interesting fact: He can play the sax and fly a plane, albeit not simultaneously!



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Gosia Rumniak

Course Administrator


Gosia is the first point of contact for general enquiries, both for students and our teaching staff. She manages confirmations and invoicing, and keeps the office running smoothly: whether you work or study with InTuition, you’ll soon find yourself in touch with her! She has a degree in English Philology, and previously worked in several respected language schools before bringing her experience to InTuition.

Interesting fact: She likes going jogging after 10pm, makes fantastic apple pie and has been to a party with the Queen!

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Aroop Roy

Host Tutor Manager


Aroop is a graduate in French and Philosophy from Kings College London. He lived in Japan for six years, and is fluent in Japanese, French and Bengali. He has a background in English language teaching as well as management, and is in charge of the recruitment, retention and maintenance of the teacher network, as well as supporting academic standards, co-writing our newsletters and looking after our students.

Interesting fact: He’s a DJ in his free time and shared his ‘decks’ with Giles Petersen.


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Valia Dimaraki

Placement Manager


Valia is a graduate in English Literature and Spanish and has a love for languages. She is fluent in English, Greek, Spanish and Italian and has a good command of Portuguese. She has a background in Paralympic sport, and worked on Olympic Games projects in London, looking after all the VIPs and royalty visiting London: she will treat you the same when you book an InTuition course!

Interesting fact: She practises Capoeira, is a water ski instructor, and a qualified acupuncturist!


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Evelyn Feeney

Placement Coordinator


Evelyn is from Cork, Ireland. studied English and Linguistics at Queen’s University Belfast and really enjoys language and language learning. CELTA qualified, Evelyn has previously taught English in Seoul and London. With experience in the social care sector, she now ensures our students are always matched with the ideal Host Tutor. Evelyn is currently learning Japanese and likes travelling, reading.

Interesting fact: She binge-watched a whole box set of Breaking Bad in one sitting.


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Clive Munns

Accountant


Clive has been with InTuition since 1998. As accountant, he manages all tutor payments and invoicing, ensuring that everyone gets paid the correct amounts – and on time!

Interesting fact: In a previous life, he was a professional musician touring Europe as the drummer for the legendary band “Jasmin Childe”.



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Gloria Di Gregorio

Administrator


Gloria makes sure everything runs smoothly in the office. She has a diploma in Economics and Foreign Languages and studied Business Administration as well as speaking Italian and French.
Before joining our team she gained experience in working with young people and organising education trips in London and in the UK.

Interesting fact: She was a singer in a band and has been on Italian TV – twice!

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Lila Yanez

Director


Lila has a degree in Languages from Cardiff University and postgraduate qualification in Marketing. Lila has a distinguished career in international marketing in the education sector.

As a linguist, she oversees our international department and is particularly focussed on our University Placements division for students looking to apply toUK Universities and placements at US Colleges and Universities.

Interesting fact: Survived a stampede of elephants in South Africa. Mind you: she did start the stampede in the first place.



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Brenda Ashton

Director of Studies


Brenda is our Director of Studies, responsible for delivering professional development sessions, supporting our Homestay English Tutors.
She holds a BA in English a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and the Diploma in Teaching English (DTEFLA). She also holds the Chartered Institute of Marketing Advanced Certificate in Marketing Management Practice. She has worked as Head of English Language at further education and university levels. She used to be a British Council School Inspector, so knows better than anyone the high standards required of a British Council accredited course.

Interesting fact: Brenda lives in Liverpool. She used to hang out in the Cavern Club with The Beatles.

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Jeremy Page

Academic Manager


Jeremy is a consultant to our academic team. He mainly manages our host tutor teaching observations.

Jeremy has a BA in French and Theatre from Warwick and MAs in French Drama and Theatre History
(from Bristol) and Education (from Sussex). He is DELTA qualified and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As well as working for InTuition, Jeremy is the Academic Manager of the Centre for Language Studies at the University of Sussex, where he teaches on a wide range of courses.

He has been a senior assessor for the Cambridge ESOL CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) scheme, a certified IELTS examiner and a marker and team leader for the Cambridge First Certificate.

Interesting fact: He is a widely published poet and short story writer.


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Helen Beesley

Vis-a-Vis Online Tutoring Manager


Helen is a graduate in theology and theatre studies from the University of Surrey. She also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Surrey and Diplomas in Mathematical Education and Specific Learning Difficulties. She is a qualified dyslexic teacher. She has successfully worked in a variety of educational sectors.

Helen has the Cert. TESOL and currently works for InTuition as a home stay tutor as well as being an online tutor and managing InTuition’s online Vis-a-Vis programme.

Helen enjoys skiing, cycling and watching ice hockey.

Interesting fact: Helen has interviewed the playwright Julian Mitchell who wrote Another Country and several screenplays such as Wilde. She is learning Japanese. 


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