The Team

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The HOST Team have just returned from their annual conference: all the Staff and Trustees were there, and a good number of the Voluntary Regional Organisers.

The keynote speaker, Julie Zhu, from the staff of Leicester University, gave a fascinating insight into the life of an international student in the UK today - from application to a university, through the immigration process to arrival in a strange - and cold - new environment. The many adjustments students from overseas have to make - to their way of life, study methods, and above all to their expectations - made us realise how helpful and significant a visit to a friendly and caring host can be.

Workshops looked afresh at the crucial role of the Regional Organisers, and a presentation on various aspects of the work done in the HOST office brought everyone up to date.

Fun and laughter were not omitted from this get-together. Delegates enjoyed a good dinner, and a barn dance, to ensure a refreshing night's sleep in the comfortable rooms of College Court, Leicester. Everyone left re-invigorated and determined to make HOST the best it can be for both students and hosts in the year ahead.




The Office Staff

HOST has a small team of staff in our London Office.

Susie Alemayehu
Chief Executive Officer

Kimberley Brough
Student Programme Manager

Faye Cheng
Finance Officer

Katie Powell
Administration Intern

Board of Trustees

HOST’s Board of Trustees is responsible for making sure that HOST is working as it should, and that it will be able to continue to do so. Every Trustee is a volunteer, giving his or her time freely to help HOST in many different ways.

Mark Pellew CVO - Chair of the Board
Mark is a retired diplomat. He and his wife are hosts in Oxfordshire.

Margaret Hancox - Deputy Chair
Before retirement, Margaret’s career was divided between international sales & marketing and university administration. Margaret & her husband have been hosts in Oxfordshire for 24 years.

Sue Millington-Hore - Treasurer
Sue is a qualified accountant who runs a practice with her husband Kit. She is an enthusiastic golfer. Sue and Kit are hosts in Hertfordshire.

Trina Golland
Trina has had a very varied career, including interior design and running a B&B. Now she enjoys her grandchildren, her garden, and her canal boat ‘Albert Henry’. Trina and her husband are hosts in Hertfordshire.

Timothy Hornsby
Timothy is a Commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission and a career in academic life and subsequently in HM Treasury and the Department of Environment

George Peretz
George is a Barrister at Monckton Chambers and was recently appointed as Queen's Counsel

The Regional Organisers

HOST is very grateful to have a team of volunteer Regional Organisers (ROs) who link international students with the hosts in their regions. They give a lot of their free time to do this, and many of them are hosts as well.

Sue Beech
West Midlands & Warwickshire

Michael P and Sue Binns
North Yorkshire

Kerry Bloom

Tim and Wendy Bridgeman

Phillip and Kerrie Brooks

Lynette Chappin
Mid, South & West Wales, Gloucestershire, Hereford and Worcester

Rosemary Cole

Graeme Davies
The North East

Betty Flanagan
Northern Ireland

Martin Gill
Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Frances Good
Somerset and Wiltshire

Barbara Martin

Sallyann O'Neill

Cecilia Okereke
Kent and South East London

Ceris Owen
North Wales

David Patey

Sandra Purrett
Hertfordshire and North London

Anne Ramsden
South and West Yorkshire

Alan Robson
Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Central and Southern Scotland

Paul Ryall
Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Duncan Smith
Devon and Dorset

Rebecca Snell
Bristol and Avon

Eric Songhurst
East Riding of Yorkshire

Margaret Stevens

Monika Strell
North Scotland, Highlands & Islands

Mike and Mandy Talbott
Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire

Katherine Varden

Jing Wang

Yi Wang