Meet the Team


Katherine Davis – Chief Executive

Katherine joined EIL in April 2016. She brings her experience as an executive manager working for national charities and the public sector in the fields of networking, nature conservation, business and market development, environmental law and regulation, the arts and running internationally known museums and heritage sites. Having travelled, studied and worked overseas, Katherine is passionate about intercultural learning.


Sabine Spires – Project Manager

Sabine is responsible for developing new programmes for people living in the UK and wanting to EXPLORE the world. She joined EIL UK in 2017.

Before moving to the UK she lived and worked in Germany. When her 4 children all went on their own life journeys she and her English husband decided to relocate to England. Having worked in an international company and managing an international “patchwork family” intercultural understanding was always close to her heart.


Mary Griffiths – Host Network Coordinator

Mary joined EIL UK in 2018.  Her role

Mary’s role involves recruiting new host families and guiding them through the application process. She also sends out the programme invitations to host families and offers ongoing support for hosts.

Mary brings her commitment to international living and learning to EIL.


Karen Harvey – Study Programmes Manager

Karen joined EIL UK in 2016 as our Study Programme Manager.


Sue Preece – Homestay Programmes Manager

Sue has worked on a number of EIL UK programmes in a variety of roles including Homestay (IHP) Co-ordinator, general administrator and receptionist. Sue now co-ordinates the Academic short-term homestay programme arranging weekend homestay orientations for international students at UK Universities. Staying for a weekend with a family can give students a great insight into UK culture and help them to settle into life here. Working on this programme has enabled Sue to work closely with our Local Representatives and national host family network.  Over the years great friendships have been forged between many of our host families and their guests and Sue has played a big role in bringing them all together.


Karen Morris – Cultural Programmes Manager