Meet the Team

EIL UK Team December 2017

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.

Likes: the outdoors and landscapes, film, music and reading.

Dislikes: aniseed and long queues


Richard Timney – Project Support Officer

Richard Timney is our project development officer and fundraiser.   He joined EIL in 2017.

With years of experience working in the third sector Richard has worked with a broad range of charities including medical, disability, environmental and community. Helping them to develop and find the resources they need.

Richard says, “EIL already carries out great work but it has huge potential to do more. I am really excited to be working with a team with such a good mix of experience and enthusiasm for the new.”


Sabine Spires – Project Manager

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

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.

Since one of her favourite hobbies is walking she is in the right place in the beautiful Malvern.


Dave Rossiter – Host Network Coordinator

Dave’s role involves recruiting new host families and guiding them through the application process. He also works with host families and local coordinators to develop and support the homestay experience.

Dave grew up in central Berkshire and has traveled extensively, including living with host families in Costa Rica and St. Petersburg, Russia. He now lives in Ledbury, Herefordshire with his partner, Fran. Dave’s family includes three children (aged 8, 17 months, and 15 weeks) and two cats, Spot and Tigerlily.

Likes: Photography, Formula 1, and mountain biking.
Dislikes: Mushrooms, white chocolate, and coconut.


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.

Sue is married with one adult son and has two grandchildren – boys of six and four, they like to get her to play football and volleyball with them which she joins in with enthusiastically but pays for it when she gets back home – legs, back, arms ache, asleep on the sofa the minute she sits down!

Likes to read a good book, watch a good film, gardening and standing in the freezing cold on the terraces to watch Worcester City and from time to time going to watch motorbike speedway.


Karen Morris – Cultural Programmes Manager


Toni-Lee Marriott – Finance & Administration Officer

Toni-Lee moved to the UK from South Africa and joined EIL in 2013. Toni’s finance and administration back ground has been honed through diverse South African private industries.