Our Board


EIL UK Board

All of EIL UK’s trustees are unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time, skills and energies to oversee the activities of the charity and guide its development and direction. As a registered charity and a not-for-profit charitable  company limited by guarantee, the statutory duties of individual and collective Trustees and Directors are set out in the Charities and Companies Acts and EIL’s governing documents. Trustees are elected by the governance members of the charity, who also appoint the independent external auditor at the Annual General Meeting.

Deirdre Myers – Chair of Trustees

Deirdre is a senior human resources professional based in Worcestershire. She has substantial experience of managing organisational change within organisations of all sizes. Since 2006 she has been the owner and director of her own HR consultancy, which provides strategic advice to charities as well as working with commercial and educational organisations. In addition, Deirdre has over 20 years experience as a school and college governor and is active within her professional association, the CIPD. She has chaired its regional activities and leads the independent HR Practitioners group.

Kirsty Dance

Kirsty is a solicitor and Partner of Paytons Solicitors in Malvern, Worcestershire. Her specialism is in the litigation and family department where Kirsty handles a varied caseload, from contract disputes to divorce, all centering around dispute resolution. Kirsty joined EIL’s Board of Trustees in 2014 and has been an active contributor to pioneering world-wide homestay standards developed by Federation EIL, a global network of international exchange organisations of which EIL UK was a founding member.

Sarah Lange

Sarah’s professional life includes working in some of the most ethnically diverse and poverty stricken areas of Birmingham, the UK’s second city, where 50+ different languages are being spoken in local schools, child neglect is rife and opportunities are limited. Sarah’s interest in socially excluded, disadvantaged groups led her to be involved in young people’s projects addressing issues such as racial tensions across city communities, gangs, radicalisation, sexual exploitation and girls’ rights. She brings to the EIL Board of trustees in-depth experience of working with children and young adults  including the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (known as Ofsted) level inspections on Children Centres.

Charles Lavalette

Charles has experience in business and the public sector and brings commercial and financial expertise to the Board, gained through executive-level posts, including his current senior financial role in the health sector. Charles became a Trustee of EIL UK in 2014 and has a long-standing interest in other cultures, is widely travelled and has experience of working in multi-cultural workplaces.

John Shaw

John worked as a chemical engineer for 40 years, initially in technology development and latterly in the management of capital investment projects. Much of his work took him overseas and he experienced and developed a love of many varied cultures. John’s interest in different cultures led to him joining ‘The Experiment’ in 1966 and becoming a Trustee in 1982. Over the years John has been with EIL, he has worked as a local group treasurer and chairman, organised groups, hosted visitors and attended international meetings. Apart from working with EIL, John has been involved with various voluntary organisations over the years.

Charlotte Tweddell

Charlotte’s joined EIL’s Board of Trustees in 2019. Her background is in education as a trained teacher, trainer and experienced educator delivering intercultural activities, which included working at an international summer school.  Charlotte currently works in the charity sector in a professional fundraising role. Charlotte has lived and studied abroad and her family has enjoyed hosting students from Hungary, Australia and South Africa.