Meet The Team

Come and meet our IH Belfast family!

Director – Duanes Santos

Originally from Brazil, Duanes studied English and Literature at the Universidade Federal du Amazonas in Brazil, and started teaching English as a Foreign Language as soon as he graduated in 2003. He has an absolute wealth of experience in the industry! Over the years, he has taught in Brazil and England and in 2007 he earned his DELTA. In 2015 Duanes came to IH Belfast as a Teacher Trainer and Business Development Manager, squeezing in an MA in English and Linguistics in 2019 before accepting the role of Director at IH Belfast in 2021.  

 

 

Director of Studies / Cambridge Exams – Stephen Farren

Stephen studied English Literature at Queens University Belfast. After his degree Stephen pursued his love of poetry and started writing. He moved to Spain so that he could learn and read poems in Spanish, and it was here that he started teaching English. In 2008 he moved back to Northern Ireland to teach English in Derry, where he grew up. He completed his CELTA in 2010 here at IH Belfast and we swiftly recruited him! Stephen became Director of Studies in 2021, but still keeps it real by teaching exam classes.  

 

 

 

English Teacher / IELTS / Social Programme – Ryan McFaul

Ryan graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2011 with BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (French, Spanish and Chinese). He completed a PGCE at the University of Sheffield in 2012 before embarking on a career as a teacher of modern languages in London, during which time he completed a Master’s in Education. Returning to his native Northern Ireland in 2019, he passed his CELTA here at IH Belfast and has stayed with us ever since! 

 

 

English Teacher – Alice Boyle

Originally hailing from London, Alice studied in the United States and graduated her TESOL degree in 2011, before teaching in Puerto Rico for 3 years. She went on to teach summer camps in Russia and London and adults online. Alice spent several fond childhood summers in Belfast as a child, so in 2021 she relocated here permanently, completed her CELTA at IH Belfast and has been working as a teacher here since!  

 

 

English Teacher – Thomas Totten

Thomas started out as a journalist, after completing a degree in Media and a Masters in Journalism. He decided to teach English as a means to travel and passed his CELTA in 2004. He then went on to teach in Switzerland, Indonesia and Australia. Thomas returned to Northern Ireland in 2017 and has been a presence here at IH Belfast ever since! 

 

 

 

English Teacher – Sarah Mahon

Sarah has been teaching English since 2016. She studied Modern Languages at Ulster University – French and Spanish. When she graduated she went directly into TEFL and passed her CELTA in 2016. From then she has taught English in Spain and England and in 2020 she came back home and joined the team here at IH Belfast. 

 

 

 

Operations Manager – Carole Kane

Carole joined IH Belfast in 2013 and has been a keystone in the smooth running of operations ever since. Born and bred in Belfast, Carole graduated the University of Stirling in 2010 with a BA(Hons) in French and Human Resource Management. With her background in languages, she has spent time travelling and taught English while living in Brussels and Paris. She still has a passion for travelling when she isn’t managing the office here.  

 

Visa Officer – Diane Petrie

After studying Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh, Diane took herself off to Spain – for the next 12 years!  As well as teaching English, she worked with an NGO which took her to West Africa and Brazil among other places.  Diane joined the IH Belfast team in 2008, first as a teacher and then in admin.  She loves welcoming people to Belfast from around the world.

 

 

Admin Officer – Joanna Unsworth

Joanna has been working at IH Belfast since 2012, supporting the administration of the school. Prior to working at IH Belfast she was organising people and projects in London, Canada and South Sudan, resulting in a diverse range of experience and a love and enthusiasm of other countries and cultures. 

 

 

 

Finance Manager – Ann-Marie Kerr

Ann-Marie started working at IH Belfast in 2017. She is an ACCA qualified accountant and has been managing the books of businesses around Belfast for the last 20 years.