Meet the IH Bangkok Staff

Management Team Daniel Willcocks Managing Director/Teacher B.A. Business Studies – Swansea, UK M.A. Applied Linguistics – Birmingham, UK Cambridge Assessment...
IH Bangkok Staff

Management Team

Daniel Willcocks

Managing Director/Teacher

  • B.A. Business Studies – Swansea, UK
  • M.A. Applied Linguistics – Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA
  • Cambridge DELTA – Cambridge, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge UK
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment Team Leader, Thailand
  • IELTS Examiner


My name is Danny, I am the Managing Director at International House Bangkok, and I spend my time setting up courses and programmes and taking care of the day to day running of the school. However, I am a teacher at heart, teaching all ages as much as I can and I also enjoy training teachers on our Cambridge CELTA courses whenever needed. I have been a teacher for over 30 years in total in the UK, Italy and Thailand. In Thailand I have enjoyed teaching students from prestigious international schools and here happily with IH Bangkok for more than 17 years. In fact I liked it so much that I got married and my daughter, Jasmine, comes to IH to study English for Young Learners courses as well.

I have prided myself on successfully teaching students for exams whilst at the same time having fun. We have had a 100% pass rate for Cambridge English Language Assessment (CELA) main suite exams including KET, PET and FCE in many, many exam sessions and also helped international school students get ‘A’s for many subjects including IGCSE English, IGCSE ESL and IGCSE business studies – I leave the other IGCSE subjects to IH Bangkok teachers who know better. I have also been very fortunate to teach a lot of talented students from Thai schools who have gone on to get the King’s scholarship, the Thai government scholarship and the Japanese government scholarship all to study abroad to a masters or doctorate level. Out of school, I enjoy following and doing sports including fitness activities, cycling round the countryside of Thailand, swimming and cheering for Tottenham Hotspur.

Marshall Owen

Sales and Marketing Director

  • BS in Business Accounting, Minor in Economics – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

My name is Marshall and I am the Marketing Director at IH Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I’m 30 years old and from California, U.S. I take care of the marketing, day to day running of the school, and advising clients on their programs of study. I received my BS in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I lived and taught in Costa Rica for half a year which gave me a passion for new cultures and travel. This passion led me to Thailand at the beginning of 2013. I took my CELTA shortly thereafter and started working for International House in March of 2013. I changed jobs to become the Marketing Director in 2014. A majority of my time in Bangkok is spent being active, exploring the city, or with friends in one of the hundreds of delicious restaurants in Bangkok.

Although I don’t normally teach anymore, I can teach Science, Math, Economics, Business, and History.

Our Teachers

Tom Duerden

Tom Duerden

Director of Studies

  • BSc (hons) Environmental Science, University of Chester, England.
  • Cambridge Delta – International House Bangkok
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

I’m 36 years old and from Chester in England. I have been a dedicated member of the IH teaching team since I completed my CELTA in 2012.  I have an extensive range of teaching experience with all levels, from very young learners to adults. Thanks to the world-class teacher training I have received from International House Bangkok, I received a distinction for my practical teaching assessment on the Cambridge Delta. I have since become Director of Studies and an IH CYLT course tutor. This ongoing training and support is one of the main reasons I continue to work at International House Bangkok.  I firmly believe that our investment in professional development enables our school to offer language education that is second to none.

During my time as an English language teacher and trainer, I have become increasingly fascinated with the process of language acquisition. Between classes, I enjoy researching linguistics and various teaching methods in order to keep up to date and expand my knowledge. This curiosity and passion for learning extends to the classroom, where I am constantly trying to push my teaching ability and create the best possible conditions for my students to extend and develop their English language skills. In terms of my teaching methodology, I am very interested in more experimental forms of teaching such as Dogme and the lexical approach. I have found that language learning is most successful when it is grounded in a communicative and supportive environment, allowing the students to personalise the language and express themselves confidently.

My skills and experiences ensure that I can also teach IGCSE biology. I am a natural world enthusiast and a keen photographer/ videographer. I have volunteered for projects all over the world including sea turtle conservation in the Caribbean and in Thailand since 2006. At present, I have limited time for voluntary work but take great delight in exploring Thailand’s amazing national parks where I can study, photograph and film wildlife.

Damien Marwood

Damien Marwood

Assistant Director of Studies


  • BA Hons. Music Enterprise- Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Chiang Mai
  • Cambridge DELTA – International House Bangkok

Hi! I’m Damien. My home town is Newcastle, in the North-East of England. I was actually the first teacher here when the school first opened in Chiang Mai, so this is a second home for me. I’ve also taught at different International House schools in Bangkok, Berlin and Newcastle but I always return to Chiang Mai as I love the people, culture, environment and particularly the amazing school. It’s such a lovely place to work!

My love for teaching began after living in the North-East of Thailand and volunteering with children for a year. I absolutely loved seeing every student progressing with their reading and speaking. Since then I’ve also enjoyed working with adults, teaching 1-to-1 classes, exam preparation and business English to name but a few. It’s important to me to always keep my brain busy.

In my spare time, you can find me rock climbing, on a motorbike trip around the beautiful countryside, composing some music at home or engrossed in a good book. Also, as an Englishman, I’m a massive fan of my local football team, Newcastle United!

Richie Berry

Richie Berry

  • BA – Educational Studies – University of Hull, England
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

Hi everybody, my name is Richie and I’m 34. It’s a pleasure to meet you all!

I come from Leeds in England. My interests include travelling; I love to seek new experiences and learn about cultures that are different from my own, which is one of the reasons for moving to Thailand. I also love sports, health and fitness; I worked as a personal trainer before I moved to Thailand. I have a BA Hons degree in Educational Studies from the University of Hull.

Even though I love health and fitness, I decided that I wanted to motivate and inspire others in a different way; by teaching English. Inspiring and motivating learners to achieve their individual goals, and helping them flourish as confident and fluent English speakers, is something I am very passionate about. There is nothing more rewarding than watching students join in classroom activities and using language in authentic ways. As such, creating a learning environment where students feel comfortable and relaxed is very important to me.

Before I completed my CELTA at IH Bangkok in 2017, I had two years’ experience teaching a diverse range of students at a language centre in Nonthaburi. I am really excited about teaching at IH Bangkok and learning from teachers and students alike!

Tom Solon

Tom Solon

  • BA, Music – Manhattan School of Music, New York City
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

My name’s Tom, but some people call me TJ. I’m from the “city so nice, they named it twice” – New York City, in the United States. I received a degree from Manhattan School of Music in 1999. I also attended the Universita’ per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy to study Italian.

After college I worked as a legal recruitment specialist in one of New York’s oldest Wall Street law firms. I’m also the co-founder of “Canticum Scholare” – an a capella chamber ensemble that focuses primarily on Renaissance vocal music. Canticum still holds regular concerts in New York City several times a year.

After more than a decade in the legal field, I decided to teach English. I took my CELTA at IH Bangkok in 2018 and shortly thereafter, taught English at a language school in Thailand before starting my career here at IH Bangkok. I’m an avid aviation enthusiast and a PADI advanced open-water SCUBA diver. In the summer of 2018, I had the singular honor to sing evensong at Westminster Abbey in London with my local Anglican choir from Bronxville, New York.

Jeffrey Beguin

Jeff Beguin

  • BA, Literature and Linguistics, University of Missouri
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

Hey! My name is Jeff and I’m 29 years old. I’m a teacher from the United States. I have a degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Missouri.

After University I worked in retail management for a few years in the US, but my desire to travel and live abroad led me to get my CELTA and move to Colombia to start my new career as an English teacher. Since then, teaching has become my passion. I love meeting people, travelling to new places, and learning about different cultures and ways of life. Becoming a teacher was one of the best decisions I have made in my life, and I feel blessed to have a job that I love doing. I have had the opportunity to live and teach in Chile, Vietnam, Colombia, USA, and now here at IH Bangkok.

I try my best to create a fun and engaging learning atmosphere that centers on student communication. Like any teacher, I love to build a friendly rapport with the students in order to foster both fun and language development. There’s nothing better than seeing a student improve and reach their language goals.

Outside of the classroom I like to spend my time exploring interesting places, listening to music, or reading novels. I also enjoy playing basketball and going SCUBA diving when I get the chance.

Jeremy Downing

Jeremy Downing

  • BFA – Original Works Theatre, Cornish College of the Arts
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

Hi! My name is Jeremy and I’m 31 years old. I grew up and went to college among the evergreen trees, snow-capped mountains, and gray skies of Seattle, Washington, USA.

In 2010 I earned a degree in acting, playwriting, and directing for theatre. I’ve stood on a few stages since then, but my true passion is for writing. One of the best moments of my life was when I got to read from a second folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1632. The English language has come a long way since then!

I love to travel, and I can never seem to stay in one place for long. I’ve visited more than 40 countries and lived and worked in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and now Thailand. Everywhere I go, I try to meet new people and learn as much as I can about their cultures, languages, and interests.

ESL teaching combines so many of the things I love – I can meet people from around the world, hear their stories, and teach them how to use English to improve their lives and connect with those around them. IH Bangkok is the perfect place to learn those skills. Every day I feel like we’re making the world a better and more connected place.


Will George

  • BA History – University College London, UK
  • MPhil Historical Studies – University of Cambridge, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA – International House Bangkok

Hello, my name is Will and I’m 28 years old. I am originally from Scotland and also lived in Brunei, while attending university in the UK.

After university I decided to try my hand at a variety of jobs, working for an embassy, a startup tech company and even my old high school, where I provided support to children with learning disabilities. It was at the last position where I first heard about the CELTA course, and I came to IH Bangkok to complete my certification. It was such a great experience that I decided to come back here to teach!

So far, my experiences of Thailand have been overwhelmingly positive. The students have been incredibly friendly and eager to learn, which has made teaching them a pleasure. I have particularly enjoyed meeting people from all over the world and hearing about their life stories and goals.

In my free time I like to listen to podcasts and go to the gym. You can also find me walking the streets of Bangkok for hours, exploring anywhere and everywhere!


Matthew Knight

Matthew Knight

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

Hi, my name’s Matthew, I’m 35 years old and I’m from Cornwall, in the far south-west of the UK.  My father is from England, but my mother is from Scotland, where I spent many happy summers cycling, camping and mountain climbing.

At university I studied fine art, which included using a video camera and organising exhibitions. After graduating, I began working in the utilities industry. At times the work could be interesting: the company I worked for was heavily involved with the London Olympics.

However, neither this work, nor a potential career as a professional artist provided a feeling of having made a real, direct and meaningful contribution to society.  It was only when I began training as a teacher that I found what I’d been seeking.

I arrived in Thailand in 2017, after teaching in Italy for two years.  Since arriving, I have loved teaching Thai children aged 3+ and I now look forward to teaching people from all over the world at International House Bangkok.

Patrick Grundy

Patrick Grundy

  • BA English and History, Northern Michigan University, United States
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA

Hi, my name is Patrick and I’m 23 years old. I grew up in Wisconsin, USA and attended college at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. Marquette is one of the snowiest cities in America, making Thailand an excellent choice for someone who is sick of the snow, like me.

In July of 2018, I completed my CELTA, and then I had the wonderful opportunity to live with my Italian cousins for the duration of the summer. This experience sparked my desire to continue working and traveling abroad.

After graduating from university in May of 2019, I had a strong desire to fulfill my passion for exploring new cultures and learning about different types of people. This is my first time being in Asia, and so far I am loving it! There is an abundance of culture in Bangkok, each day one can do (or eat) something different.

Throughout my life, I have enjoyed working with people and connecting with others on an individual level. I believe one of the best parts of being a teacher is being able to continuously grow and develop alongside my students. So far, my experience at IH Bangkok has been overwhelmingly positive and I am looking forward to teaching many more students in a range of subjects.


Our Teacher Trainers

Matt Parks

Matt Parks

  • BA Honours in South East Asian Studies, University of London
  • DELTA, Oxford House College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Oxford House College, London, UK

I was born in London. After completing a B.A. in South East Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, I moved to Jakarta, Indonesia where I taught at an English language school. After that, I taught English language courses in London and Istanbul before becoming involved in teacher training in 2006. In 2007 I began working as a CELTA tutor in London before moving to Thailand in 2008. My hobbies include running, playing football and reading about contemporary South East Asian history.

Barry Nonweiler

Barry Nonweiler

  • MA Honours in English and Drama, Glasgow University
  • CTEFLA, Hammersmith & West London College
  • DTEFLA, Waltham Forest College, London
  • CELTA Trainer Approval, Capital Language Academy, Wellington, New Zealand

I was born in England and educated in Ireland and Scotland. I started my teaching career as a university lecturer in English literature in Wellington and then Melbourne but I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language since 1987, first in Spain and later in London. I became a CELTA trainer in 1996 and since then, I have trained in Greece, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam. I dream of having breaks between CELTA courses long enough to play the piano, to walk in mountains, to watch live performances of 17th and 20th century drama and to get back to writing fiction again. In practice, I am usually only able to spend my spare time deep inside books and trying the patience of my partner.


Tim Brown

  • BA (Hons) PPE, Oxford University, UK
  • MMUS Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
  • Trinity TESOL, Windsor Schools, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA, IH Bangkok, Thailand

My name’s Tim and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1995, when I spent 2 years on the JET programme teaching Junior High School students. It made me realise the need for some proper training and I ended up doing the Trinity College TESOL certificate in 1999. After that I moved to Russia and spent over 10 years teaching general and business English to all levels, both groups and one to one.

I also studied music in Russia, doing a degree in vocal studies at the Russian Gnesins’ Academy of Music to add to my BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in the UK. I later also did an MMUS in the UK at the Royal Northern College of Music.

I extended my TEFL qualifications by taking the inaugural DELTA at IH Bangkok in 2011, which led to a job at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok followed by coming back to IH in 2014 to become a CELTA trainer.

I’m interested in teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and helping students prepare for the IELTS exam.

I love opera and ballet, which is rather rare in Bangkok, where I’ve begun to do more exercise, getting into swimming and badminton.

Oksana Semenova

  • MA in Psychology and Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA
  • Cambridge DELTA – IH Wroclaw, Poland
  • Observation and Giving Feedback – IH London, UK
  • Online Teaching – IHWO, UK
  • BET, CAM Trainer approval – IHWO, UK
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Cambridge, UK

My name is Oksana and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 1999. Since then I have had experience in teaching a range of English language courses, from General English, to Business English, Soft Skills and a variety of exam classes.  I have also worked as an academic manager in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Myanmar. I have been a CELTA trainer since 2009 and worked on full time, part time and online courses in Ecuador, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand.

I joined IH Bangkok CELTA training team in January 2018 and have very much enjoyed being a part of the team since then. The best thing about working in Bangkok is the people you get to meet – colleagues, teachers and learners – from all types of backgrounds! Between the CELTA courses I enjoy teaching regular classes, which helps me to continuously reflect on my beliefs about teaching and learning as well as understand and relate to the challenges that other teachers might have.

I love learning about different cultures and spend free time escaping to the countryside and exploring Thailand.

Aleksandra Kulikova

  • BA in Teaching English and German – Rostov-on-Don, Russia
  • Cambridge Assessment English CELTA
  • Cambridge DELTA – IH Seville, Spain
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer Approval – IH Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name is Alex and I started teaching English as a foreign language in 2008. Since then I’ve had experience in teaching and designing a wide range of English courses – General English, Business English, ESP and a variety of exam preparation classes. I have also worked as an academic manager in Russia and Kazakhstan, and have been involved in teacher training and mentoring since 2012.

I became a CELTA trainer in 2016 because I believe that a CELTA is the most useful and rewarding TEFL course. It prepares trainees to confidently walk into the classroom and gives them plenty of tools to use in their teaching. I remember doing my CELTA and being inspired by the trainers, and this is what I enjoy most about this job – being able to show new teachers how engaging and interesting teaching can be.

Between CELTA courses I enjoy travelling and discovering Asia, learning new languages and trying new food.


Adam Bejsovec

  • TESOL – Aston, Birmingham, UK
  • Cambridge DELTA – Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge Delta Trainer approval, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval, Almaty, Kazakhstan

My name’s Adam and I’m an enthusiastic and dedicated ELT professional with expertise in teaching, teacher training and development, as well as in academic management. I did the Cambridge Delta in 2008 and got my master’s degree in TESOL. I also have a Diploma in ELT Management and I continue developing in this area (I recently completed a course in YL centre management with IH London). I love languages, linguistics and the diversity my job involves as well as having the chance to work and network with so many interesting professionals from IH, and the field in general.

My almost twenty years of teaching experience spans all age groups (from 3 y.o. to adults) and levels (pre-A1 to C2); teaching individuals as well as groups of various sizes. Apart from General English, I enjoy teaching different strands such exam classes (Cambridge Exams, IELTS, TOEFL etc.), ESP, EAP and Business English.

I’ve been tutoring on a range of courses starting from pre-service TKT, CELTA, Delta as well as courses for teaching young and very young learners (IHCYLT or IHVYL) in several European and Asian countries.  Apart from face-to-face courses I’ve been tutoring various blended and online courses including IH DoS, IH BET, IH CAM or Delta M1 & 3 courses.

I am convinced that teaching and teacher training should be done in an interactive, communicative way and in contexts which are meaningful and directly relevant to learners and teachers respectively. I strongly believe in CPD, individual approach and localisation of teaching and training while maintaining and exceeding the set standards.

My work has always been my hobby so the boundaries between my working and free time have been quite blurred. Apart from the ELT, I love cooking & even more eating, bowling, Turkish & Scandinavian literature and movies, and an occasional run and swim.

Giacomo Discoli
MA in ELT (English Language Teaching) – Leeds, UK
Cambridge DELTA – Leeds, UK
Cambridge CELTA Trainer approval – Bangkok, Thailand
Cambridge CELTA – London, UK

Hi, my name’s Giac and I’m a teacher and teacher trainer. I started in ELT more than 15 years ago and I worked in different countries in Europe, South America and Asia. In my career, I’ve held both administrative and academic positions, including that of academic manager which allowed me to spend more and more time training teachers and guiding them in their professional development. This made me realize that working with teachers was my passion and I now devote myself almost exclusively to teacher education.

My training pedagogy is based on both top-down and bottom-up approaches: I expose teachers to accepted principles, methods, techniques and practices, and at the same time encourage them to question their application in relation to the reality of the classes they teach and the aspirations of their learners. I believe effective teaching is grounded on the principle that there are no teaching dogmas and that teachers should be empowered with skills and autonomy to formulate for themselves theories of practice based on classroom-oriented research and empirical evidence, and practice according to these theories.

When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy doing research in second language teacher education and designing materials for teacher instruction. I also have a professional interest in ELT management and leadership, second language acquisition, technology, English as an international language and post-method perspectives in ELT.

My hobbies include collecting vintage watches, riding my motorbike and travelling as often as I can.