Marcel Jansen

Marcel Jansen
Director

I first arrived in Bristol from the Netherlands in 1994 and returned here a few years later.

I really like Bristol because it's big enough to have everything you would need for facilities and entertainment but not so big you spend ages getting around. As an example, when I leave my house to go for a run on a Saturday or Sunday I can use the miles of park-land called the 'Downs', cross the Suspension Bridge and run over the woodland trails of nearby Leigh Woods. Now that's a lovely run!

I'm one of the directors of International House Bristol and I look after our computers and technology. Since I'm an IT person by background, here is an IT trivia about me: I've got an MSc in Computer Science, however, I don't always get all the IT questions correct on 'University Challenge' or 'Only Connect'. As a guide to my 'Brithisness' after these many years: I know most of the rules of cricket now (including the existance of something called 'Cow corner') but will, I suspect, forever remain in the dark about the intricacies of bowling.

On a more personal note, I met my wife, who is also my fellow director, here in Bristol and this is where we decided to raise a family.  It is a great place for kids and my two really enjoy living here and studying. As a family, we will support Holland for football and Ireland for rugby and of course England if they're playing anybody else.

Running is my hobby. I've done distances from park run to marathon but the half has to be my favourite. Next up is the new Bristol to Bath marathon, it's great to have a marathon on our door step again.

Meet our staff

Agnieszka Władimirow
Teacher of Polish
Ali Bougatef
Teacher of Arabic
Amanda Richardson
IELTS Administrator
Antje Hoffmann
Teacher of German
Antonella Abatilli
Teacher of Spanish
Belén Lajarin
Teacher of Spanish
Catherine Cinca-Edwards
IELTS Administrator
Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Crystal Cheng
Teacher of Mandarin
Dr Val Hennessy
Director
Eleanor West
Teacher of Welsh
Gina Robinson
Teacher of English
Irene Ottonello
Teacher of Italian
Joe O’Hagan
Assistant Director of Studies
Joyce Zhou
Teacher of Mandarin Chinese
Kei Yamauchi Forsythe
Teacher of Japanese
Liliya Sadek
Teacher of Russian
Liz Bowden
Senior Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Lucy Picher-Regaire
Teacher of French
Magali Vidal
Teacher of French
Marcel Jansen
Director
Marina Ossovskaya
Center Exams Manager & Office Co-ordinator
Mark Stephens
Sales and Marketing Manager
Maurizio Capone
Teacher of Italian
Mireya Sevillano
Teacher of Spanish
Helen Herrera
Teacher of Portuguese
Nicky Yeeles
Teacher of English
Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies
Richard Clare
Social Programme & Buildings Coordinator
Sally German
Senior teacher
Shaun Duncan
Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Stef Ficuciello
Office Coordinator
Stefanie Weller
Teacher of German
Véronique Morgan
Book-keeper
Yaelle Hartley
Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator
Yuri Takemura
Teacher of Japanese