Pete Gibson

Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies

I have worked at IH Bristol as a teacher and teacher trainer since 1998, and I now work managing the school to ensure that all students have a fantastic experience during their time with us. Before International House Bristol, I spent some time teaching in secondary schools in Greece - this was a great opportunity to learn the language and experience Greek culture!

As the Principal and Director of Studies, I work closely with Val and Marcel, the Directors, to make sure the students have the best possible learning and cultural experience with IH Bristol. My particular responsibility is for the day-to-day smooth running of the school. In addition, I enjoy finding new ways to help students learn more effectively - I'm especially interested in ensuring that our teaching teams make pronunciation a part of every lesson.  I also think learning phrases - 'chunks' of language, not just words - is essential for successful learning.

Outside work, I spend most of my time with my family, playing with and looking after my two children (one boy, 8 years old, and one girl, 5 years old). They certainly keep me busy! If I have any other free time, I enjoy playing the guitar and piano, especially blues, jazz and improvising. I also play squash with a group of friends every week, to try and keep myself fit!

Bristol is my home town - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Meet our staff

Ali Bougatef
Teacher of Arabic and French
Amanda Richardson
Exams Administrator
Ana Belen Abril Andreu
Teacher of Spanish
Catherine Cinca-Edwards
IELTS Administrator
Catherine Mason
Teacher of German
Charlie Marshall
Teacher of English
Dr Val Hennessy
Eleanor West
Teacher of Welsh
Francesca Agnoletto
Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator
Gabriel Moreira
Sales and Marketing (Brazil)
Irene Ottonello
Teacher of Italian
Joanna Thorpe
Teacher of English
Joe O’Hagan
Assistant Director of Studies
Joyce Zhou
Teacher of Mandarin Chinese
Julian Segura
Teacher of Spanish
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
Marina Ossovskaya
Center Exams Manager & Office Co-ordinator
Markus Ribeiro
Teacher of Portuguese
Monika Gerlach
Teacher of German
Katerina Velliki
Teacher of Greek
Nicky Yeeles
Teacher of English
Pete Gibson
Principal and Director of Studies
Sally German
Senior teacher
Shaun Duncan
Accommodation and Welfare Officer
Stefanie Weller
Teacher of German
Kamila Zielinska
Teacher of Polish
Toby Shearwood
Social Programme & Buildings Coordinator
Veronica Mastrandrea
Teacher of Italian
Véronique Morgan