Our team

The Learn English in a Homestay programme is run by the same successful team who have built the hugely successful English Language Homestays in the UK over the last 25 years. English 1-2-1 is focussed on our one to one teaching programmes in the UK (England and Scotland), France and South Africa. Building on the success of English Language Homestays, this focussed approach enables us to offer more bespoke and tailored courses for learning in a tutors home (English language homestays). We have a large panel of homestay English teachers and tutors covering all levels of English from beginner and conversational English to professional and aviation English.


Jackie Verrall

Managing Director of English Language Homestays

Jackie Verrall is the Managing Director of English Language Homestays with overall responsibility for all aspects of the business, including its strategic day-to-day running. Jackie – who has 30 years’ experience and excellent business contacts – is based at ELH’s Shoreham-by-Sea HQ and prides herself on a hands-on, professional and personal approach.


Dec Mooney

Company Secretary

Dec Mooney is the Company Secretary and is also a Director of English Language Homestays. He looks after all the financial and legal aspects of the company. Dec also arranges any transportation requests from agents and students.

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Aleks Ptasinska

Summer School Co-Ordinator

Aleks Ptasinska is based in the UK but has strong links with the East European and Russian Market. As she was born in Poland and travelled extensively in the Baltic Countries, she knows exactly what those clients expect with regards to education, lessons and accommodation. She is also a strong Fund raiser for our Townships and always gets involved in any projects that have been happening throughout the year.


Sacha Stone

Short Stay Manager

Sacha Stone is our Short Stay Manager and looks after our five Centres around Brighton as well as coordinating our other UK Centres in Cornwall; Northampton; Edinburgh and Kent. Sacha also works as an activity leader at our Summer School and often attends the Roller Discos in the afternoon. As well as that, she is the Liaison Officer for our Shoreham Town coaches and enjoys rescuing Pole Cats and Ferrets, which she often brings into the class for a “ Get to know a Pet Day!”


Tarnya Ticehurst

High School Manager

Tarnya is our High School Manager and is responsible for placing all of the students in UK and South African Schools. She communicates directly with Agents, Schools and Host families in The Cape. She is happy to allay any worries or fears about this big step for young students and can answer all of your questions. Tarnya is very good at matching the right student with the right school. So if you are sporty she will place you with one particular school and if you like a less rushed pace of life, then she will choose a school and family that mirrors just that! Tarnya is assisted by our South African Co-Ordinators who regularly visit the Host Families and the High Schools, so your students are never alone!


Marieke Colyn

Local Co-Ordinator South Africa

Looks after the area around Stellenbosch. A qualified EFL Trainer she will sometimes host our one to one students as well as offering many social programmes during your stay.