Our Team

Our Team

Ivy Lettings is renowned for its friendly and experienced team.

Guy van der Westhuizen

Guy - Owner of Ivy Lettings Guy established Ivy Lettings in June 2009 following a career in the City, working first as a finance lawyer at London law firm Linklaters then at US investment bank Morgan Stanley. He moved into real estate purely by chance following his experience short letting his own apartment. He hugely enjoys growing Ivy Lettings and his current day-to-day job is managing his talented team (see below) and ensuring Ivy strives to deliver impeccable service to both its hosts and guests.


Alice Weston


Alice read History at Exeter University, which she put to excellent use as a kite-surfing instructor in the wind mecca of Tarifa and then as a brand management at the Extreme Sports Company. Inspired by the niche that Ivy fills, Alice brings her boundless energy and enthusiasm to the Ivy enquiries team, helping as many people as possible experience London as a home away from home.

Favourite vacation rental: "I love Justice Walk for its idyllic grass roof terrace which is covered in flowers in summer. And it's very close to Battersea Park where I go running."

London travel tip: "Make sure you walk around the streets before sunrise, when London is wonderfully quiet. And take my recommended walk by Regents Canal, it'll be the best thing you do in London!"



Beatrice Schutzer-Weissmann


A recent graduate from Worcester College, Oxford University, where she read French and Italian, Beatrice went on to on to work for a tutoring agency and as a freelance translator. Excited by the prospect of acquiring new skills whilst exercising her creative capabilities, Beatrice brings her multilingual talents and general enthusiasm to the Ivy Lettings enquiries team.

Favourite vacation rental: "Holland Park 2 - the bedroom door opens out onto the Notting Hill communal garden (just like the film!) and there's a fabulous Versailles-style four poster bed."

Top tip for London:"Always take a taxi from the airport, it's so much more convenient. Attempting to navigate the London underground when you've just landed is too much!"



Hannah Lothgren

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Hannah read Geography at Exeter University, and then went on to work for small start-ups within the creative industries. With an international upbringing, she loves to travel, meet new people and is now enjoying living in cosmopolitan London. With a keen interest in social media Hannah is enthusiastic about creatively communicating the Ivy Lettings brand.

Top tip for London:"Spend Sunday in East London, exploring the eclectic shops and eccentricities the area has to offer. Pick up flowers from Columbia road market and lunch from a myriad of stalls along bustling Brick Lane."



Miriam Schumacher

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Miriam is our friendly and helpful Reservations Manager hailing from New Zealand. Having studied criminology and worked internationally for the past three years, Miriam is very familiar with planning travel and accommodation. As a newcomer to London, Miriam understands first hand how important it is to have all your arrival details organised and well planned. She loves helping guests with all their arrival needs to ensure all guests have a fantastic stay in London.

Favourite vacation rental: "Cheniston Gardens, because I've had some of the best guest reviews from this home. It's a very pretty home so it's easy to see why!"

Top tip for London: "There are so many beautiful parks within the city or just a stones throw away, do make sure you visit at least one. My personal favourite is Richmond Park, a huge, beautiful park with deer roaming freely through it.”




Linda Tinte

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Linda is our wonderful Housekeeping Manager, who grew up and studied Business Management in Latvia before working as a User Support Specialist in an IT company. She then moved to London for a taste of big city life and to exercise her passion for hiking in the English countryside. She brings constant cheerfulness and energy to the Ivy Lettings team, where she organises the all-important cleaning schedule and manages our team of cleaners.

Favourite vacation rental: "Shawfield Street, with it's two elegant living rooms, big bedrooms and a garden on two levels."

Top tip for London: "Skip expensive bus tours and walk around London for free! Or - top tip - take the no. 11 bus which crosses London East to West, from Liverpool Street Station all the way to Fulham Broadway via Trafalgar Square, the City and St Pauls. It's just a standard bus but sometimes the bus driver announces iconic landmarks like a guide in a tourist bus!"



Marge Galkinta

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Marge is of Latvian and Russian decent and studied as a Lawyer at the University of Latvia. She speaks multiple languages and particularly loves to read in Russian. Having spent time in Italy working with marble, Marge is very familiar with home interiors. She is an expert on all of the Ivy Lettings homes and takes care of them as if they are her own.

Favourite vacation rental: "Onslow Square - those huge windows overlooking the private communal garden are amazing. I'vd never been in a London home that's so airy and bright."

Top tip for London: "Borough Market is a must-see... the food is incredible!"



Holly Baker

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Holly joins the team as a graduate from the University of Reading where she studied French and Italian. Leaving behind the realm of Renaissance literature and entering the world of London short lets, Holly is thrilled to be a part of Ivy’s team and brings a passion for travel, hoping to help others in their pursuit of adventure.

Top tip for London: “Buy an Oyster card if you want to really explore the city - you will avoid ticket queues, save some money and can even use it on the river boat!”