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Meet the team

About us

  • Guy van der Westhuizen

    Founder & Managing Director

    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.

    Guy van der Westhuizen
  • Emma McLennan

    Sales & Marketing

    Along with a business degree, Emma also brings to Ivy years of customer service experience in the hotel industry in her native Australia. A keen traveller herself, Emma ensures that all our guests enjoy their trip to London from start to finish.

    Emma McLennan
  • Marge Galkinta

    Housekeeping Manager

    Marge is of Latvian and Russian descent and studied as a Law at the University of Latvia. She speaks multiple languages and particularly loves to read Russian. Having worked at Ivy almost since its inception, Marge knows most of Ivy's homes inside out. Her day to day responsibility is managing Ivy's team of housekeepers and ensuring homes are presented to guests and returned to hosts to Ivy's high standards.

    Marge Galkinta
  • Tasha Bamford

    Reservations & Customer Service

    Tasha joined the Ivy team having moved from New Zealand to indulge in her passion for travel. She previously studied Physical Education back in New Zealand and brings an abundance of customer service experience in the sport and fitness and hospitality industries. She is dedicated to ensuring Ivy's guests have the very best experience during their stays in London.

    Tasha Bamford
  • William Shillito

    Operations Manager

    William is a tourism graduate from Christchurch, New Zealand. After a few years of working for Air New Zealand, he decided to move to London to further his passion for travel. He enjoys meeting Ivy’s guests and works to ensure they have smooth and happy stays with us.

    William Shillito
  • Emma Price

    Reservations & Customer Service

    Emma joined the Ivy team after a move from Australia to experience life on the other side of the world. Coming from a real estate and hotel industry background, she understands the importance of finding ideal accommodation in a the perfect location. An avid traveller herself, she enjoys helping Ivy guests with all types of questions leading up to, and during their stays with us.

    Emma Price