Meet the team
Guy van der Westhuizen
Founder & Managing Director
Guy established Ivy in June 2009 following a career in the City, working first as a finance lawyer at London law firm Linklaters then investment bank Morgan Stanley. Guy studied French & Spanish at the University of Bristol before moving to London in 2001, where he lives with his wife, Mary, and their four children. He is a passionate traveller and photographer, regularly visiting the United States where he loves to explore and photograph the national parks of California and the Rocky Mountains. Guy's role is to ensure Ivy delivers excellent service to both our hosts and guests, and to source London's finest homes for Ivy's portfolio.
Edana joined Ivy having worked in the hospitality industry for six years. An International Studies graduate and an avid traveller herself, Edana translates her years of customer service experience and penchant for travelling into ensuring Ivy’s guests enjoy their time in London.
Head of Sales
Sophie is a History graduate from the University of Warwick. She has visitor services experience working directly at notable sites including Buckingham Palace and the House of Commons, following which she worked in graduate recruitment at Goldman Sachs. With a passion for travelling herself and a love for London, she enjoys helping Ivy guests find their perfect location to stay in her home city.
Sonia has worked for Ivy since 2017, after moving to London from her native Serbia where we she worked for several years as an office manager. She joined the Ivy team initially as housekeeper, and now runs our cleaning team and liaises directly with our hosts regarding all housekeeping matters. A student of economics, accounting and business, Sonja is also fluent in Russian and Spanish.
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.
Sales & Marketing
Elizabeth joined the Ivy team after working in the music industry. A graduate of the Arts University, Bournemouth, she still regularly enjoys drawing, arts & crafts and singing. With ample customer service experience and a keen eye for detail, she is keen to put her love for helping others to good use, ensuring guests enjoy the best possible stay in London.
Reservations & Customer Service
Eliza is an English, Media and Communications graduate from Christchurch, New Zealand. After a few years in the radio industry, Eliza was looking for an adventurous new challenge, so she made the move to London. With a passion for travel and organisation, she ensures guests have the best experience in London from the moment they book with Ivy.