London Team



Hattie Paterson

London Director

In April 2015, after three years in Upstate New York, Hattie returned to London to join the EUSA team. Having been fortunate enough to study in three countries, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam, she has developed a real commitment to the benefits of a global education. In Hattie’s previous work as a Study Abroad Advisor at The State University of New York College at Brockport, she has been dedicated to the development and professional preparation of students. Outside of work Hattie’s passion is travel. She considers herself a “cultural chameleon” being able to adapt anywhere, at any time; the next country on her bucket list is India! Hattie likes to spend time going to gigs, visiting galleries and eating cake.



Kate Duffy

Kate Duffy

London Internship Relations Director

Kate has worked with EUSA since 2000, first as a member of the Placement Team (which she led from 2006), then as London Director and now as London Internship Relations Director. She was new to the field of international education when she started with EUSA, but had tried her hand at virtually everything else, including: publications for Rolls Royce, working for a music copywriting firm, two different bookies, a racetrack, a residential centre for children with behavioral issues and epilepsy, a retirement home, and “a brief stint as the world’s worst waitress and barmaid.”

As one of EUSA’s longest serving team members, Kate has clearly found her calling, and is particularly proud of having helped so many students do the same. Kate was born and raised in London and earned an honors degree in Psychology and Literature from Derby University. When she isn’t developing new placements for EUSA's flagship site, Kate is probably reading, traveling, attending music festivals, and generally trying to learn more about new cultures and destinations.


EmmaEmma Freeman

London Assistant Director

Emma joined EUSA Placement Team in early 2015 having gained experience in the industry on a reciprocal programme; placing non US citizens on a combined work and study exchange programme based in New York. Emma graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in Journalism, Film and Media and then began a stint working at the BBC, followed by a round the world trip that ignited her love of travel and overseas experience. Emma's travels eventually took her to Vancouver, Canada where she spent over two years gaining first hand insight into the benefits of living and working abroad. It was upon her return from Vancouver that Emma decided that international exchange programmes where her real interest lay and has continued along this career path since. In her spare time Emma loves to travel both locally and internationally and her time spent in Vancouver has left her a keen cyclist, gardener and ice hockey fan.

SCotterhillSarah Cotterill 

Acting London Assistant Director

Sarah joined Eusa in early 2016. She has several years experience in internship placement working at a 12-month work, live, and study program based in London. In this role, she helped to bring international students to the UK, placed them within host companies, and supported them throughout their internship year. Sarah holds a BA in Education and Media Studies from Victoria University, and comes from a research consultancy background. During this time, she worked on commercial market research projects across a range of industries, and in government and social research. Originally from New Zealand, and having lived in Australia for many years, Sarah now calls London home. Still fairly new to the city, she enjoys making the most of London’s great cultural offerings, social activities, and diverse music scene. In her spare time, Sarah loves to fit in as many new experiences as she can, which includes gigs, museums, galleries, and London’s great coffee culture!


Alyssa Takagi

London Program Manager

Originally from the United States, Alyssa was fortunate enough to visit Europe many times as a kid.  When she was 14, she came to London on holiday and decided that one day this would be home.  After finishing university, where she worked in many student service roles from a resident assistant for international students to an orientation leader, Alyssa decided to follow her dreams to London.  Not before, however, making a 2-year pit stop in Italy so she could eat, learn Italian, and eat some more.  Finally, making it to London in spring 2015, Alyssa has been fortunate enough to make friends from all over the world—only doubling her travel bucket list—while working at a youth hostel. Happily joining the EUSA team in 2016, she’s able to combine her love for different cultures with her love for London and student services.  Alyssa is usually at her happiest when she has a Starbucks in hand, a trip to the cinema in mind, and is off exploring the streets of London on foot.

Helen GreenHelen Green

London Office Manager

When Helen moved from Ireland to London, she originally planned to stay for six months, but nine years later and she is still here!

After initially working in bars for a few months she decided to work in a secondary school gaining unpaid work experience as a receptionist. Within a year this led to a full-time position processing admission for the sixth form and assisting students with their UCAS applications (UK university application process).  Helen joined the EUSA team in March 2011 and in her spare time enjoys reading, music, catching up with family and friends, tv, food and travel.



Sorrel Fitzpatrick

London Placement Manager

Sorrel joined the EUSA placement team at the end of 2014.  She has experience working with international students as a student affairs coordinator, events liaison and programme coordinator with ACCENT International. Sorrel holds a BA in English, Drama and Education from The University of Birmingham. 

She is an active member of a South East London theatre group both on stage and as events officer on the committee.  Sorrel enjoys travel having spent several months in South East Asia and India.  She also likes to dance, read, hike and watch as many shows as possible.

TraceyTracey Stemarthe

London Placement Manager

Tracey joined EUSA in April 2015. Coming from a PR background, Tracey brings her networking and communication experience in order to find the best placements for our students.  Tracey has previously worked in Study Abroad and studied in Lyon, France, for a year whist she was at university.  A born and bred Londoner, Tracey loves finding new and interesting things that the city constantly offers.  As a keen foodie and traveller, she loves that she can eat all over the world on her door step, with the many restaurants that London has to offer.  When she isn’t eating, Tracey enjoys volunteering and going for the occasional run.


RoyaLondonRoya Zeinali

London Placement Manager

Roya joined the EUSA London team in November 2016. After completing a BA in History and Politics and a Masters in Business Management (Marketing), Roya took a year off to travel and complete a ski season in France. Once back she began working at her father’s business in Bristol before starting a job in recruitment for the Royal Mail. Roya is passionate about using her communication skills gained from her recruitment experience to find the best possible internships for our students based on their personal criteria.

Although born and raised in Bristol, Roya had always planned on making the move to London and did so in October 2016. Her hobbies include reading, skiing, and going to the theatre – an interest she developed after studying drama at school. Beyond that, she enjoys spending her weekends exploring museums and making the most of the cosmopolitan culture London has to offer.



Natalie Morris

London Placement Manager

Natalie Morris joined the EUSA London team in April 2017. Following her completion of a BA in Creative Writing in her home country of New Zealand, Natalie decided to move to California to work at a ski resort for a year.  Following the trip, and with her love of the US firmly in place, she then returned to New Zealand to work with an international exchange program, sending other students to work in the US. Continuing to work with international student relations between the US and the rest of the world is Natalie’s passion and one that she brings to her work with EUSA.

With Natalie's love of travel, London is the perfect spot to live.  When not out exploring the UK or Europe, Natalie can be found watching the Formula 1 or the rugby (Go All Blacks!)!



Marin Daley

London Placement Manager

Originally from London, Marin moved to South Florida when she was 13. Later, she completed a degree in management at Florida Atlantic University and went on to complete an MBA in Global Management. After graduation, Marin worked as a Consular Officer at The British Consulate General, Miami. Following this, she spent time teaching in Ghana and travelled through West Africa, Asia, and Europe. On her return to London last year, she spent one year working in International Education before joining the EUSA London office.

Marin loves to travel and to try new things, and she is currently learning French.


Vicky Ilieva

Financial Controller

Vicky Ilieva is a graduate from Westminister University with a BSC(Hons) in Accounting and Business Management. She started her accounting career as part of the  EUSA Finance team in 2013. Born and raised in Bulgaria, she moved with her family to London in 2004.

When she is not studying for her final exams towards her ACCA qualification, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends over a beautiful dinner with a drink in her hand.

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