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Recent Movers & Shakers

Chris Broadhurst

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: January 2017

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Chris has joined Oxford International Education Group as Director of Student Recruitment for Schools and Colleges. He has a global remit and will be responsible for developing the recruitment strategies for d’Overbroeck’s and Oxford Tutorial College. Chris brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously held senior recruitment and marketing positions at Bell and Cambridge Education Group. His most recent role was Deputy Director of Recruitment and Marketing at Astrum Education in London, where he achieved an exponential level of growth. He is a dedicated and passionate advocate of the UK school and college sector and is delighted to have the opportunity to join Oxford International at such an exciting stage in the organisation’s history.

Emma Goodwin

Moved within/to: WCBS
On: January 2017

WCBS, UK. Emma has joined WCBS as chief executive officer. WCBS supplies school information management systems to independent schools in the UK and overseas. Emma is a software industry expert, previously Operations Director at software specialist Advanced in Bournemouth, during which time she led the transformation of customer service across the business. She was also a Managing Director of information technology company IPL in Bath (now part of Civica Digital), responsible for the £14m commercial business unit. Emma’s appointment comes at a time when the company is developing its position internationally, particularly in China.

Tarkan Ulas

Moved within/to: Stafford House International
On: January 2017

Stafford House International, Turkey. Tarkan has joined Stafford House International as Regional Sales Manager, MENA. Based in Istanbul, Tarkan joined Stafford House from Sprachcaffe, where he had been Marketing Manager for the MENA region since 2013. He has over 12 years of experience in the international education sector, in both the agency and school sides. He studied in Toronto, Canada, and started his international education career at ILAC. He lived in Mexico for over three and a half years, and then returned to Turkey and worked as director for one of the country’s biggest agencies. He is fluent in Turkish, English and pretends to have a limited proficiency in Spanish.


Ben Reynolds

Moved within/to: Embassy Summer
On: January 2017

Embassy Summer, UK. Ben has been appointed the Global Director of Embassy Summer, and will be based in Brighton. In his new role, Ben will have responsibility for the growth and development of the Embassy Summer brand across operations in the UK and USA. After a short career as a professional footballer, Ben’s work has focused on creating opportunities for young people to access education. Ben draws on a wealth of experience working both in the UK, Europe and Middle East, with premiership football clubs, education providers and experiential travel companies.

CJ Tremblay

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: November 2016

IDP Education, Canada. CJ has been appointed Manager, IELTS Operations (Latin America) for IDP Education. She now oversees IELTS operations in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina and is responsible for driving centre growth and market expansion. Working from Toronto, this role is in addition to her existing work as Canadian Marketing Manager, leading initiatives for IELTS and student placement work in Canada. Over the past three years, CJ has represented IDP at national and international events and significantly expanded the company’s online presence. Prior IDP, CJ worked on digital strategies at the University of Toronto, and was previously National Marketing Manager for The Printing House.

Struan Robertson

Moved within/to: GSA
On: February 2017

GSA, UK. Struan has been appointed Global Head of Investment Management of student accommodation company, GSA. He also joins as an executive of the Group Board, and the Chairman of GSA’s Investment Committee. Struan will be responsible for setting the overall direction of the group’s investment strategy, and will lead a 30-strong investment management team across the EMEA and APAC regions as well as GSA’s regulated funds activities. Struan was previously Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer of Host Hotels & Resorts. He also spent nearly 25 years in real estate at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in a number of roles in locations including New York City, London, Tokyo and Paris.

Ailsa Lamont

Moved within/to: Pomegranate Global
On: October 2016

Pomegranate Global, Australia. Ailsa left CQUniversity Australia, where she was Pro Vice-Chancellor International and Social Innovation, to establish Pomegranate Global. Operating in the crossroads between international education, capacity building and social innovation, Pomegranate Global is developing programmes to address social and environmental issues, and to apply international education expertise to support education for migrants and refugees. Pomegranate Global also offers advisory and consultancy services. Before CQUniversity, Ailsa held a variety of roles at Australian universities, including RMIT and JCU. In 2016, Ailsa led CQUniversity’s successful bid to become the first Australian university recognised as a leader in social innovation education by the US-based Ashoka U network of social entrepreneurs.

John Veale

Moved within/to: The English Language Centre
On: January 2017

ELC Eastbourne, UK. John has joined The English Language Centre as the new Centre Manager for ELC Eastbourne. John led British Study Centres in Brighton for 14 years and was instrumental in the British Council and ISI success of the centre. He is experienced in all aspects of leading a successful EFL centre, focusing on student outcomes, achievements and experiences. In addition to overseeing ELC Eastbourne, John will join the overall ELC management team, contributing to the future development of ELC and its schools in Brighton and Eastbourne.

Louis Coiffait

Moved within/to: Reform
On: January 2017

Reform, UK. Louis has recently joined Reform, a non-partisan UK think tank, as head of education. The organisation has a track record of influencing policy about how best to improve public services while saving money. Recent higher education outputs have included on big data and disadvantaged learners, with work underway on the most effective widening participation activities for UK universities. Louis has previously worked Head of Research at Pearson, as well as CEO of NAHT Edge, and as a consultant for Taylor & Francis.

Antonio Aragon

Moved within/to: Smrt English
On: January 2017

Smrt English, China. Antonio is the new Managing Director of Smrt English Asia, responsible for China. He will be leading the overall marketing and communications strategy in the region. Smrt English Canada, a web-based curriculum development company, launched a globally accessible platform in January 2013. Antonio will take on a business development role to advance Smrt’s presence in Asia. Over the past 15 years, Antonio has been actively involved in the international education industry as a liaison between agents, parents and students worldwide. He has been managing his own consultancy firm, Think Lynx, while working with other organisations, such as ILAC and Algonquin College. He is currently based between Toronto and Beijing.

Rebecca Willis

Moved within/to: City College Brighton and Hove
On: January 2017

City College Brighton and Hove, UK. Rebecca has joined the team at City College as the new International Sales & Marketing Officer. Rebecca has worked in the language travel industry for over 16 years, and in her previous role she managed the marketing and administration of English language courses at ELC Eastbourne, formerly Eastbourne School of English. She led the school through a number of successful British Council and ISI inspections and contributed towards the development of a well-known and respected brand. Rebecca has also worked for IALC organising agent workshops and roadshows. She brings lots of industry knowledge to the role and will be primarily responsible for developing the year-round EFL provision for the college.

Douglas Proctor

Moved within/to: University College Dublin
On: January 2017

University College Dublin, Ireland. Douglas has joined University College Dublin as Director of International Affairs, having recently completed a PhD in international higher education at the University of Melbourne. With fifteen years’ academic and senior managerial experience in the internationalisation of higher education, Douglas specialises in international strategy and international stakeholder engagement. He serves as a member of the AIEA Editorial Committee (USA) and is a Member of the Register of Experts for TEQSA in Australia. He is also co-editing a book for Routledge offering new perspectives on the future agenda for internationalisation in higher education.

Ralph Townsend

Moved within/to: Winter's International School Finder
On: January 2017

Winter’s International School Finder, UK. Ralph has been appointed as Chairman of Winter’s International School Finder, a digital platform that helps parents to find and place their children in schools worldwide. Ralph has previously served as headmaster at three internationally regarded schools, first at Sydney Grammar School in Australia. He then returned to the UK and took up the role of headmaster at Oundle School in Northamptonshire. Between 2005 and 2016, Ralph was headmaster at Winchester College. He brings a breadth of experience to the Winter’s board. He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Cothill Educational Trust.

Benjamin Colling

Moved within/to: Canadian Tourism College
On: December 2016

Canadian Tourism College, Canada. Benjamin has been named the CEO of Canadian Tourism College in Western Canada. He will also act as CEO for a new entrant in British Columbia’s post-secondary education circles, the Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU), an investment company that specialises in the acquisition, merger and growth of private post-secondary schools in Canada. With roots in the hotel industry, Benjamin has been in leadership roles including at The Vancouver Board of Trade, and the Vancouver Film School. In his new role, Benjamin will be responsible for overseeing the growth and operations of all APEDU-owned institutions, with his initial focus being APEDU’s primary college, CTC.



Katarina Hakansson

Moved within/to: University of Westminster
On: October 2016

University of Westminster, UK. Katarina has joined the University of Westminster as Marketing Manager for the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment until July 2017. Katarina will work in this role full-time at the same time as she is studying full-time for her MSc International Marketing at Birkbeck University of London. She gained her BSc International Marketing from University of Central Florida in Orlando. Katarina has worked in international marketing and recruitment for over 13 years, covering markets in South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, SE Asia while being employed by various governmental and private educational institutions.

Sean O’Donnell

Moved within/to: Apollo Language Centre
On: January 2017

Apollo Language Centre, Ireland. Sean has joined Apollo Language Centre in Ireland as Academic Manager following five years at IH Dublin. With a BA in Languages for International Communication, Sean started teaching English after becoming CELTA qualified and quickly realised this was the career for him. He then obtained his DELTA qualification and moved onto numerous roles including Academic and Summer School Manager. Steven O’Dwyer, director of Apollo, said that Sean has a track record in being pro-active and an ability to adapt when necessary. He added that Sean’s approach to language learning will ensure every Apollo student returns home having exceeded their academic goals.

Tim Walsh

Moved within/to: Phoenix Academy
On: September 2016

Phoenix Academy, Australia. Tim has joined the team at Phoenix Academy in Perth, Western Australia in a role focused on business development and project management. Tim has made a significant career move, after 13 years in the oil & gas engineering industry to join the family business in international education. He has studied at the University of Western Australia, Purdue University in the USA and more recently at the Australian Institute of Management. Tim brings to Phoenix his recent experience in project management and business administration, whilst currently working towards completing his MBA.

Ken Lambert

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: October 2016

IDP Education, US. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Ken joins IDP with experience in stakeholder management, public policy and international relations. He began his career in the office of NYS Senator Charles Schumer. Afterwards, he further continued his global affairs work through positions at the US Embassy Berlin, the German State Parliament-Erfurt, and the Office of the Mayor in Niagara Falls, NY. Most recently, Ken worked as Program Coordinator at Temple University, where his work included the development of recruitment and outreach strategies for students coming from less resourced backgrounds. As the first in his family to attend college, travel overseas and learn a second language, Ken has a deep commitment to global education.

Mostafa Badawy

Moved within/to: Cambridge International Examinations
On: January 2017

Cambridge International Examinations, Egypt. Mostafa has been appointed educational consultant for Egypt at Cambridge International Examinations. He has experience in the field of education where he worked as an Education Programmes Officer and School Exams Business Development Manager at the British Council in Egypt. In addition, he also worked as an IGCSE Exams Manager at an international school in Egypt. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law, and a master’s degree in legal, international, commercial transactions and logistics from Huddersfield University in the Arab Academy of Science and Technology.

Lou McLaughlin

Moved within/to: Eaquals
On: January 2017

Eaquals, Ireland. Lou has been appointed as the Executive Director of Eaquals. She will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the association as well as its growth and development. She has been involved in international language education for almost twenty years, amassing experience in teacher training and ELT management including in Ireland, the UK and Spain, where she was Director and DOS at IH Sabadell for almost seven years. Lou serves on the IATEFL Board of Trustees as the Associates Representative for IATEFL, working closely with teaching associations worldwide. She is also the founder and current president of ELT Ireland, which is the association for English language teachers in Ireland.