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Recent Movers & Shakers

Jennifer Parsons

Moved within/to: UniQuest
On: January 2018

UniQuest, UK. Jennifer Parsons has joined UniQuest as the Director of Behavioural Insights.  UniQuest has data from over 6 million communications with students which Jennifer will lead the new Behavioural Insights Team in analysing for impactful, actionable insights to ensure that their partners remain at the forefront of student recruitment and engagement innovation. Jennifer joins UniQuest with 20 years’ experience of working in international education, which has included roles as Director of Internationalisation at LSBU and Head of Global Client relations at i-Graduate.  For the past two years Jennifer has been running her own consultancy, delivering research and strategic development to the UK HE sector.

Daryl Fong

Moved within/to: AECC Global
On: February 2018

AECC Global, Singapore. Daryl Fong is the Chief Operating Officer of AECC Global, after setting up four AECC Global offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in 2017. Daryl has previously worked at IDP for almost 30 years, in a number of roles including Manager of the Australian Education Centre, Country Director of IDP Singapore and IDP Network Director and assisted in setting up offices in UK, Korea, the Middle East and India. He maintained SE Asia as the highest performing office in terms of revenue and students numbers in the IDP Network worldwide. Throughout his career, he has built an extensive network contacts with both local and overseas institutions.


Emma Dawkins

Moved within/to: NCUK
On: February 2018

NCUK, UK.  Emma has recently been appointed as Academic Director for NCUK, where she will develop and enhance new and existing qualifications, whilst exploring how technology can and will further enable NCUK’s teaching, learning and assessment capabilities. Emma has a wealth of experience from a range of awarding bodies in the UK, spending a significant part of her career at AQA as the strategic lead on a number of transformation projects. Prior to starting at NCUK, Emma developed her international experience as Director of Qualifications and Academic Delivery at NCC Education.

Bruno Contrera

Moved within/to: TWIN Educational Group
On: November 2017

TWIN Educational Group, Ireland.  Bruno Contrera has joined TWIN Educational Group as Head of Sale, Marketing and Operations in Ireland. Launched in 1995, TWIN Education Group is an award-winning provider of training and employability services, language education, travel, work experience and volunteer opportunities, both in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining TWIN Educational Group, Bruno enjoyed some good years of experience as part of one of the biggest agencies in Brazil. Bruno looks forward to the challenge of building on the success at TWIN Educational Group with some more great news to come as the group starts to expand for new markets.

Lexie Axel-Berg

Moved within/to: IDP Education / Hotcourses Canada
On: January 2018

IDP Education / Hotcourses Canada. Following the IDP acquisition of the Hotcourses Group in January 2017, Lexie Axel-Berg has transferred to IDP’s  Toronto office as Head of Client Relationships for Hotcourses (Canada). She will work closely with the IDP Client Relations Team and Canadian institutions on the end-to-end recruitment model offered jointly by Hotcourses and IDP, on stand-alone Marketing Recruitment Services and on the Hotcourses Insights product. Prior to this new assignment, she worked for five years in the London offices of Hotcourses UK, most recently as Insights Manager, and with UK institutions refining their digital recruitment strategies. The IDP Canada team is thrilled to welcome her on board.

Benjamin Mack

Moved within/to: IES Abroad
On: January 2018

IES Abroad, US. Benjamin has joined IES Abroad in Chicago as their new Associate Vice President of International Recruiting and Marketing. IES Abroad, one of the U.S.A’s largest outbound student mobility organizations, has expanded its mission to include international student mobility through its new division, The Study Abroad Foundation (SAF). In this role, Benjamin will develop and execute the strategic international marketing priorities for IES Abroad and SAF across various markets. He previously worked as the Director of Recruitment, Marketing & Admissions at BROWNS English Language School in Australia, and has leadership experience across student recruitment, destination and product branding and enrollment management.

Peter Skillen

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: February 2018

Study Group, UK. Peter joins Study Group as the Director, Risk and Compliance. He will be leading on all matters relating to UKVI compliance. Peter was previously the UK Immigration Compliance Manager at INTO since 2012, where he was the central reference point for all Home Office related compliance and guidance and set up their Head Office compliance team, whose work had been cited as being amongst the best in sector for supporting international students and compliance. He has also delivered compliance workshops overseas. Peter has been involved with PBS Tier 4 since its inception when he worked on a task force on student visas for Universities UK at UEA.

Paul Wappett

Moved within/to: Australian Institute of Business
On: February 2018

Australian Institute of Business, Australia. Paul Wappett joins Australian Institute of Business as its new Chief Executive Officer, leaving Open Universities Australia, where he was CEO since early 2012. Under Paul’s leadership, OUA evolved to become a leading institution in learning design for online education, educational content production and the use and development of learning technologies and platforms. A lawyer by profession, Paul’s previous positions have included legal and commercial roles at CPA Australia, the Western Bulldogs Football Club, Mobil Oil Australia and law firm Clayton Utz.  Paul is also currently the Chairman of Berry Street, the largest child protection agency in Victoria.

Ella Gustafsson

Moved within/to: Dare to Learn
On: January 2018

Dare to Learn, Finland. Ella Gustafsson has joined Dare to Learn as CEO. Dare to Learn is an innovative learning event held annually in Helsinki, Finland. Ella has been active in internationalization of higher education and student mobility since 2010. She has a MA in Media Studies. She has previously worked at Finnish student recruitment agencies, e.g. as Business Development Manager and International Coordinator. These positions included extensive travel in both Europe and Asia. She is a genuine networker known for her skills in intercultural communication. She is passionate about executing Dare to Learn’s vision of making joyful learning possible for all.

Joseph Burrow

Moved within/to: i-graduate
On: January 2018

i-graduate, UK.  Joseph Burrow has joined i-graduate as its new Director for North America and will be responsible for business development and client relations across the US and Canada. Joe will also lead on institution report backs, sharing results from the International Student Barometer. Joe joins from International Student Exchange Programs where he was Vice-President for Student Engagement and served on the executive team. Joe has over fifteen years of international education experience including multilateral student movement and recruitment advisory work. He has extensive links with key International Higher Education membership associations including AIRC, ACE, NAFSA, CBIE, AACRAO and EAIE.


Henry Tolley

Moved within/to: LanguageCert
On: January 2018

LanguageCert, UK. Henry Tolley has joined LanguageCert as Head of Business Development (All English Speaking Countries). Before joining, he worked for Trinity College London as Head of Business Development for four years, having worked for the publisher Pearson as Director, and previously Country Manager in Italy. He also worked for Cambridge Assessment English as Regional Development Manager. He has an MA (Dip) in Applied Linguistics and an MBA, both from Open University. His involvement in language teaching goes back to the early 1990s, working abroad for 15 years in Hungary, Spain and Italy, at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

Monèle Schrot

Moved within/to: ICEF GMBH
On: January 2018

IECF GmbH, Germany. Monele Schrot has joined ICEF as Director or French Programming, Canada. In this role, Monele will focus on developing inbound student mobility to French and bilingual programs across Canada. For the past decade, Monele has served as Director of the International Education Department at the Louis Riel School Division. While at Louis Riel, Monele was responsible for providing vision, leadership and management of the International Student Program in the K-12 and Post-Secondary Vocational Institute. Monele looks forward to bringing her experience promoting French programs in Canada to help French and bilingual schools achieve their international student recruitment goals.

Mike Walkey

Moved within/to: Fraser International College/Navitas
On: January 2018

Fraser International College, Burnaby, Canada.  Mike Walkey has joined Fraser International College (FIC) as Director of Marketing and Recruitment.  FIC is the world’s largest, private university pathway partnership, operated by Navitas and located on the campus of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada.  Prior to joining FIC, Mike enjoyed a long career as Managing Director for ELS Educational Services Canada, and served as a board and executive member for Languages Canada.  Mike looks forward to the challenge of building on the success at FIC and leading the recruitment team to meet both the college’s and Simon Fraser University’s strategic international enrollment goals.

Guy Doughty

Moved within/to: Birmingham City University
On: December 2017

Birmingham City University, UK. Guy has joined BCU and is based in China to manage its innovative collaboration with Wuhan Textile University. Guy’s career started as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and then focused on international education and TNE. Senior roles at Navitas and Kaplan spanned both academic management and international development.  Most recently he ran a consulting company specializing in academic development and international interim education management. Major projects included working from Kenya to manage the Africa-wide operations of a major recruitment consultancy; managing the development of Kaplan’s college in Lagos and, as Deputy Vice Chancellor, overseeing the redevelopment of Cavendish University in Uganda.

David Comp

Moved within/to: Columbia College Chicago
On: October 2017

Columbia College Chicago, US. David joined Columbia College Chicago as Assistant Provost for Global Education in October 2017. He previously worked for seventeen years in the following internationally focused roles at The University of Chicago: as Associate Director of International Programs at the Booth School of Business, as Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College and as Assistant Director in the Office of International Affairs.  David continues to serve as a Study Abroad Research Consultant for the Center for Global Education at California State University at Dominguez Hills and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Fund for Education Abroad.

PJ Shoulders

Moved within/to: Quacquarelli Symonds
On: January 2018

QS Intelligence Unit, a division of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, UK. PJ has joined QSIU as Regional Manager for the Eastern United States, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She brings 20 years of experience in international education to the role, including serving as the Associate Director in the study abroad offices of DePaul University and NC State. She has also managed sales, enrollment management, and program development teams at third-party study abroad providers. In her new role at QSIU, she will help US colleges and universities meet their institutional goals through QSIU services, including advisory, strategic research, and consulting solutions.

Martyn Edwards

Moved within/to: University of South Wales
On: January 2018

University of South Wales, UK. Martyn Edwards has joined the University of South Wales as Director of International. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Martyn will be working closely with the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Board to lead on the university internationalisation strategy and oversee all international professional services. Prior to joining USW, Martyn was Head of Marketing and Business Development for IDP, UK & US. He has also held senior international recruitment and marketing roles at Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and the British Council.

Sarah Lockyer

Moved within/to: CATS Canterbury Int'l Boarding School
On: January 2018

CATS Canterbury Int’l Boarding School, UK. Sarah Lockyer joins CATS Canterbury International Boarding School. She has previously served as Principal at Gosfield School in Essex, King William’s College and Acting Head at Malvern College. Sarah is the Vice Chair of the Independent Schools Association, on the board of the Boarding Schools Association and an inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Sarah has studied at the University of Manchester and the University of Missouri and enjoys sharing her love of drama and literature with young people from around the world. She believes in the opportunities that A levels and the International Baccalaureate offer to international students.

Chong E Way

Moved within/to: QS
On: January 2018

QS Intelligence Unit, South East Asia, a division of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, UK. E Way has joined QS Intelligence Unit as the Regional Sales Manager in South East Asia. He will be responsible for engaging universities within the region to participate in QS products and services such as the well-known QS World University Ranking, QS University Ranking by region, QS Stars Rating and others. Prior to this, E Way was handling student recruitment for different private universities in Malaysia, to name a few such as Heriot-Watt University Malaysia and INTI International University & Colleges part of the Laureate International Universities network back then.

Kim Tae-Wan

Moved within/to: QS
On: January 2018

QS Intelligence Unit, South Korea, a division of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, UK.  Tae-Wan has joined QS Intelligence Unit and will be based in South Korea. He is a seasoned business development professional with over 13 years of work experience in Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, and Dubai. He was previously the youngest Executive Director at four-year university in South Korea before joining EF as the head of admissions. With his expertise, extensive network and experience in the higher education sector in South Korea, QS will strengthen its position as the worlds largest international higher education network.