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John Brewer

Moved within/to: NCUK
On: October 2019

NCUK, UK. NCUK has announced John Brewer as Chief Executive Officer. John has held roles such as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at UK universities as well as having extensive commercial experience. Starting as sports science postgraduate researcher for Loughborough University, he joined the Football Association as Head of Human Performance in 1988, and until 2009 worked in a number of sport science roles. In 2009, John joined the University of Bedfordshire, before moving to St. Mary’s University in Twickenham where he became Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. Within this role he worked with many international partners, established an embedded foundation year college at St. Mary’s and achieved significant growth in international student numbers. John joins NCUK after successfully completing an interim role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University at High Wycombe. John’s appointment will complement the ambitious growth plans for the company which will benefit the entire NCUK Global Network, enabling it to continue to provide world-class study opportunities for international students all over the world.

Andrew Norton

Moved within/to: The Australian National University
On: November 2019

The Australian National University, Australia. One of Australia’s most respected and experienced higher education policy thinkers, researchers and commentators, Andrew Norton, has taken up a new role at The Australian National University. Andrew has been appointed as professor in the Practice of Higher Education at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Working in higher education policy since 1997 when he began his career as an adviser to then education minister David Kemp, he is recognised as one of the nation’s leading voices in the sector. Prior to joining ANU, he was Higher Education Program director at the Grattan Institute. Before that he worked at the Centre for Independent Studies, and advised three vice-chancellors at the University of Melbourne. Andrew was also a member of the 2013-14 Federal Government review of the demand driven system for higher education funding and of the 2016-17 expert panel advising on higher education reform.


Maria Kinast

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: September 2019

Studyportals, The Netherlands. Maria recently joined Studyportals as Senior Account Advisor Partnerships. She started her career in HE nine years ago at Nijmegen School of Management, a faculty of Radboud University in The Netherlands. Over her years there she developed and implemented the international marketing & recruitment strategy, and helped set up digital application, admission and enrolment procedures for international students. Previously, she worked in real estate business in Latvia, allowing her to bring the business perspective to the university, and now her task is to bring the university perspective to one of the biggest commercial players on international higher education market – Studyportals.

Catherine Fieschi

Moved within/to: Queen Mary
On: October 2019

Queen Mary, University of London, UK. Queen Mary University of London has welcomed Catherine Fieschi as the Director of its Global Policy Institute. With a PhD in comparative politics from McGill University in Canada, Catherine Fieschi is the author of numerous journal articles, as well as essays on extremism, mobilisation, identity politics and ‘Populocracy: The Tyranny of Authenticity and the Rise of Populism’ (June 2019, Agenda Publishing). In 2011 she founded the research group Counterpoint, which provides NGOs, governments and businesses with research and analysis on how cultural and social dynamics affect politics, policy-making and markets. Prior to this, Catherine was Director of Research at the British Council (2009-2011), and between 2005 and 2008 Director of Demos, the leading think tank.

Leigh McIntyre

Moved within/to: Stafford House
On: September 2019

Stafford House, UK.  Leigh McIntyre has been promoted to the role of Global Sales Director of Stafford House. Leigh has been an integral part of the Stafford House sales team for five years and embodies the passion and pride that has been the key to the success of Stafford House. Leigh has previously held the role of Deputy Sales Director and as such, this is the natural step for her to continue offering great customer service and support to our valued partners around the world. “Stafford House has been the pride of my life for the last five years,” she said. “A place that has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.”

Cam Harvey

Moved within/to: Stafford House
On: September 2019

Stafford House, UK. Stafford House is pleased to announce that Cam Harvey has been appointed its Managing Director. Cam comes with a wealth of industry experience, having previously worked for EC, Embassy and GV, as well as having run his own agency in his native Toronto. Cam is a great addition to the Stafford House team and the company looks forward to all the insight and energy he can bring to the role. Cam replaces Pete Jackson, who is moving to the role of Group COO. “My roots are in language, so I feel privileged to have this opportunity to contribute to Stafford House at this exciting next phase in its evolution and growth,” Cam said.

Janet Bohrer

Moved within/to: British Accreditation Council
On: October 2019

British Accreditation Council, UK. British Accreditation Council is delighted to confirm that Janet Bohrer will be its new Chief Executive. Janet is currently Director of Teaching, Quality and Enhancement at London South Bank University, where she is responsible for the team that provides the professional advice about academic quality and standards of the awards the university makes. She also reviews and maintains the University’s academic regulations and the associated procedures that are used to assure the integrity of the awards the University makes. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Director in the Standards, Quality and Enhancement team at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Janet has a combined studies degree (Psychology and Sociology), a master’s degree in Occupational Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and a Doctorate in Education (EdD).


Barnaby Sandow

Moved within/to: ACS International School Cobham
On: October 2019

ACS International School Cobham, UK. ACS International School Cobham has appointed Barnaby Sandow as Head of School from the start of the academic year 2019. Barnaby has spent the last five years in south-east Asia as Principal at Jerudong International School in Brunei, and previous to that has many years’ experience as Deputy Principal and Academic Director. He began his career as a science teacher at Abingdon School and later, as Head of Department at Stowe School. A passionate teacher and champion of international education, he believes that, “schooling with an international outlook is exactly the type of education that the world needs right now. It is imperative that children experience different cultures if they are to be ready for the diverse global society that awaits them.”

Callum Cowell

Moved within/to: University of Western Australia
On: September 2019

University of Western Australia, Australia. Callum Cowell has been appointed Director Global Engagement at the University of Western Australia. The Director Global Engagement at UWA is a newly created role, leading what was formerly the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor International. The Director Global Engagement works together with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships) to develop and implement the University’s international strategy. The role leads the Global Engagement Office in furthering the University’s international reach and reputation through connections with appropriate international partners that align with UWA’s vision as a world Top 100, research-intensive University.

Akos Kiraly

Moved within/to: Lancaster University Leipzig
On: September 2019

Lancaster University Leipzig, Germany. Akos Kiraly is a higher education marketing specialist with over 9 years of experience. Akos grew up in Hungary and came as an international student to Germany. He has started his career in Germany with a one of the leading German university agencies before he switched to the education provider side. Akos has been previously working as Director of Student Recruitment at GISMA Business School and has successfully implemented an international student recruitment strategy for SRH Berlin University of Applied Science (SRH Hochschule Berlin). Akos joined Lancaster University Leipzig in September 2019. He is also a volunteer in the EAIE rainbow task force.

Mary Pozzobon

Moved within/to: Flywire
On: March 2019

Flywire, Australia & New Zealand. Mary brings 23 years’ experience in international education to Flywire as she joined as Country Director Australia & New Zealand. Her involvement with the industry stems from a passion to assist international students, during their journey and contribute to their success. Mary has experience with various education providers, service providers and industry associations to share knowledge and develop better product and services to improve the international student experience. Recently Mary achieved the IEAA Associate Fellow status that is a testament to her contribution and willingness to make a difference.  She now works with a dedicated team to deliver global payment solutions that removes complications with payments that relates to the life changing decision to study globally.

Louis Clay

Moved within/to: Bupa
On: July 2019

Bupa, Australia. Louis moved to Bupa as Executive Manager – University Partnership Development after eight years in the higher education sector – working across three different universities, including as the Director of International Recruitment & Admissions Services at the University of Adelaide which won the 2019 Business SA International Education and Training award. Being renowned in the University sector for driving commercially sound initiatives – Louis takes to Bupa valuable insight as to how as an industry partner, Bupa can support the sustainable, long-term growth of the international student sector in Australia and support the health and wellbeing of international students who choose to make Australia their home while they study.

Scott Hillard

Moved within/to: ATMC Education Group
On: September 2019

ATMC Education Group, Australia. ATMC Education Group, a leading delivery partner in the Higher Education and Vocational sectors, is delighted to welcome Scott as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer.  Most recently Director of Sales – University Partnerships at Navitas, Scott has an extensive history of senior sales & marketing roles across Education, Consumer Electronics and FMCG. Passionate about enhancing the education sector with the innovative strategies of other customer-centric industries, Scott is focused on expanding the group’s University and Agency Channel partnerships across the globe. With degrees in Education and Psychology, he is steadfast in his advocacy of education as a tool to develop and advance human potential.

Giuliana Bonvini

Moved within/to: UCD - English Language Academy
On: November 2019

UCD – English Language Academy, Ireland. Right after winning the Rising Star of the Year 2019 category at the WIE Awards during ICEF Berlin this year, Giuliana has taken a new role with University College Dublin – English Language Academy. She brings over a decade of industry experience to the newly formed commercial team where she will be responsible for business development strategies globally. Giuliana said, “Joining such a renowned institution that has recently been awarded ‘University of the Year 2020’ is a huge honour for me, and I am looking forward to working on ELA future strategies ahead”. Newly graduated from Birkbeck University of London with an MA in Digital Media Management, this has been a very successful year of achievements for Giuliana.


Leanne Everett

Moved within/to: Phoenix Academy
On: August 2019

Phoenix Academy, Australia. Leanne Everett joined Phoenix Academy as Principal in August 2019. She comes to Phoenix with just over 20 years’ experience in International Education in a variety of areas such as Marketing, Business Development, Course & Curriculum Design, Training & Assessment , Quality and Compliance as well as substantial experience in managing and training staff. As Principal of Phoenix Academy, Leanne has rather large shoes to step in to taking over from its founder, Robynne Walsh, a well-known industry icon, although most will agree they both certainly share the same passion for the industry! As Principal, Leanne will continue to lead the Academy to ensure the student experience is at the highest level of satisfaction, that the Academy’s high quality for training delivery is maintained and continue innovative advancement in various fields of training on shore and offshore.

Vicki Stott

Moved within/to: QAA
On: November 2019

QAA, UK. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education is pleased to announce that Vicki Stott has been appointed as Executive Director of Operations (Deputy CEO). Vicki brings a wealth of experience from a career in senior university leadership. She joins QAA from St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, where she has been Bursar since 2012. She has also held roles at the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick, and at UMIST. Executive Director of Operations (Deputy CEO) is a new post at QAA, created following its recent transformation program and restructure. Vicki will lead QAA’s operational delivery, including the new membership services launched in August 2019. In addition the role will have oversight of all QAA’s activity across the UK and Europe, as well as its international and commercial services and operation as the Designated Quality Body in England.


Michael Wesley

Moved within/to: University of Melbourne
On: November 2019

University of Melbourne, Australia. The University of Melbourne has appointed senior executive Michael Wesley to lead its focus on international strategies and partnerships as its Deputy Vice-Chancellor International. Professor Wesley is currently Professor of International Affairs and Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. He has extensive experience in international strategy and relations and has worked in higher education, government and the private sector. He has published on Australian foreign policy, Asia’s international relations and strategic affairs, and the politics of state-building interventions. Previously, Michael was the Director of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at ANU, the Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Director of the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University, and Assistant Director-General for Transnational Issues at the Office of National Assessments. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews.

Erin Adams

Moved within/to: LaSalle College Vancouver
On: September 2019

LaSalle College Vancouver, Canada. Erin Adams has joined LaSalle College Vancouver as Director of Admissions. Erin has over 20 years’ experience in education – both public and private – having lived and worked extensively in Canada, Indonesia, South Korea, and Germany. For the last ten years Erin has been an integral part of the team at Global Village English Centres, most recently as President and Managing Director. A graduate of the University of Victoria and McMaster University, Erin looks forward to working with LaSalle College Vancouver’s management team to build on its strengths and continue growth for its many innovative and world-class applied arts programs.

Fernanda Viramontes 

Moved within/to: Book&Learn
On: August 2019

Book&Learn, Mexico. Fernanda Viramontes has joined Book&Learn as the Director of Customer Success. Fernanda joins Book&Learn with over 10 years experience in the international education sector and having previously worked at Mundo Joven in Mexico, first as the Manager of their Higher Education department and later on as the agency’s General Manager. Working in this capacity with one of LATAM’s leading agencies, she developed both her leadership skills and a keen understanding of what a company needs to grow in an increasingly competitive business landscape. As Director of Customer Success, Fernanda’s principal focus will be on working closely with Book&Learn’s partner agencies to ensure that they get the most out of the platform, adding value to their daily operations and efficiency to their recruitment processes.

Jamie Gibbs

Moved within/to: Book&Learn
On: July 2019

Book&Learn, Mexico. Jamie Gibbs recently joined Book&Learn as Global Sales Director. With more than 2,500 agents across the globe using Book&Learn’s quotation tool, CRM and booking platform everyday, Jamie will lead the commercial growth of Book&Learn’s operation with the objective of providing tech-based solutions to the day-to-day challenges faced by educational agents worldwide. Jamie said, “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Book&Learn and it is a privilege to be part of the technological revolution that is driving forward our industry”. Jamie has worked in the international education sector for over five years now; helping St Giles International expand their operations in Spain and LATAM and more recently having launched and run the German Higher Ed Operation of GISMA Business School (of the Global University Systems family) throughout the Americas.