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Mary Curnock Cook

Moved within/to: The Student Room
On: September 2020

The Student Room, UK. The Student Room has appointed Mary Curnock Cook to its board of directors. As a former CEO of UCAS, Mary has a full-time non-exec portfolio in education.  Sitting on the Board of the Open University and the Student Loans Company, Mary also chairs the Dyson Institute and the Access Project. She is also active in convening edtech action groups across HE and schools, and advising a number of edtech startups. “The Student Room has become part of the national infrastructure in education,” Mary commented, “making sure students are informed, inspired, and supported at the pivotal moments in their education journey.  I love what it does and what it stands for so I’m cock-a-hoop to be joining the Board.”

Marcus Palmer

Moved within/to: The Student Room
On: September 2020

The Student Room, UK. Marcus Palmer, previous acting managing director of The Student Room has been appointed the company’s CEO. Well known for its strong student first’ methodology, The Student Room offers peer-to-peer support and bias-free expert advice to the 75% of UK students who visit. Attracting up to 10 million monthly users, the online student community site has played a valuable role in helping students navigate their way through the last 6 months of educational uncertainty, where government decisions – particularly those made around exam cancellations and grading – have had a direct impact on their lives. Chairman Chris Newson said, “Having been at TSR for over six years since his KPMG years, Marcus is an extremely strong leader, who knows the business inside out and has a real thirst for renewal. Stand by for a period of exciting change!”

Sue Barrosse

Moved within/to: University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School
On: September 2020

University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School, US. Sue Barrosse of New Orleans, LA will lead admissions for the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School.  As Director of Enrollment Management, Sue is responsible for launching a comprehensive recruitment plan including in-person and virtual fairs, webinars and interviews.  Sue has 11 years of successful progressive experience in admissions.  She holds both MBA and MSPH degrees. Previously, Sue served as Chair of the SOPHAS Recruitment & Advisory Committee for ASPPH where she led the collaboration of U.S. and international peer institutions. Sue has a passion for guiding prospective students to their dream career and witnessing their achievement of a life fulfilled.

Jim Larimore

Moved within/to: Riiid Labs
On: September 2020

Riiid Labs, US. Leader in AI Education Solutions, Riiid Labs, has named Jim Larimore as its new Chief Officer for Equity in Learning. Jim brings two decades of education leadership experience from ACT, Dartmouth, Gates Foundation, NYU Abu Dhabi, Stanford University and Swarthmore. In this newly-created leadership role, Jim will drive Riiid’s strategic initiatives in building global partnerships to close gaps in equity, opportunity and student success by creating and delivering new AI education solutions to help students achieve their full potential. “AI is the most exciting and disruptive new development in education in my professional career,” Jim said. “Riiid is truly pioneering new ways to leverage AI in all areas of education. Its fully personalised learning solutions are unique and proven to be a success.”

Lord Knight of Weymouth

Moved within/to: COBIS
On: September 2020

COBIS, Global. COBIS is pleased to announce that The Rt. Hon. Lord Knight of Weymouth has accepted its invitation to be The Honorary President of COBIS for the period 2020-25, following Sir Roger Fry whose period has now ended. Jim Knight is known to many as a distinguished public figure with vast experience of education. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has been a UK Member of Parliament and Minister of Education, is a Visiting Professor at the London Institute of Education; and as the founder of the TES Institute and as Chief Education and External Officer at TES he is a strong advocate of high-quality teacher training. He also serves on charitable and other bodies with a particular interest in technology and social inclusion. As a former Honorary Vice-President of COBIS, he has been a valued supporter for some time. COBIS is delighted that he now continues this support as its Honorary President.

Stephanie Ashfield

Moved within/to: Open Study College
On: September 2020

Open Study College, UK. Stephanie Ashfield has joined Open Study College as Enrolment Team Manager, working with all departments of the business to develop and maximise its service to learners across the globe. As the provider celebrates its 13th Birthday, Stephanie is one of a series of staff appointments, which Open Study College has made as it further strengthens its team to allow it to push on with ambitious growth plans, both in the UK and overseas. Samantha Rutter, CEO of Open Study College, commented, “The whole team has worked incredibly hard on driving and growing the business this year, and its strength over the last six months has allowed us to push forward with our plans that were initially halted due to COVID. Sarah and Stephanie are a key part of those plans.”

Sarah Howes

Moved within/to: Open Study College
On: September 2020

Open Study College, UK. Distance learning provider Open Study College has announced Sarah Howes as its Strategic Development Manager. Sarah will focus on all opportunities to increase the leading family owned and run distance learning provider’s market share in the UK and internationally to meet the increased demand for flexible, uninterrupted, and high-quality learning of the online higher education market. Sarah Howes commented: “Open Study College is a family business built from passion and hard work; I share its core values on education and supporting students, and Sam really sealed the deal – she is CEO, a force of nature and incredibly inspirational.” In addition, Open Study College, which is headquartered in Solihull, has also appointed several other senior sales and marketing professionals, including extending its team of course experts by 50%.

Astrid Vermeer

Moved within/to: World Education Services
On: September 2020

World Education Services, US. WES has announced Astrid Vermeer as its new chief financial officer. Astrid joins WES after more than two decades overseeing finance and financial strategy at leading non-profit and private organisations in the international development sector. Most recently, she served as CFO at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. She also held senior financial leadership roles with the American Red Cross, World Wildlife Fund, and Abt Associates. Originally from Suriname, she has lived and worked in North America, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Astrid holds an MBA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.

Paul Inman

Moved within/to: University of Reading
On: August 2020

University of Reading, UK. Paul Inman has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) for the University of Reading. Paul will lead the university’s global engagement, international profile and reputation, and be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic approach to the successful recruitment of international students and expansion of Reading’s global connections. Paul joins from Oxford Brookes University, where he waas Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International Recruitment) and Dean of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment. “These are challenging times for the higher education sector, but I have always relished a challenge,” Paul said. He was the leading architect of Oxford Brookes Global, which introduced a more defined focus on student recruitment, global partnerships and transnational education. The efforts led to a 30% increase in new international enrolments in 2019/20 and a 100% increase in international postgraduate student applications for 2020/21.

Brian Whalen

Moved within/to: AIRC
On: October 2020

AIRC, US. Brian Whalen will replace Mike Finnell as Executive Director of AIRC in October. Mike is retiring in December after a very successful and highly accomplished tenure. Among the most well-known and influential international education leaders, Brian served for a dozen years as the President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad, the first Standards Development Organization worldwide focused on international education. Under Brian’s leadership, The Forum gained national and international recognition as the premier organization for quality assurance and professional development in education abroad, as membership grew to over 800 institutions and organizations. Brian also currently holds the positions of Dean’s Fellow at Dickinson College, and International Education Leadership Fellow at the University at Albany. The AIRC Board of Directors officially approved the appointment of Brian at their August meeting. He will commence his duties October 1 and work with Mike and the full AIRC Board and staff in transition.

Kevin J Ruth

Moved within/to: Moreland University
On: August 2020

Moreland University, US. Moreland University has appointed Kevin J Ruth as its President. Kevin had been serving the university as Vice-President for Strategy since April 1, following six years as the Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Collaborative for International Schools, a London-based global membership organisation that represents over 50,000 international teachers and administrators. Kevin is a fellow in the UK-based Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Online Executive Panel (Education) for McKinsey & Company, and a past lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He holds bachelor’s degrees in French and German and a Master’s in Comparative Literature from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University.

Leonardo Marra

Moved within/to: Istituto Marangoni
On: July 2020

Istituto Marangoni, UK. Leonardo Marra has been appointed as APAC Area Manager for Istituto Marangoni and Domus Academy where he will be responsible for devising and implementing the commercial strategy in terms of enrolments acquisition via the different acquisition channels for all the European campuses (Milan, Florence, Paris and London). With 10 years’ experience in international sales, Leonardo has held various management positions in several industries (MedTech, Industry, Leisure). This way Leonardo is bringing a fresh perspective to the education industry. In his new role, Leonardo will continue building relationships with existing and new partners, and will be looking to expand Istituto Marangoni and Domus Academy reach in the Asia Pacific. “I am looking forward to expanding the global reach of Italian culture through Fashion, Art and Design”

Travis Edwards

Moved within/to: FutureLearn
On: July 2020  

FutureLearn, Global. Travis Edwards joins FutureLearn as Partnership Manager. Through this position Travis will work closely with the organisation’s key industry partners to deliver commercially successful online qualifications and short courses as well as provide consultancy support in the advancement of their broader digital strategies. FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform with more than 12 million (and growing) users globally. Travis holds a Master of Global Politics from the University of London and brings over 12 years’ experience in partnerships, student recruitment, and marketing from a number of institutions including UNSW Sydney, Royal Holloway – University of London, UCL, and Western Sydney University.

Ben Delaney

Moved within/to: Edvisor
On: August 2020

Edvisor, Global. Edvisor is delighted to have recently welcomed Ben Delaney in the role of Director of School Success. With over 15 years experience in a variety of positions within English language school organisations, Ben is well placed to lead the Edvisor team dedicated to helping school partners maximise their utilisation of Edvisor. Ben said, “This has been an incredibly challenging year for the international education industry and many people will be looking at how they can adapt and evolve to the situation we now find ourselves in. That is just one of the many reasons I am delighted to be joining Edvisor and taking on a role that looks at how we can better serve schools, help them to connect with agencies across the globe and show that we are much more than just a booking platform!”

 

Nelia Halynska

Moved within/to: Edvisor
On: August 2020

Edvisor, CIS & Eastern Europe. Nelia Halynska joined Edvisor’s global team as Business Development Manager for CIS and Eastern Europe in July 2020. With more than nine years of experience in both B2C and B2B sales in the international education industry, she joins the team to focus on developing strong relationships with partner agencies and associations in CIS and Eastern Europe markets. Nelia is based in Ukraine where she has worked both as an education agent and as a Business Development Manager for a European business school. Nelia’s knowledge, experience and industry connections will be invaluable in attracting new education agents to cooperate with the sector’s leading online platform that connects agencies and schools in real time.

Rebecca Hall

Moved within/to: Victorian Government
On: September 2020

Victorian Government, Southeast Asia. Rebecca Hall will soon become Victoria’s new Commissioner to Southeast Asia, bringing more than 20 years of experience in global engagement, industry policy and strategy to the role, as the Victorian Government continues its focus on building strong business, trade, investment and cultural relations globally. Most recently Rebecca formed part of the Austrade senior leadership team as Head of the International Education Centre of Excellence, working across Austrade’s global network to promote and support Australia’s international education sector. She has previously worked in the Victorian and Queensland state governments and held senior roles in the not-for-profit and education sectors as well as industry bodies such as the International Education Association of Australia, Australian Institute of International Affairs and AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.

Mike Henniger

Moved within/to: IDP Connect
On: September 2020

IDP Connect, Canada. IDP Connect Canada is pleased to welcome Mike Henniger to the team as a Senior Consultant. Mike is an international education leader who brings two decades of experience in the university, vocational and language training sectors. As a Senior Consultant with IDP Connect, Mike will help institutions develop their digital recruitment strategies, utilise data and insights to identify opportunities, and leverage custom consulting and research through IDP Connect’s IQ services. Mike’s passion for training, professional development and advancing the international student marketing and recruitment sector will help the company continue to grow with its partners as the industry emerges from the pandemic.

Tom Dunlop

Moved within/to: The Access Platform
On: June 2020

The Access Platform, Australia. Tom Dunlop has joined TAP’s team in Australia as Customer Success Manager. Before becoming a member of the team, Tom spent eight years working for Navitas, one of the world’s largest education providers, spending time based in China and in Sydney. Born and raised in Melbourne, Tom said he was excited to be part of The Access Platform’s mission to take student recruitment to the next level in Australia. “TAP is the future landscape of student recruitment and as international students make up such a huge proportion of our local economy, it’s perfect that The Access Platform created an office here,” he said. “I grew up with the internet evolving around us and seeing the way TAP has been built for digital natives is truly revolutionary for higher education. The beauty of the platform is that anyone considering a university is just one tap away from finding out all they want to know.”

 

Jo Hardman

Moved within/to: CUBO
On: August 2020

CUBO, UK. Jo Hardman of Lancaster University has succeeded Gillian Almond as Chair of the professional association for senior managers of commercial and campus services in higher education CUBO. Jo has headed up commercial services at Lancaster University for the past eight years, having joined the department as Head of Commercial Services. He has a master’s degree in marketing and previously held commercial, marketing and research roles at Lancaster University Students’ Union. Outgoing Chair Gillian Almond will remain on the CUBO Board until the end of 2020. The incoming Chair said “We’re indebted to Gillian for her excellent chairing of CUBO before and during the Covid-19 crisis and delighted that she is continuing as a director of CUBO for the next few months.”

Jane Donachy

Moved within/to: CUBO
On: August 2020

CUBO, UK. Jane Donachy has been appointed CUBO Vice Chair. Jane joined University of the Arts, London in 2012 as Head of Accommodation Services. Her earlier career includes contract assignments at senior level across hospitality, health clubs and contract catering, as well as a decade in New Zealand as General Manager, North Island for contract caterer Spotless Services. Jane will continue to oversee the membership portfolio. Jane is now the Associate Director of Catering, Retail and Accommodation Services at UAL.

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