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Mariam Shaikh

Moved within/to: Student Safety UK
On: April 2020

Student Safety UK, UK. Student Safety UK has appointed Mariam Shaikh as Regional Director for the Middle East & India. Mariam’s career spans over 35 years in international education that has seen her achieve global recognition and Awards. Over this period, Mariam has held senior positions in many leading schools and colleges within the Middle East, along with establishing new institutions and creating successful partnerships between local and foreign education providers, developing the regional international education market. With her exemplary track record of impact on international study, Mariam is well placed to take SSUK to the next level, and achieve the targets they have set. “We feel Mariam is the perfect fit for the role within our organisation,” Director of Operations at SSUK Stephen Helliwell said. “She is a proven and respected education professional with a passion for international study in all its forms, and has the experience and energy to make a hugely positive contribution to our foreign endeavours, which is to reach out globally, and enrich the lives of international students.”

Nanice Khalil

Moved within/to: Higher Ed Partners
On: April 2020

Higher Ed Partners, UK. Nanice Khalil has joined Higher Ed Partners Europe, Middle East, and Africa as Managing Director, Egypt. Nanice will drive the company’s expansion in Egypt and the wider region bringing distance education and the OPM model to a market that is yet to catch-up on that front. With 12 years experience in the education sector working with Pearson, Cambridge University Press, and McGraw-Hill Education, Nanice has led regional teams establishing key partnerships, delivering on government projects, and digital transformation in many educational institutions. Over the years, Nanice has worked across the education spectrum: K-12, TVET, higher education, and adult learning gaining hands-on experience of policy challenges and sectoral needs and challenges. Nanice’s deep understanding of the regional higher education landscape and experience introducing new business models and driving growth are going to the spring-board for her success in this new role.

Elaine Hewitt

Moved within/to: UPP
On: April 2020

UPP, UK. UK provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, UPP has announced that Elaine Hewitt has joined the Business as its new Chief Executive Officer. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Elaine joins UPP from NHS Property Services, where she has been Chief Executive Officer since 2015 and was responsible for overseeing a £3bn asset portfolio, some 4,000 properties, 5,000 employees and an annual income of more than £700m. She was previously Group Property Director at BT Group PLC. As well as having considerable private sector experience, Elaine has held public sector roles, notably Crown Representative in the Cabinet Office for Property and Facilities Management across Government. She is also a Senior Board Advisor to Dorrington Plc, a property investment and development company. “My immediate priority is to support our people, partners and resident students through the COVID-19 outbreak,” Elaine said.

Alexia Galanopoulos

Moved within/to: Hermes College Network
On: March 2020

Hermes College Network, Canada. Hermes College Network is pleased to welcome Alexia Galanopoulos as their new Group Director of Channel Sales, Strategic Initiatives & Alliances bringing with her 18 years of industry experience in Sales, Business Development and Marketing. Alexia began her career with ILAC for 9 years, before accepting a position with Sprachcaffe/GEOS Languages Plus as Managing Director, Director of Operations and Business Development North America. In this role, she was tasked with overhauling the recruitment process to improve numbers, increasing revenue and growing a successful sales team. After four years, seeking growth she led TLGC at Global University Systems. Under her leadership, TLGC successfully built pathway agreements with 37 institutions, launched a new website and enhanced their social media presence. Alexia has vast experience with developing agent networks globally, handling government level negotiations and signing MOUs with different states or departments, as well as building pathway programs and public-private partnerships.

Isabella Fernandez

Moved within/to: iTEP
On: February 2020

iTEP, US. Isabella joined iTEP as Director of Business Development. Her duties include promoting iTEP’s suite of professional and academic English proficiency exams within the USA and the western half of Canada. She will also work to increase the number of private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities that accept iTEP scores for international student admissions. Additionally, Isabella is fluent in Spanish and conversational-level in Mandarin. She previously worked in the People’s Republic of China developing ESL curriculum and teaching. Isabella also served as a Public Affairs Specialist with the US Consulate General in Hong Kong promoting US diplomacy through youth outreach and social media. Most recently, she worked in an educational consulting company that specialised in recruitment and placement of Chinese students into high schools in the US. Isabella has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University – Fort Collins and a Master of Arts in International Studies from Concordia University. Additionally, she earned a Certificate in International Marketing through a study abroad program at the Universidad Internacional Menendez in Seville, Spain.

Kirsty Cockburn

Moved within/to: Association of Commonwealth Universities
On: April 2020

Association of Commonwealth Universities, Global. Kirsty Cockburn has been appointed as the Association of Commonwealth Universities’s Director of External Engagement. Kirsty’s professional background bridges charitable, private and academic sectors, in leadership roles that have spanned communications, marketing and fundraising. She will join the ACU in April 2020 from her current role as Head of Media and Public Affairs, Southern Water. Prior to this, she led a marketing team linking a network of schools based at the University of Brighton. Before that, she was Director of Policy and External Affairs at Wilton Park, an organisation affiliated to the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, hosting high level events on international policy issues. Kirsty’s professional background began in local radio journalism and includes more than a decade at the BBC, first at BBC World Service and then as Director of Communications and Fundraising for BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity.

Rahul Choudaha

Moved within/to: GMAC
On: March 2020

GMAC, Global. Rahul Choudaha has joined global non-profit association of leading business schools and the owner of GMAT™ test, GMAC as the Director of Industry Insights and Research Communication at its headquarters in Washington, DC metro area. In this outward-facing role, Rahul will build a thought leadership agenda and evangelise trends and insights related to graduate management education around the world on the foundations of research and intelligence. With this new opportunity at GMAC, Rahul will build on expertise in leveraging applied research, developing strategic insights, and activating global networks to strengthen organisational impact and engagement. More than 15 years ago, Rahul’s passion for the higher education sector started with his experience as an admissions manager at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. The experience prompted him to pursue a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Denver and subsequent career in international higher education.

Stephen A’Barrow

Moved within/to: Abbey College in Malvern
On: April 2020

Abbey College in Malvern, UK. Abbey College is delighted to announce Stephen A’Barrow as its new Marketing Director. Stephen will be attending Alphe, ICEF, BBSW, English UK and all the main trade events throughout 2020/21. He brings a wealth of industry experience as former Director of the main board of English UK, The Strategic Promotions Group, Enterprises and ASAC Boards, former VP of the UK Work Experience Association Schools Governor and Chief Executive of the Harrow House Group. Stephen has also published two books; a travelogue on Brazil in 2014 and a history of Germany in 2015.

David Girecourt

Moved within/to: VGC International College
On: February 2020

VGC International College, Canada. VGC International College is proud to announce David Girecourt as the newest addition to its European Marketing team. David will be a familiar face to many of you all as he has been in the industry for over 10 years as Director EMEA for Insurance. As the European Marketing and Recruitment Manager based in the UK for VGC, David will be able to cater to the market in the same time zone and keep its reputation for customer service excellence throughout the continent, strengthen the brand and build new relationships. As VGC continues to grow, maintaining a personal relationship with clients is vital – an area where David will be able to excel. “It takes a lot to change company after 11 years, VGC is my new family,” David said.

David C. Dingwall

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: April 2020

M Square Media, Global. President and Vice-chancellor of Cape Breton University David C. Dingwall has joined M Square Media International Advisory Board. At MSM, David brings his significant public and private sector portfolios to guide and mentor the organisation, which provides student recruitment, agent management and marketing solutions to some 40 universities and colleges in support of their internationalisation efforts. “Bringing students from all over the world to Canada, and to Cape Breton University, to pursue a post-secondary education is changing the face of our community and impacting the prosperity of our communities and our people,” David said. “I am proud to work with the MSM International Advisory Board, one that is an international leader in ensuring learners from around the globe can unlock their potential.” With its head office in Kelowna, British Columbia, MSM establishes global and country offices acting on behalf of its institution partners to provide recruitment and administrative support globally, whether in India, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, or other high-growth markets worldwide.



David Whitehill

Moved within/to: St Lawrence College Ramsgate
On: April 2020

St Lawrence College, Ramsgate, UK. David recently took up the position of Director of International Recruitment at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate. He brings nearly 12 years’ experience of recruiting high school students from across the globe, all of which will be put to the test in the current challenging climate. David has recruited for schools in the UK and Romania and, previously, was an account director in out-of-home media and, more recently, the owner of a menswear shop. In a time that will test all schools to the limit, David has been encouraged by the school’s approach: “In the lead up to, and since, the lockdown, the SLT and Governors have acted swiftly and decisively to ensure that it’s business as usual as far as is possible. We are all very confident of a strong start to the 2020-21 academic year and will rise to any new challenges that pop up.” David is looking forward to the relaxing of travel restrictions and the resumption of international recruitment activity so that he can see old friends again and promote the College.

Mara Müller

Moved within/to: Global Village English Centres
On: March 2020

Global Village English Centres, Canada. Global Village English Centres recently welcomed Mara Müller to schools’ marketing arm, in the role of Senior Marketing Manager.  With a strong background in marketing communications, Mara will drive the school’s content marketing efforts and help strengthen Global Village’s brand recognition and impact. Mara comes to GV with 9 years of industry experience, having worked as Communication Manager at ILSC Education Group, and more recently, providing freelance content marketing and social media management support within the industry. About the move, Mara said “I’m very excited to join Global Village English Centres. GV has a strong reputation in the industry for quality programmes and excellent customer service, and I look forward to helping these strengths shine bright.”

Maria Paula Murad

Moved within/to: Global Village English Centres
On: January 2020

Global Village English Centres, Canada. In January, Global Village English Centres welcomed Maria Paula Murad as their new Director of Marketing and Sales. Maria Paula will work closely with Global Village schools and partners to ensure that Global Village continues to be known as a brand for top-quality programs and services. Maria Paula has worked within the study abroad industry for the past 6 years, building expertise in B2B partnerships, branding, and digital marketing through various roles. Most recently, she was Digital Marketing Manager at ILSC Education Group. Maria Paula had this to say about her new role, “I look forward to collaborating with this talented group of colleagues and business partners, providing marketing and sales insight, strategy, and guidance, as we work together to achieve exciting goals.”

Steve Guy

Moved within/to: Cranfield University
On: March 2020

Cranfield University, UK. Steve Guy recently joined the Admissions Team at Cranfield University. Steve brings over 15 years of valuable international admissions experience. Most recently he was part of the Graduate Admissions team at the London School of Economics and is now thrilled to be moving from one world-class institution in LSE to another at Cranfield. His prior experience also includes time working for the University of Bedfordshire, The Bedford College Group, a decade with Navitas and a prior successful spell (2016-17) at Cranfield. Steve brings a wealth of experience of dealing with agents and admissions and recruitment knowledge with an emphasis on the sub-Saharan Africa region.

Tania Arevalo

Moved within/to: iTEP
On: January 2020

iTEP, US. Tania joined iTEP in January 2020 as the iTEP Office Manager. Her duties include managing the day-to-day activities of the iTEP office including customer account data – both new and current. She is the liaison for Examity live proctor testing and provides administrative and technical testing support to partner schools and students. Additionally, Tania is bilingual and provides Spanish-language support to clients when needed. She has a strong background in Counseling having worked with students at the East Los Angeles College Counseling Department, as well as the students from Vail, Bell Gardens and Montebello High Schools. Tania also has experience with English language testing having worked at ELS Language Center in Santa Monica. Tania has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and a Master of Arts in Education, Guidance and Counseling, from Loyola Marymount University.

Steve Wood

Moved within/to: Exsportise Summer Schools
On: March 2020

Exsportise Summer Schools, UK. Steve Wood was appointed Exsportise Summer Schools’ first Managing Director in March. Steve – who joins from Bede’s Summer School where he was Principal of Summer School for 15 years – will work closely with Chief Executive Bram van Asselt and the rest of the Exsportise team as they continue to develop and grow the business which is the UK’s longest established English Language summer school specialising in learning English through sport, music and dance. Commenting on his new role Steve said: “I’m really pumped up about joining Exsportise Summer Schools. I have always admired what Bram and his team deliver on their summer camps and the unique offering they bring to the market with their English Through™approach to English language learning.” As Principal of Bede’s Summer School, Steve helped successfully grow the business and its market reputation. “I can see huge opportunity with Exsportise. I am confident that I can combine my passion for languages and my flair for business with Exsportise’s dynamic, highly creative and caring culture to really take this business forwards.”



Sylvie Retailleau

Moved within/to: Paris-Saclay University
On: March 2020

Paris-Saclay University, France. Sylvie Retailleau was elected president of the Paris-Saclay University in January. She previously chaired as the President of the Community of Universities and Institutions “ComUEUniversité Paris-Saclay. Under Sylvie’s leadership, Paris-Saclay University will strengthen its place as an internationally-recognised research intensive university, while remaining a university rooted in its territory, open to the world, to business and society. Vice-President of the Physics Department of the Orsay Faculty of Sciences from 2007 to 2008, then Vice-Dean in charge of training from 2008 to 2011, she was Dean of the Faculty from September 2011 to May 2016. Sylvie Retailleau was President of Université Paris-Sud from May 2016 to December 2018. Since 2008, she has been strongly involved in the setting up of the IdexParis Saclay project, first in the training component and since 2011 more broadly in the structuring of training and research as well as governance.

Anthony Harrison

Moved within/to: ICEF GMBH
On: April 2020

ICEF, Germany. Anthony Harrison has joined ICEF as its new Marketing Director. Having previously worked across the travel & tourism, automotive and technology verticals, Anthony brings a wealth of cross-segment, through-the-line marketing experience. Most recently, Anthony led the global marketing function at On The Go Tours, an award-winning travel tour operator based in the UK, and guided the digital transformation of this business. Anthony is also an active mentor for students at Alliance Manchester Business School, where he gained his MBA.

James Flannagan

Moved within/to: TAFE NSW
On: January 2020

TAFE NSW, Australia. James Flannagan is the Head of International Business at TAFE NSW where he leads strategies to enhance international student recruitment and engagement, offshore programs, study tours and pathways. With over 10 years educational expertise his first role in Australia was as Marketing Manager at Laureate Australia for Blue Mountains International Hotel School. He subsequently progressed on to Study Group, managing their Group of Eight brands, integrating marketing and recruitment strategies for their pathway programs. He then progressed on to become Senior Marketing Manager at UNSW Global prior to taking his position at TAFE NSW.

Chris Stacey

Moved within/to: CATS Colleges
On: April 2020

CATS Colleges, UK. Chris Stacey has been appointed CEO of CATS Colleges effective 1 April 2020. Chris has extensive leadership experience in a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, FMCG, and, most recently, education in both private equity and US listed settings. Previously Chris was Chief Financial Officer of CATS Colleges, and part of the team that led the sale of CATS Colleges from Cambridge Education Group to Bright Scholar in July 2019. Chris takes over from David Newton, who steps down as the company’s inaugural CEO on 31 March 2020.


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