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Recent Movers & Shakers

Nicola Whyley

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: September 2018

British Study Centres, UK: Nicola Whyley returns from maternity leave to the role of Head of Sales (Western Europe & Latin America), a position in which she assumes overall responsibility for the agency sales team, but which also allows her to focus more closely on agency sales from Western Europe and Latin America. Nicola oversees a team of three Regional Managers and works alongside newly appointed regional Heads of Sales for MENA & Turkey, Russia & CIS and also East Asia and China. She’ll also be responsible for agency sales of adult business from Italy. Nicola joined the BSC Manchester school in 2010 when it was Manchester Academy of English. In the coming months, she’ll focus on building a strong team of expert sales managers and gaining market share across the region, as well as optimising internal processes and systems to improve the overall agent experience.

Rich Murphy

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: October 2018

British Study Centres, UK: Rich Murphy has joined British Study Centres as Head of Sales (Asia & China) where he will lead a team of three Sales Managers driving agency business from across the region into BSC’s growing portfolio of schools and products. Rich began his career with UKEAS Taiwan, as their Taipei office manager, before joining Bell Educational Services as Regional Sales Manager (Russia & CIS) after which he was appointed Senior Sales Manager (Asia) at Oxford International Education Group. In the coming months the Asia sales team at BSC will focus on strengthening our relationships with agency partners, seeking out TNE opportunities across Asia, and on increasing market share for BSC’s eight adult English language schools, year-round and summer junior vacation programmes, NCUK International Foundation Year programme, and the City Football Language School.

Janna Sarkisova

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: September 2018

British Study Centres, UK. After nine years of extensive career with British Study Centres, Janna Sarkisova is stepping up for the appointment of Head of Sales within Russia & CIS and is managing a team of in-country based Business Development Managers. Janna’s broad experience and wide network within CIS allows her to focus fully on widening the partnership scope of the company and increase its market share in her designated region. Janna has managed the recent opening of BSC Franchise school in Kyrgyzstan and provides an insight expertise to secure Teacher Training tenders and in-country special projects that have raised the profile of British Study Centres and the aim is to continue growth within this sector.

James Griffith

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: September 2018

British Study Centres, UK. James Griffith now becomes Head of Sales for MENA & Turkey, with a special overall responsibility for the company’s Pathways division. BSC London Hampstead has been delivering NCUK’s International Foundation Year programme since 2017, which is rapidly becoming a popular higher education route for non-EU students. James has been working for the organisation since 2014, when he started as a Sales Executive for Experience English (which later merged with British Study Centres in 2016) and over this time has focused the majority of his time towards developing the GCC region. James hopes that his regional department will grow in size as the Middle Eastern and Turkish markets continue to become more and more important for the BSC group.

Mariyah Mandhu

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: November 2018

The PIE, UK. Mariyah Mandhu has joined the PIE News as Business Development Executive. Before joining The PIE, Mariyah worked as an international officer for De Montfort University, covering Europe and the Americas. She visited 52 countries over this time, and enjoys the diversity and opportunity of international education. Mariyah studied English Literature at Bachelors and Masters levels, and is currently undertaking a PhD in the poetry of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Naturally she enjoys reading, alongside baking and travelling. Mariyah also has an interest in interior design, attending the annual London Interior Show and Eindhoven Design Week in the Netherlands.

Marina Sannikova

Moved within/to: HSE University St Petersburg
On: November 2018

HSE University St Petersburg, Russia. Marina has joined HSE University St Petersburg as the new Director of the Centre for International Education. In her new position, she will be responsible for the international marketing strategy and student recruitment. She previously worked at Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia) for nine years: having started as a project manager, for the last five years she was supervising the Centre of International Marketing. Marina looks forward to “expanding the geography of international students and raise global awareness of HSE University St Petersburg”.

Suchaporn To-Nuan (Uee)

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: November 2018

British Study Centres, Thailand. Suchaporn To-Nuan (Uee) has been working in the education field for more than 10 years, and now joins British Study Centres as Country Manager for Thailand. As Customer Relations Officer at the British Council in Thailand, Uee was responsible for liaising with the British Council’s large student body in Thailand. Following this, Uee became English Services Consultant at the British Council before joining the Education UK Team as Assistant Education Manager, Events and Promotions. Uee later joined the marketing team at NCUK Thailand. As BSC’s Country Manager for Thailand, Uee will be responsible for supporting the Transnational Education team, exploring TNE opportunities in country.

Robin Adams

Moved within/to: Centre of English Studies
On: August 2018

CES, North America. Having completed a Master’s in Education with a special focus on Educational Marketing, Robin got his start in the English Language Teaching industry in 1996. From teaching positions in Korea, Germany and Canada, he has been actively engaged in management and marketing positions at English Language Schools since 2002. Robin was the President and Managing Director for the Global Village English Centres, with five destinations in North America, for 13 years and has developed an extensive B2B distribution channel in 30 countries. In August 2018, he joined Centre of English Studies and runs the school in Toronto as well as contributing to the marketing efforts for CES.  Robin also sits on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Language Centres as the Vice President of Marketing.

Esteban Jurado-Traverso

Moved within/to: Eurocentres
On: November 2018

Eurocentres, UK. Esteban Jurado-Traverso has joined Eurocentres as the new CEO. He has over 15 years of management, commercial and leadership experience in licensing, digital, publishing and education. Esteban has previously worked for leading companies and brands such as BBC, Pearson, Oxford University Press, Hoya Speech, among others, and most recently at Globant. Esteban is committed to support Eurocentres in its future growth, helping people to communicate better, developing cultural and international exchanges while continuing innovating and benchmarking in language and education.

Carolin Kroenert

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: November 2018

Study Group, Dubai. Carolin has joined Study Group as the new Associate Student Recruitment Director for Australia and New Zealand. Responsible for the EA region, she will be looking after their ANZ products from the Middle East to Africa, Europe and the Americas. She previously worked at Cambridge Education Group for seven years, having successfully headed up their Middle East team for ONCAMPUS UK/EU. Born in Germany, she lived in the UK for over 10 years and moved to Dubai one year ago. She is very ambitious to develop Study Group’s ANZ portfolio in currently untapped markets and to lead her new team to a successful year 2019.

Frankie Galati

Moved within/to: Birmingham City University
On: July 2018

Birmingham City University, UK. Frankie Galati was appointed as the International Officer at Birmingham City University in July to oversee recruitment activities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Frankie will focus on promoting BCU in Africa, increasing recruitment across both post-graduate and under-graduate study in well-established and new markets. She will also continue to develop relationships with in-country agents, supporting with recruitment fairs, student interviews and staff training. Frankie previously worked at Kingston University as Student Engagement Projects Officer, primarily managing the Kingston Award and Course Reps Programme. Prior to that, she worked at Imperial College Business School, initially in Recruitment and Marketing and then as Senior Programme Coordinator for MSc Management.

Robert Summerby-Murray

Moved within/to: CBIE
On: November 2018

CBIE, Canada. Robert Summerby-Murray, president of Saint Mary’s University, is CBIE’s new chair of the board of directors, having been first appointed to the board in January 2018. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Robert received his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto in 1992. An award-winning educator, he is an experienced academic administrator and post-secondary advocate. He participates on public and private boards, including Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia, the Business-Education Council and the Advisory Council for the Order of Nova Scotia. In May 2018, he was named one of Atlantic Canada Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs. Robert looks forward to “furthering efforts to put Canada’s global engagement challenge on the agendas of government and the private sector”.

Lisa Gunnarsson

Moved within/to: Sqore
On: November 2018

Sqore,Sweden. Digital marketing solution for international student recruitment, Sqore has announced that Lisa Gunnarsson, Head of Linkedin Nordics, has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Lisa has previously held different managerial positions at CEB, a leading research and advisory company now acquired by Gartner. Her work primarily focused on advising  leadership teams how to close the gap between talent business and corporate long term strategy. Lisa is also a board member of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. She has been appointed for her unique market knowledge from her experience with LinkedIn in the Nordics, plus her deep understanding of the new generation of talent and the role of higher education in developing them. Lisa looks forward to helping Sqore’s management in the strategic long term navigation in this transforming industry.

Mark Ritchie

Moved within/to: Global Minnesota
On: January 2019

Global Minnesota, US. Global Minnesota has named Mark Ritchie as its new president. As the leader of Minnesota USA Expo, Ritchie led the public-private partnership to host the 2023 World Fair Expo in Minnesota and is currently pursuing the 2027 bid. Ritchie served as an endowed chair in agricultural food systems for the University of Minnesota, has consulted for the Carnegie Corporation of New York and served as Minnesota’s Secretary of State from 2007 to 2015. Ritchie holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and serves on boards, including the Minnesota Military Museum, Minnesota Historical Society and Lifesource. He won the Twin Cities International Citizen award in 2010 and 2016, was named a 21st Century Game Changer in Voting Rights by the NAACP and won the Dwight David Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Award from Sister Cities International in 2011.

Tim Barker

Moved within/to: English UK
On: November 2018

English UK, UK. Tim Barker, the former managing director of the Language in Group, has been appointed first commercial director of StudyWorld. His appointment is the latest development in a period of rapid transformation for StudyWorld, initiated by its 2017 move to the iconic QEII Centre and becoming a UK-focused event. The event celebrates its 50th anniversary next year. Tim began his career at English UK member English in Totnes before moving on to the Language in Group, where he worked in sales and business development before becoming managing director. Most recently he has been working in Vietnam for Apollo Education and Training. Tim sees the potential of StudyWorld as an event, and wants to promote the positive message English UK aims to promote.


Andrew Cook

Moved within/to: University of Stirling
On: November 2018

University of Stirling, UK. Andrew Cook has been appointed as a Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Stirling. Andrew’s main focus will be boosting the number of Northern Irish students at the University, developing relationships with High Schools and Colleges across Northern Ireland, and attending events on the University’s behalf across the UK. Andrew joins the University having previously worked for SchoolApply in Dubai – an international digital marketing and recruitment agent. At SchoolApply Andrew was Relationship Manager, where he built and maintained strong relationships with more than 300 clients, as well as identified new business opportunities and new markets for potential growth.

Ingrid Day

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

The Australian Institute of Business, Australia. Ingrid Day has joined the Australian Institute of Business as the new Academic Dean. Ingrid has held senior roles at some of the most reputable institutions in Australia and New Zealand, including the University of South Australia, Macquarie University and Massey University. She is joining AIB from Group of Eight university, the University of Adelaide, where she was the Executive Director of Teaching, Learning and Student Experience in the Faculty of the Professions. As Academic Dean, Ingrid will be leading a large team of Academics and digital learning specialists responsible for designing and delivering high quality higher education programs using the latest interactive learning platforms. She will also oversee all academic governance systems, processes and procedures.

Brian Stevenson

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: January 2019

Navitas, US. Brian Stevenson has been appointed CEO and President of Navitas’ University Partnerships North America division, and will be based in the company’s Boston office. Brian has built an impressive record of achievements over more than two decades in campus internationalisation, international relations and foreign policy. He is currently the 2018-19 Fulbright Research Chair in the US-Mexico Studies Center of the School of Public Policy and Study at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University, Canada, having previously served as President and Vice-Chancellor. Brian grew up in the US, Canada and Mexico, is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a BA and MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a doctorate from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario.


Sophie Corness

Moved within/to: Abbey College
On: November 2018

Abbey College, UK. Sophie Corness will join Abbey College in Malvern in the next few weeks as the school’s new Marketing Manager. Sophie will be working on international and local recruitment, marketing, brand and admissions. Formerly Head of Admissions, Marketing and Enterprise at Bedstone College, Sophie is an associate with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds an AMCIS qualification in Admissions Management so she brings a wealth of experience to the role. She has also worked in Further Education marketing, crisis communications, public relations and journalism. Sophie is very much looking forward to developing new relationships while continuing to work with the College’s education agents and partner organisations.

Casey Sherman

Moved within/to: Shorelight Education
On: November 2018

Shorelight, US. Casey Sherman is Shorelight’s new Senior Director of Implementation on the Partner Operations team, replacing Kat Lang who led this unit since Shorelight’s inception. Casey began her career with Study Group in NYC as Admissions Manager for Latin America, later relocating to Sao Paulo to run Higher Ed and Private High School recruitment. She moved to Boston in 2010 to join EC Boston as Center Director and the good people and easy access to nature kept her here. Casey joined Shorelight in 2015 after two years in International Admissions at MCPHS University, and, as Director of Partner Operations and Implementation, has forged relationships with university partners, helped onboard newly hired campus team members, and brought energy and enthusiasm to dozens of product launches.


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