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Carl Lygo

Moved within/to: Arden University
On: April 2019

Arden University, UK.  Arden University has announced the appointment of Carl Lygo as Vice Chancellor and CEO. Carl is a Professor of Law and Barrister with extensive experience in higher education having held numerous management positions in the sector. He was the founding vice-chancellor of BPP University and served as the CEO of BPP Holdings until 2017, during a period which saw BPP successfully acquire university status and taught degree awarding powers. Carl was voted one of the ‘Top 50 Most Influential people in UK Higher Education’ for 2015 by Wonkhe. He was previously also on the board of the Office for Students, having served as non-executive member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. In 2018, he was appointed as Executive Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Germany and Chairman of Global University Systems’ Public Affairs Committee. He is an Association of Colleges Global Medal winner and was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ title at the EducationInvestor Awards 2018.

Sarah Mines

Moved within/to: ICEF GMBH
On: April 2019

ICEF GMBH, Global. Sarah Mines has been promoted to ICEF’s Vice President Sales. She has spent her entire career in international education leadership and has a keen understanding of international student recruitment and retention. Sarah has presented at over 30 different conferences on topics ranging from marketing to millennials to global student mobility projections. With an extensive background in all aspects of internationalisation, Sarah specialises in developing and maintaining international partnerships for institutions. Her in-depth knowledge of global education trends for the language, K-12 and post-secondary sectors, coupled with being known as a natural communicator and connector means she will excel in her role. Sarah currently sits on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Mount Pleasant Riding Association, and is a founding member of GLOW Ed, Canada’s first leadership organisation for Global Women in Education.



Chris Hogan

Moved within/to: Open University
On: March 2019

Open University, UK. Chris Hogan joins the Open University as Head of International Partnerships where his focus will be delivering the OU’s mission and growth by expanding the capability and capacity of partners worldwide. He joins the OU from AICPA-CIMA, the world’s largest body of professional accountants. As Director of Global Corporate Relations Chris led a global team that provided talent and learning solutions to finance leaders of some of the world’s largest businesses ($30Bn+). Chris brings experience in creating and growing strategic partnerships, key account management, B2B customer experience, market planning and execution and new product innovations that enhance value propositions.

Stephanie Stretton

Moved within/to: Rosetta Stone
On: March 2019

Rosetta Stone, UK. Stephanie Stretton moved to Rosetta Stone in March as the Business Development Manager for Higher Education across both the UK and Europe. Based in London, Stephanie will be responsible for growing Rosetta Stone’s educational partners and developing strong relationships in new territories, with particular focus on Northern Europe. Stephanie is joining Rosetta Stone after a successful career working within the pathway provider sector growing international recruitment for universities in the US, UK, China and Australia. After eight years of being in the higher education industry including both as Senior Recruitment Manager at INTO and then Partnership Development Manager at Kaplan, she is taking her passion for language learning and cross-cultural communication into the world of learning technology. Stephanie is excited to bring her level of expertise to Rosetta Stone and looks forward to championing the values of language learning.

Sophie Hsiao

Moved within/to: Global Student Mobility
On: March 2019

Global Student Mobility, UK. Sophie is from Taichung, Taiwan. She graduated Chinese Culture University with a BSc in Journalism and Communication and received her MA in Media and Public Relations from University of Leicester. She has since worked for a PR Agency and a study abroad agency in Taipei before joining GSM. She will have many roles including developing new educator partnerships in USA, UK and Canada and be responsible for developing new agency partnerships especially in Taiwan and Chinese speaking markets. She will be working directly with GSM Founder and Managing Director Stephen Clegg who has just relocated to Taiwan. She will also be working with Director of SE Asia Dzung Pham to develop a local representation service in Taiwan and Vietnam for partner educators.

Mike Maine

Moved within/to: FPP EDU Media
On: November 2018

FPP EDU Media, US. Michael has joined FPP EDU Media as Regional Director for the U.S. His role will focus on helping education providers increase their international enrollments through the suite of services FPP provides. Previously Michael served as Director of International Marketing and Enrollment for Saint Michael’s College. He then was hired by IDP Education and was instrumental in their launch in the North America. He later joined the U.S. sales team at ICEF, and served as Senior Education Adviser for Cambridge Education Group. At FPP Michael intends to use his experience to help education providers develop successful strategies that improve their brands globally and attract more international students to their campuses.

David Barnes

Moved within/to: The Access Platform
On: October 2018

The Access Platform, UK. David Barnes has joined The Access Platform as Chairman. David is a founding director of Edscencio Limited, which provides specialist debt finance advice to education institutions.  Previously David was a partner at Grant Thornton, the top six accounting practice, where he was Head of Education Practice, working with all types of institutions, from major research universities through to independent schools.  He is currently a trustee of Regent’s University London. In his spare time David is a keen music enthusiast (he has attended the last five Glastonbury festivals), and a keep fit enthusiast, with park runs, long distance cycle touring and skiing being key interests. The Access Platform (TAP) is an online tool which helps universities recruit more students through peer-to-peer conversations and/or User Generated Content, with its features TAP Chat and TAP Content, and it supports communication in any language.

Dave Musson

Moved within/to: The Access Platform
On: February 2019

The Access Platform, UK. Dave Musson has joined The Access Platform as its Head of Community and Content. Dave has spent the last five years working in HE, initially as the University of Warwick’s strategic lead for social media and, most recently, as editor-in-chief of The Native with Natives Group. While at Warwick, Dave overhauled how the University approached social media and helped develop the organisation’s online capabilities by creating a network of digital champions. He also built a reputation as a public speaker and was co-chair of CASE Europe’s Social Media and Community Conference in 2016 and 2017. He was then approached by Natives Group to create, launch and edit The Native – a hub of inspirational content for social media professionals, community managers and content specialists. He hosted The Native Podcast, bringing weekly interviews with some of the sector’s biggest influencers. Dave says that when the opportunity arose to join the TAP family, it would have been dumb not to take it.

William Etchell

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: April 2019

Oxford International Education Group, UK. William Etchell has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at Oxford International Education Group, where he will lead the finance function, as well as be responsible for data, operations and compliance.  William will be working closely with Lil Bremermann-Richard, CEO, as the Group looks to execute its growth strategy over the next five years. William has over 20 years’ experience of working within Finance and brings with him 10 years’ experience of working in the education sector.  William joins Oxford International from EPG, an education services group, having previously spent 8 years with BPP Education Group, five of which were as CFO.  William has extensive experience of leading teams through change, has led on a number of M&A transactions, and has owned his own nursery school business. William is a member of the ICAEW, having qualified with Arthur Andersen in 1997.

Julie Mercer

Moved within/to: Cairneagle Associates
On: March 2019

Cairneagle Associates, UK. Cairneagle Associates has appointed Julie Mercer as Partner. Julie joins from Deloitte where she was Global Education Lead and responsible for setting up and growing their education practice in the UK. Julie has worked at all levels within the UK education system from supporting organisations spanning early years’ provision to higher education. Julie’s clients include public, private and international education providers as well as governments and she has worked in education systems in the UK, India, Australia, Japan, the Middle East and the USA. Julie brings over 20 years of experience of working with her clients to help design and deliver new operating models to improve service design and quality, reduce cost, improve productivity, open up new markets and grow revenues. She will lead the development of Cairneagle’ higher education and operational consulting practices.

Peter Crisp

Moved within/to: The University of Law
On: March 2019

The University of Law, Hong Kong. The University of Law has appointed Peter Crisp as Dean of its new Hong Kong campus. Moving from his Pro Vice Chancellor External role he has held since January 2018, Peter will be leading the launch of ULaw’s first international campus. He will continue to have responsibility for business development, professional development programmes and apprenticeships, alongside his role on the Hong Kong campus. In Hong Kong Peter will be working with local regulators, including the Hong Kong Law Society, and engaging with international law firms and the local legal community, ahead of the campus opening. The new role will also see Peter recruiting staff for the university, including both faculty and business professionals.


Jennifer Engel, Ph.D.

Moved within/to: CISabroad
On: February 2019

Northampton, Massachusetts, USA.  Jennifer Engel, Ph.D. has joined CISabroad as Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Jennifer will provide leadership in the areas of student learning and assessment, curriculum, program and partnership development, and innovation in education abroad, building on 20 years of experience in international education.  Prior to joining CISabroad, Jennifer served as the Executive Director of International Programs (SIO) at Loyola University Chicago, and as Executive Director for Global Learning at the University of South Carolina.  She earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the University of South Carolina with a cognate in anthropology.  An Endeavour Fellow, Jennifer also holds an MA from Bowling Green State University and a BA from Alma College.  Jennifer has been involved with NAFSA, The Forum on Education Abroad, and AIEA, holding leadership positions and presenting nationally and internationally. Most recently, she co-presented on megatrends in higher education, travel, and student mobility at the IIE Global Summit in New York City.

Francesca Woodward

Moved within/to: Cambridge Assessment
On: March 2019

Cambridge Assessment, UK. Francesca Woodward has joined Cambridge Assessment English as the new Chief Executive. Fran joined the organisation nearly two years ago as Director of Cambridge English’s Global Network, leading a large team across multiple offices worldwide and working closely with Cambridge University Press. She is currently in charge of a strategic review of existing and future technology at parent organisation Cambridge Assessment. Before joining Cambridge English, Fran had a 16-year career at Pearson, where she worked in a variety of commercial leadership roles across the company’s products and regions. Fran has a BA in Business from Staffordshire University and a Post Graduate Diploma from Manchester Metropolitan University.

George T. Sipos

Moved within/to: University of Missouri-St. Louis
On: March 2019

University of Missouri-St. Louis, US. George has been chosen to lead International Studies and Programs as the Senior International Officer and Executive Director at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). He will continue UMSL’s long-term commitment to campus internationalization, and expand international student recruitment, global engagement and international alumni advancement, among others. George is moving to St. Louis from Brockport, NY where he served as the Senior International Officer at State University of New York, College at Brockport. George holds a PhD degree in East Asian studies from the University of Chicago, and brings over 20 years or experience in higher education administration, teaching and research.

Kevin Fägner Santos

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: January 2019

The PIE News, UK. Kevin has joined The PIE News as Business Development Executive. Having worked in a few different fields before landing in International Ed in 2010, Kevin worked at International Insurance as its Digital Marketing Manager. Kevin has always been a lover of all things French and in 2018, he moved to Paris from Toronto, where he continues to explore the French culture. Kevin likes to spend his free time jamming with his musician friends, being a musician himself. He has great interest in film and he likes to attend film festivals in different countries. As an art lover he attends many art fairs and occasionally curates art shows.  He majored in Marketing and studied social media, and has traveled to more than 40 countries and speaks five languages.

Andrea Grassby 

Moved within/to: The Alice Smith School
On: February 2019

The Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Andrea Grassby has joined The Alice Smith School in the new post of Director of Marketing and Admissions. Andrea has extensive experience in education marketing having worked for a range of Institutions including The Open University and BPP University as well as the specialist education recruitment agency SMRS. Most recently she was Marketing Director at Cambridge Education Group where she launched 10 new pathway partnerships across the UK, US and EU and led the marketing activity for the academic portfolio comprising of the ONCAMPUS Pathway centres, CATS High Schools and Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (CSVPA).

Nick Golding

Moved within/to: The Access Platform
On: October 2018

The Access Platform, London, UK. Nick Golding, the Founder and former CEO of Cambridge Education Group, has joined The Access Platform as its Strategic Development Director. Nick has spent all of his career at the interface between international students and HEIs all over the world, building CEG from scratch until he exited altogether in 2013 when it was acquired by Bridgepoint. During Nick’s tenure CEG was formed from the colleges he co-founded, CATS and CSVPA, and the acquisition of Stafford House, and he was instrumental in the subsequent foundation of CEG’s OnCampus brand of university partnerships. TAP is an online tool which helps universities recruit more students through peer-to-peer conversations and/or User Generated Content and it supports communication in any language. Nick discovered TAP as one of a consortium of Cambridge Angel investors, and was so excited by it that he joined the company! He is looking forward to helping the TAP team roll out its platform with partners around the world, kicking off with NAFSA in May.

Roxanne Stockwell

Moved within/to: Independent Higher Education
On: February 2019

Independent Higher Education, UK. Principal of Pearson College London, Roxanne Stockwell has become IHE’s new Chair. Roxanne joined Pearson in 2011 as Managing Director of the Higher Education Awards division, with the aim of helping Pearson set up its own university. Roxanne graduated with a BA and LLB from the University of Sydney and worked as a solicitor in equity and trusts law, before becoming an in-house corporate lawyer in intellectual property. She later completed an MA in Directing at the University of Western Sydney, while managing a theatre company touring plays to students across New South Wales. On moving to the UK she completed an LLM in Intellectual and Cultural Property at University College London and took up a lectureship at BPP University College, where she became subject head for Intellectual Property and Dean of Learning and Teaching. She was then promoted to the board of directors as Chief Innovation Officer with overall responsibility for innovation, learning and teaching.

Joël McConnell

Moved within/to: Imperial College Business School
On: February 2019

Imperial College Business School, UK. Joël McConnell​, formerly the Director of Europe and Central Asia at IE Business School in Madrid, has joined the London-based business school as Executive Director for Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions. In his new role Joël will head up international marketing, recruitment and admissions for the School’s postgraduate programs. He will also manage the rollout of the school’s new CRM system. ​Joël brings more than 10 years of international business education experience, with expertise in recruitment in Asia Pacific and Europe. While at IE Business School, Joël led the university’s Financial Aid department. Joël has also worked in financial services in Canada and the US. He completed his MBA at IE Business School and an Executive Masters in Finance, and went on to undertake further executive courses at Cambridge Judge Business School, Chicago Booth School of Business and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.


Ricci Mondadori

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On: March 2019, UK. Ricci Mondadori has recently been promoted within Inline and has joined the sales team as Business Development Manager. Ricci is very familiar with the international education industry after his role as Customer Services –  Team Leader for the last several years. He has been an integral part of the growth within the business and extensively contributed to rolling out our new online ordering system (myInline) over the last year. Ricci will be responsible for business development to meet the continual interest in Inline’s solutions and is looking forward to strengthening relationships with existing clients and bringing on board new partners worldwide.

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