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Jill Duffy

Moved within/to: Cambridge Assessment
On: October 2018

Cambridge Assessment, UK. Jill Duffy is the new Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment’s UK exam board OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA). Jill led the UK schools business at education company Pearson for five years and was responsible for more than 450 staff. Prior to joining Pearson, Jill spent 22 years in educational publishing. She takes over from interim Chief Executive Janet Morris, who will return to her role as International Network Director at Cambridge Assessment International Education. Jill began her career in education as an editor at Oxford University Press and subsequently worked for publishers including Hodder & Stoughton, Harcourt, and Ginn. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Oxford University and a BA in English literature from Oxford’s Trinity College.

Jamie Hastings

Moved within/to: My International Office
On: June 2018

My International Office, UK. Jamie Hastings founded My International Office (MYiO ltd) in June 2018 following almost seven years working across different markets as regional manager in student recruitment with a focus in Africa. MYiO offers outsourced international student recruitment services to the higher education sector along with training courses both open and closed to international offices. MYiO offers clients the opportunity to fill gaps in the recruitment process if they require support or are looking for an affordable option in the area of student recruitment. Jamie has previously worked in various sales and business development roles in the UK and overseas, speaks fluent French and looks forward to working with partners in helping them recruit international students.

Varrtika Tarun Mudaliar

Moved within/to: Learning House International
On: August 2018

Learning House International, US. Varrtika Tarun Mudaliar is the Regional Manager, South Asia for student recruitment and partnerships at Learning House International (LHI), a US company that aims at enriching lives through education. In her role she is responsible for generating increased student enrolments, managing agent relationships and setting up Memorandum of Understanding with schools, colleges, universities and educational research organizations for creating awareness about the LHI partner university courses. In her previous assignments, she has worked with The University of Nottingham, UK and University of Alberta, Canada as their India representative for student enrolment and educational and research links. She has also worked for The Fulbright Commission in India and The British Council for management of the Fulbright and the Chevening scholarships respectively. She lives in New Delhi, India with her husband and son.


Ian Robinson

Moved within/to: HSBC
On: January 2018

HSBC, UK. Ian Robinson joined HSBC’s Public Sector & Education sector team in 2018 as a Director working specifically with public sector and education institutions covering both higher education and independent schools. While funding growth through debt capital markets and bank lending, Ian and the team work closely with HSBC’s emerging talent team to develop the employability of students, the financial wellbeing team to help students, management and academics and other teams including sustainability, cash management, real estate and technology focusing on the rise of EdTech. Ian also leads the development of the international footprint aligning to the education sector which is supported by HSBC’s global footprint. Working with countries across the globe to facilitate introductions, new campus development, student recruitment and research, Ian aims to help institutions develop their plans for future success.

Gary Wright

Moved within/to: Mount Kelly School Malaysia
On: September 2018

Mount Kelly School Malaysia. Gary Wright has taken up the role of Founding Head Master of Mount Kelly School Malaysia. Previously, Gary was the Founding Head Master of Mount Kelly School Hong Kong for the past two years. Both Mount Kelly Hong Kong and Mount Kelly Malaysia are the sister schools to Mount Kelly School in the UK, providing a traditional British education. Gary is a graduate of Warwick and of Oxford Brookes University, as well as King’s College London, from where he holds an MA in Education Management. He was awarded the National Professional Qualification for Headship from the National College of School Leadership. He is also an experienced former inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Gary has a wealth of experience in the UK independent school sector. He was the Head of two independent UK boarding schools, Adcote School and Abbey College Birmingham.

Theresa Pettersson

Moved within/to: ELS Education Services
On: October 2018

ELS Educational Services, US. Theresa joined ELS at the Vice President of Pathway Partnerships and will be responsible for all strategic, administrative, and operational activities related to partner pathway universities. Theresa came to ELS from Merrimack College where she was the Associate Vice President for International and Multicultural Initiatives, leading international enrollment strategy, compliance, and partnerships. As the Vice President of University Academic Relations for North America at Study Group, Theresa was the chief administrative and academic officer focused on pathway programs. She also contributed in a number of roles to the success of the pre-matriculation programs at Northeastern University, including Global Pathways, American Classroom, and the U.S. Sino-Pathway program.

Agnieszka Luczak

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: October 2018

The PIE News, UK. Agnieszka has joined The PIE Talent team as Account Researcher. Before moving to London this year, Agnieszka worked for over three years as an Education Advisor and Customer Service Team Leader at the Poland-based education agency Elab Education Laboratory. Aga has a BA in Russian Studies and an MA in Business with a focus on Eastern markets. She recently graduated from Warsaw School of Economics with a PgDip in Career Advising and Coaching. Aga is an education enthusiast and moved to the UK to delve into the international education sector from a British perspective. She speaks fluent Polish, French and Russian.

María K. Norton

Moved within/to: University of Southampton
On: October 2018

University of Southampton, UK. María starts a new position as Senior International Partnerships Manager at the University of Southampton, responsible for partnership working, networks, mobility – and scoping opportunities in TNE. This comes as a slight pivot in her international education career, having spent over 16 years with the British Council, the UK’s organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. In fact, María took a sabbatical year from the British Council, in which she deepened her interest in multilingualism and intercultural competence. So it is with great pleasure that she takes up the role, since it requires leading as an intercultural ambassador!

Jon Grant

Moved within/to: Cambridge University Press
On: September 2018

Cambridge University Press, UK. Jon is delighted to have taken up a new position as Head of Key Accounts with the Learning Solutions team at Cambridge University Press. Responsible for global Key Accounts, Jon is looking forward to working closely with clients to deliver services, including consultancy, customization of materials, teacher development and research. Jon has worked in international education for almost 20 years, including business and marketing roles at Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge Assessment Admissions testing.

Nate Cronk

Moved within/to: Campus Labs
On: September 2018

Campus Labs, US. Nate Cronk is leaving his post as the Associate Director of International Admissions at Canisius College to start at Campus Labs, an ed-tech firm based in Buffalo. In the new role as an Account Manger for universities, he will be focused on empowering higher education institutions through the strategic use of data. Nate has enjoyed the 10 years of work in Enrolment Management at colleges and universities. He has had the pleasure to work with undergraduate, transfer, graduate, and international students and their families and he is excited to continue helping universities maximise their potential and continually improve the way they serve students.

Andrew Edwards

Moved within/to: ELC Bristol
On: September 2018

ELC Bristol, UK. ELC Bristol is delighted to welcome back Andrew Edwards as Principal of the school. Andrew previously worked at ELC for 15 years and was Vice-Principal, Accommodation and Marketing Director and originally a teacher. For the last six-and-a-half years he was Principal of LSI Portsmouth, where he brought in many changes, modernised the school and increased the quality of the provision in numerous ways, culminating in his leading the school through its recent British Council inspection, where it achieved a perfect score. Although Andrew will take over running ELC on a day-to-day basis, John and Margaret Duncan will remain as directors, fully involved in the school on a full-time basis, offering the care and support to students for which ELC Bristol is known. Andrew hopes to help ELC further enhance and build on its reputation for the quality of its service to students and international partners.

Matt Beaumont

Moved within/to: LTC Eastbourne
On: September 2018

LTC Eastbourne, UK. Matt Beaumont is excited to be taking on the Marketing Assistant role at LTC Eastbourne, while Marketing Manager, Elizabeth Trumper, is on maternity leave. Matt has a background in marketing as a Copywriter and a Social Media Executive, with experience in sectors such as charity, automotive finance, and accounting technology. Working closely with newly promoted Marketing Co-ordinator, Dominic Barrow, Matt aims to utilise his creativity to invigorate the LTC Eastbourne brand. A lover of travel and learning, Matt couldn’t be better placed to promote the school’s interests both at home and abroad. Matt is also a professional actor, with a range of credits spanning over 13 years. His passion is theatre (especially site-specific projects) and is a founding member of the Brighton-based theatre company, The Imaginauts.

Leigh Williams

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: August 2018

BROWNS English Language School, Australia. Leigh is now the Chief Executive Officer at BROWNS English Language School. Leigh brings with her significant experience and skill with over 18 years in the Education industry. She has previously led large-scale teams and held numerous executive advisory positions for various state and federal priorities across Australia. Alongside this, Leigh has many published academic journal articles and holds six university qualifications giving her a comprehensive and holistic understanding of educational and business leadership.

Jarrod Taylor

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: May 2018

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Jarrod joined the Oxford International team as Marketing Executive for the English Language division. Jarrod will be responsible for the marketing of the group’s Junior programmes and Adult schools. Prior to Oxford International, Jarrod worked in marketing across the technology, health care and education sectors. Jarrod spent five years working at Lord Somers Camp and Power House, a charity who works to improve the outcomes for young people by delivering youth development programs, such as a week-long summer camp.

Anna Elliott

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: May 2018

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Anna Elliott joins Oxford International Education Group as the Marketing Manager for English Language division. Anna will oversee all marketing activities for the English language programmes working closely with the Group Marketing Director. Anna brings a wealth of practical knowledge across the full marketing mix, and has previously worked at the Peter Jones Foundation, a charity which provides education and enterprise opportunities for young people, and HarrisonParrott, one of the world’s leading artist management agencies. Anna looks forward to working with education partners around the globe to drive awareness for the international study of English and recruit students.

Abby Love

Moved within/to: Wilkes University
On: September 2018

Wilkes University, US. Abby Love has joined Wilkes University Admissions and Enrollment Team as the Director of International Admissions. She is responsible for international student recruitment and admissions. Abby will be working diligently with faculty and staff to create new recruitment strategies and increase the international enrollment. Prior to her new role, Abby had worked with admissions, study abroad, and international student services. She earned her master’s at Wright State University in Leadership Development and now will be pursing her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Management. She looks forward to using her experience and expertise to help the team reach their enrollment goals.

Danny Martin

Moved within/to: Kaplan International
On: July 2018

Kaplan International Pathways, UK. Danny Martin has been appointed College Director of the University of Essex International College which will be opening its doors in September 2018.  Prior to joining Kaplan, Danny was working in China as the Regional Service Operations Director for Wall Street English where he was responsible for the daily operations of 25 schools across five cities in East China. Danny and his team will be delivering undergraduate foundation, international year one and pre-Master’s programmes to help students gain access to University of Essex degrees. He and his team are excited to welcome new students to the UK and help them get settled into their new life and studies in Essex.

Helen Wood

Moved within/to: Password Testing
On: September 2018

Password Testing, UK. Helen Wood has joined Password Testing in the new post of Head of School Partnerships. Helen will work promoting on-going collaboration and consultation with existing and new independent school partners. This unique approach ensures Password Tests in English and Maths offer sector-leading entry assessments that are reliable, secure and appropriate for international pupil admissions purposes. Helen is a former Deputy Chair of the British Association of Independent Schools with International Students and was Head of EAL and, for the last 10 years, Head of the International Section at d’Overbroeck’s school in Oxford.

John Niblett

Moved within/to: Thai Nguyen University
On: August 2018

Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam. John Niblett joined Thai Nguyen University in August as an English Language Fellow from the US State Department’s English Language Fellows program. John is excited to be working on several projects at TNU, including professional development workshops and helping with curriculum revision. He is also enjoying helping Vietnamese students share their culture with the world through a new poetry translation club that he is forming in collaboration with several faculty members. However, John’s primary focus is to help develop training in project-based learning for teachers in northern Vietnam. Before coming to TNU, John was Head of Content at the International Study Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA. In this position, he taught international students, developed new courses, coached teachers, and coordinated programming for JMU content instructors.


Tilly Hickenbotham

Moved within/to: Australian National University
On: August 2018

Australian National University, Australia. Tilly Hickenbotham began her career in University Student Experience, collaboratively running domestic programs aimed at enriching student lives. Intrigued by the opportunities available to students outside of their own countries, she found herself drawn to international education. Tilly has been working as a mobility specialist since 2012 and has recently been made permanent in her role as the manager of Global Mobility Programs at the Australian National University. She is excited for the opportunity to continue to drive institutional change to continuously improve the experience of all students travelling on ANU programs around the world. Tilly has a Degree in Tourism and Event Management, is completing her MBM with a HR specialisation and really enjoys exploring beautiful Australia!


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