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Recent Movers & Shakers

Richard Follett

Moved within/to: University of Sussex
On: August 2018

University of Sussex, UK. Richard Follett has been appointed as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor – International at the University of Sussex. The new role will see him work with schools to meet their overseas student recruitment and mobility targets and maximise opportunities for global educational partnerships and collaborations. Professor Follett – who is currently the University’s Director of International Recruitment and Development and a Professor of American History – will work closely with Marcus Williams, Director of Student Recruitment and International Development, and assist Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) in ensuring that the University’s international recruitment plans are achieved.

Luis García Montero

Moved within/to: Instituto Cervantes
On: August 2018

Instituto Cervantes, Spain. Luis García Montero has become director of the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish government agency responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. As a poet, narrator and essayist, Luis García Montero has received, the National Literature Prize (1994), the National Prize for Criticism (2003) and the Ramón López Velarde Prize (Mexico, 2017). The new director of the Cervantes Institute is a professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Granada, where he has been teaching for decades. He is best known for his book “Habitaciones dobles”. García Montero has also won several prestigious awards such as the National Literature, the National Criticism or the prize of the Booksellers Guild of Madrid.

Anna Esaki-Smith

Moved within/to: UC Berkeley Extension
On: May 2018

UC Berkeley Extension, US. Anna Esaki-Smith is Director of Global Outreach at UC Berkeley Extension, based in Berkeley, California. She is responsible for international student recruitment strategy as well as partnership development for the Extension division of one of the world’s most prominent public universities. Previously, she was Editorial Director for the British Council’s global higher education research service based in Hong Kong, specializing in tracking international student mobility and global education trends. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Cornell University.

Anthony Hackney

Moved within/to: INTCAS
On: April 2018

INTCAS, UK. Anthony Hackney has recently joined INTCAS as Director of Communities & Market Development following a successful series “a” investment round by the EdTech company.  He was previously International Director at the University of Law. At the core of INTCAS is its ability to build and connect communities across the global education sector. Anthony will be working closely with an international network of executives who are tasked to expand INTCAS across new regions and markets.  The company’s global admissions platform aims to turn the challenges of attracting, recruiting and managing international students into a seamless process. This it achieves through its use of technology and support infrastructure, which reduces risk, increases efficiency and provides greater return-on-investment when recruiting and managing international students.

David Leigh

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: September 2018

Study Group, UK. Study Group is delighted to announce that its Chief Executive David Leigh is to become Chairman on September 1. David has been the Chief Executive of Study Group for the last five years, during which time Study Group has grown to become one of the most successful pathway providers in the sector. Since the beginning of 2013, Study Group has added 29 new university partnerships, including those with Australia National University, Baylor University, Durham University, the University of Leeds, the University of Sheffield and the University of Vermont. Study Group has more partnerships with highly ranked universities than any other pathway provider. David will pass the role of Chief Executive Officer on to Emma Lancaster, who has been the Chief Financial Officer since 2013.

Lou Greenwald

Moved within/to: Unibuddy
On: July 2018

Unibuddy, UK. Lou Greenwald recently joined the Unibuddy Team as the Head of Business Development for the Americas. This new role is designed to launch the Unibuddy peer-to-peer social media platform in the Americas. Lou has nearly 20 years experience as a leader in global education taking him to nearly 100 countries and in roles ranging from front line admission recruiting for prominent universities in the Boston area, private sector consulting work and an affinity for music. Lou’s former position was Chief Visionary Officer / Founder at Echo-Global Engagement where he was responsible for all facets of operation, brand reinforcement and execution.

Roger Johnson

Moved within/to: LanguageCert
On: July 2018

LanguageCert, UK. Roger Johnson is the new Chairman of the Advisory Council of LanguageCert. Roger worked for Cambridge English Language Assessment for 25 years in a wide range of roles. He left Cambridge as Chief Operating Officer, leading a team of 360 staff, covering assessment design and content, quality assurance and validation, distribution channel management and back-office operations. He is an educational assessment expert with broad experience in developing strategy and introducing process improvements in high-stakes examinations. He holds a degree in law, a Master’s in English teaching from the University of Manchester, and a M.A. from Cambridge University.

Michael Milanovic

Moved within/to: LanguageCert
On: July 2018

LanguageCert, UK. Michael Milanovic is the new Chairman of the Board and Advisory Council Member of LanguageCert. Michael has been involved in language education and assessment since 1977. Formerly appointed CEO of Cambridge English Language Assessment (2013-2014), where he worked for 25 years in total, he holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. His personal expertise encompasses strategic leadership, practical and managerial experience, the development of rigorous quality management systems, as well as qualitative and quantitative research. He was a member of the Steering Group responsible for overseeing the development of the CEFR.

Penny Burtt

Moved within/to: Asialink
On: July 2018

Asialink, Australia. Penny Burtt has been appointed the new Group CEO of Asialink, Australia’s leading centre for the promotion of public understanding of Asian countries and Australia’s role in the region. Penny joins Asialink from the global payments company Visa Inc, where she served as Vice President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, overseeing the company’s engagement and partnerships with governments and regulators across the region, and as a member of the Asia Pacific executive leadership team. Prior to Visa, Penny held roles with McKinsey & Company and as a senior diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, serving in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Geneva. She has continued to represent Australia’s interests in Asia, both personally and professionally, most recently as a New Colombo Plan Business Champion appointed by Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Minister Julie Bishop MP, in 2017.


David Bell

Moved within/to: University of Sunderland
On: September 2018

University of Sunderland, UK. David Bell will be leaving the University of Reading in the autumn after nearly seven years to take up the post of Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Sunderland. David joined the Reading in January 2012, following a six-year stint as the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education. David said it had been both an honour and privilege to serve the university and thanked staff and students. “Through their collective efforts, we have maintained and enhanced our position in so many different ways,” he said. “I look forward to taking on a new professional challenge at the University of Sunderland and returning to the north-east of England, where I spent a very happy decade earlier in my career.”

Tom McGrellis

Moved within/to: Online Education Services
On: June 2018

Online Education Services, UK. Tom McGrellis is a Business Development Consultant at Online Education Services, a leading enabler of online education. Originally a member of OES’s Australian office, he recently joined the team in London to support the organisation’s expansion in the UK. His focus will be securing new partnerships and analysis of other growth opportunities for OES and its partners in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining OES, Tom was a management consultant at PwC with a focus on human capital consulting and brings experience working with organisations across education, technology, media and financial services.

Florence Provendier

Moved within/to: ESSEC Business School
On: July 2018

ESSEC Business School, France. Florence Provendier joined ESSEC Business School as Corporate Communications & Marketing Director in July. She will strengthen the visibility, impact and brand of ESSEC in France and in the world. Florence has an MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC, with a solid experience in development, marketing and communication in catering and services. She launched several CSR initiatives and is engaged in various associations. In 2012, she joined Un Enfant par la Main, an international solidarity organization, which she led for 6 years as CEO.

Jamie Tyler

Moved within/to: Bayswater Education
On: July 2018

Bayswater Education, UK. Jamie Tyler has joined Bayswater Education as Commercial Manager with a focus on building Summer Schools and Year-Round Groups as well as recruitment in the Middle East. Jamie has 8 years’ experience in the sector specialising in developing and delivering junior group programmes across the UK. Jamie has also previously worked in the charity sector and is excited to move to a company which offers opportunities to those less fortunate within its one for one model and has a charitable purpose at its core.


Louise Guyett

Moved within/to: The English Studio
On: July 2018

The English Studio, Ireland. Louise Guyett is the new Head of School in The English Studio Dublin. She began her career in ELT in 2008 and since then has worked as a teacher, materials writer, teacher trainer and in more recent years, in academic management. She holds a Trinity DipTESOL and is currently studying her MA TESOL with the University of Nottingham. She aspires to harmonise the Academic and Student Services departments to ensure the delivery of high-quality, integrated student experiences.

Amy Ma

Moved within/to: IDP Education Canada
On: January 2018

IDP, Canada. Recently arriving in Canada from Shanghai with IDP China and Quad Learning, Amy Ma has joined the IDP Canada Client Relations Team as Partner Relations Manager (Canada). Amy is now part of the team responsible for university and college acquisitions, managing these client relationships, and supporting the work of international IDP colleagues recruiting students to the country. With Quad Learning, Amy was Manager Greater China and East Asia, launching its flagship US college pathway program. As IDP China’s Client Relations and Events Management Lead, Amy planned and promoted student-recruitment events, facilitated client visits, advised on strategic planning, and executed in-country marketing initiatives.


Farman Kaveh

Moved within/to: University of Bath
On: June 2018

University of Bath, UK. Farman Kaveh joined the University of Bath in June as Postgraduate Recruitment Manager, as part of a wider restructured team. The University has recently split the old International Office into specialist undergraduate and postgraduate units, each working primarily on promotion in their own fields. Farman joined from Abbey College in Malvern, where he was Marketing Director. “The University is taking a slightly different approach to the usual International Office model”, Farman said. “We hope we can carry through specialist product knowledge into particular markets that are right for those products. We anticipate that students and partners – and subsequently our own Faculties – will soon see the benefits of the change”.

Asha Haji

Moved within/to: SchoolApply
On: June 2018

SchoolApply, UK. SchoolApply is excited to announce Asha Haji joining as Chief Product Officer. Based in London, Asha will oversee the vision and development of the entire online student experience – ensuring SchoolApply continues its path to becoming the #1 global digital enrolment service. A graduate of both Washington University in St Louis (BA.Sc. Computer Science) and Harvard Business School (MBA), Asha has spent time shaping the direction of startups in the US and UK, and she worked for 7 years with EF Education First in roles amongst their digital marketing teams and their talent recruitment efforts

Rebecca Willis

Moved within/to: Hove College
On: July 2018

Hove College, UK. Hove College is delighted to welcome Rebecca Willis to the team as Business Development Manager. Rebecca brings over 16 years’ experience in UK and European education. Her primary role will be to promote the college’s cutting-edge ‘new media’ business and design training to markets in the UK and overseas. She is looking forward to being part of the exciting future developments at Hove College. Rebecca has previously worked at Eastbourne School of English and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.

James Carmichael

Moved within/to: British Council
On: March 2018

British Council, UK. James has recently been appointed to the position of Head of Global Exams Delivery at the British Council. This role leads the delivery of the organisation’s portfolio of Exams, including IELTS, School Exams and Professional qualifications, in over 100 countries worldwide. The role owns the end-to-end supply chain, ensuring that improvement and innovation are inbuilt into global processes and systems and that change requirements are effectively managed at all levels of the business. Before taking up this role in London, James led the Exams businesses in Sub Saharan Africa, Greece and China.

Cate Noble

Moved within/to: Varkey Foundation
On: June 2018

Varkey Foundation, UK. Former Chief Operating Officer of the Varkey Foundation, Cate Noble, became its Chief Executive Officer in June. A business leader with 15 years’ experience of strategy and transformation in the education, public and not-for-profit sectors, she has worked across a range of international markets encompassing the Middle East, Europe, South East Asia and Africa. Cate has expertise in institutional strategy and design (from early years to higher education), program design and implementation, and education partnerships. She was previously a Director at PwC, and prior to that Head of Development at Education Development Trust.


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