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Soni Khanna

Moved within/to: UniSearch
On: September 2022

UniSearch, Australia. Soni Khanna will be heading brand and global engagement at UniSearch – the integrated 360-degree platform to connect aspiring students and global universities. The platform aims to equip aspiring students with a comprehensive one-stop solution that integrates every step of the study abroad journey in one place. With her experience of over 20 years spanning different verticals in the education industry, Soni has contributed her expertise as a communicator and innovator to some of the largest education consulting brands globally. She has been a mentor, a consultant, and an effective communicator in space. Soni is a successful higher education industry professional with associations with brands including the University of Essex Online and TC Global. A diligent and patient individual, with a consistent thirst for knowledge, Soni is passionate about helping students find their way into their aspirations with her constant endeavour to build meaningful and valuable experiences for students and universities across the globe.

Caroline Adzogble

Moved within/to: David Game College Group
On: September 2022

David Game College Group, UK. Caroline Adzogble has joined David Game College Group as senior regional manager for sub-Saharan Africa. Caroline brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge from over 10 years working as a consultant with many international institutions and colleges, whilst also developing her own portfolio of educational programmes in Ghana, including Potters International College, an online, accredited career training college and Caroline University which delivers entrepreneurial accelerator programmes to aspiring young business people. Caroline also set-up the Mercy Heart Foundation to provide scholarships and laptops to brilliant but needy students in Ghana. Matthew Hird, Director of Student Recruitment, commented: “we are very excited to welcome someone of Caroline’s stature on board to build our presence across the region and to support and develop our partner network.” Caroline said that she is ‘thrilled to be given the platform to help unravel the limitless opportunities available for David Game in the African market’.


Ula Tang-Plowman

Moved within/to: Nottingham University International College
On: September 2022

Ula Tang-Plowman has been appointed as the deputy director international student recruitment at the University of Nottingham, bringing with her 15 years of recruitment and partnership experience and knowledge of multiple regions including the East Asia, West Africa, Southeast Asia and UK. Being once an international student herself, Ula is an advocate of UK Higher Education. She has set up a number of successful TNE partnerships, summer schools, in-house English language tests and pathway programmes which helped thousands of international students gaining access to quality education to her previous employers including the University of Derby and the Aberystwyth University. Outside of her daily job, she founded the British Universities’ China Association from the ground up. On appointment of this role, Ula said: “I’m really excited and looking forward to meeting international students and partners of the University of Nottingham, the university is becoming a major global recruiter and will bring a positive impact to the home students and the city of Nottingham.”

Marie Clark

Moved within/to: Education New Zealand
On: September 2022

Education New Zealand, New Zealand. Marie Clark has been appointed as Director Insights at Education New Zealand, the government agency dedicated to helping New Zealand realise the social, cultural, and economic benefits of international education. She has also recently been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of David Game College a specialist provider in the city of London. She has worked in a range of insights, marketing, and communications roles in higher education.  Her most recent UK role was at Independent Higher Education, the representative and lobbying body for independent higher education, professional training and international pathway providers.  She has a particular passion for understanding student decision making and while at Hobsons, now QS Enrolment Solutions, she led the development of their seminal International Student Survey. Speaking about her new appointments, Marie said, “I am excited to join Education New Zealand at this important time, welcoming back international students from around the world. I also look forward to contributing to David Game College; both the provision and ethos of the college makes it unique in UK education.” She will be relocating to New Zealand later this year.

Faeza Afzal

Moved within/to: The London School of English
On: September 2022

The London School of English, UK. Faeza Afzal has been promoted to the position of commercial director at The London School of English. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Faeza is a Bangladeshi-Canadian who studied Economics and Management at the University of Oxford, and is currently pursuing a part-time Masters in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at City University of London. Over the past decade, Faeza has worked in the education sector starting in higher education recruitment in Canada. During her six years at The London School of English, Faeza has managed relationships with international partners and clients including universities, banks, agents, and public sector organisations abroad. She has project managed several large-scale English for Specific Purposes training projects for organisations such as MSD Animal Health Central Europe, the Ministry of Defence of Oman, and Kings College, London. She has also managed and delivered a range of edtech and CRM projects – including a project for University of British Columbia.

Michelle Tredenick

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: September 2022

IDP Education, Global. Michelle Tredenick is a company director with extensive experience in businesses operating in a broad range of industries, including banking, insurance, wealth management, education services, health insurance, superannuation and technology. She also runs her own corporate advisory business advising boards and CEOs on strategy and technology. Michelle currently serves on a number of listed and private company boards, including ASXlisted IAG. She is also a non-executive director of Cricket Australia and Urbis, as well as First Sentier Investors. She served as a non-executive director of the Bank of Queensland from 2011-2020, and has previously been a Director of the Ethics Centre and a Senate Member of the University of Queensland. “With a special interest in how digital technology can enhance human connections, I am looking forward to being part of IDP as we reinvent the international education industry and help more people connect to global success,” Michelle said of her new role.

Tracey Horton

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: September 2022

IDP Education, Global. Tracey Horton has been appointed to IDP’s board as non-executive directors. Tracey is an experienced company director with extensive international experience in leadership and senior management, and as an economist and management consultant. Tracey is currently a director of the GPT Group, a Sydney-based ASX100 company and a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel, chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee and a non-executive director of Campus Living Villages Pty Ltd. She has also previously served on the boards of leading listed companies including as chair of Navitas and non-executive director at Automotive Holdings Group, Skilled Group and Nearmap. Tracey also has extensive international business and education experience as an executive in the education and management consulting industries, most recently as Winthrop Professor and Dean of the University of Western Australia Business School. She said of her new role: “IDP is an Australian global success story that has helped shape the futures of young people around the world for more than five decades. I look forward to helping steer IDP’s next phase of growth.”

Ian Crichton

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: September 2022

Study Group, Global. Ian Crichton will take up role of chief executive at Study Group, with outgoing chief executive Emma Lancaster remaining as a member of the company’s global board. Ian is a highly experienced CEO with a diverse international background including leadership roles in blue chip (FMCG) companies, electronics, health, business services and software. He has a strong commercial track record and experience in driving service transformation, most recently serving as chief executive of Servelec, a British health informatics company supplying software to the healthcare, social care and education sectors. Ian said on his new appointment: “I am delighted to take up the role at this exciting time, as international education once again opens its doors and as we work ever more closely with our university partners to offer an excellent education and drive innovation which helps students to gain the most from their education. I’m looking forward to helping Study Group go from strength to strength, and to support the team to deliver even more.”


Drew Newport

Moved within/to: CATS Global Schools
On: September 2022

CATS Global Schools, Global. Drew Newport has been appointed to the newly created role of general manager, Asia for CATS Global Schools. He is responsible for student recruitment and business development for all CGS brands in Mainland China, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Laos, and Malaysia. Drew brings with him a wealth of experience. He was Regional Director for the Asia Pacific region at Kaplan and, more recently, the Associate Global Sales Director and Managing Director of two large study abroad agencies in Asia. Drew said, “I am thrilled to be joining CGS in Asia, an area of the world I feel at home in and where I can utilise my experience to help support our prospective students, their parents, and our partners to help achieve their goals of studying in the UK and US. I am passionate about establishing greater student mobility and look forward to working with the exceptionally experienced CGS team.”

Bill Rammell

Moved within/to: Zoom Abroad
On: September 2022

Zoom Abroad, UK.  Bill Rammell has recently been appointed as president of Zoom Abroad. Bill was the Member of Parliament for Harlow from 1997 to 2010 and served as a Minister of State in several departments, including the Department for Education & Skills, and Department for Innovation, Universities & Skills, the Foreign Office, and the UK Ministry of Defence for 8 years. He was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire and chair of the university consortium MillionPlus. Before joining Zoom Abroad, he was the president of the University of Kurdistan Hewlêr (UKH) in Iraqi Kurdistan. Bill has managed policy engagements with several ministries and #universities in the UK. ”Zoom Abroad is a hugely innovative and ethically grounded company, committed to providing opportunities for international students to build their careers and lives. Throughout my work as HE Minister and a University Leader I have been committed to the globalisation of Higher Education. This new role with Zoom Abroad is a new, exciting opportunity to further that. I look forward to working with the company to grow its reach.”


Simone Rensch

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: August 2022

The PIE, Global. Simone Rensch joins The PIE as search director and insight manager, where she will be working with the exec search, as well as the events and editorial teams. Simone is an experienced journalist who most recently held the role of head of Business Women in Education, which she set up at Nexus Media Group, the parent company of EducationInvestor Global. In this role, she hosted events to provide business women in the global education sector with opportunities to connect and learn from one another. Growing the community from its launch to 450 global members, Simone is an experienced networker and leader within the sector. Simone said of her new role: “I’m excited to join the amazing team at The PIE and be part of a forward-thinking organisation. I look forward to continuing to connecting with the international education community.”

Archie Pollock

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: September 2022

StudyPortals, Global. Archie Pollock has begun a new role at StudyPortals as a senior consultant in the company’s analytics and consulting team. Archie brings over 12 years of experience in the international education sector, most recently as the regional manager for UK and Europe at Higher Education Marketing, where he spent over five years in various roles. Before his time at HEM, he also worked as a business development executive for The PIE. Archie said of his new role on LinkedIn: “I’m pleased to share that I’m starting a new position as senior consultant in the ACT Team at Studyportals! Feel free to reach out if you would like to hear how we help universities in making data-led student recruitment decisions. Let’s go Thijs and team!”

Gizelle F. Rezende

Moved within/to: Mozaik Play
On: September 2022

Mozaik Play, Australia. Mozaik Play have announced that Gizelle F. Rezende is joining the company’s management team as chief growth officer. In her role, Gizelle will ensure that growth remains at the forefront of the company strategy and execution. Gizelle brings with her over 15 years of experience leading teams and growing businesses across premium education groups worldwide including Study Group, Redhill Education and EC English Language Centres. “I am passionate about growing sustainable businesses while transforming lives through education. I have a proven record of successes in innovation and business growth, client acquisition, sales, partnerships, building and cultivating multicultural teams. As the new CGO of Mozaik Play, I look forward to applying my strong communication skills and forward-thinking approach to business relationships and staff management.”

Simon Finn

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: August 2022

Navitas, Global. Navitas has the appointment of Simon Finn to the role of head of strategic engagement and government relations. Simon’s recent experience leading the industry peak body, IHEA, and prior experience as an MP and cabinet minister in Queensland, ensures he is ideally qualified to support Navitas’ proactive role in shaping and contributing to important policy discussions. In his new role, Simon will work with Navitas teams across the business to engage with governments and the education sector in support of Navitas’ vision to be the best global education provider in the world for its students, partners and people. “Navitas is Australia’s largest independent tertiary education provider and I’m excited about working with universities, industry partners and governments to transform lives through education,” Simon said. “In my career I’ve experienced first-hand the opportunity education brings to an individual learner and its importance to enriching communities, growing skilled workforces, and driving economic growth.”

Tennealle O’Shannessy

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: August 2022

IDP Education, Global. IDP Education’s Board of Directors has announced Tennealle O’Shannessy has been appointed CEO and managing director.  Tennealle has a proven track record of building successful digital businesses with a customer-centric approach – experience that aligns with IDP’s ambitious strategy to reinvent the international education sector.  Tennealle will join IDP from her current role as CEO of Adore Beauty, Australia’s leading online beauty marketplace, replacing Andrew Barkla, who has held the role since 2015.  Prior to Adore, she spent almost 10 years in global leadership roles at SEEK, where she led the expansion of multinational education services and digital platforms.  Tennealle said of her new role: ““I am excited to have the opportunity to return to the global education industry, where I have spent a significant part of my career. I am passionate about the transformative role education plays in improving people’s careers and lives and am energised by the important role IDP plays in guiding and enabling this.”

Rob Partlow

Moved within/to: MPOWER Financing
On: July 2022

MPOWER Financing, US. MPOWER has announced the appointment of financial services and fintech industry veteran Robert Partlow as its new CFO. Robert brings over 30 years of diversified, hands-on experience in consumer finance and fintech. Most recently he was EVP of capital markets and CFO of GreenSky Inc., a fintech firm providing point-of-sale promotional finance. Robert managed GreenSky’s 2018 IPO while he was the firm’s CFO and executive VP from November 2014 to September 2020. Prior to GreenSky, Robert served as CFO for Seneca Mortgage Management LLC, Fieldstone Investment Corporation, and Saxon Capital Inc. On his new role, Robert said: “I am thrilled to join the MPOWER team and look forward to contributing to the important mission of making higher education and socioeconomic mobility borderless for the millions of international and DACA students studying in North America. There is no professional opportunity more rewarding for me than applying my finance and business experience to drive this mission, while working alongside a powerhouse team built on shared passion and innovation.”

Isobel Rossiter

Moved within/to: QS Enrolment Solutions
On: March 2022

QS Enrolment Solutions, Global. Isobel Rossiter has joined QS Enrolment Solutions as executive director of operations, bringing with her 20 years of experience in student recruitment and admissions in the University sector, spanning domestic and international portfolios. She arrives after eight years at the University of Plymouth as head of student recruitment and admissions and member of the board of governors, where she translated the strategic vision of the university into data driven operational delivery across recruitment, marketing, and admissions. Speaking about her new role, Isobel said: “I am excited to support the public, private partnerships agenda, in building the future of student recruitment and admissions. Working for a leading global company such as QS who recognise the importance of smart solutions to sector challenges was a key reason I chose to join them. I look forward to working collaboratively with the sector in creating the art of the possible to support student recruitment ambitions.”


Sophie Punt

Moved within/to: Universities UK
On: July 2022

Universities UK International, UK. UUKi have announced that Sophie Punt is joining the team as partnerships manager. She has previously had years of experience working at universities, including at the University of Kent at their postgraduate centres in Paris and Brussels, as well as at the University of the Arts London, most recently as regional partnerships development co-ordinator. Sophie said that she looks forward to the exposure to other areas of the sector, as UUKi is “hyper-connected” and up to date on “all things HE”. Sophie continued about the role: “I am really excited to join the partnerships team at UUKi after following the work of the wider organisation for most of my working life in higher education. I am hoping to advocate for the needs of our members after gaining a strong awareness of their needs.”

Anna CohenMiller

Moved within/to: Nazarbayev University
On: August 2022

Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Anna CohenMiller has been appointed to a new role as associate professor at Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education (NU GSE) after having worked within NU GSE as an assistant professor since 2015. Anna specialises in equity and inclusion in higher education. She leads, guides, and mentors early career researchers to become top exemplars of the University and the country and to become socially, economically and environmentally just researchers and educators. Her recent research has focused on issues of gender in higher education and the workplace and on improving teaching and learning in PreK – higher education contexts. Anna is also co-founding director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars, founder of The Motherscholar Project, and editor-in-chief of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Anna said: “Thank you to all those I have had the chance to know and work with over these years to develop the research, educational capacity, and a more equitable, inclusive, and socially just community!”

Mark Charnley

Moved within/to: Mozaik Play
On: March 2022

Mozaik Play, Australia. Mark Charnley has joined the creative education marketplace as VP global sales and partnerships. He brings with him a wealth of global sales and partnerships experience having worked for universities including Flinders University (Australia), Carnegie Mellon University (USA/Australia), and the University of South Australia. In this role, Mark will oversee Mozaik Play’s global sales and partnerships organisation with a strong focus on expanding their global footprint. Mark said of his new role: “I am excited to be joining Mozaik Play – and to join a passionate team who empower students to pursue creative careers across the globe. Mozaik Play is key in meeting the global demand for creative thinkers, innovators and problem-solvers as the world recovers from the pandemic and shifts towards a more sustainable future.”

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