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Ryan Henderson

Moved within/to: LH Global Group
On: July 2021

LH Global Group, Global. LH Global Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Henderson to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer. Based mostly in LH Global’s London office, Ryan opened the European division of LH Global in 2019 in his former role of UK General Manager. Ryan has now stepped up to meet the challenge of overseeing the group’s extensive global presence, overseeing the existing China, US, Australian, Malaysian and Bhutanese offices as well as the UK. He has a long and impressive pedigree in international education leadership across diverse regions. Having himself lived and worked overseas for around a decade, his passion for “facilitating learning without borders, and migration without barriers” is notoriously contagious and his understanding of British education has helped to further open up the UK and EU to increasing numbers of students and families from all over the world. A former teacher himself at a prestigious international school in Shenzhen, China, Ryan believes in British Education and understands the obstacles and adventure overseas applicants face when migrating to access it.

Rachel Hewitt

Moved within/to: MillionPlus
On: August 2021

MillionPlus, UK. MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, has appointed Rachel Hewitt as Chief Executive. Currently Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, Rachel has also held a number of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency, focused on policy and governance. Rachel also serves as an independent governor on the governing body of Leeds Beckett University. Her energy, drive and commitment will be a “huge asset” to MillionPlus, said the organisation’s chair and Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Rama Thirunamachandran. “She brings to the role a wealth of experience of the higher education policy landscape and I know she will articulate a brilliant vision and a strong voice for MillionPlus and modern universities,” he said. Rachel is excited to join MillionPlus at a crucial time amid a vital conversation around building back better and beyond by levelling up across the UK. “With deep roots in their communities and decades of experience pioneering cutting-edge skills and driving growth and innovation, modern universities must absolutely be at the heart of that conversation,” she said.


May Arthur

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: June 2021

M Square Media, Global. May Arthur has been appointed Vice President of MSM’s Global Marketing Office. In the role, she will help strengthen the company’s business development outreach, in addition to helping promote and preserve the premium, value-adding services provided to each GMO partner institution, particularly in the USA where she is currently based. May is a seasoned international education business executive with over 27 years of experience. She has held several leadership roles dedicated to growing and retaining the international student population at partner universities. Her broad areas of expertise include business development, organisational leadership, strategic planning, and global operations. She excels at developing and supporting partnerships with universities and managing global recruitment initiatives.


Andrew Disbury

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: June 2021

M Square Media, Global. International education platform MSM has appointed Andrew Disbury as President of MSM in the United Kingdom, setting a key role for him to expand its business in the major international education market. Before being appointed in January 2020 as Vice President of MSM UK, Andrew served as a member of the MSM International Advisory Board. In the new role Andrew will engage partner institutions in the MSM Global Marketing Office model, which builds global or in-country offices providing dedicated teams on the ground, agent management, lead generation and enquiry management, application pre-screening, and student and parent support. In the UK and Europe region, he will also be the face of MSM’s foray in edtech-based recruitment via MSM Unify. He has  spent 35 years in education leadership and management roles in international education in China, India, Scotland, and England.

Suneetha Qureshi

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: June 2021

M Square Media, Global. Suneetha Qureshi has been promoted to the role of President of MSM’s Global Marketing Office, the company has announced. Previously, she had served as the Vice President-Global for the MSM segment, which currently serves about 45 higher education institutions in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and other countries worldwide. As president of the MSM GMO segment, Suneetha will fortify its business development outreach globally, particularly in the face of MSM’s foray in edtech-based recruitment via MSM Unify. She will preserve the premium, value-adding services provided to each GMO partner institution, including dedicated teams on the ground, agent management, lead generation and inquiry management, application pre-screening, and student and parent support through pioneering pre-departure briefing sessions. She has more than 10 years of experience in the international education sector and a strong  track record of successfully launching the representative offices in Asia and Africa of many North American and European HEIs, with key strengths in hiring, training, and developing dedicated in-country college and university client teams.


Mark Rendell

Moved within/to: English UK
On: June 2021

English UK, UK. Mark Rendell has been elected the new chair of the English UK Board of Trustees. Mark, the CEO of International House London since 2019, has been in ELT for 28 years, teaching in Poland, Saudi Arabia, and China before working at English UK and then moving to become principal of St Giles International London Central. Mark was deputy chief executive of English UK for six years to 2011, becoming a trustee and director in 2016 and serving as vice-chair for the last three years. He was also chair of English UK London, and is currently a trustee and director of the IH World Organisation, a member of the Accreditation UK board and a member of the Cambridge Assessment Standards Committee. “I believe our Association has the ability to help our industry, our organisations, and our students to continue to improve, to foster resilience and to prosper,” he said. “I want the UK to welcome international students again, to actively target growth, and for the country to be regarded as the world’s premier ELT destination.”

Shoko Doherty

Moved within/to: English UK
On: June 2021

English UK, UK. Shoko Doherty will be the new vice-chair of the English UK Board of Trustees. Shoko, CEO of Celtic English Academy in Cardiff, first came to the UK as an international student from Japan and honed her English language skills during her university studies. She has worked in ELT for 17 years – in most roles except teaching. Shoko joined the English UK board in 2017, the English UK Enterprises board in 2020, and was vice chair of English UK Wales, the association she helped to set up six years ago. She has been heavily involved with various tourism and international relations projects with stakeholders in Wales and overseas. She was a Leading Wales Awards Finalist for Women in Leadership in 2018. “I truly believe that the UK is one of the best ELT destinations,” she said. “I experienced it myself as an international student, and I want many more students from around the world to have their life-changing experiences here with us, studying at an English UK member centre.”

Karen Spens

Moved within/to: AMBA & BGA
On: June 2021

The Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association, Global. AMBA & BGA has appointed Rector of Hanken Karen Spens as a new Trustee as it seeks to enhance its International Management Board. At Hanken, Karen leads operations and is responsible for the economical, efficient and effective discharge of the university mission. She appoints most of the faculty and staff, admits students for degree studies, and decides on matters that, in accordance with Acts, Decrees or internal regulations, are not to be decided by any other administrative body of the School. She is also Professor of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography at Hanken. “I am truly honoured and happy to join such a distinguished board,” Karen said. “I look forward to working with colleagues in our joint effort of making AMBA and BGA even stronger, and responding to global business and societal challenges innovatively and responsibly.” Prior to becoming Rector, Professor Spens served as Hanken’s Dean of Education between 2010 and 2015.


Ryan Fong

Moved within/to: Springboard
On: June 2021

Springboard, US. Ryan Fong has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of online learning platform Springboard. In his role as CFO, Fong brings nearly two decades of experience as a strategist, operator and finance leader, across a diverse range of organisations and Ed Tech companies, including Yahoo!, Microsoft and Udacity. “Springboard has already established itself as a leader in the online learning space, and the company is uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape,” Ryan said. “I look forward to applying my knowledge and experience to scale financial growth for the company.” Earlier this year, Springboard joined the Microsoft Accelerate program as a national partner, focused on tackling unemployment and the digital skills divide in metropolitan areas by providing technology skills development opportunities for underserved communities. Springboard saw over 200% year-over-year growth in enrolments in 2020.



Andrew Moers

Moved within/to: Springboard
On: June 2021

Springboard, US. Andrew Moers has joined Springboard as President, Consumer Business as the online learning specialist looks to bring  in additional leadership and growth expertise. As President, Consumer Business, Andrew brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience to Springboard, having driven rapid growth and business expansion throughout his career. Andrew spent a decade as President of a several-hundred million dollar business unit at digital conglomerate IAC, and subsequently served in business unit management, CMO and strategic growth roles at Talkspace and Blue Apron, two pioneering direct-to-consumer digital brands. “I’m thrilled to join Springboard in its mission to bridge the world’s skills gap, and I look forward to working alongside its talented team to accelerate the business and transform lives through Springboard’s unique, human-guided online learning programs,” he said.

Kate Owen

Moved within/to: UPP
On: April 2021

University Partnerships Programme, UK. UPP has appointed Kate Owen as Chief Marketing Officer and a member of its Executive Leadership Team. Kate will lead UPP’s marketing and communications strategy and will be responsible for corporate marketing and brand management, corporate affairs and public relations, sector engagement and employee communications. She will also help drive forward our commitment to ESG. She has a wealth of experience across multiple sectors and has previously worked across both B2B and B2C marketing in business leading roles with major brands. She is a highly successful marketing leader with a strong track record of designing and implementing award winning marketing and communications strategies and transformation initiatives delivering significant growth. “UPP is unique in its approach to on-campus purpose built student accommodation and I am looking forward to working across the UPP organisation, with our partners, students and other stakeholders to deliver UPP’s strategic ambitions,” Kate said.

Ginette Gervais

Moved within/to: Hermes Colleges Network
On: May 2021

Hermes Colleges Network, Canada. Ginette Gervais has been appointed President, Hermes Colleges Network  following a rigorous, thorough process conducted by the HCN’s board. Ginette Gervais is a leader in international education in Quebec. In 1989, she became the owner of Collège Salette, in Montréal. She later sold to ESMA, an educational group based in France, and became the group’s Vice-President, North America, a position she occupied from 2017 until 2020. She has been widely involved in the world of education at the association, vocational and technical training, collegial and ministerial levels. She is Commissioner on Québec’s Advisory Commission on Private Education, and Chair of the Quebec Association of private non-subsidized colleges. She has represented Québec on the National Association of Career Colleges Board since 2010 and served as the chair from 2014-2016. In 2013, Ginette received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to honor her significant contributions in education.

Andrew Cook

Moved within/to: Goodwall
On: May 2021

Goodwall, Switzerland. Andrew joins Goodwall as the Partnership Lead for Higher Education. Goodwall is the professional development platform designed to guide young talent as they navigate the future of learning and earning. It is an inclusive community where talent is inspired and empowered to reach their full potential and impact society positively. Andrew is no stranger to edtech, having started his Higher Education career as a Relationship Manager at SchoolApply in Dubai, before moving into a recruitment position at the University of Stirling, where he is from. Most recently, Andrew was the Senior Marketing Officer at an international school in Scotland. Andrew is very much looking forward to working alongside universities who are looking to empower youth on a global scale.

Erez Tocker

Moved within/to: Trinity College London
On: May 2021

Trinity College London, UK. Trinity College London has announced global education leader Erez Tocker as its new Chief Executive. Erez, an international leader in education and digital transformation, was previously Managing Director, International at world-leading assessment, teaching and learning provider Renaissance Learning. He brings to Trinity a wealth of experience, including his founding and leadership of the technology start-up Oxford English China and a decade of driving growth at Kaplan International. “I am honoured to join such a deeply established and much-loved organisation with its talented team and long history of advancing education and assessment,” Erez said. “I want to build on previous achievements by [outgoing CEO] Sarah Kemp and the team and I look forward to meeting with staff, partners, examiners, volunteers, supporters, teachers and students, and working together to make a difference to more people across the world in developing their passions and skills.”


César Balbuena

Moved within/to: Georgian College Canada
On: June 2021

Georgian College, Canada. Ontario’s top co-op College has appointed César Balbuena as Director, International Education & Development. César will be supporting Stephanie Barry’s maternity leave starting  June 2021 until September 2022. César brings over 16 years of leadership experience from the Ontario college international education sector. In his most recent role, César was the Director of International Recruitment and Student Support at St. Lawrence College. He offers a global network and proven success in International Student Enrollment, Business Development and Revenue Generation. César holds a Bachelor of Tourism & Business Administration (Honors Degree), from Universidad del Valle de México. Born and raised in Mexico, César immigrated to Canada in 1993.  He is multilingual, able to communicate in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. In this new role at Georgian, César will provide college wide leadership in planning, development and successful execution of a comprehensive and international strategy with a focus on recruitment and diversification, and program and client partnerships.

Tor Del Federico

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: September 2020

Globeducate, Global. Tor Del Federico moved to her role as Principal of Southlands British International School in Rome in September 2020, from British School of Yangon, Myanmar. In the transition to one of Globeducate’s British International Schools, Tor has introduced elements of a British education such as a House system and an adventure sports program. Tor brings extensive leadership experience in international and British education. Previously she was Interim Principal and Vice Principal at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland and before that, Director of Teaching and Learning at Roedean School, Brighton, UK. Tor holds an MA in Twentieth Century Literature and a BA in English Literature from The University of Sussex and a PGCE from the University of Brighton. She believes in authentic leadership, holistic education in the fullest sense of the word and the importance of  being brave and honest in life and learning.

Antonia Giovanazzi

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: July 2020

Globeducate, Global. Antonia Giovanazzi joined Globeducate in July 2020 as Executive Principal of ICS Milan. Her vision and mission are to grow the school and make it the first choice for families in Milan looking for a topflight IB education. In her previous role as Principal at specialist STEM international 6thForm College The National Mathematics and Science College in London, she oversaw a 50% increase in student offers at Oxbridge and Ivy League universities over three years. Antonia brings more than 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in a wide range of sectors. She was Founding Vice Principal and Head of Secondary of a premium British international school in Dubai as well as Head of Faculty and Head of Teaching and Learning at Beaconsfield High School in the UK, and Head of Faculty at The Henley College, UK. A graduate of Edinburgh University, she subsequently completed her PGCE at St Andrew’s College of Education. Antonia has taught students and trained teachers from more than 56 different countries. As well as championing STEAM education, Antonia is an advocate for the Arts and has a keen interest in music.

Anne-May Janssen

Moved within/to: Aurora Universities Network
On: July 2021

Aurora Universities Network, Europe. The Board of the Aurora Universities Network is now pleased to announce the appointment of Anne-May Janssen to succeed Kees Kouwenaar as Aurora’s Secretary General; to ensure a smooth and efficient handover, Anne-May will start working at the Aurora office on July 1. Anne-May ompleted her degree in Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht School of Governance. She started her career as a junior lecturer at Maastricht University. She switched to the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs as a policy officer in 2011, before moved to Brussels to work at the Netherlands House for Education and Research as an account manager for the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres and Nuffic in 2014. From 2017 onwards, Anne-May is the Head of European Engagement at UUKi in London. She leads UUKi’s European policy and engagement activities and works to maximise the sector’s profile, impact and visibility in Brussels and other European capitals and countries.

Joran van Aart

Moved within/to: Winc Academy
On: May 2021

Winc Academy, The Netherlands. Winc Academy has appointed Joran van Aart as new Chief Executive Officer to lead the company in its fast growth and internationalisation. The goal: reskill and prepare as many people as possible for a career as developer or data analyst. Joran brings over a decade of international scale-up experience in online higher education platforms. He served as COO and Chief Growth Officer at Studyportals, where he and the team grew the business from 5 to 150 employees and helped over 485,000 students to enrol in their dream university abroad. “Carla and Marijn have successfully built an impressive academy that taps into a big need: hundreds of students have already graduated and Winc attracts more students every month, who are eager to learn high-demand digital skills and change their career,” he said. “I am excited to be part of this mission, to help students of all walks of life to achieve their dreams, and to help build a workforce that is equipped for the challenges of tomorrow.”


Steve West

Moved within/to: Universities UK
On: August 2021

UUK, UK. Steve West CBE, DL, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive of UWE Bristol, has been elected as the next President of Universities UK following a ballot of UUK’s members. He will succeed the current President, Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, from August 1 and will hold the post for two years. Steve has been Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol since 2008. He trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London, working in the NHS and private/commercial sector before entering academia in 1984 working first at The Chelsea School of Chiropody and Podiatric Medicine, The London Foot Hospital and Westminster University before moving to King’s College London, and Huddersfield University. He joined UWE Bristol in 1995 as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Professor of Health and Social Care, and went on to hold a number of senior posts at the university before taking up the role of Vice-Chancellor.

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