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Recent Movers & Shakers

Leena Arora Kukreja

Moved within/to: Coventry University
On: May 2023

Coventry University Group, UK. Coventry University Group has appointed Leena Arora Kukreja as Regional Managing Director of its new India Hub, due to open later this year. Leena will be the most senior representative of the university group in the region and will lead the hub’s opening and the development of new collaborations. Alongside hubs in Brussels, Dubai, Africa, China and Singapore, the India Hub will be Coventry’s sixth global centre. Leena has extensive experience in facilitating bilateral and multilateral higher education, science and innovation collaborations, and was previously Senior Advisor at the Office of Science and Innovation based at Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi. She has also as Senior Advisor to the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, where she successfully managed the Australia India Strategic Research Fund, as Senior Advisor to the UK Science and Innovation Network for the British High Commission. Leena also established the Newton-Bhabha PhD placements and Newton-Bhabha Researcher Links Workshops as Head of the Newton fund at British Council India.


Melindi Britz

Moved within/to: Honoris
On: April 2023

Honoris, Global. Melindi Britz was recently appointed as managing director of the Honoris Digital Division. She brings twenty-plus years of executive experience in the IT and higher education sectors with a special focus on online learning, operations, and business development. She joined after six years at 2U edX where she held a wide range of leadership positions, most recently as senior vice president for university partnerships. There she was responsible for setting up 2U’s UK operations and establishing many of the company’s prestigious partnerships such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and The London School of Economics.For years, she has been committed to leveraging technology in higher education in Africa and has supported several businesses to grow from a start-up phase to maturity. Melindi is originally from South Africa.

Chandan Sharma

Moved within/to: Kaplan International
On: April 2023

Kaplan International, Global. Chandan Sharma has recently taken up the role of director of application management, US, at Kaplan International. He moves up from his prior position, where he was working with Kaplan on behalf of Arizona State University as its admissions organiser for India. His new role will see him head up the admissions organisation for all of Kaplan International’s US university partners. He will be based in New Delhi, India. Previously, Chandan was the AGM of language learning and market development at Macmillan Education, and held various roles prior to that at the British Council – including as head of partnerships (exams) for India.

Ruth Law

Moved within/to: James Cook University
On: May 2023

James Cook University, Australia. Ruth Law has started a new role as the senior regional manager (Europe) for James Cook University working remotely from Southampton. In addition to contributing to the recruitment and partnership strategy for Europe, Ruth will also be working with JCU’s existing partners in the region in helping to grow the number of fee paying study abroad, exchange and full degree students studying at JCU. She has been working in international education since 1999, when living on the Gold Coast in Australia, she stumbled across a temp job in the international office at Griffith University. Moving back to the UK in 2008, she spent 11 years at the University of Southampton. Since then she has held a variety of positions with the University of Tasmania, Global Study Partners, and more recently the University for the Creative Arts. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working in both the UK and Australian international education sector and especially within student exchange, recruitment and partnership development,” she said.

Mark Russell

Moved within/to: Regent Group
On: May 2023

The Regent Group, Global. Mark Russell has recently joined Regent Institute Middle East as the Academic Dean. Mark brings extensive experience and expertise in education management and leadership to the position. He held full professorial titles at the University of Hertfordshire, King’s College London and Khalifa University. He won the UK ‘e-tutor of the year’, and was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship award. In discussing his appointment Mark highlights “the incredible clarity and significant vision of Regent’s leadership team”, and his desire to “foster intellectual curiosity and develop independent and autonomous within Regent’s learners”. Doing so, he suggests, “enables Regent’s learners to create life changing opportunities, be an active part of the ‘Dubai growth story’ and have all the needed attributes and mindset to become leaders of the future”.

Patrick Cosh

Moved within/to: ETS
On: May 2023

ETS, Global. ETS has appointed Patrick Cosh as its TOEFL client relations outreach manager for the UK and Ireland. Previously deputy head of international recruitment at Cardiff University, Patrick has almost 15 years’ experience in the international education industry, and is excited about the opportunity to develop the profile of the TOEFL Test with universities and professional bodies across the UK and Ireland. During his time at Cardiff, Patrick has managed student recruitment activities in a number of regions, including the Americas, Middle East & Africa, and South Asia. He has headed up the international recruitment team on two separate occasions, and worked closely with Cardiff’s Admissions department to develop new processes and services for applicants. He has been a member of a number of UK networks, including the UCAS International Advisory Group and the Russell Group Qualifications Network. Of his new role, Patrick said: “I’m thrilled to be joining ETS at such an important stage in the development of their UK and Ireland liaison activities. I’m looking forward to establishing new contacts, and re-connecting with existing ones across the industry.”


Siobhan Robinson

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On: May 2023, Global. Siobhan Robinson has recently joined as partnership director for UK and Europe. She brings over 15 years of experience leading international recruitment strategies for UK institutions, most recently as deputy director/head of international recruitment at Cardiff University. Siobhan also spent over three years on the BUILA Executive Committee working to support the needs of Welsh and UK institutions at a sector level. Siobhan will focus on building trusted, valued partnerships optimising the unique SaaS marketplace to drive strategic, sustainable growth. Siobhan said: “Im thrilled to join, bringing my expertise and insight to support partner institutions to build and deliver their recruitment strategies. As Edtech innovations continue to provide solutions to deliver efficiency and growth for the HE industry, so the opportunity to be part of this at such a critical time for the sector is very exciting.”

Frédéric Picard

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: April 2023

Glion Institute of Higher Education, Global. GIHE has announced the appointment of Frédéric Picard as its new managing director. Before taking the role, Frédéric spent his career in the luxury hotel industry, both in Europe and internationally. He has worked for some of the world’s leading hotel groups including Le Méridien Bangkok, Intercontinental Paris, Jumeirah Dubaï, Kerzner International Morocco, Oetker Collection and La Réserve Paris, which was awarded to the highest hotel certification “Palace” only 18 months after its opening, as well as two stars Michelin. These experiences enabled him to apply his expertise by creating his own consulting company specialised in hotel projects. In this context, he was the co-founder of the Maisons Pariente hotel group, whose hotels were soon rewarded by the international press. Throughout this adventure, other private investors (Ultra Net Worth Individuals) have trusted his professional thinking and his global vision in the conception of their hotel projects in Gstaad, Saint Moritz, Florence, Girona, Porto and many others in France.

Mark Bailey

Moved within/to: National College of Vocational Education
On: April 2023

National College of Vocational Education, Australia. It has been announced that Mark Bailey is joining NCVE as head of sales and marketing of its Australia-based international division. Since commencing in the industry as an English teacher in Japan, Mark has held a number of high-level managerial positions in the ELICOS, vocational, higher education and edtech space over the past 25 years having headed up sales and marketing teams globally. Mark brings years of experience in brand and team building, sales and marketing and business development in an ever-changing international education space. NCVE is a tight knit group of industry professionals who are keen to make bold strategic investments in and effort to grow and diversify in the international education space. Mark said: “It is so exciting to work closely with the owners of the business on a day-to-day basis and seeing instant response, change and success. I look forward to working with this amazing team as we look to solidify NCVE as a premium provider in the Vocational and ELICOS space here in Australia” Mark says.

Naval Varghese

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: May 2023

IDP, Global. Naval Varghese has recently been appointed as a client director for IDP. In his new role, he will ensure its university partners can access its student communities in a meaningful way, build data-led marketing strategies, and deliver competitive advantage through its bespoke services. Straight out of university, Naval worked at UCAS Media and continued his career at TAP SFS Media, building expertise in media, advertising, SaaS, and innovation. Naval said of his new role: “This will be an exciting challenge as the higher education sector has numerous options available to universities in building their marketing and recruitment strategies. My job is to help our universities tell their story to our audience in a way that is meaningful and authentic, allowing them to stand out amidst the commotion in the sector. I look forward to bringing innovation, data-led campaigns, careful planning, and passion into the role, IDP, and our sector.”

Maraina Montgomery

Moved within/to: Morehouse College
On: April 2023

Morehouse College, US. Morehouse College, the US’ only all-male HBCU has appointed Maraina Montgomery as director for international education in the Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership. Maraina brings a commitment to DEIJ in education abroad and experiences supporting the development of students, systems, and processes at faith-based, HBCU, and state institutions. As assistant director for study abroad at Howard University, she developed the social media movement “hashtag Study Abroad So Black” along with pre-departure and re-entry practices documented in the Forum on Education Abroad publications, A House Where All Belong: Redesigning Education Abroad for Inclusive Excellence, edited by Nick Gozik & Heather Barclay Hamir and The Half Yet to Be Told: Study Abroad and HBCUs, edited by Andre P. Stevenson & Keshia Abraham. About her new role, Maraina said: “As a proud HBCU alumna, I am passionate about making a sustainable and global impact through this new role at Morehouse College and entering this beloved and historic institution with pure gratitude – and an ambition to help meet the mission of making international education accessible to every student.”

Tom Pinder

Moved within/to: Dfavo
On: May 2023

Dfavo, Norway. Tom Pinder has joined Dfavo as their new director of partnerships, having previously been the senior partnerships manager at edtech company Edvoy and the partnerships and strategic business development manager at Manchester-based agency UKEC. His past experience at UK HEIs has been integral in helping grow agencies sustainably, enhance their partnerships, and develop their understanding of the nuances of UK HE within the global landscape. Bringing a decade of experience to Dfavo, he’s keen expand their portfolio of partners and deepen the connections made to deliver on long-lasting and meaningful relationships with universities and sector bodies. Tom said of his new role: “I’m really excited to be joining Dfavo at this great time in the company’s growth. So much has already been achieved and I’m looking forward to helping us develop further as we continue to bloom and change the landscape of global higher education and student recruitment in partnership with institutions.” 


Tanja Ward

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: May 2023

Navitas, Global. Navitas has announced its appointment of Tanja Ward to the position of executive general manager for university partnerships Europe. Tanja joins Navitas from Schiller International University Heidelberg Campus where she served as its campus director. She will be responsible for Lancaster University Leipzig and our two colleges in the Netherlands – Twente Pathway College and The Hague Pathway College. With a wealth of global education experience, Tanja will be a “valuable addition” to Navitas’ leadership team as we continue to grow our portfolio of colleges and campuses in #Europe. Tanja said of her new role: “I look forward to joining a global organisation with international teams working together across borders, languages, and cultures.”

Ben Titmus

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: April 2023

The PIE, Global. Ben Titmus has joined The PIE team as its newest marketing executive, to support both the marketing team and the wider sales team. He will predominantly oversee the webinar and PIE Chat Live marketing efforts, as well as assist with the promotion of all PIE Live events throughout the year. Ben comes from a freelance background and has extensive experience in customer relations and communication. He is an English Literature and Creative Writing graduate looking forward to channelling his creative energy into all things PIE. Ben said of his new role: “I’m looking forward to starting a new journey that will see me engage with all aspects of marketing. There are several upcoming events and I’m excited to be part of a team that will be responsible for them.”

James Slocombe

Moved within/to: Regent Group
On: April 2023

Regent Group, Global. James Slocombe has been appointed as chief academic officer of the newly created division ‘Regent Learning’. James was at CEG/CATS Global Schools for eight years and became the inaugural head of Guildhouse School following its rebranding/repositioning from CATS London in 2022. His leadership experience in proprietorial and private equity owned school groups in commercial outward-facing and profile-building roles will be used to project Regent Learning’s product portfolio globally. According to FEBE, Regent’s CAGR in 2022 was 70.76% with notable expansion in further, higher and online/on-demand education. Regent is now forging ahead with international growth plans with James leading developments in India, the EU and the USA. James said of his new role: “I’m delighted to be joining Regent as such a time of growth, with immense positive energy and enthusiasm for being a leader of quality on-demand education. As Regent’s motto goes: the end result of education is character”.


Luca Cella

Moved within/to: Griffith College
On: May 2023

Griffith College, Australia. Luca Cella has been appointed director, admissions and marketing at Griffith College. After holding senior international and domestic student recruitment roles at the University of Queensland, RMIT and Deakin, Luca shifted to the wondrous world of EdTech in March 2021. Joining The Ambassador Platform as director of Asia-Pacific, he sought to help universities find their best-fit students and prospects make informed decisions about their studying options through technology. At Griffith, he will be driving the student acquisition strategy for one of Navitas’ largest colleges. Excited at the opportunity to reconnect with agents, future students and parents on a daily basis, Luca looks forward to contributing to the College’s growth and believes Australian international education is on a strong upward trajectory after the pandemic years and border closures. Luca has acquired and perfected several hard skills over the years but believes soft skills are indispensable to succeed in any kind of business, including and especially international education.

Antonius Raghubansie

Moved within/to: Keele University
On: May 2023

Keele University, UK. Professor Antonius Raghubansie has joined Keele University as the institution’s first ever pro-vice chancellor international. He has a specialist interest in education for sustainability, having led the University of Worcester’s participation as one of the eight founding UK universities, along with Keele, in the Higher Education Academy’s pioneering Green Academy in 2011. He has recently worked in international education in South and East Asia with the British Council. Prior to entering HE, he held commercial leadership roles in the Caribbean and South America in marketing in the Pepsi network. Antonius said: “Keele University is an incredible force, changing the world for the better, and I am so pleased to be joining the leadership team. Working together with staff and students across the University, with partners and our community, we will further grow the global influence of Keele’s teaching and research.”

Nina-Anne Lawrence

Moved within/to: University of Warwick
On: October 2022

University of Warwick, UK. Nina-Anne Lawrence recently moved from the University of Leeds to take up a new role at the University of Warwick, as head of department and director of Warwick Foundation Studies which includes IFP programmes, summer schools, pre-sessional and in-sessional provision. Nina-Anne is a strategic thinker with global experience gained from the UK, China, Germany and Ireland. She has expertise in balancing the strategic goals and objectives of an organisation with academic quality and superior student experience gained through roles including director of academic affairs, academic director, director of international affairs, head of international business development, and CEO. Nina-Anne is also the chair of the University Pathway Alliance and on the editorial board for the InForm Journal.

Roy O’Shaughnessy

Moved within/to: Twin Group
On: April 2023

Twin Group, UK. Twin Group is delighted to announce that Roy O’Shaughnessy is to be the group’s new chair. Roy is the Chair of Bellanno Ltd ( and recently retired from his role as the group chief executive of Capital City College Group, London’s largest further education college group. Roy’s appointment will support Twin Group’s strategic aim of growing as a national and international provider of services in education, skills training and employability sectors. Roy O’Shaughnessy said of his new role, “I am delighted to have been invited to chair the Twin Group. I have known Caroline Fox and Jacqui Fox, the Group’s founders, since 2009 and have partnered on several contracts. My respect for them and the Twin team is immense. Twin can strategically double in size, has the leadership to meet any challenge and has the innovation required to enter new markets. I am excited about the potential to increase market share, expand into new sectors, and improve the communities in which Twin operates.”

Michelle Brown

Moved within/to:
On: April 2023, Global. International Insurance has appointed Michelle Brown as senior account manager UK & Ireland as part of the EU team to lead the growth strategy for the UK and Ireland markets. Bringing over 15 years of experience from the international education domain of both the public and private sectors. Michelle will play a key role in the expansion of International Insurance. Michelle said of her new role: “As the market leader in student medical & travel insurance product services, we have an opportunity, and responsibility, to provide the very best service to institutions worldwide. There has never been a more important time to collaborate and deliver outstanding student services who are the beneficiaries of insurance products, and I’m delighted to work with our partners to seek exceptional outcomes for everyone!” 


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