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Recent Movers & Shakers

Emelyne Burkhard

Moved within/to: English UK Wales
On: May 2015

Emelyne Burkhard

English UK Wales, UK. Emelyne joins English UK Wales as Vice Chair and is delighted to be part of the founding chapter of the organisation. She was instrumental in drafting their constitution and is excited to see the developments made in the region.  Former international sporting, arts and political events such as the NATO conference have put Wales on the global stage and now the organisation wants to do this for EFL. Emelyne also works as Celtic English Academy’s Marketing Officer, promoting not only the institution, but the destination to overseas students and agents. She has also previously worked at the University of Exeter as a marketing co-ordinator.

Lisa Besso

Moved within/to: University Track Preparation (UTP)
On: February 2015

Lisa Besso

University Track Preparation, US. Lisa has recently branched out on her own, providing advising, consulting and project work for global educational providers. As part of her offerings, she’s working with University Track Preparation on developing and implementing a proprietary curriculum for delivery in these high school pathway/preparation programmes. Lisa has nearly 20 years of experience in the sector, most recently having worked with Study Group as Vice President of Operations and Academics for their North American higher education division, as Australia/New Zealand Divisional Director for their Embassy English brand and as National Academic Director for Embassy English North America. Lisa brings her experience in curriculum development, quality assurance, regulatory compliance and operational start-up and implementation to work in partnership to educational providers to advance their goals.

Geoffrey Wong

Moved within/to: Language Study Centres
On: May 2015

Geoffrey Wong

Language Study Centres, UK. Geoffrey joins Language Study Centres (LSC) as Operations Manager based in head office currently in Manchester. He will be responsible for overseeing the day to day operations for the multi-centred summer school, ensuring effective financial management and to ensure administration processes comply with British Council procedures. He joins LSC from Hosts International in London where he was a Senior Accommodation Manager. Geoffrey is close to 10 years of experience in the English Language Sector having started out as an Activity Leader for a summer school and worked his way up. He joins former colleague, now Managing Director of LSC, Peter Shannon who took over at the beginning of 2015.

Adam Smith

Moved within/to: StudyCELTA
On: April 2015

Adam Smith

StudyCELTA, Spain. Adam Smith has recently been appointed Sales and Projects Coordinator at StudyCELTA, based at their main office in Spain. Adam comes from the UK travel industry having an extensive career in sales as a Senior Account Manager working in London for companies such as Cheapflights Media and Flight Centre. Among other interesting skills, Adam speaks Chinese, Korean and is now working on his Spanish. Javier Mora, StudyCELTA Company Director says: “Adam brings the kind of muscle that we need for our sales team. He has the experience, the vision and energy that takes turning leads into bookings.”

Jonathan Duignan

Moved within/to: Chapterhouse Dublin
On: April 2015

Jonathan Duignan

Chapterhouse Dublin, Ireland. Jonathan has opened Chapterhouse Dublin, a school providing general English and specialised Business English. With over 20 years of experience in teaching, management and marketing, Jonathan has worked for International House, British Council, Kaplan International and Dublin Business School. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he holds a MSc in Education Management, a postgraduate certificate in Further Education and a Diploma in ELT Management. In addition, he has taught History and Business at second and third level, and has previously served on the board of Marketing English in Ireland. Chapterhouse is the culmination of his passion for quality and innovation in teaching, learning and customer service.

Camelia Hart

Moved within/to: Hult International Business School
On: February 2015

Camelia Hart

Hult International Business School, UK. Camelia joins Hult International Business School as Director of Recruiting and Marketing for Europe. Having recently relocated from Queensland, Australia, Camelia is responsible for Hult’s Executive MBA programme at their London campus. In her previous role as International Regional Manager for Bond University, Australia, Camelia was responsible for business development, market penetration and student recruitment through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and North America. Known for her tenacity and ability to identify and build strong professional relationships, Camelia is thrilled to be working with one of the world’s top international business schools.

Lew Wernick

Moved within/to: New College of the Humanities
On: April 2015

Lew Wernick

New College of the Humanities, UK. Lew has joined New College of the Humanities, based in London, as Interim Director of International Student Recruitment with a remit to recruit students from outside the UK and EU for the first time since Professor AC Grayling founded the college in 2012. Lew has significant experience in the international higher education sector, having developed and implemented student recruitment strategies for a number of UK, US and European schools and universities. Lew is thrilled to be working with the world-renowned faculty at NCH and leading the recruitment of exceptional international students to the college.

Silvina Berry

Moved within/to: Eurocentres
On: March 2015

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Eurocentres, UK. Silvina Berry has recently joined Eurocentres Foundation as Head of Agent Sales, based in the head office in Central London. Silvina has over 20 years of experience in the ELT business, having worked for market leaders, both in publishing (Simon & Schuster, now part of Pearson Longman) and the language travel business. She joines Eurocentres from Bell Educational Services Ltd, where she was Head of Sales. Silvina is well-known in the industry for her strong commitment to delivering customer satisfaction, market development and expansion, as well as prioritising the quality of the language experience.

Jack Zissler

Moved within/to: Cambridge Education Group
On: March 2015

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Cambridge Education Group, South East Asia. Jack Zissler joins Cambridge Education Group as Regional Recruitment Manager for CEG’s USA programmes, based in South East Asia and residing in Vietnam. He will be responsible for overall market penetration in the region through sales and marketing efforts and via building strong partnerships with targeted recruitment sources in the region. He will also play a key role in new product development/feedback within Asia for CEG’s growing presence in the USA. Jack spend the first 10 years of his career working in banking and finance in New York and Hong Kong before moving to Vietnam after his MBA and working in student recruitment for Vietnamese students to the USA. Jack joined CEG from HSBC Bank, where he was a Vice President in Vietnam.

Mark Hertlein

Moved within/to: City University London
On: April 2015

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City University London, UK. Mark joins City University London as Head of International Relations. In this newly created post, Mark has responsibility for overseeing a range of City’s international partnership activities, including study abroad and exchange relationships. He also provides day to day management of the World Cities World Class University (WC2) Network. More broadly, Mark will lead on the development and implementation of the University’s International Strategy. Mark has over 17 years of experience within the sector and considerable expertise in developing and managing educational partnerships. Prior to joining City, he spent six years as Senior Manager, Institutions and Global Development with the University of London International Programmes.

Parrish Robinson

Moved within/to: Meridian School of English
On: April 2015

Parrish

Meridian School of English, Mexico City. Parrish joins the Meridian School of English to promote its English language courses across the global. Based in Mexico City, Parrish is the new Director of International Sales, and will work with agents around the world in attracting more international students to study at its schools in Portsmouth and Plymouth. Previously having worked in other roles including Director of Sales at International House in Dublin and working for Bell Education Services, he has over 15 years of experience working in the international education industry and driving sales through agent networks. He looks forward in bringing more business to the schools in Portsmouth and Plymouth.

Natalie Santoro

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: January 2015

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Navitas, Australia. Natalie has moved within Navitas to expand her existing role of Group Agent Relationship Manager (Global) to also include the portfolio of Regional Account Manager (Australia). Natalie’s career extends across industries with a background in project management and policy, and legislative governance, prior to making the transition to the world of education. Natalie works closely with the Navitas offshore offices to build and maintain the Navitas University Programs Division, Professional and English and SAE agent partnerships and has implemented and maintained the Navitas Agent Management strategy for all divisions across the globe. Natalie is a former Navitas student, having previously studied at QIBT, and is passionate about international education and student outcomes. She is also currently completing a MBA at the University of Queensland.

Paul Fear

Moved within/to: British Accreditation Council
On: April 2015

Paul Fear

British Accreditation Council, UK. Paul joins the British Accreditation Council as CEO this month. After starting his career in state education in the UK, he moved overseas to teach in Spain, where 10 of his 12 years there were spent at King’s College, Madrid. During this time, he also joined the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). In 2008, he left Spain and spent two years in Norway as the Principal of the International School of Telemark, a government-sponsored ‘free school’. He returned to the UK in 2010 as Principal of Chelsea Independent College. He is delighted to be joining the British Accreditation Council and working in partnership with the independent education sector, both in the UK and internationally.

Jodie Gray

Moved within/to: English UK
On: April 2015

Jodie Gray_Head of Market Development

English UK, UK. Jodie has returned to English UK as Head of Market Development this month, after she worked for the company for seven years up until early 2014. She left to join a start-up international education business, The Intern Group, as Head of Global Agency Relationships and University Relations for the Asia Pacific region based in Sydney and Bangkok. In this role, she will plan and build new marketing initiatives, establishing and maintaining relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, including developing student-facing market initiatives and seeking international education contracts for its members.

Steven Painter

Moved within/to: QA
On: February 2015

Steven Painter

QA, UK. Steven joins QA as New Market Development Manager, with key responsibilities to drive growth across identified new markets. Based in London, Steven will be working specifically on QA’s pathway contract with Northumbria University as well as recruitment to the Northumbria London campus, Ulster University London campus and Ulster University Birmingham campus. Prior to joining QA, Steven was Head of Postgraduate Student Recruitment at Global University Systems. As such, he brings a wealth of expertise across a spectrum of professional and higher education courses. Steven is excited to join one of the fastest growing corporate training providers to assist in their expertise into academic higher education programmes.

Inge Groeneveld

Moved within/to: Uncategorized
On: January 2015

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Peach Traveling School, Spain. After having worked for over seven years as a Marketing Director for some of the best Spanish language schools in Spain and Latin America, Inge decided it was time to set up a new project in which her passion for travelling and the Spanish language are put into practice. She decided to join forces with another industry professional, who used to run his own language travel agency for over ten years: Silvano Ligurgo. Together, they recently set up PeachTravelingSchool. This programme is intended for all people with a “traveller” spirit, whatever their age, wanting to learn Spanish in Spain in a different way: studying outdoors rather than within the four walls of a traditional school.