On the move
Brian McAllister has been appointed Senior Safeguarding Manager at Bright World Guardianships in the UK. Mr McAllister has considerable experience in the sector, following many years in international school management in the UK and teaching in state and private schools in southern Italy. “The responsibility that comes with this position is considerable, and I am overjoyed to be a part of the team here and continue its rapid expansion to make the company the first choice for guardianship services in the UK and overseas,” he said.
Chris Nolan has joined the sales and marketing team at EC as Regional Director responsible for MENA, Turkey, Russia & CIS and Central/Eastern Europe. Mr Nolan previously worked at LAL Language Centres in posts including International Sales Director and Head of Partnership Development. He said, “I’m delighted to be with such a dynamic and highly regarded company especially at this exciting time in EC’s development.”
Jenny Johnson has joined Eastbourne School of English (Esoe) in the UK as Academic Manager. Ms Johnson has extensive experience in academic management. She worked for many years at IH Barcelona, where her positions included Director of Studies and Head of Teacher Training. In 2006 she relocated to the UK and worked for Cactus as Head of Cactus TEFL and then Academic Director of Cactus Worldwide. “We are delighted that she is joining our very experienced academic team and are confident that her experience will be a great asset to the school and broader organisation,” said Phil Hopkins, CEO at English Language Centre and Esoe.
Embassy English is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Hawkings as Embassy Sales Director, Europe. Ms Hawkings has more than a decade of industry experience and joins following six successful years at Malvern House London, where she held senior management positions, including Territory Sales & Marketing Manager for Europe, Turkey, Japan and Korea. Ms Hawkings will be heading a newly organised team of Embassy English sales managers with a broad range of experience across the Embassy English and summer programmes.
Marianne Vaccaro has joined Sara’s Homestay in the USA as Programme Director. She has over 22 years of management experience as the director of language schools such as St Giles International, Converse International and Berlitz on Campus (currently ELS). Ms Vaccaro will be expanding provision and concentrating on the sales and marketing as well as agent and school relationships.
Q&A Educator association
Gonzalo Peralta, Executive Director of Languages Canada, answers our questions about the organisation’s achievements over the last 12 months and talks about the implications of new regulations imposed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Full name: Languages Canada/Langues Canada
Year established: 2008
Number of members: 191
Type of members: French and English language programme providers from public, private and not-for-profit sector
Association’s main role: Quality assurance, advocacy, marketing and professional development
Code of practice: yes
Complaints procedure: yes
Agent workshops/fam trips: yes
What has the association achieved in the last 12 months?
Languages Canada continues to grow and now stands at 191 member programmes. Our activities have included fam tours, presence at key industry events and trade missions to Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Italy, Spain and the USA. We have renewed our agreement with Area and signed an agreement of collaboration with Ialca.
How have you been working to strengthen membership services and benefits for your French member programmes?
Since our membership is comprised of public and private sector members offering English and/or French programmes, we have begun delivering targeted services. For example, our participation in ACTFL in Philadelphia was for our French programme members. In order to maintain and grow our promotional capacity we created a new position, Manager of International Affairs and Marketing, which was filled in October by Guillaum Dubreuil.
What challenges does the international education sector in Canada face?
The biggest challenge facing our sector is ensuring that language education is considered and well-positioned within the new regulations proposed under the International Student Program (ISP) from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This is an opportunity to affect policy that occurs once every 10-to-15 years, so we are investing substantially into this effort. At this point, given the support for international education from other federal and provincial governments, I would say that the new ISP regulations are the most critical element to ensuring that bona fide students have fair access to Canada’s world-class educational system in the future.
Have you been working to strengthen ties with provincial and federal government?
Languages Canada maintains contact with the federal and provincial governments, participating in discussions, consultations and research projects, as well as working with some to deliver promotional activities. Of course, we consider our work with DFAIT (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade) to be key in delivery of strong promotional effort, and we have received invaluable support (financial, political, and strategic) from Edu-Canada.
How have you increased the profile of Canada’s education sector at home and abroad?
Languages Canada maintains communication with the different levels of government, and we are present and active participants in all key initiatives. For example, when the Advisory Board on Canada’s International Education Strategy undertook their consultations, Languages Canada and our partners from the Canadian Consortium for International Education (CCIEM) were well represented, and it is CCIEM’s hope that these efforts will pay off in 2013 with increased support for a unified country strategy from Canada.