English UK starts Chief Executive search

September 24, 2013

Language school association English UK has commenced the search for a new Chief Executive, following the announcement that current incumbent Tony Millns plans to retire after next year’s annual conference in May.


Tony Millns addressing the StudyWorld delegation in 2012


An English UK statement said he was standing down after 15 tumultuous years “in which he was instrumental in creating English UK from its predecessor organisations, oversaw a huge expansion of the sector, warned about the dangers of bogus colleges and fought against the excesses of recent visa changes”. 

“It’s a good anniversary on which to step back as next year I’ll have done five years as CEO of Arels, followed by 10 at English UK,” said Millns. “I’ll have worked for over 40 years, and there are some things I’d like to do before I get old.”

It was added that Millns would be continuing in some capacity during an extended hand-over period. “I am not stepping down completely in the short-term. I am expecting to continue with some part-time work for English UK, most probably on some of the government-related aspects of the job for another year or so.”

Millns worked in communications, marketing and lobbying in higher education and national associations and then become Assistant Chief Executive of the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, where he worked closely with Sir (later Lord) Dearing on ground-breaking reports on English education, before joining Arels in 1999.

English UK has advertised for a successor in the national media and is thought to be looking for a figure with strong government lobbying experience. 
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