Major industry appointment announcements

20 February, 2014

In a busy week for industry appointments, major announcements have been made at Study Group, Cambridge English Language Assessments and the British Accreditation Council.

Study Group has announced that Santuza Paolucci N. Bicalho has been named as Senior Vice President, Global Sales of its Embassy English division. CEO of major agency Student Travel Bureau (STB Brazil) for the past seven years, Bicalho will oversee global agents sales for Embassy English, reporting to Jean Vernor, President of Embassy English. She will also join the Study Group Senior Leadership team.

“Santuza brings tremendous leadership skills, industry expertise and credibility to this role,” said Vernor. “Her global relationships and agent perspective will be invaluable as we strengthen the Embassy brand, fortify our agent channel, and focus on maximising the student experience in 2014.”

STB Brazil opened 22 new sales offices under Bicalho’s leadership, and she has also served as Chairman and Treasurer of the Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO), and participated in other international trade bodies including the World Youth Student & Education Travel Confederation (WYSETC).

Cambridge Assessment has appointed Saul Nassé as the new Chief Executive of its English language arm, Cambridge English Language Assessment.

Currently Controller of BBC Learning, where he oversaw the launch of iWonder online learning product, Nassé will join Cambridge Assessment on March 31, taking over from Dr Michael Milanovic, who retired last month after 11 years.

“We are delighted to appoint Saul, who has a strong background in education and digital innovation,” said Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment. “Saul will bring a fresh perspective to the group and I am confident he will help Cambridge English Language Assessment make the new digital world its own.”

Nassé said, “I am a passionate believer in education. Digital is transforming the way people learn, making it a really exciting time to lead Cambridge English.”

Meanwhile, Tony Evans has been appointed as Chief Executive of the British Accreditation Council, a body representing independent further and higher education colleges, succeeding Dr Gina Hobson. Formerly Director of Language Programmes for INTO University Partnerships, Principal of St Giles London Central and a long-serving member of English UK’s Accreditation and Professional Services Board, Evans has over 20 years’ experience of working with international students.

“I am delighted to be offered the opportunity to join the team at BAC and to continue the excellent work they do,” said Evans. “I am passionate about education and about quality standards in education, and as such I believe voluntary accreditation schemes have a vital role to play. Not only do they encourage member institutions to aim higher, but they promote greater transparency with respect to the general public.”

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