English Australia begins Executive Director search

14, November, 2014

Language school peak body English Australia has commenced the search for a new Executive Director, following the announcement that Sue Blundell intends to step aside in 2015 after 12 years at the helm of the association.

Sue Blundell, who has announced her intention to step aside as English Australia Executive Director next year.

Mark Weedon-Newstead, the recently appointed Chair of English Australia, said, “All who are involved in international education will be well aware of Sue’s outstanding contribution, not only to the English language sector but to the industry as a whole, during her 12 years as Executive Director of English Australia.”

Blundell joined English Australia in 2002 and has also served as Convenor of the Global Alliance of Education and Language Associations (Gaela).

“Stepping into that role all those years ago was one of the best decisions I have made in my career,” said Blundell. “I have worked with some wonderful people, both in Australia and within the language travel industry globally, during my time with English Australia and will miss the passion of all those involved. I wish English Australia continued success in the important work that it undertakes on behalf of the English language sector.”

Referring to arrangements for the coming months, Weedon-Newstead said, “The work of English Australia will continue as normal with Sue continuing in her role until September next year. I anticipate a seamless transition to be implemented following the recruitment of Sue’s successor, which will commence during the first half of 2015

“Given the high profile of English Australia as the peak body for the English language sector of the international education industry, the Board is confident of attracting suitable candidates for this challenging and rewarding role,” he said.

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