FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR
Stephen brings over 20 years of senior management and leadership experience of higher education internationalisation strategies in the public and private sectors, international student demand analysis and international student marketing and recruitment. Stephen has served INTO University Partnerships, the British Council and the University of London in where he worked with a significant number universities, bilateral and multi-lateral organisations, governments and private organisations in the UK, USA, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand.
Between 2007-16, Stephen was Executive Vice President with INTO University Partnerships, a private sector university partnering organisation. During this period, Stephen was involved in devising and executing marketing and business development strategies for international student recruitment and university partnering in the UK, USA and China as well as a range of new strategic initiatives and oversight of Group educational ventures. Stephen served on INTO’s Board of Directors between 2008-2014.
PROFESSOR ANGUS LAING
Dr Angus Laing has over 25 years senior and leadership experience in the UK and international higher education. He is currently Professor and Dean of Lancaster University Management School where he has served since September 2015. Prior to his current role, he was Dean of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and previously he was Head of School of the University of Glasgow Business School. His initial Chair appointment was at the Open University Business School where he held the HFC Bank Chair of Marketing.
He has served as Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and currently is Chair of the Academic Journal Guide Board on behalf of the CABS. He has also been a member of the EQUIS Committee of the European Foundation for Management Development and he regularly chairs business school accreditation panels on behalf of EFMD and AACSB.
PROFESSOR RUTH ASHFORD
CHIEF ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Professor Ashford has more than 25 years’ experience in Higher Education management within post-92 Business Schools in the United Kingdom. She has previously served as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University and Executive Dean of Business and Management at the University of Chester. As the former Chief Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) she was involved with the International launch of the CIM Student Chapter and CIM Professional syllabus. She served on the Quality Assurance Agency review panel for the UK benchmark standards in Business and Management for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
Key areas of expertise include: strategic development for domestic and international programme growth; Business School restructuring; complexity and change management; curriculum development including apprenticeships and international franchises; leading School quinquennial reviews; professional body accreditation; recruitment/selection and mentoring senior academics; developing and designing school identities including visions, missions and communications strategies.
SENIOR ADVISOR, INTERNATIONALISATION AND EMI DEVELOPMENT
Gordon Slaven is Founder and Managing Director of Slaven Consultancy Services Ltd. He has over 30 years experience in international education, including English, with the British Council, and his final post was as Head of Global Higher Education and Education services. This role covered the British Council’s work in higher education policy, partnerships, and mobility of students and academics. He was also responsible for the British Council’s research and marketing in international education, including student recruitment and transnational education. While with the British Council, he worked long-term in China, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Zambia, and short term in a number of other countries.
Over the past 7 years Freya has held management roles across the voluntary and private sector, with a specialism in Employability and Welfare to Work. These roles have included project management, bid writing, team management, event management and developing partnerships across sectors.
Most recently, as an Employment Partnership Manager for G4S Welfare to Work, Freya worked with delivery partners and employers to improve the client experience and enhance performance. Prior to this Freya worked for the national homelessness charity Crisis where she managed Government and Big Lottery funded programmes.
Having previously worked for INTO University Partnerships, Freya able to draw on her diverse experience and skills to effectively support Nurture in delivering a unique global higher education provision.
SENIOR ADVISOR, STUDENT MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT
Sian has worked in international higher education for more than a decade. She has extensive knowledge of international student marketing, recruitment strategies and helping universities in achieving their internationalisation goals. As a graduate of Chinese Studies, and having studied in China, Sian has a particular interest in, and knowledge of, the education market in China.
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD, CREATIVE & DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the B2B & B2C creative sector. He is an expert consultant in creative branding, design and digital product development.
Over the years Mark has worked with government agencies, social enterprises, start-ups and global corporations including the UN, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Nike, Sky, SCA, Yoko Ono and The Body Shop.
From 2008 – 2013 Mark was a Director & Partner at Perfect Day, a creative consultancy based in Soho London. He founded Bay12 Studio in 2013, a collective of senior designers, developers and social media strategists. The collective has adopted a fresh approach to the classic agency set up which focuses on low overheads and agile deployment. This allows his team to deliver exceptional work for lower costs. Bay12 Studio focuses on the development of brands storytelling, consumer engagement and social media strategy in both the digital and physical environment. His clients currently include The Body Shop, SCA, Close Brothers, British American Tobacco and Cellar Trends.
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD, VENTURES AND ASIA DEVELOPMENT
Based in Hong Kong, Richard draws on over 20 years of international brand and business development expertise to advise firms across multiple sectors on their strategic growth initiatives within Asia. His career has spanned consumer insight work at AT&T (NCR), global brand development and international commercial roles within the Danone Group and the premium spirits player CSI, prior to taking up in 2010 the position of Director of Strategy and Development with the prestigious group Berry Bros & Rudd - where Richard was instrumental in building partnership ventures across Asian markets.
More recently, as Lead Consultant (Asia Pacific) for the boutique consulting firm RAL, he has advised companies within fmcg, lifestyle media, and higher education sectors with their Asia expansion plans. At a time when Higher Education is evolving towards increasingly consumer oriented models, our ability as an industry to borrow innovative and effective B2C/B2B practices from other sectors will become increasingly salient. Richard brings a broad and distinctive blend of consumer brand and commercial talent to the table, complementing and adding value to our Higher Education experts within the Group.
PROFESSOR JERRY FORRESTER
Professor Forrester has over 25 year’s experience in leadership roles in higher education. Latterly he was Dean of Hertfordshire Business School where he led the School in achieving AMBA accreditation, EPAS reaccreditation and also the award of the Small Business Charter. Currently he is Vice-Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and he chairs the Association’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee.
Key areas of expertise include: the role of the Dean and developing leadership teams; business school strategy and the interface between the university and faculty teams; developing the accreditation agenda; the changing nature of learning and teaching in business schools, and the implication of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for business schools.
PROFESSOR JOSE MACHADO
Professor Machado served for 10 years as Dean of Nova School of Business and Economics. He subsequently took up the role role of Pro Vice Chancellor International and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management at Regent’s University London. Over the course of his tenure at Nova he was responsible for the implementation of the Bologna reforms, securing AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS accreditation, the creation of the Lisbon MBA in collaboration with the Sloan School. In his role at Regents University he has led the restructuring and validation of the School’s programme portfolio, reorganized the Faculty and implemented a new research and enterprise strategy.
Key areas of expertise include: managing change within business schools, internationalisation of business school operations, research and faculty development, and accreditation.
DR. JOHN SEYBOLT
John Seybolt has been professor and Dean in business schools in various parts of the world. With a BA from Yale, an MBA from the University of Utah, and a PhD from Cornell, he was business school dean or equivalent at The University of Utah (US), Thunderbird School of Global Management (US), Melbourne Business School (AU) and Zayed University (UAE) for 26 years. For 6 years he was a member of the EQUIS Awarding Body and also chaired AACSB’s International Affairs Committee and was member of its Pre-Accreditation Committee for several years.
Key areas of expertise include: strategy and organizational development, learning and teaching, research and knowledge transfer, marketing and recruitment (of both faculty and students/clients) and internationalisation, all within the framework of a school's real and potential competitive advantage; accreditation guidance for AACSB and EMFD; programme development with regard assessment, feedback, and programme management systems.
DR. JAVIER YANEZ
Dr. Yanez has been a faculty member of the School of Management at UniAndes where he has served as Dean, Director of the Executive MBA and the FT MBA programmes and Coordinator of International Affairs. He has a PhD in Management from the University of Glasgow, an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. He has served on accreditation Peer Review Teams for AACSB and EQUIS. Elected as President of the Executive Board of the Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA) he was also appointed to the AACSB Latin American and Caribbean Advisory Council, and appointed for AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee.
Key areas of expertise include: strategy development, internationalisation of business schools, preparation for accreditation, and business school operations in Latin America.
DR. KEITH POND
Currently Associate Dean (Teaching) at Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics he has been actively involved in preparation for EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB accreditation. Performing both Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement functions he brings almost 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in business education. He is a member of the EFMD On-line Course Certification (EOCCS) Board and a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Learning and Teaching Committee.
Key areas of consulting expertise include: business school curriculum design; teaching innovation; accreditation preparation; programme development, blended and on-line learning; experiential and work based learning development.
PROFESSOR JAMES SAKER
A graduate of Swansea, Manchester and Leicester Universities he has had experience of working on strategy development at board level with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors. He has a particular interest in the relationship between businesses and business schools and has been successful in forging a number of major collaborative ventures between Universities and commercial organisations. Having served in multiple business school leadership roles, including Department Head and Associate Dean for Enterprise he has led the development of innovative programmes for corporate clients and overseen executive education programmes.
Key areas of expertise include: knowledge transfer; executive education strategy; business school marketing and recruitment; and business school strategy development.
PROFESSOR ALISTAIR CHEYNE
Professor Cheyne has held a variety of business school leadership roles over his academic career. Currently the Director of Internationalisation and Accreditation in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, he has extensive experience in all aspects of business school governance and management. In particular he has had more than 10 years experience of leading AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditations. He has also served on various external programme review panels, advising on curriculum design programme content. He is an active member of NAFSA and EAIE as well as serving on the Chartered Association of Business Schools International and External Relations Committee.
Key areas of expertise include: recruitment and internationalisation, accreditation support from application preparation to drafting accreditation documentation, assessment and feedback, and programme management systems.