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.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Tania was Head of Accreditation and Standards at Kingston Business School, leading the delivery, maintenance and retention of Kingston Business School's accreditations. This role included quality assurance, initial AACSB accreditation, AMBA re-accreditation, and EPAS re-accreditation for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes, and professional body recognition/exemptions. During this time she was Co-Chair of the UK and Ireland Accreditation Group, a network of academic and professional accreditation leads from UK and Ireland Business Schools.
Key areas of expertise include: strategy development and implementation, systems and process design, and creating effective reports and communications materials that comply to frameworks where required.
PROFESSOR TONY STEVENSON
CHAIR, NURTURE HE GROUP
Tony Stevenson is Emeritus Professor of Geography at Newcastle University. He was formerly its Deputy Vice Chancellor (2015-2017) and Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Resources (2010 to 2015) until his retirement in September 2017. He was responsible for strategic oversight of budgets, estates, IT and sustainability as well as creating the joint venture partnership with INTO for a pathway college in 2007. Tony’s academic interest revolve around the impact of human populations on their environment and vice-versa in the UK and the Mediterranean.
GEORGE IWAN MARINTIKKA
SENIOR ADVISOR, INDONESIA
George is the National President of IABC, Vice Chairman Global Engagement Association Private Universities and Higher Education Institutions (APTISI), and Board Member of various digital knowledge economy company startups based in Indonesia, Australia, Singapore, and Sweden. He is a member of Board of Trustees of universities in several private universities in Indonesia.
DR PAWICH TONGROACH
SENIOR ADVISOR, THAILAND
Dr Pawich currently sits as Board member of a number of listed companies in Thailand and is a Council member of a number of Thai Univerisities. He was previously a University President, Vice Minister of Education, and Secretary General of the Commission for Higher Education in Thailand.
DR MARK GABBOTT
ACADEMIC ADVISOR, ASIA
Dr Gabbott, is an accomplished leader in the field of higher education, has worked in senior academic leadership roles for 20 years. His expertise covers marketing, services marketing, consumer behaviour and consumer policy.
He was most recently Dean of Faculty of Business at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) and before that Dean at Adelaide Business School, where he restructured the Business School from two separate schools to one, including a new governance structure and administrative support. He also held the post of Deputy Dean at Monash Business School, and was then appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University.
SENIOR ADVISOR, HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM
Jon is currently Vice President, Horel Asset Management for JLL and member of the Boardnof Directors for Australian Thai Chamber of Commerce. Prior to JLL, Jon has have over 20 years experience in the Hospitaltiy sector with extensive career experience in the Accor Group where he was General Manager for Novotel, Ibis and Movenpick properties across Thailand and Australia. He was also Accors Planet 21 Champion for the ASEAN championing the Groups CSR and sustainability initiatives in the regions.
With over 10 years of business experience in Southeast Asia, Jan has an extensive amount of knowledge about the local market. As the Managing Director & Founder of Marketing Bear Co., Ltd., he helps regional and international businesses to transform their Online Marketing activities into data-driven success strategies.
Jan recently began working with a Singaporean startup business focusing on empowering health-care consultants with a set of different app-based tools.
On a regular basis Jan shares his passion for entrepreneurship and Marketing with students of the University of Newcastle, Australia & UTCC to prepare them for the labor market. In addition, Jan supports the group's Marketing activities in Southeast Asia with his expertise.
Jordan Lomax has experience across both the US and Australian markets, working in marketing, design and start-ups, founding her own in 2016. She's worked across many different industries, including tech, music, travel, fashion and food - having worked in and for some of the biggest brands in the world, including Spotify and McDonalds.
Jordan now owns The Social Lab - a social, web and design agency, and is also Paid Performance Director at The Thoughtful Agency, an e-commerce focussed agency managing the digital performance of some of Australia's biggest retailers.
Aside from her day to day - Jordan loves to share her knowledge and experience with those looking to build their own business' or get into marketing, and is a distinguished faculty member at General Assembly, having taught students in Australia, Thailand and London.
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.