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.


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.


Sarah is an experienced leader and operational manager of long-term programmes of work with experience establishing and managing high profile strategic objectives, acting as advisor to senior leaders and building solutions through collaboration and engagement. Sarah has over twenty years’ experience of building relationships with partners, stakeholders, suppliers and contractors, predominantly in the public sector. Sarah’s recent experience as Accreditations Manager for Sheffield Business School included leading the AACSB initial accreditation journey, multiple reaccreditations for EFMD Accredited Programmes and Small Business Charter and acting as professional services lead for PRME. Sarah also worked across the College of Business, Technology and Engineering to support Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies activity and Athena Swan.

Sarah’s previous experience includes establishing and managing a programme office, project management, partnership development and contract management. Sarah is also experienced in team management and mentoring, performance management, continuous improvement and resource planning.


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.


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.


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.


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.