A selection of our incredible people

Here at Kaplan, we love what we do. We have a wonderful community of talented staff members, who are passionate about giving students the best possible education, and offering industry-leading service levels to agents, sponsors and partner institutions. We understand that every step of a student’s journey is important, so we work hard to make sure that students are happy with their pathways, their degrees and their educational experience. We know that what we do transforms futures – and we think that’s amazing. Find opportunities to join us at Careers at Kaplan International Pathways.

Francis Griffin

Director of International Pathways, Northeastern University (Boston, USA)

As our key liaison with Northeastern University (NU), Francis is responsible for advocating and coordinating programs for international students, managing the daily operations of the programs, and overseeing wrap-around student support services.

Previously, Francis was Assistant Director of NU’s Boston-based pathway programs. Prior to that, he taught English as a Second Language, and helped develop an ESL school in China and an educational placement agency for Chinese high school students in Boston.

Andrew Hunt

Head of College Services, Bournemouth University International College

‭My team and I assist students throughout their journey, from the moment they decide to study in Bournemouth, until well after they ‭successfully complete their studies. We’ll guide and support you and your family, and we are proud to be a part of this important stage in your life.

Andrew Thick

Senior Vice President

Based at our Head Office in London, Andrew leads Kaplan International Pathways, the higher education division of Kaplan International.

Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in international education, as a teacher, academic leader, college head and managing director.

Before joining Kaplan, Andrew served as Chairman of the ISIS Group and was the Chief Executive Officer of Study Group for 9 years, overseeing its rapid expansion. Prior to that, he fulfilled a number of senior management roles at Education First (EF).

Kelly Pattison

College Director, Murdoch Institute of Technology

Being surrounded by people from all around the world is the best part of this job. I love watching the students here settle into their studies and be successful. It’s fabulous working with staff who care so much about our students.

Peter Fuoco

Admissions Operations Manager at Northeastern University (USA)

My experiences studying abroad and volunteering with students inspired me to want to work in international education. Guiding international students through the admissions cycle — from initial queries to application to enrollment — is a very fulfilling part of my job. It’s always exciting when I finally get to meet the students I’ve helped throughout the process.

Phan Thi Thanh Tam

US Market Manager

I am a US Market Manager for southern Vietnam. I have extensive experience in the US education industry and have worked in student recruitment and consultancy for a US educational organization for 4 years. My passion is to help students achieve their dreams of studying in the USA and see them succeed at university and beyond.

Amauche Ibegbulem

Marketing Liaison and Recruitment Manager

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, and I have derived great joy in walking the distance with students and parents, providing them with the information required for their higher education journey.  Parents and students have a lot of questions to ask, and I guide them through each step while making sure they feel confident about their choice.

Capucine Mabika

Senior Market Manager, Southern and Francophone Africa

I can answer any questions you have, and identify your best route to studying abroad. I often travel around Central, East and Southern Africa to counsel students, so you can come and meet me in your home country!

Paul Lafferty

Director of UK Colleges

As Director of Colleges, I’m driven by the idea of transforming students’ futures. We equip all of our students for success, and support them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

José Trujillo

International Marketing and Recruitment Manager

We are experts in higher education around the world, and we are very happy to see students from the Americas who we counsel succeeding abroad, both academically and professionally.

We are passionate about connecting students with the best university for them.

Simran Souni

Admissions Advisor

As an Admissions Advisor, I assess applications from students based all around the world. I am familiar with many different education systems, so I can advise which course and university is right for your qualifications. I really enjoy helping students on their education path, and providing support from the application stage right through to enrolment.

Martin Brown

Assistant Director of Recruitment

Working with students to help find a pathway and a university course for them is a real joy. I love changing lives and helping students achieve their dreams.

Ronké Alao

Student Support Manager at the University of York International Pathway College (UK)

The most rewarding thing about working at the Pathway College is helping students first-hand to develop academically and socially. It’s great to see them grow as individuals and learn new things, enabling them to progress to their degree at the University of York.

Samuel Kwan

Associate Director, Admissions

As a member of the Admissions team, I help international students secure a place on one of our courses. I guide them through the application process and obtaining a visa, and give them all the support they need as they are admitted to their programme – one that will open up incredible new opportunities for them.

Meili Jin

Admissions Operations Manager at Northeastern University (USA)

I help international students achieve their educational goals at Northeastern University. One of the best parts of my job is interacting with international students, seeing them happy and enjoying their experience in their degrees.

Paloma Bernar

Higher Education Manager, Americas

One of the biggest pleasures of my work is seeing how happy students are when they reach a milestone in their educational journey – whether it’s being accepted onto a course, or progressing to university. My job is to give great advice about what is best for each student, and to help set them on the path to future success.

Nanhi Mann

Regional Director, Indian subcontinent

As Regional Director at a Kaplan country office, I support students from the start of their journey in their home country, to the time they arrive at one of our study locations to start their course.

My most important role is giving confidence to your parents, and reassuring them that you will be well looked after throughout your time with us — we really care about your welfare.

Emily Yoon

Regional Manager, North Asia

I find it very exciting to meet students in Korea. I am always here to listen and encourage those who wish to make academic and career plans for the future.

Andy Quin

College Director in London (UK)

Everything we do at the College is designed for you as an international student. I am confident that our one-to-one tutorial sessions, excellent support services and innovative teaching techniques will allow you to fulfil your potential. I assure you of a very warm welcome, and I look forward to seeing you progress to and succeed on your university degree.

Clare Cairns

Senior Director, Recruitment and Admissions

Clare heads up a global recruitment team who provide advice on higher education opportunities for students and parents in their home countries, and support Kaplan’s trusted partner agents.

She has worked in the international education industry since 2008. Previously, she worked in the international exchanges and educational travel industries in the USA. She has lived in 4 countries and worked in over 40.

Ricard Giner

Vice President, Partnership Development

After 5 years of successfully leading Kaplan Pathways’ global online and offline marketing initiatives on behalf of our university partners, Ricard now directs Kaplan’s higher education development strategy.

Ricard has almost 20 years of experience leading marketing for international education and travel organisations.

He studied Philosophy and Social Anthropology at the University of Kent (UK), and Philosophy at graduate level at the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London (UK).

Mehriban Nicholson

Head of Recruitment, Russia/CIS and Turkey

I specialise in counselling students about our online degrees, as well as Foundation, A level and GCSE courses at our MPW partner colleges.

We work hard to ensure that every student finds the right path for them, and our regional expertise really helps us tailor our advice to each student’s needs.

Mary Jane Miller

US Partnership Director

Based in San Diego, Mary Jane Miller (“MJ”) has returned to Kaplan to lead growth strategy and development for Kaplan International in North America.

MJ has over 13 years’ experience in international education in operations, development and legal roles. Most recently, MJ worked in North America for INTO University Partnerships, in both University partner development and operating roles during a period of impressive growth and diversification for the organisation.

Prior to her time at INTO, MJ worked in international education at Meritas International Family of Schools and at Kaplan, in a variety of roles in the US, UK and Asia-Pacific businesses.

Linda Cowan

Senior Vice President, UK and Middle East

Linda is responsible for all pathway colleges in the UK and for projects in the Middle East.

She has been working in international education since 1992 across a wide range of markets on several continents.

Linda has over 10 years’ experience working for UK universities, plus expertise in partnership work with universities in a number of countries.

Nicole Bassett

Senior Student Services Administrator at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

In the Student Services team, we work hard to enhance your experience by providing support and guidance outside of the classroom. From helping you with any issues you may have, to arranging exciting trips and events for you to enjoy, we do our best to ensure you have the best possible time with us in the UK.

Clare Rawlins

Vice President, Recruitment and Enrolment

Clare’s role at Kaplan is truly international, leading a recruitment and enrolment team that spans 10 countries. The team prides itself on its world-class customer service and in-depth market knowledge.

Clare has worked in over 30 countries and holds particular expertise in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. She also has a wealth of experience in supporting and shaping university internationalisation strategies.

Previously, Clare spent many years in the English language and higher education industries.

Iain Brennan

College Services Director at the University of York International Pathway College (UK)

Here at the University of York International Pathway College, we offer fantastic services to students. My job is to ensure that students here have everything they need to succeed in their studies, and have an enjoyable, rewarding experience in the UK.

Dr Kevin Smith

College Director at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

We take great pride in providing our students with everything they need to achieve their education goals. My team and I look forward to welcoming you to the College, where you can take your first steps towards academic and career success.

Kevin Richardson

Accommodation and Arrivals Coordinator at Liverpool International College (UK)

Our priority is allowing students to focus on their studies and enjoy the city of Liverpool. By choosing to stay with us, you’ll benefit from friendly staff, first-rate facilities and convenient locations.

Gaye Harrison

Head of Student Services at Liverpool International College (UK)

There will always be someone to assist you as you progress through your studies. We will be on hand to help you achieve your academic goals and ensure that you have a rewarding, fun-filled and memorable experience!

Francesca Colangelo

Student Services Administrator at UWE Bristol’s International College (UK)

Our friendly and welcoming team is always here to help and answer any questions you may have. One of our goals is to ensure that our students have the best experience possible, so we will always support you through your studies. I studied at UWE Bristol myself, so I know just what it’s like to be a student here!

Namy Yu

Accommodation and Arrivals Manager at UWE Bristol’s International College (UK)

There is no better place for students to live than at our student housing in Bristol. It features first-rate facilities, comfortable rooms and immediate on-site assistance from friendly and helpful staff. The students here find it easy to make new friends, and benefit from the perfect environment for study. I’m here to help you settle into your new home!

Francesca Dorrington

Head of Student Services at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

We will ensure that you receive all the support you need while studying at the College, helping you to achieve your academic goals, and to enjoy yourself at the same time. This will prepare you for the best possible start to your chosen degree at the University of Brighton.

Aimee Kobierzycka

Accommodation and Arrivals Coordinator at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

Our student accommodation is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and represents exceptional value for money. Student welfare is our top priority: we have a 24-hour staff presence, so if you need anything at any time, all you have to do is come and ask us!

Dr. Edward “Ted” Miller

Professor for International Pathways at Northeastern University (US).

I’m here to help students develop their critical thinking skills, and to guide them to develop their own conclusions based on available evidence.

I love to see my students grow in confidence and become excited by what I’m teaching. I’m passionate about the material I teach, and students can see that.

Annette Miller

Instructor and Tutor for International Pathways at Pace University (US).

I love working with international students because I want to see them succeed. Higher education in another language can be overwhelming, so providing them support is very satisfying. I also love learning from them — international students bring diverse ideas and experiences to the classroom that I would not be able to learn elsewhere.

Sarah Giles

Accommodation and Arrivals Manager at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

We are here to help you succeed academically and enjoy student life. By providing high-quality accommodation, together with accessible, effective support, we do everything we can to ensure your well-being and happiness, which are so important to us.

Brighton is an amazing place to spend your student years. As well as gaining a valuable qualification, you can enjoy all the attractions of a small, friendly city by the sea. Come and join us!

Vivienne Beshay

Assistant Director of Pathways at Pace University (USA)

I help students successfully apply to degrees and preparation courses in New York, and assist in supporting them during their studies in the USA. I also lead conversation groups at a local library, which our students are welcome to join – it’s a great way for them to improve their English and practice what they’ve learned in class!

Oanh Nguyen

Country Manager, Vietnam

I work closely with the students in the region to help set them on the most suitable educational path. We have many options for students, and I’ll always be happy to give information and advice to help you make the right choice!

Faycal Moussi

Sales Manager, Middle East and North Africa

I have always enjoyed interacting with international students and I love matching educational opportunities with individual needs.

Anthony Law

Senior Admissions Manager, Hong Kong

We’re here to give students any advice they need to help them towards academic success. We have years of experience in guiding students on the best path to follow, and it’s very satisfying to see them progress to university.

Wisam Afisa

Senior Market Manager, Onshore

I advise students on their options for higher education, and which university degree is best for them. I answer their questions about destination cities, applications, visa processes, and even daily life in their new home. It brings me great satisfaction to help students transform their lives.

Melsia Tomlin-Kräftner

Tutor at Bournemouth University International College (UK)

The most rewarding thing about working here is the hugely diverse environment. Every day, I have the chance to interact with people of many cultures worldwide – not just among the students, but the College staff too. It’s really satisfying to share different ideas, as I help students achieve a shared goal of progressing to university.

Liliya Sbraga

Assistant Director of Recruitment

Many of the students that I helped in the past have now graduated from university and are pursuing successful careers. It’s so rewarding to see how my advice has changed their lives for the better, and this is my favourite part of working here!

Martin Jones

College Director at UWE Bristol's International College (UK)

I am confident that during your time at the College, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful at university and beyond. And of course you’ll make plenty of friends along the way!

Leelee Yates

College Director at Liverpool International College (UK)

Liverpool has everything you need to have fantastic international experience — the city, the University and the College. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to meet and exceed your expectations. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you here soon.

Joanne Jackson

Curriculum Manager at Liverpool International College (UK)

The most rewarding thing about working at the International College is the chance to build confidence in students from such a wide range of backgrounds. As a teacher, I enjoy discovering new learning styles and different ways to teach and engage our students.

Kathryn Brennan

Academic Skills Coordinator at Kaplan International College London (UK)

I really enjoy seeing our students develop as academics and grow as people. By the time they leave the College, they are fully prepared for university. They become better writers and speakers, have confidence in their ideas and are able to form powerful arguments.

Julien Boville

Head of College Services at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

My team and I offer a range of information and guidance to help resolve students’ queries. We also offer sports activities, cultural and social events to create a welcoming, safe and stimulating studying environment, which will help you achieve your full academic potential.

I studied abroad myself, being French and having pursued my master’s degree in International Business and Management at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Therefore, I completely understand what it’s like to be in your position, and we want to make your study experience fulfilling and memorable.

Rachel Woodward Carrick

College Director at Bournemouth University International College (UK)

Each year, it is our pleasure to welcome students from all around the world at the International College. We work with you to achieve a shared goal: to transform your future through education. I look forward to you joining us, and wish you the very best on your path to university and career success.

Sam Tam

Regional Manager, South East Asia

I am looking forward to sharing with you the important factors to consider when choosing the right plan for your studies – whether in Singapore or abroad. We will work with you to find the best available option, helping you on the way to a degree that will open up incredible opportunities in your life.

Chris Yeung

Regional Manager, East Asia

I love helping students from Hong Kong and nearby countries find a study option that will transform their lives.

My colleagues and I are here to offer support to students and parents when they make this life-changing decision.

Drew Newport

Regional Director, East and South East Asia

I love to introduce students to new cultures, and give detailed advice about studying at Kaplan Pathways.

With our wide range of options, I am confident we can find a suitable course and study destination to match your needs.

Leo Huang

Marketing Director, China

I love hearing inspiring stories from students, and seeing the smiles on parents’ faces. In summary, I like to build futures – one success story at a time.

Song Wang

Vice President, China Recruitment and Operations

After nearly 10 years at Kaplan, building confidence and engaging with surroundings are two key factors I like to share with students.

By studying with us, you can develop not just academically, but personally and professionally too.

Tracy Wang

Marketing Director, China

Having worked in the education industry for nearly 10 years, I believe that a course with Kaplan isn’t just about lessons in a classroom; it’s a life-changing experience.

Hanna Mawbey

Learning Support Tutor at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

Working as a Learning Support Tutor is a very rewarding experience. During one-to-one tutorials, I discuss your coursework with you, answer questions about life in the UK, and offer supportive and friendly advice.

I will also help you get the best out of your studies, and set academic goals that you can work towards.

Marco Baglieri

Programme Leader at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

I provide useful advice throughout your course and encourage you with your self-directed study. I do my best to make sure you succeed with us and progress to your university degree.