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Senior Team

The Senior Team at Kaplan is comprised of hugely talented individuals, with decades of experience in the education industry between them. They are passionate about bringing innovative thinking to the sector, and strive to deliver creative solutions to the ever-changing needs of students and universities, and the constantly evolving world of international education.

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 Oxford International Education 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).

Andrew Thick, Senior Vice President, Global Pathways

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.

Clare Cairns, Senior Director, Recruitment

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).

Ricard Giner, Vice President, Partnership Development

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.

Linda Cowan, Senior Vice President, UK & ME

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.

Clare Rawlins, Vice President, Recruitment and Marketing

Wen Lu

Vice President, China and Hong Kong SAR

Based in Hong Kong SAR, Wen heads up market intelligence, performance enhancement and project development.

Her exceptional analytical and financial modelling skills are essential to the commercial viability of Kaplan Pathways partnerships.

Previously, Wen was a key member of the Education Practice of the Parthenon Group in Asia, a global strategic advisory firm.

Wen Lu, Vice President, China and Hong Kong

Elizabeth Hess

Executive Director of Communications

Elizabeth supports Kaplan’s English language, university pathways and professional training businesses in the UK.

Previously, she was director of communications for telecommunications companies in the US and the Netherlands; head of communications for a UN organisation; and project director for a London-based business membership organisation.

Elizabeth Hess, Executive Director of Communications

Catrillia Young

Director of International Pathways, Pace University (New York, USA)

Catrillia is our key liaison with Pace University. She oversees support services for pathway students, and supervises the application process not only for Pace, but for other US partners too.

Catrillia has worked in international education for more than a decade. Before joining Kaplan, she was Assistant Director of International Admissions at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh for nearly 8 years, with previous roles at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Education First (EF).

Catrillia holds a master’s degree in French from Middlebury College in Vermont (USA), following her bachelor’s in French and Global Studies at Ripon College in Vermont. Read her story.

Catrillia Pace, Pace University College Director

Kate Mishcon

Director of Content and Marketing

Kate manages the Kaplan Pathways Content and Marketing team, guiding and shaping all forms of communication to help strengthen our engagement with all target audiences. She also acts as brand guardian for all products and services, ensuring consistency of design and messaging across all customer touch points.

Kate has over 17 years’ experience in international marketing. She started her career at Education First (EF), after which she moved to Aspect Education, where she headed up the Publications team.

She then spent 8 years as a Group Account Director for John Brown Media, a leading creative agency, where she oversaw the content marketing strategies for a wide portfolio of international brands such as Visit London, Orange, BDO and Waitrose. In 2007, Kate won the PPA (Professional Publishers Association) Customer Magazine of the Year award for one of her titles.

Kate Mishcon, Director of Content and Marketing

Kirsten Tedder

Finance Director, UK and US Pathways

Kirsten leads the Finance team looking after our UK and US Pathway colleges. The Finance team provides operational finance support to the UK and US businesses, working with students, sponsors and our University partners. Kirsten also works closely with Kaplan Partner Services, our Hong Kong-based agent support business.

Kirsten is a UK-qualified Chartered Accountant and has held international finance roles for more than 15 years. Her experience helps to support initiatives that build and strengthen our relationships with our University Partners.

Kirsten Tedder, Finance Director, UK and US Pathways

Ibitomi Osunsedo

Regional Director West Africa

I support students, agents and parents with the visa application process, ensuring that they have a clear understanding of the visa guidelines and requirements, and the best changes for a successful outcome. I also train agents in compliance and in assessing student eligibility to study at our UK and US locations, thus ensuring a better process and higher student satisfaction.

Ibitomi Osunsedo - Regional Manager

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.

Nanhi Mann, Regional Director/India Manager

Nathalie Griffin

Director of Operations, US Partnerships

Nathalie has worked within several functions during her 11+ years at Kaplan International, including the successful management of Kaplan’s global events and executive administrative provision. She now oversees the operational aspects of our US university partnerships as well as having strategic oversight of our global events and key projects.

Nathalie Griffin, Operations Manager, US Partnerships

Sunita Eltom

Director, Global Engagement and Partnerships (Marketing and Recruitment)

Sunita manages the relationships with our UK university partners on behalf of the Marketing and Recruitment team, ensuring we maximise our partnership opportunities for the benefit of both institutions and, importantly, students. As well as partnerships, Sunita oversees the Kaplan Data Analytic and Insights team, understanding trends in Higher Education and making them meaningful to the business. Both the Partnerships and Data Analytic and Insights teams identify and support the creation of new products and portfolio development.

Sunita Eltom, Director, Global Engagement and Partnerships

Shirley Goh

Regional Director, South Asia and South East Asia, Australia Pathways

I enjoy meeting with students and guiding them in the right direction towards university study. It brings me great satisfaction seeing them graduate and knowing they are now pursuing successful careers.

Shirley Goh, Murdoch Institute of Technology