Andrew Colin is the founder/owner of INTO University Partnerships. He provides the leadership and vision which has helped INTO to develop partnerships with leading universities across three continents. Andrew combines a strong entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for education and international student mobility.
Back in 1981, while studying law at the London School of Economics, Andrew launched his first company - providing Apple-sponsored computer courses for schoolchildren.
In 1990, he founded and directed Study Group, which, under his leadership, became a major force in international pre-university education with centres established throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and New Zealand.
In 2005, Andrew founded INTO University Partnerships, with the aim of transforming the international student experience and helping leading internationally-focused universities to expand access and improve student mobility.
Since its establishment, INTO has delivered world-class educational experiences to international students through joint venture partnerships with leading universities across the UK, the US and China.
In May 2013, Andrew received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from the University of South Florida in recognition of his contribution to international education.
John leads the strategic development of INTO and has a key focus on innovation and growth.
He has 17 years of board level experience in universities, colleges and private education businesses as well as experience across the domestic, international, state-funded, for-profit and private equity sectors.
John spent 5 years in management roles at the University of Manchester, 8 years at the University of Liverpool (where he was their first COO), 3 years as CEO & Principal of Cornwall College, five years as vice president, International Business Development at Laureate and the past 2 years as president and CEO of the University of Law.
John has over 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector and has a strong background in corporate finance. As one of INTO’s founding directors, John has been a lynch-pin in the development of every Joint Venture (JV).
After graduating from Brighton University, John joined leading accounting firm KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and gained significant experience in the corporate finance arena. John then joined a corporate finance practice in Sussex where he led many small- and medium-sized investments in London and the South East, eventually becoming a partner. From 1995 to 2003, John was Finance Director of Study Group, where he formed a strong working relationship with founder Andrew Colin and played an instrumental role in growing the business, overseeing its acquisition by The Daily Mail Group in 1999, and helping to expand operations into Australia, the USA and Canada.
In 2006 John and Andrew established INTO University Partnerships. John has been a Director and Board Member of the company since inception. In 2012, John led a private placement process culminating in an equity investment from Leeds Equity Partners of £66 million in the group for a 25 % stake in the business. This investment completed the first stage of INTO’s funding plans, which are aimed at providing universities with access to significant external capital to fund innovation and capacity building in the higher education sector. John now focuses on driving business development and supporting operational leadership to guide the strategic direction of the company. He attributes INTO’s extraordinary growth trajectory and reputation for academic excellence to robust management, ongoing and substantial investment in learning centres, and a superior global sales and marketing infrastructure. When he is not travelling to meet new partner institutions or visit INTO’s operations around the world, John lives in Eastbourne, East Sussex, with his wife Denise and three children Michael, George and Olivia.
Anmar brings more than 20 years of financial and operational experience to INTO, having worked in the UK and the US for Fortune 500 and medium-sized companies across the investment banking and telecommunications, media and technology sectors.
He is an experienced Chief Operating Officer (COO) with a proven operational track record of working across different cultures, countries and business models; a background in investment banking; and strong business development credentials. Anmar’s most recent role was as founder, owner and Managing Director at Global Media Advisory - an executive advisory firm in the media, digital, telecom and technology space. During that period, he was board advisor and acting COO of a start-up technology company Byyd Tech (previously Adfonic), which operates in the fast-growing sector of mobile programmatic advertising.
Anmar also acted as strategic advisor at Wasserman Media Group, and chairman at DRG. Previous senior roles were as COO at STV Group plc and FBC Media and MD at Channel 4. He also held director roles at UBS and Verizon.
Anmar’s areas of specialism and experience are in operational turnaround and in managing growth in fast-growing sectors. Anmar holds an MBA from the American University, Washington DC and a BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University, Boston MA.
Anmar is married with three children, holds both British and American citizenship and is fluent in Arabic. His hobbies are golf and swimming.
Sean has over 25 years' experience of the student market, where the first 15 years of his career at Hobsons was providing research, software, exhibitions and advertising opportunities. Sean’s first role was to sell advertising space to HR Directors and Graduate Recruitment Managers in the Hobsons' career guides. Sean became Publishing Director, Hobsons International Division, in 1996 where he launched the international division that saw Hobsons publish career and education titles in almost every country around the world. In 1999, Sean became President of Hobsons USA, turning around that business by creating partnerships with government agencies, developing new software and publishing products as well as driving results driven culture within his team. Sean’s last role with Hobsons was as Managing Director, Europe, in 2002 to 2005 where he led the businesses in Germany and the UK. After 15 years at Hobsons, Sean joined Teletext Holidays as their Managing Director, Commercial Text, where he was responsible for a diverse range of businesses including betting, display advertising and launched teletext mobile and teletext games.
In 2007, Sean launched his own consultancy providing business consulting, sales and management training to organisations such as NARIC and Kings College London. He then launched Boom Media, where he re-launched print magazines and launched digital magazines in UK and USA in the golf travel sector. The magazines were sold in 2012 and Sean spent a short time working in the oil sector before he decided to go back to education market.
In 2014 Sean joined INTO as Group Strategic Projects Director, focusing on student marketing and university partner business development, before becoming Director of Recruitment Services, where he successfully led the Admissions, Enrolment Services, Digital, Email Marketing and Student Support functions which enrolled over 11,000 students during 2015 in the UK and achieved a 75 % growth for direct recruitment to UK centres. In October 2016, Sean became the Chief Commercial Officer with recruitment and marketing responsibilities for the group. His ambition is to set the standard for recruitment and marketing in the international education sector and believes that this can be achieved by embracing technology and digital.
Steven’s focus today is on taking forward our market development and innovation agenda. He and his team are located close to the major source markets in Asia, showing our deep commitment to the region.
As Director of INTO’s Global Recruitment Unit, Steven oversaw over 130 staff operating out of 31 regional offices in 17 countries and, thanks to his leadership, INTO today attracts more than 12,000 students per year to our partners.
Steven built his career in counselling international students and developing structures to enable institutions to recruit at scale and deliver excellent student experiences. His time as an international student in Taiwan in 1990 and his experience of working in China have given him a deep awareness of the support needed by young people studying far from home.
After university, where he studied Chinese and German, Steven worked for the Anglo-Taiwan Education Centre in Taipei where he helped establish a body to promote education in the UK that resulted in an increase in the number of students travelling from Taiwan from 38 to 2,500 per year. Prior to founding INTO with John Sykes and Andrew Colin, Steven held senior management roles within the British Council and with Study Group as their Regional Director for China.
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, David has an oversight for INTO’s Recruitment Directors and Global Regional Office network which consists of 5 Greater Regions, comprising of over 20 Regional Office’s employing more than 100 staff all designed to service our partner university and agent network.
While relatively new to the INTO family (2 years), David brings more than 22 years of relevant industry experience to the organisation having worked previously with Study Group (15 years) and Navitas (5 years) where he was employed in various Regional Office (RO) and related roles.
David specialises in South East Asia and South Asia regions with over 15 years’ experience managing off-shore or Regional Office staff, both local and expatriate. David has lived and worked in Asia for over 10 years including stints in Indonesia (6 years), Malaysia (4 years) and India (2 years).
David is married to his wife Devy and has 2 kids- Tyson and Mia. Born in the UK however raised in Melbourne, Australia, David is currently completing his Masters in Marketing at Griffith University, Australia.
Dan Cross oversees recruitment in China, Hong Kong and Macau. With a team of highly professional staff members based out of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Dalian, Nanjing, and Hong Kong, Dan and his team develop recruitment channels and support services in the region for INTO's partner universities in line with the university's global objectives.
A fluent Chinese speaker, Dan has more than 10 years of experience in the international education sector where he formerly worked with Montana State University and California Community Colleges.
His own experience of studying abroad has fuelled his belief that an education experience abroad transforms lives and provides an important function as globalization spreads and demand for internationally educated citizens increases.It is his passion for giving other students access to quality institutions that provide exceptional experiences has lead him to INTO University Partnerships.
Tom heads up 22 sales and marketing staff located in six offices across key cities in East Asia Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Taipei and Jakarta.
Tom established the INTO South East Asia Representative office in Kuala Lumpur in 2006 and was instrumental in launching the INTO University Partnerships product to the agent network in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei at a time when UK pathway education was still relatively unknown.
Today Tom’s team runs events aimed at helping agents recruit students to INTO centres across the US, UK and China and the East Asia region now produces more than 1,000 students per year.
More than 15 years in international education mean that Tom has developed an extensive network of loyal education agencies. Prior to joining INTO in 2006, Tom worked as Marketing Manager at the Victorian Department of Education and Marketing Manager at Melbourne Language Centre.
He holds a degree in Arts, Town Planning/South East Asian Politics from Victoria University and various qualifications in the Indonesian language, which he speaks fluently.
Stephen has over 20 years experience in International Education working within a wide range of cultures and countries. He joined INTO in January 2006. He currently leads a team of 23 recruitment specialists and support staff operating from six regional offices across MEASA.
Stephen has a degree in Sociology from the University of Greenwich and completed his teacher training in Paris with the ILC. He subsequently went on to build a clear insight into the needs, aspirations and counselling requirements of international students through his experience of teaching and managing English Language programmes in France, Cambodia, Colombia and New Zealand. He also spent several years in China, developing and delivering Overseas Study Preparation Programmes, honing his education counselling skills whilst working with education consultants to support students planning to study in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
In 2005 he completed an MSc in English Language Teaching Management from the University of Surrey. Committed to lifelong learning Stephen is currently in the process of completing his Doctorate in Higher Education Management with the University of Bath where his research interests include Internationalisation and branding.
Sam’s experience in international education dates back to 1998 and he has been in his current role for the past five of them. As Recruitment Director, he co-ordinates and supports regional office sales and marketing teams and agents across the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions in their efforts to recruit students to INTO programmes in the UK, US and China.
In his previous role, as INTO’s Regional Director Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Sam carried out business development and sales management throughout the CIS for INTO's UK, USA and Chinese pre-university preparation centres.
Prior to joining INTO, he was Study Group's regional manager for various regions and was international marketing manager for the University of Sussex International Study Centre, which ran on-campus foundation programs delivered by Study Group.
Sam has experience of UK, USA, and Canadian, Irish, Australian and New Zealand student recruitment and is a qualified EFL teacher with several years' experience teaching abroad, mainly in Russia. He holds a degree in Linguistics and French from the University of York
Simon graduated from the University of Greenwich and holds a Master’s in Marketing Management from Middlesex University. After graduating he worked as a School and College Liaison Assistant at The University of Greenwich, before moving on to the University of Northampton, where he spent two years as School and College Liaison Officer. In his next job - Marketing Officer at the University of Westminster - Simon was responsible for recruiting international students to English as a Foreign Language, law, social science and humanities programmes.
During his time as Marketing Manager for Middlesex University Business School, he also worked with the regional office in Kenya to increase recruitment from Africa. Next up was a job at Hertfordshire Institute of Business and Technology (NAVITAS), where Simon rose to Acting Director of Marketing.
Simon then became Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Kaplan International Colleges, where he was responsible for managing the regional office in Pakistan and looked after markets in Africa, Europe and Pakistan. In June 2009 he created MAS Education, an agency that sends around 100 students each year to universities around the world.
Since joining INTO in May 2015, Simon has been responsible for recruitment operations across Central and Latin America
Clinton leads the GILS (Governments, Institutional Links & Sponsors) team who recruit students from sponsored projects and through working closely with institutions such as high schools and universities.
Clinton has been involved in international education for over 25 years, starting his career as an English teacher before joining Study Group during its early stages of development. He spent over 10 years as a Director of Trinity College London, leading on sales of both English language and Performing Arts examinations and helping them secure SELT status so their qualifications could be used for immigration and naturalisation in the UK.
Clinton joined INTO in 2014 and has been working to establish GILS as a core recruitment channel for both INTO centres and partner universities. Large government projects in Angola and Indonesia have helped illustrate the potential of focusing on sponsored students and on providing an outstanding level of service to their sponsors.
A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Clinton has been based in Brighton for over 20 years and has travelled throughout the world meeting governments, sponsors, agents, teachers and students.
Tuukka has over 15 years’ international student marketing and recruitment experience within the public and private HE sectors.
Between 2009 and 2016, Tuukka has held senior positions within the global sales team with INTO University Partnerships including the management of INTO’s regional office network. Based in Brighton, he is currently Vice President of Global Recruitment, Direct Entry, providing leadership and direction over a significant investment and expansion of INTO’s Direct Entry service. His responsibilities cover the strategic direction of this function to ensure INTO is optimally aligned and positioned to deliver growth in direct entry enrolments.
Prior to joining INTO, Tuukka worked as an Associate Director of Recruitment and Marketing at Kaplan, responsible for establishing and managing overseas recruitment offices and developing market strategies for several key student markets.
Before joining Kaplan, Tuukka was a Market Manager at Navitas (LIBT) group, again responsible for many aspects of the sales and student recruitment in general. Previously Tuukka was a Regional Manager at Thames Valley University where his career started.
Vicky Prezeau is INTO’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. She leads a wide range of marketing initiatives including brand management, marketing communications and digital marketing, with a focus on enhancing the online experience for all our prospective students. Her teams are based in Brighton and San Diego.
Vicky began her career with McKinsey & Co. and for the last 15 years has held leadership roles in high-growth companies in the UK and the US.
Most recently, Vicky was Chief Operating Officer at Full Beaker, Inc., an online performance marketing company, where she profitably increased annual revenue by over 700% in 3 years.
Vicky was previously a Vice President at QuinStreet, Inc. (QNST), an online performance marketing company where she was responsible for a 50-strong marketing team and an annual discretionary media budget of over $50m.
Prior to QuinStreet, Vicky was Head of Fund Management at Axiomlab Group Plc, a London-based venture capital company.
Vicky holds an MA in economics from Cambridge University and a MBA from Stanford University.
Yasmin works with INTO’s Global Recruitment Unit to drive global student recruitment to INTO partnerships in North America. Most recently, she has been leading on strategic recruitment planning across INTO’s North American partners.
Yasmin has been involved in international education for more than 15 years. She started her career as part of the international recruitment team for Kaplan English and US Pathway programs and rose to the position of Senior Manager, International Market and Development.
She joined INTO as Recruitment Director in 2010 to support recruitment to North American partners from Latin America, Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and took up her current role in April 2014.
Yasmin is originally from Turkey and Germany, and holds a degree in Political Science from New York University.
Errim joined INTO in June 2013 and in her current role, supports a team of 22 people who are responsible for all international student recruitment activity into our UK centres and partnerships.
Errim represents the INTO recruitment arm at Joint Venture Boards with UK Partner Universities. Prior to this, she spent over year as Director of Business and Partnership (EU), which involved new business development with universities.
She has over 15 years’ experience of the international education sector, specialising in recruitment and marketing, market analysis and stakeholder management. She has held senior international positions at Durham University, where she was Deputy Director, and at Manchester Metropolitan University in the role of Director Internationalisation. Errim also served for 18 months as the Deputy Chair, Advisory Council of the Northern Consortium of UK Universities – a group of 11 universities based in the north of England.
Prior to joining the UK public education sector, Errim held senior positions with the British Council in Pakistan, Indonesia and Singapore and facilitated sales training in UK education in the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia. She graduated from Leicester University with a degree in Business Management.
Lihua joined INTO in 2006 in a regional management role within the recruitment unit in Beijing and North China. Lihua’s current role is a Deputy Recruitment Director for China, Hong Kong & Macau. Her responsibilities cover managing the National Key Agents and INTO senior UK & US terms for all coordinating and marketing for INTO centres.
Lihua graduated in International Trade at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China followed by a Master Degree in International Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. She then moved to the UK to do her Doctoral Degree in Economics at University of Sussex.
Whilst doing her Doctorate, Lihua has also worked as a Student Counsellor in Bellerby’s College. Before joining INTO, Lihua was an Area Manager for North China for Study Group, where she later gained a position as a Regional Manager for (Beijing & North China).
Based in Shanghai, China, Sam is part of the China, Hong Kong and Macau Recruitment team within INTO's Global Recruitment Unit. Sam brings over 10 years’ experience in the international education sector in Shanghai, having worked for INTO in the city for 9 years in number of different roles, starting out as Regional Manager for Shanghai and surrounding provinces. Prior to this he worked as a TEFL teacher in China for both Wall Street English and English First, which gave him a good understanding of the needs and expectations of Chinese students and their families.
In his current role as Deputy Director, Operations Sam overseas the operational side of INTO’s recruitment efforts in the Greater China region which now includes 7 regional offices and over 40 staff.
Originally from the UK, Sam is a graduate of The University of East Anglia (UEA), INTO’s first University Partner, where he studied Environmental Sciences.
Currently based in Seoul, South Korea, Christopher is responsible for leading, supporting and driving INTO UK, US and China recruitment along with the ten staff that make up the three North Asian Regional Offices. Chris has 11 years of experience in private higher education covering admissions and marketing spread across three continents.
Prior to joining the INTO East Asia Regional Team, Christopher worked for two different Australian higher education organisations in various positions including Account Manager, Admissions Manager and International Marketing Manager. His previously roles within the higher education sector have seen him based in Melbourne, Vancouver, Sydney and Bangkok.
When he isn’t working on improving his Korean language skills, you will probably find him clocking up some kilometres on one of his bicycles, playing tennis, golf or snowboarding somewhere off-piste.
Based in the African Regional Office in The Gambia, Hanna overseas the student recruitment in Sub-Saharan Africa supporting regional office sales and marketing teams in Nigeria and UK and agents across the region.
Hanna has been involved in International Higher Education for more that 25 years. She started her career as Director of Marketing and Development at Schiller International University, worked for Study Group for ten years as Regional Director for Africa and joint INTO in 2017 as Recruitment Director for Africa .
Hanna is originally from Finland but did her university studies in the US holding a BA in Communication & Media and an MBA.
Omar has more than 9 years’ experience in international higher education marketing and recruitment.
Since 2011, Omar has held the position of Recruitment Director for the Middle East & North Africa region and is responsible for developing and implementing market strategies, overall responsibility for delivering on Enrolment and Cost Budget targets, providing leadership and direction to colleagues within the region and strategic management of the agent network.
Omar began his career with INTO University Partnerships in May 2008 working at INTO Newcastle University as an IT Technician and Arabic Language Counsellor before moving into the role of Regional Manager for the Middle East & North Africa region in October 2009. As the Regional Manager, he was responsible for developing marketing plans, co-ordinating the company’s activity in the region and providing support to our agent network.
Isabelle has joined INTO in 2014 to head up these two unique and challenging regions for recruitment to all INTO programes in the UK, USA and China. A graduate of Pau Bachelors Honor (License) in applied languages specialized in translation and Valenciennes (Masters in International Business) Universities; Isabelle Prior gained extensive private sector and management experience in the medical diagnostics industry (sales) and subsequently publishing.
She has worked in the International Office of our university partner Queens University Belfast from 2007, and in 2011 in a more senior role. She has seen great success in student recruitment in the Far East, South East Asia and India in recent years. Isabelle is fluent in English, French and German.
As the inaugural employee in INTO North America’s operating division, Jeffrey has been instrumental in growing international student enrollments from only 87 in 2009 to more than 14,000 across all US partners to date.
He holds a BA in Philosophy and Creative Writing from Skidmore College in New York and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Surrey.
Prior to joining INTO, Jeffrey was the center director at Study Group’s first International Study Center at Pacific Lutheran University and a research methods instructor for the NCUK and Kaplan in Chengdu, China.
James supports INTO North America’s recruitment team as a US higher education specialist collaborating with INTO’s partner universities and the global recruitment unit to develop strategic marketing and recruitment plans together.
Before joining INTO in 2012, James worked in the international education industry for over 20 years, holding key positions with Kaplan’s English Language and Global Pathways program, Aspect International’s J-1 exchange programs, Sylvan Learning System’s Woodbury University center, EF Language School’s Alliant International University center, and San Diego State University’s American Language Institute.
James has a Bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego in Political Science, and did his education overseas in Brussels, Belgium with Michigan State University’s International Relations program. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and is a participating member of both NAFSA and ICEF.
Helen works with the UK Centre Recruitment Teams the Global Recruitment Offices to develop initiatives that drive student recruitment to INTO centres and University partners in the UK.
In addition, Helen identifies emerging opportunities and risks and provides analysis to support the development of strategic initiatives.
In her current role, Helen travels extensively throughout the world speaking with students, their families and overseas representatives about UK pathway and higher education study opportunities in the United Kingdom.
Helen has seven years’ experience of working in international education and was herself an international student during her degree studies. After graduating from the University of East Anglia (UK) Helen joined INTO City University London, spending the next five years recruiting international students to the Centre’s academic and English language preparation programmes before moving into her current post in November 2015.
Jeremy has more than 15 years’ experience of international higher education recruitment. He joined INTO in 2011 as Assistant Director Global Recruitment (Implementation) working with the Global Recruitment Unit where he looked after numerous projects (including the Just One More Agent Fam trips) and was responsible for reporting GRU activity to the UK JV boards.
He moved to INTO China to head up marketing and recruitment to INTO’s Chinese University partners in 2013, and in 2014 assumed overall responsibilities for operations at the campuses as well.
In 2015, Jeremy took on more business development projects for INTO alongside his INTO China role, and since 2016 has been involved in the development and launch to market of INTO’s Direct Entry proposition which he is currently interim lead on, working with John Latham, Executive Chairman.
Jeremy’s international education career started in 1998 when he joined Thames Valley University to look after the administration of TNE projects. He moved to Navitas in 2002 as Marketing Manager for their first UK centre at University of Hertfordshire. He later worked for Navitas again whilst living in Singapore for 6 years between 2006 and 2012 where he was Director of Marketing and Recruitment at Curtin Singapore.
Stuart joined INTO in 2011 in a central management role within the Global Recruitment Unit. His current role is focussed on strategic projects that support recruitment and marketing activities throughout the world. Improving the experience our agent partners have when they work with INTO is something Stuart is passionate about, so one of the most important and exciting projects he is working on is the evolution of the Partner Portal.Stuart graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in Sports Science and continues to lead an active life playing sports and exercising regularly. Before working for INTO Stuart travelled extensively in Asia, North and South America, Europe and Australia before spending 10 years working for a communications technology systems integrator in London.