The Executive Team

Joff Allen Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining EduCo as the inaugural CEO in 2010, Mr. Allen served as COO of a diversified education company with responsibility for the operations spanning China, Australia, the U.S., New Zealand and India with a staff of more than 1,000.He was the inaugural general manager of ACT Education Solutions, Limited, the international arm of U.S.-based ACT Inc., one of the world’s largest test and test development companies. Mr. Allen’s experience spans 30 years, with 24 of those in general management and chief executive roles in private and public companies. Mr. Allen has established and managed companies in Australia and 14 other countries. Close

Prior to joining EduCo as the inaugural CEO in 2010, Mr. Allen served...

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David McGown Chief Financial Officer
David commenced his career with PWC in Audit and Business Services and then moved firms to take up an opportunity in Corporate Recovery and Business Advisory, before moving into commerce. David’s 23 years in commerce has included corporate roles with a multinational advertising agency, a fast growing entrepreneurial media company, a financial services company, Insurance and Member Services businesses and more recently in the Lifesciences space. This has provided David with a broad range of skills in a variety of industries from $5m to $500m plus turnover. David also operated as a business advisor through his firm mcg horizon-“building better businesses”. Close

David commenced his career with PWC in Audit and Business Services...

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Adam Roberts Senior Vice President, Marketing
Prior to joining EduCo in 2012, Adam’s career included senior management roles in business development and marketing with Australian public universities including RMIT and Swinburne and numerous leading private providers. He has on the ground experience with international student recruitment from over 70 key student source markets and extensive knowledge of the recruitment channel management. As Senior VP of Global Marketing, Adam is responsible for management of EduCo’s recruitment and marketing teams in all markets. Close

Prior to joining EduCo in 2012, Adam’s career included senior...

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Jim Panos Senior Vice President, United States
Jim has spent 20 years in the education industry and most recently has held executive and general management positions with Ascend Learning and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Over his career, Jim has worked extensively with U.S. secondary and post-secondary institutions and their leadership teams. Jim holds a Masters in Education and an MBA from Babson College. Close

Jim has spent 20 years in the education industry and most recently...

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Sin May Leong Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Prior to joining EduCo, Sin May had over 20 years’ experience across all aspects of HR management spanning a number of industries including airline, retail, financial services, education and engineering sectors in Australia and South East Asia. Sin May leads the EduCo people and culture function providing generalist and organisation development support for business leaders. Close

Prior to joining EduCo, Sin May had over 20 years’ experience...

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Scott Robertson Senior Vice President, Canada
Scott enjoyed a successful career in the hotel and hospitality management sector in Switzerland and Australia before entering the education industry ten years ago. Since that time, Scott has headed up large vocational training colleges for both international and domestic students and has worked with some of Australia’s largest corporate entities in providing employee training solutions. Since joining EduCo in 2014, Scott has been the General Manager of its Higher Education provider, Cambridge International College, and now as SVP of Global Business Services is responsible for infrastructure, procurement and business processes across the EduCo group. Close

Scott enjoyed a successful career in the hotel and hospitality...

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Dr. Peter Cartwright Chief Executive Officer, CIC HED
Prior to joining CIC in August 2014, Peter was the Associate Dean (International & Development) for the Faculty of Science at La Trobe University. He has several years experience working in the international education sector as an academic and university representative. Prior to that he spent 10 years working as a biomedical research scientist both in Australia and abroad. He has been involved in university wide curriculum reform and a member of several University course review panels and is on the TEQSA register of experts Close

Prior to joining CIC in August 2014, Peter was the Associate Dean...

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Jacob Kestner Senior Vice President, Ireland
Jacob developed the original business plan for EduCo in Ireland and is the inaugural Senior Vice President for Ireland. Previously he led all Asia Pacific investment activity for Pearson’s corporate VC fund (“PALF”), including the fund’s largest deal and first greenfield project, a $3m investment in a low cost private school chain in the Philippines which grew to 22 schools and 4,500 students in 2 years. He started his career teaching history and politics in the UK and has been a founding director of two London schools. The most recent, One Degree Academy, opened in September 2016. Close

Jacob developed the original business plan for EduCo in Ireland and...

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Ben McCully Senior Vice President, SCU Partnership
In 2005, Ben joined the international education provider C Management Services Pty Ltd (CMS), a joint venture entity co-owned by Central Queensland University as State Sales Manager. Over the next 5 years he was promoted through to Director of Marketing Services and International Coordination, where he was responsible for sales and marketing operations across Australia, North America, the Sub Continent, China and South East Asia. Ben went on to become General Manager of the International Design School Pty Ltd, with campuses in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2011 Ben served as General Manager, Foundation, CPA Australia Ltd with a global remit focusing particularly on China and South East Asia until accepting the role of College Director and Principal of Western Sydney University International College in 2015. Close

In 2005, Ben joined the international education provider C Management...

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