The Executive Team of Malvern International plc are dedicated to help drive the strategic growth of the organisation with an unwavering focus on delivering quality education and student experience. With a clear vision and mission to continue to change the lives of international students through the power of education, the Executive team work together to ensure that quality curricula, teaching and partnerships are central to every aspect of the business.
Executive Director & CEO
Richard Mace is the Executive Director and CEO of Malvern International. Richard became CEO of the organisation in June 2020. Prior to this, Richard ran and rapidly grew Communicate School in Manchester, which was by acquired Malvern International in July 2018.
With ample experience in the education and language sector, Richard has leads the Executive team with a clear strategic vision for the organisation which is now being implemented across the organisation.
UK Senior Academic Advisor
Prof. Ian Brooks acts as UK Senior Academic Advisor to the Executive team. Having recently retired from his position as the Deputy Dean of the Business School at the University of Northampton.
Professor Brooks is now the Director of Brooks International Education Limited and works as Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton, where he was the Executive Dean of the Northampton Business School (NBS) until 2016.
During his tenure at NBS it was nominated in both 2014 and 2015 for the Times Higher Education Business School of the Year. Acting as the University’s strategic lead for internationalisation, academic alliances, taught portfolio and academic planning, Professor Brooks has a vast array of experience in developing and delivering key internationalisation strategies, including acting as the Director of the University’s International Office, as well as the Academic Partnership and Planning Office. A Fellow of the RSA, his teaching and research background lies in organisational behaviour and business strategy.
Professor Ian Brooks has published his work in many peer reviewed journals, including Organisation Studies, the British Journal of Management and Long Range Planning. His popular text book, Organisational Behaviour, is in its 5th edition.
UK Head of Operations
Marzena Mace has a strong background in developing engaging and interactive curriculum with the commercial awareness of building language business. Marzena is key to the operationalisation of key company strategy with a focus on developing the online portfolio of products on Malvern Online Academy in addition to her instrumental work on the day-to-day running of Malvern International’s language schools.
Head of Global Sales and Marketing
Ashleigh Veres is the Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Malvern International. With more than 11 years in students recruitment and marketing, Ashleigh works diligently to develop and execute sales strategy for the group.
Working closely with our university partners to realise shared goals, and with a keen focus on the development of partnerships with internationally-focused partners, Ashleigh is a strong advocate for the opportunities that international education provides students.
Ashleigh is responsible for leading the Global Recruitment Unit and managing the marketing for the organisation.
General Manager & Principal, Malvern House London and Brighton
Kris Hall is the General Manager of Malvern House London and Brighton. With a focus on ensuring the success of two of our schools and working on key projects within the organisation, Kris has a strong operational background in managing the complexities of running language schools. Kris is passionate about student welfare, and works with his teams diligently to embed practices across the schools.
Kris completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Westminster where he studied Health and Social Care Management, and has been a senior manager in the Private Sector, Third Sector and Education Sector for over 20 years.
Kris is the Safeguarding Lead at an organisational level.
General Manager & Principal, Malvern Juniors
Emiliano Sallustri is the General Manager & Principal of Language in Action, and he is the strategic lead for the development and execution of Malvern’s Junior & Summer Camp offering. With a strong background in the travel language industry, Emiliano works closely with key Sponsors and partners to ensure that we offer exciting and innovative learning opportunities for individuals and groups.
Emiliano ensures that all Malvern Summer & Juniors programmes run smoothly and deliver exceptional customer experience.
Centre Director, UEL International Study Centre
Simon Fitch joined Malvern International in 2021 and is accountable for our provision of high quality, student-centred, operations at our UEL International Study Centre. Simon has spent his career in a range of educational settings, and has senior level experience in Universities, schools and pathway organisations, including having previously directed a Foundation Student Centre. Simon is also a board member of FOCUS, an organisation devoted to simplifying the relocation journey for families and students coming to the UK.