"My priority is to ensure that our teams thrive in an environment of diversity and inclusivity. A key part of that is nurturing a culture where we all inspire colleagues to learn and develop for a better future.

My immediate focus is creating a better future for our teams and their families. Of course, this intent also applies to the vital role our products play in ensuring that the right students are connected to suitable education providers for successful outcomes.

Our talented teams are increasingly encouraged to take responsibility and work on their own personal development, supported by IDP Connect through better structured development pathways, time, flexibility and trust. As I say to others and they say to me: #neverstoplearning

My personal journey with IDP Connect

Both my parents have been teachers and both my sisters now are. That’s what first attracted me to working in the education sector, though I didn’t think it would last quite this long! Over many years, I’ve been fortunate to progress from a short-term graduate role to CEO. It has been tremendous to see the growth of a small start-up in London into a business unit of one of the leading education organisations in the world. I moved from the most junior sales role, through sales management, to business unit leadership with strategic and operational responsibilities and then on to become CEO. Then, after 18 months in the CEO role, in January 2017 we joined IDP Education to accelerate our growth, together building the world’s leading platform and connected community, to support and guide students in achieving their learning goals.

I’ve been fortunate to be given opportunities throughout and worked hard to ensure I was ready for them. That said, I often made mistakes. I’m grateful for the support of my managers, peers and expert advisory groups for their patience as I frequently ‘fail forward’. As an organisation, we aim to create the support structures needed to help employees progress in their careers and reach their full potential. "