Chief Executive Officer
Tina joined Cognition Education Group in 2016 having previously completed successful tenures as CEO of Aspire-Education, Managing Director at Nord Anglia Education PLC and the founder of STEMtech Education. Tina has an extensive track record spanning 30 years growing award-winning education, professional services, EdTech and digital learning organisations across Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and Asia. Under her stewardship, the company has seen rapid expansion into Australia, the UK and the Pacific Island’s.
Chief Financial Officer
Sean Ryan joined as the Cognition Education Group CFO following his role as Country & Finance Director of Australia. Previously, he had positions within the Group including Financial Controller and Commercial Manager. Sean’s experience in the international and national education sector, as well as auditing, analysis, management accounting and acquisitions, brings a diverse range of expertise to his role with Cognition Education Group.
Group Director, Education
Arran joined Cognition Education Group in 2017 to lead the development and transition of our Visible Learning Plus business before taking up a position as Group Director, Strategy and more recently as Group Director, Education. He is an accomplished education-sector senior leader and researcher with more than 15 years’ experience working in some of the top educational consultancies in the world. He previously held senior positions at Cambridge Assessment, Nord Anglia Education, Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT) and the British Council. Arran is now based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Group Director, Business Development
Mel joined us as the Managing Director of EMEA in 2016, having previously worked in senior roles for Arcadis, Nord Anglia and SSAT. Based out of our EMEA HQ in the UK, Mel is an experienced consultant, leader and business development specialist with a wealth of expertise in establishing and growing business in the UK and internationally. She has extensive experience working with high profile clients across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including many government agencies, delivering major education transformation programmes and professional services. As the global lead for business development, Mel supports all our businesses in meeting their growth objectives.
Director, UK Operations
Julia is an experienced consultant, who has led the successful delivery of a diverse range of large, complex projects in the public, private and not for profit sectors in the UK. She has over 20 years’ experience working in consultancy, and specific experience of supporting educational policy implementation both at national and regional levels. Julia has previously held senior posts in a large FE College, a large Learning Trust and a number of large professional consultancy firms. She also ran her own successful consultancy business for a number of years before joining Cognition in 2017. Julia is also a patron of the National Centre for Diversity in the UK which works with a range of organisations including schools and FE Colleges to achieve Investors in Diversity status.
Managing Director, APAC
Ian joined Cognition Education Group in 2017 having gained extensive commercial management experience from roles across New Zealand, Australia, Asia, the UK and the United States. Based out of our Head Office in Auckland, Ian leads Cognition Education teams covering New Zealand, Australia and Asia, having previously worked for NZ Dairy Group, Carter Holt Harvey, Les Mills International and Magic Memories. Ian has had considerable success creating new business and improving revenue and profitability in existing ones with extensive experience in sales, marketing, business development, supply chain management and successfully leading small and large cross-functional teams.
General Manager, Group Marketing & Begin Bright
Rachel joined Cognition Education Group in 2016 and leads both our global marketing function for the Group, as well as our Begin Bright business. Prior to this, Rachel held senior roles within both corporate and charitable sectors, providing marketing, sponsorship, communications and public relations expertise. Formerly a Marketing and Development Director for Auckland’s largest multi-arts event, she also spent several years in a number of marketing roles within New Zealand Post Group and the technology and retail industries.
Managing Director, Wavelength
James joined Cognition Education Group in 2013 as a senior manager in our publishing division, taking over Wavelength in 2015 following the acquisition of the company by the Group. He has an extensive background in digital learning and publishing and has led Wavelength’s transition into the Group and subsequent growth internationally over the last few years. Based out of our Sydney offices, James is driving the expansion of the business across Australia and New Zealand whilst developing expansion plans more widely.
Director, People and Organisational Development
Stacey joined our business in 2018 and is our global leader for all people related matters. As an experienced generalist practitioner, Stacey has worked in senior and executive roles in the People & Culture space, spanning education, medical, government and insurance industries. Stacey is focused on creating and supporting a highly skilled and dedicated workforce and ensuring we continue to challenge ourselves to deliver outstanding outcomes for our clients by investing in our people and culture.