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Our Leadership

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Tina Lucas

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.

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Sean Ryan

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.

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Dr. Arran Hamilton

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.

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Ian Ormiston

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.

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Rachel Morriss-Jarvis

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.

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James Hodgson

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.

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Stacey McDonald

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.

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