COO and Co-Founder at The Pie

Clare has worked in international education since 2000 and held marketing roles at private and public sector institutions prior to The PIE. Her positions included Head of International Marketing at University of the Arts London and Group Marketing Manager at St Giles International.

She was also a member of the English UK Enterprises Board for 6 years. Having studied languages at University of Nottingham, taught English in Austria, worked in Paris and travelled extensively, she is passionate about the opportunities that spending time abroad can create. When she’s not working or looking after her two children, she enjoys pilates, yoga, running, and summer camping trips in her family’s VW campervan.


Managing Director at Bayswater Education

Stephan has over 15 years experience in the sector, initially starting out as a English language teacher in Ecuador and Argentina, he moved on to marketing and then sales and business development roles for Malvern House, a pioneering low-cost high-volume operator in central London.

He then moved to Cambridge Education Group, a private-equity backed international education business. His role was to develop a network of adult language schools under the Stafford House brand. Starting with one school in Canterbury in 2010 the business was grown organically and via 3 acquisitions to 10 schools, in 3 countries (UK, USA and Canada).

Stephan was a member of the CEG executive team and was directly involved in the sale of the business from Palamon to Bridgepoint in December 2013. The business was acquired by Palamon in 2007 for £11m and sold to Bridgepoint for £195m, a leading example of private equity returns in the international education sector.

Stephan also launched Cyprus as an English language destination in 2007, and currently is a co-director in English in Cyprus, the leading language school in Cyprus.


Managing Director and Owner at German Language Schools (GLS)

Barbara Jaeschke founded German Language Schools (GLS) in 1983 and is directing it till today. 

GLS is the only language school in Germany with a 16.000 sqm urban campus including 2 hotels and a swimming pool under monument protection. The facilities on campus are second to none in Europe: 60 bright classrooms, a restaurant serving modern German food, 50 apartments and 72 hotel rooms of premium standard. GLS has received the Star School Germany Award 5 times.

Barbara Jaeschke loves marathons. New York, Paris, Barcelona – a new city every year. But she does the Berlin Marathon every year. Endurance all the way to the finishing line. She seems to achieve everything she sets out to do. Newly (2016) opened “Hotel Oderberger” is evidence of that.


Director of Brock Solutions Agency

Thom Jones has lived in more than a dozen countries and delivered training in over 70. Having been a truly useless student (and proving it frequently by failing all the exams he was set) he started his professional life as a waiter before going into teaching, then management, before going freelance. Formerly part of the senior executive at Embassy CES before becoming Director of Operations USA for Studygroup he returned to the UK to work with Trinity College London and now works with a variety of organisations on a wide variety of projects. He runs his own company: Brock Solutions Agency. He presents regularly around the world on a range of topics and is a guest lecturer at four universities. He is also a freelance trainer in business and management.

Ten years ago he cycled from the UK to Turkey, travelling through 11 countries. As a charity fundraiser, he arrived at IATEFL 2015 in Manchester having cycled from Frankfurt in only five days, accompanied by round the world cyclist Julian Sayarer. Julian got there first. He is rubbish at maths. His mother thinks he is great.


Managing Director of Stafford House

Pete is Managing Director for Stafford House and has worked in the education industry for over 9 years, holding a variety of roles across Cambridge Education Group in a number of departments and has worked with High Schools, Pathways and English Language. Of the sectors within Education, he has a particular passion for the English Language market and its fast pace and constant change.

Pete is originally from a finance background, but has worked closely with operations for his entire career and was heavily involved in the three Stafford House international acquisitions, before making the permanent switch into management, first as COO and now MD. Pete was integral to completing the integration of the acquisitions into one cohesive unit, ensuring the quality of the schools and the student experience remains consistently high and at the forefront of the English Language industry.

Pete is passionate about contributing back to the wider global society, and in addition to Stafford House supporting the United World Schools charity, Pete is also a UWS council member.


President & CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad

Melissa Torres is The Forum’s President and CEO and has two decades of experience in higher education and program development. She previously served as Vice President for Academic Programs at IES Abroad where she supervised 36 international study abroad centers in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Her campus-based experience includes leading a variety of international initiatives for three institutions, including Brown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Ohio State University. She worked as a change management consultant for Accenture, and most recently worked with a variety of colleges and universities to develop innovative, service-learning programs as Vice President of Institutional Relations at Global Vision International. Melissa served as Chair of The Forum’s Outcomes Assessment and Research committee for three years, was a member of NAFSA’s Work, Internships, Volunteering and Research Abroad (WIVRA) subcommittee and a founding member of the Business International Studies Network (BISNet) Business Colloquium. She holds a BA in International Studies from Stonehill College and a Master’s degree in Global Education from The Ohio State University.


Partner, The Lygon Group

With over 30 years in senior roles in the international education sector, Debra has vast experience across the full spectrum of international education at four large Australian universities, her own consultancy and now as a Partner with The Lygon Group. She has worked in the international offices of RMIT University, Macquarie University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University of Technology.

Debra has deep experience across the student lifecycle, including: student experience, student mobility, student support and engagement, application management, relationship management, team and professional development and international relations.

She is a dedicated international education professional with a passion for both the student experience and the sector as a whole, and is a member of IEAA, NAFSA, and EAIE.

She is the inaugural convener of the Student Life Network of IEAA, and is on the Board of the Tony Adams Fund.