Led by co-founder and CEO Andrew Hutchinson, Kings has developed an Executive Team with significant depth and breadth of professional experience within international education. Each member has a minimum of 15 years’ sector experience.
Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Hutchinson is CEO and co-founder of Kings. He is happy to be known as an international education “lifer”, a sector in which he has grown and thrived for the past 35 years.
Andrew brings to his role experience gained across a wide range of commercial development and operational management roles. Having started his career in teaching and school management in France, Andrew moved to Study Group where he became Group Sales Director, leading revenue growth across the portfolio of international high school, university pathway and English language businesses in UK, USA and Australia over a twelve year period.
As Kings’ CEO, Andrew leads the executive team, overseeing the performance and development of the group, in which many thousands of students annually from over 60 source countries enjoy exceptional experiences and achieve their higher education ambitions through Kings.
A graduate in International Relations & French from Nottingham Trent University, Andrew also holds postgraduate teaching qualifications.
He is married with two grown up sons and when not travelling with Kings, he enjoys sea swimming, watching rugby and cricket and sharing quality time with family & friends.
President, US Partnerships
José’s core responsibility within the Company is in securing, developing and nurturing relationships with its US university partners.
José has 30 years’ experience within the international education sector. Prior to co-founding the Company, he was Vice President of International Recruitment at Kaplan.
Before this, José held various positions within the international education sector including the management of Fulbright sponsored programs and Ford Foundation programs at Harvard University.
José holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and a graduate qualification from Harvard University School of Education.
Director, Group Marketing and Information
Andrew’s core role within the Company is overseeing global marketing, communications and information management.
He has a 30+ year career in marketing and communications, of which 25 have been spent within the international education sector.
Prior to co-founding the Company, Andrew spent 10 years as Marketing Communications Director at Study Group, before which he held various marketing positions including with the Gillette Group.
Andrew holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Oxford University.
Group Finance Director
Claire is a qualified chartered accountant who has spent her whole career in people industries.
As Kings Finance Director since 2015 she leads all financial management across the group, overseeing the finance teams in the UK and US.
Prior to joining Kings, Claire was Finance Director of Group Sales at Study Group, a role in which she supported the overseas student recruitment teams in both finance operations and compliance. She also has significant global audit and financial management experience within the tour operation and hotel sectors.
Claire graduated from Loughborough University with a Bsc in Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management. She remains active in swimming, running and recently stand up paddleboarding.
Claire is an active member of her local Surf Life Saving Club and enjoys the outdoor life with her husband, son, and daughter.
Vice President, Kings Premium Universities / Regional Director, North Asia
Kaylee is VP of Kings Premium Universities in the US, a role in which she is responsible for global student recruitment and product development for all US pathway programs. Kaylee is also Regional Director for the North Asia territory and has led significant expansion in the region over the past fifteen years.
Prior to joining Kings, Kaylee developed her career as a Senior Manager for North and Southeast Asia at Kaplan Inc. During this period, she grew year-on-year market share by over 100% and was awarded the President’s Award in recognition of her impact.
Kaylee has also had experience outside the sector, beginning her career in commercial business development at Samsung. She holds a Masters degree in International Affairs and Management from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine.
Kaylee enjoys travelling and exploring different cultures and foods with her husband and two children. She also volunteers at a local non-profit organization.
Commercial Director, Kings Colleges / Regional Director, Greater China
As Director for Kings Colleges Anna works closely with the global recruitment, central marketing and operations teams to ensure multichannel enrolment growth, product development and optimal student experience.
Anna has built a strong reputation within the sector, particularly for her work in China, where she started her international education career in 2000. She has lived in and worked closely with a range of source markets including China and Latin America; she uses this experience to work with the recruitment team growing Kings’ market share globally.
Anna started her career in teaching before going on to open a language school in China. She then moved into student recruitment at Study Group where she oversaw key market growth.
A graduate from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Literature, Anna is also a published ELT author. She is married with two step-children, and in her spare time enjoys horse-riding and running, as well as travelling with her husband and wider family.
Commercial Director, Kings English/Kings Young Learners / Regional Director, EMEA
Lucy has worked in international education for over 20 years and joined Kings in 2015. She began her career with the British Council before moving to senior management positions with Study Group and EC.
Lucy has built a strong reputation within the industry for excellent service and knowledge across a wide range of global markets. She has worked in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the UK.
She spent three years as Kings Regional Development Director for Southeast Asia, successfully establishing a new regional office structure and extensive transnational agency network. Lucy is currently Commercial Director for Kings English and works closely with the senior management team to ensure marketing and recruitment targets are met and the student experience is optimised across both the UK and USA. She combines this position with the role of Regional Director for EMEA.
A graduate from The University of Nottingham with a 1st Class degree in Classics, Lucy is bilingual in Spanish and is keen to develop her language skills in Italian, Portuguese, and French. Her personal interests include international travel, geopolitics, cycling, animal welfare and sustainability.
Group Development Director / Regional Director, Southeast Asia
Michael’s 25+ year career in international education spans roles across teaching, educational management and strategic development.
As Group Development Director, Michael leads the growth of the Kings Partners Schools transnational network, as well as global universities agreements. Michael is also Regional Director for Southeast Asia and is responsible for student recruitment growth from the region across the Kings portfolio.
Having grown up within an international education environment, Michael first taught at schools and colleges in the UK and Europe. He subsequently held senior positions at Chichester College, Cambridge Education Group and Astrum Education, leading several innovative development projects.
A graduate from the University of Southampton and the University of Portsmouth, Michael holds an MA in Business Management as well as postgraduate teaching qualifications.
Michael is father to grown-up twin daughters. His personal interests include modern history and geopolitics, and he also enjoys maintaining his classic car and following his local football team.
Director of Operations, UK
Ed Seddon is an experienced leader in international education with a broad knowledge of the sector.
As Director of Operations in the UK, he closely supports the Principals and leadership teams across the four UK colleges. His focus is on running efficient and high performing schools whilst ensuring an exceptional experience for every Kings student and the optimisation of their academic and personal development.
Ed began his career teaching English as a Foreign Language in Asia and the UK. He also spent time in Europe, Japan, South Korea and the Middle East, recruiting students for a variety of English and academic providers. He subsequently managed a successful international department at a leading Further Education college prior to joining Kings.
Ed holds a degree in English Literature and a post graduate qualification in teaching.
An educator at heart, he has also taught music to children and adults, specialising in guitar. He enjoys playing football, travel and spending time with his wife and children.
Vice President of US Operations
Joe has over 16 years of experience within international education – including within admissions, compliance and operations.
As the Vice President of US Operations at Kings, he is responsible for the delivery of all Kings programs in the United States. He oversees school operational performance and US admissions across both pathway and language programs.
Joe started his career at Kaplan International. He rose to become the head of Kaplan’s international admissions department, managing a large team responsible for enrolling students into 20 international centres.
Joe built the Kings US admissions department from scratch, implementing all core processes and procedures. He also created the effective reporting structures required to manage enrolment planning into Kings schools and its university partners.
Joe is a graduate from the University of Southern California where he studied Political Science. He is a married father of two sons and is an avid sports fan, attending as many Los Angeles Clippers basketball games as he can.
Director of Technology Services
Martin’s career experience within the international education sector stretches over nearly 30 years.
As Director of Technology Services at Kings, Martin leads the development and transformation of IT services. His work delivers support for students and staff; a secure infrastructure; and the platforms that underpin strategic growth initiatives.
Martin held a similar role during a long career at Study Group, and as a consultant across the sector. He has led a wide range of transformative projects to set up new IT services, develop learning technologies, and drive process efficiency.
Martin started his international education career as a teacher of Maths and Physics, before moving into IT management in 2000. He holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Sussex, a Bachelors in Literature from the Open University, and a Master’s in Literature from Oxford University.
He enjoys photography, scuba diving and spending time with his partner and young son.
Director of Media and Marketing Services
Wayne has been creating media solutions within the international education sector for more than 20 years.
Before Kings, Wayne helped develop the creative direction of Study Group's global media, building their brand identity across multiple divisions.
As Director of Media and Marketing Services, Wayne is responsible for creating and delivering the core marketing assets used by Kings to promote and grow the business. Using personal testimony and inspirational storytelling as the central approach, Wayne builds brand awareness and resonance through multiple digital media channels and platforms. Content is designed to engage our students, parents and business partners throughout their relationship path with Kings - from discovery to advocacy.
Overseeing an international team of creatives and digital marketing specialists, Wayne himself is a professional photographer and filmmaker. He holds degrees in American Literature and Scriptwriting for Film and Television and has a passion for emerging tech and media platforms.
Wayne is a passionate street photographer and enjoys spending his free time with his wife and two teenage children.
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