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Governance

LanguageCert is governed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. Responsibility for the implementation of the Board of Directors and Advisory Council’s strategy and decisions lies with the Responsible Officer & Manager.

  • Board of Directors (BoD): Oversees the business and provides leadership and guidance, as it is responsible for developing and assessing the overall strategy and direction of LanguageCert.
    • David Grinham, Chairman
    • Dr Michael Milanovic, Member
    • Graham Shaw, Member
    • Dr Vasile Baltac, Member
  • Advisory Council (AC): Established to offer advice on LanguageCert’s procedures and processes for continuous improvement and scrutinise its regulatory compliance status.
    • Dr Michael Milanovic, Chairman
    • Nigel Pike, Member
    • Dr Sylvia Karastathi, Member
  • Management Team (MT):
    • Marios Molfetas, Responsible Officer & Manager
    • Dr Yiannis Papargyris, Qualifications Development Manager
    • Suzy Gunn, Quality Officer

 

David Grinham, Chairman of BoD

David Grinham has a wealth of international business experience gained by leading IT, learning & development, as well as education companies. Prior to joining LanguageCert, David worked with Prometric as the Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, where he was directly responsible for all client programmes across the multiple regions. He has also worked with Global Knowledge, a leading IT training provider, where he was Regional General Manager for North Europe, as well as with IBM for many years in Europe where, in his last assignment, he was in charge of its system integration and consulting business unit in Paris.

  

Dr Michael Milanovic, Member of BoD and  Chairman of AC

Dr Michael Milanovic has been involved in language education and assessment since 1977. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and a Ph.D. in the same field. His personal expertise encompasses qualitative and quantitative research, strategic leadership and the development of rigorous quality management systems.  

Michael’s extensive academic, practical and managerial experience in his field is evident, as he has managed a wide range of projects related to operational issues, the development of new examinations and procedures, as well as research, in collaboration with ministries and universities around the world, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe. During 2003-2014 he was appointed CEO of Cambridge English Language Assessment. He was also involved with the development of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment (CEFR) from its inception in the early 1990s and was a member of the Steering Group responsible for overseeing its development through the 1990s.

    

Graham Shaw, Member of BoD

Graham Shaw has experience as CFO and COO of a multi-national publishing company. He has served for 15 years as a board member. He has acted as President & Managing Director of US/UK reference publisher, and as non-executive Director. Graham is specialised in Mergers & Acquistions, restructuring, strategy and business development and contract negotiation.

  

Dr Vasile Baltac, Member of BoD

Dr Vasile Baltac has a vast experience as senior manager, researcher, consultant, educator, and writer in various private companies, as well in the public sector and in Non-Governmental Organisations. Educated both in Romania and UK (Cambridge University), he has a unique perspective in business and education in Western and Central Europe, as well as in USA, understanding the cultural differences of these areas.

 

Nigel Pike, Member of AC

Nigel Pike is MBA-qualified and highly experienced in assessment, having over 20 years of experience in English language assessment. He was appointed Director of Assessment at Cambridge English Language Assessment for 6 years, directing the development, production and delivery of all Cambridge English examinations, from Young Learners to IELTS and all teaching qualifications.   Nigel has extensive experience with national and local ministries of education around the globe, delivering consultancy, customised examinations and large-scale administration, developing language policy for governments, and working successfully across a variety of cultures and contexts. The fact that he is highly analytical, as well as qualified with soft skills for motivating and organising a high-achieving department, contributes to the development of key interpersonal relationships with both external and internal stakeholders.

  

Dr Sylvia Karastathi, Member of AC

Dr. Sylvia Karastathi is a teacher educator and lecturer in TESOL at the Department of English Language and Language Teaching at New York College in Athens, Greece.  Her PhD thesis was on contemporary literature and visual culture (University of Cambridge, UK) and she holds and MA in Modern Literature and Culture (University of York, UK). In 2015, she completed the Cambridge DELTA.  She has previously published in the field of word and image studies in The Museal Turn (2012) and The Handbook of Intermediality (2015). Her current research focuses on visual culture and visual literacy in language education. Sylvia is a member of the Visual Arts Circle, a community of practice with a shared belief in the value of visual arts in education.

  

Marios Molfetas, Responsible Officer & Manager

Marios Molfetas holds an MSc in Electronic Business Management from the University of Warwick, where he served as Business Consultant and Business Development Manager prior to joining LanguageCert in 2009. Since then, he has served as a Manager in the Marketing & Communications, and Business Development Departments.  

Appointed by the Board of Directors, Marios assumes the role of the Responsible Officer & Manager in 2016, monitoring at high levels the contracts regarding all activities outsourced to LanguageCert. He is also responsible for the sales and marketing, as well as the development and execution of LanguageCert’s business development strategy. Marios also manages the relationship with LanguageCert’s business development partners and liaises with the assigned personnel.

  

Dr Yiannis Papargyris, Qualifications Development Manager

Yiannis Papargyris received his PhD in English from the University of Birmingham, where he was also awarded the Postgraduate Research Scholarship (Humanities) for two consecutive years (2001-02, 2002-03). In 2003, he was also awarded an Honorary Lectureship by the Centre of European Languages and Cultures of the University of Birmingham. During his time in Birmingham (2001-2008), Yiannis was fortunate enough to work, teach and research across a number of departments and academic disciplines (Social & Political Sciences, Film, Media & Cultural Studies, English).  

Having left the UK in 2008, Yiannis became involved in Language Assessment and Testing. He also continued to collaborate with a number of tertiary institutions. In 2014, Yiannis, having taught at New York College, Athens, was presented with the Group’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Having been professionally involved in education for almost 20 years, Yiannis is currently a member of BALEAP and a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. At LanguageCert, he holds the position of Language Qualifications Development Manager, being responsible for the development of language exams and for ensuring that all tests and items are valid, reliable and fit-for-purpose.

  

Suzy Gunn, Quality Officer

Suzy Gunn has extensive experience and expert knowledge of UK education, accreditation, government funding, audit, regulatory and risk compliance, with a proven track record of developing, implementing and maintaining process and systems to optimise company and people performance. She has also previously held Awarding Organisation Responsible Officer status for several years and has regularly served as a powerful, influential and collective voice on qualification and apprenticeship development.

Suzy has spent many years serving on Commercial Boards and held a critical, strategic role as part of a highly successful multi-million-pound company sale and acquisition.

She is dedicated to ensuring LanguageCert’s design, delivery and award of qualifications is of high-quality and value, and is fully committed to the growth of the business on a global scale.