Jack Gunnell, International Education Research Manager, International Research

Having completed a Master’s degree in educational research, the opportunity to work in an environment centred on global education systems was extremely appealing. I started as an Evaluation Officer within the Individual Services Group, primarily focusing on assessing qualifications within the construction and early years sectors and have since had roles as a Senior Information Officer and Team Leader. After three years I moved into the International Research team as the International Education Research Manager where I currently line manage, coordinate workload management and support interdepartmental collaboration and development.

With it’s supportive and vibrant atmosphere, Ecctis has been the perfect place for me to further my career and I thoroughly enjoy working in such a collaborative and dynamic working environment.

Staff Member

Rebecca Bertone, Enhanced Information Officer, Individual Services Group

I joined the Individual Services Group as an Information Officer, became an Enhanced Information Officer (New Starter Mentor) and have since become a Team Leader responsible for a small group within ISG. Within each role I have made substantial use of my language skills, developed professionally and personally, and continued to build upon my knowledge of credential evaluation and the many different facets this area has to offer.

Working in a multicultural, dynamic environment and team has been something I have really enjoyed about my roles, and this has continued to keep me inspired and challenged over my five years at the company. I work with supportive colleagues across my team and other departments in a company which continues to grow and expand.

Staff Member

Abi Jones, Head of International Research

Before joining Ecctis, I’d done a degree in French and Italian and then taught English as a Foreign Language overseas.

I started as an Information Officer, assessing individual qualifications and providing training for our members. It’s a great place to start and you learn a lot very quickly about international education systems. I moved into international projects after two years, working with UK and overseas education providers, government agencies and Ministries of Education and after a few years became Head of International Projects. I’ve just taken on a wider role as Head of International Research, ensuring the quality and relevance of all our research and bespoke projects covering key topics of international qualifications, English language and education system developments.

The main things I like about working at Ecctis are:

  • the work - there’s chance to make a real impact on how students qualifications are recognised internationally and to support further development of education systems and policy through the research and special projects we do.
  • the opportunities - whichever role you’re in or however new you are, there’s usually scope to get involved in different projects and training, and work with other teams. In all of my roles, I’ve had a chance to get involved in some really exciting work. I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to travel too! A fair few European countries as well as further afield to places like Australia, Barbados, Libya, South Africa, New Zealand, and the UAE.
  • the people - it’s a really warm environment, with a definite sense of humour.