Jan Capper speaking at the IALC Workshop
Jan Capper to stand down as IALC Executive Director

The International Association of Language Centres (IALC) has commenced the search for a new Executive Director after announcing that Jan Capper will be standing down on May 19, after more than 20 years with the organisation.

Jan will be leaving IALC to take up a position as the Chief Executive of CUBO, the association of College and University Business Officers in the UK and Ireland.


Giorgia Biccelli, recently elected as President of IALC, said, "We thank Jan for her outstanding service to IALC over many years. She has been fundamental to the development of IALC and we wish her well in her future career. We appreciate Jan's continued support in the coming weeks."


After joining the study travel industry in 1989, Jan worked as a marketing director for IALC member schools in London and Berlin until 1995, during which time she also served as IALC's Chair of Marketing. From 1996, she managed the association, initially as a consultant and later as Executive Director.


Jan said, "IALC is a unique organisation and I shall miss it very much. It has been a pleasure and an honour to represent such outstanding language centres. I also feel privileged to have met so many extraordinary people across the study travel industry."


The Board of Directors of IALC has commenced the search for a successor. Giorgia added, "Jan leaves a strong organisation and team and we look forward to working with them and our new director to continue the success of IALC."


IALC, which represents more than 140 language schools in 21 countries, recently held its annual workshop in Boston USA, unveiling the initial findings of a survey of almost 5,000 IALC school students, and focusing on digital marketing techniques for the study travel industry.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor