The Team

We believe that education is transformative, which is why we create an environment that fosters personal growth with exceptional learning and development opportunities for our employees. Below you’ll find the Hotcourses Group leadership team. These are the people who lead our teams to do great things, from making sure we are one of the top companies to work for, to creating the best products on the market

The Team

We believe that education is transformative, which is why we create an environment that fosters personal growth with exceptional learning and development opportunities for our employees. Below you’ll find the Hotcourses Group leadership team. These are the people who lead our teams to do great things, from making sure we are one of the top companies to work for, to creating the best products on the market

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Mike Elms
Chairman - HC Group

Mike founded the company in the belief that every student should be able to make the right education choice for their future and providing them with the best information to help them achieve this is at the heart of the Hotcourses Group mission.

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Simon Emmett
CEO

Simon leads the strategic direction and operational delivery of the Hotcourses Group, including strategic partnerships and developing people and culture. He joined the commercial teams in 2000, running individual divisions and became CEO in September 2016.

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Andrew Wharton
Chief Innovation Officer

Andrew leads efforts to identify and develop ideas that can be turned into great products with strong commercial potential. He joined the business in 2002, launched our Australasian operations in 2009 and more recently headed up our international division.

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Marcella Collins
MD - Hotcourses UK

Marcella joined the Hotcourses Group in 2009 and now leads the Higher Education and Adult Learning divisions. She works across teams to deliver a strategy that ensures the very best experience and outcomes for our users and partners.

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Jackie Smith
Chief Technology Officer

Jackie has worked for Hotcourses for 12 years, she is responsible for the stability and security of our websites and ensuring we utilise the latest technology to deliver fantastic products and applications.

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Priyatham Rajagopalan
Chief Operating Officer

Priyatham joined us in 2005, having worked in the IT industry for 12 years. He heads up operations in India (Chennai and Delhi) including developing our websites, student enrolments, course records collection, advertising, ecommerce and Newgen sales.

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Craig Bullen
Finance Director

Craig is a qualified accountant with 20+ years’ experience. He is in charge of financial strategy and governance of 6 companies in 4 countries and is also responsible for Hotcourses Group accounting such as mergers & acquisitions and financial planning & analysis.

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Pauline Vallance
Head of People

Pauline joined the Hotcourses Group at the end of 2015, having held similar roles in the education industry over the past 10 years. She is responsible for all of our recruitment, learning and development, engagement and people welfare.

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Kim Dunkley-Longhurst
Head of Information

Kim is in her 16th year working for the Hotcourses Group, starting out as a temp counting courses in a prospectus. She is in charge of making sure we have an essential quality database of courses to inspire people to learn for a better future.

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Devi Muralidharan
General Manager - IT

Devi joined The Hotcourses Group in 2006 with over 18 years of IT experience. She started as a Technical Lead and now heads up our IT division in Chennai. She ensures IT services are delivered which align with the company’s business needs.

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Luke Harper
Head of Product

Luke joined the Hotcourses Group in May 2013, originally to help with our SEO, moving onto Product Management of our Higher Education portfolio. He now heads up the product team and is responsible for delivering excellent user experience.

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Dr Bernard Kingston
Chairman - CUG

Dr Bernard Kingston founded Complete University Guide in 2007. He remained in the Chairman role when it joined the Hotcourses Group in 2016. CUG retains editorial independence and its robust, impartial league table methodology.

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Vik Singh
General Manager

Vik has over 12 years of experience in international and domestic student recruitment and marketing. He joined the Hotcourses Group team in Australia in 2012 and currently heads up operations for the entire Asia Pacific region.