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
MD - International

Andrew joined the Hotcourses Group sales teams in 2003. In 2009, Andrew set up our Australasian operations and has been responsible for the direction of our international division since the 2008 launch of the international product range.

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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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Neil Pearson
Chief Technology Officer

Neil’s main responsibility is to help make our websites brilliant by supporting our teams and projects that uncover new opportunities. He also offers practical guidance based on his 16 years of digital experience in external seminars and training sessions.

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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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Danica Hill
Head of Ad Sales

Dani has worked for the Hotcourses Group for nearly 16 years. She started out as an Account Manager in Adult Learning and now leads sales teams in Higher Education, Adult Learning and International, to ensure commercial objectives are met.

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Jackie Smith
Technology Director

Jackie has worked for Hotcourses for 11 years, she and her team are responsible for the support and maintenance of all our websites. She also works closely with our development teams to ensure that we utilise the latest technology to deliver fantastic products.

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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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Richard Shaw
Head of Traffic

Richard joined the Hotcourses Group in 2014, having worked within search engine optimisation for over 10 years. He leads our marketing teams and ensures we achieve record numbers of visitors every year across all of our websites.

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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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Jade O'Donoghue
Head of Content

Jade is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has worked for the Hotcourses Group for nearly 6 years. She started out writing about adult learning and now leads the content team to guide and inspire our users across all of our websites and social media.

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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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Blair Maloney
Head of Operations

Blair has been working within the higher education space for over 10 years. Her expertise is consulting schools with their overall recruitment strategies. She joined the Hotcourses Group team in Boston in 2014 and currently heads up operations for the entire North American region.

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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.