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Leadership Team +

Angela Fan

Founder

Eric Kin Sun Fan

Director

Ailie Fan

Managing Director

Name: Angela Fan
Job Title: Founder
Department: Leadership

Hello, I’m Angela, Founder of Study Links.

At the age of sixteen I met my husband Eric, who is from Hong Kong. At the time he was an overseas student, studying in the same area where I had grown up. We moved to Hong Kong together and during my time there I was a secondary school teacher. When we returned to England I continued to work in education, but this time in a Further Education College.

By this time I had a family and in addition we were caring for my husband’s relatives’ children whilst they studied in the UK. I volunteered to help them find independent schools and acted as their guardian. Over the years we cared for more and more children, until in 1998 I started up Study Links as a business. Since then the business has grown and we care for more students every year.

My three children are all grown up now pursuing careers of their own, but we still enjoy spending time together as a family and with our Airedale Terrier dog, Wong Wong.

 

Languages: English (Native), Cantonese (Intermediate), Mandarin (Beginner)
Education: Degree and teaching qualification
Part of the team since: 1998
Experience of living abroad: I lived in Hong Kong for 5 years, teaching in a local Chinese school and also giving private tuition to children and adults. During my time in Hong Kong I lived with Eric’s parents and cousin for 2 years who only spoke Chinese (very much like living in a Chinese homestay).

Name: Eric Kin Sun Fan
Job Title: Director
Department: Leadership

Hi, I am Eric Kin Sun Fan, Director of Study Links International.

I grew up in Hong Kong, came to England to further my study when I was 18 and met my wife Angela. After university, I became a teacher in a secondary school in Hong Kong. In 1988, just after our second child was born, Angela and I decided to move to England. In 1989, I gained employment as a computer programmer in a mail order company – Grattan which is based in Bradford. 23 years later, I left Grattan to join Study Links.

Being a father of three children, I have always understood the values of bringing up children to be independent and a contributor to the society. Naturally, this is the principle I have then adopted in running our Guardianship business.

I love sports, regularly play badminton, tennis, and table-tennis. Other favourite pastimes include karaoke, dog walking, ‘rounding up‘ the Fans for a family get together and going on the occasional holiday.

 

Languages: Cantonese (Native), Mandarin (Intermediate), English (Fluent)
Education: Degree level
Part of the team since: 1998
Experience of living abroad: I was an overseas student in the UK living in homestay and university accommodation. I then taught in HK , then worked in UK in computer programming.

Name: Ailie Fan
Job Title: Managing Director
Department: Leadership

Hi, I’m Ailie.

I’ve been lucky enough to grow up with the business and to study abroad myself, so I am familiar with all the happy (and sometimes sad) times our students have when studying abroad.

As Managing Director it is my job to ensure everything runs smoothly in the office, so that when you need us we are quick to respond and have the answer you need!   I work closely with my colleagues in all departments to help make your experience in the UK stress-free, beneficial, and fun!

My favourite part of the job is meeting so many wonderful people from around the world.

Outside of work you can find me singing karaoke, trying to bake cakes, or exploring the countryside with family,  friends or my dog!

My email address is ailie@studylinks.co.uk.

 

Languages: English (native); Cantonese (fluent); Mandarin (intermediate)
Education: BA Hons in East Asian Studies and Management
Part of the team since: 2006
Experience of living abroad: 1 year in Nanjing, China as a student and one summer in Beijing, China living with homestay for a summer camp

Sarah Broadbent

Finance Accountant

Dianne Senior

Head of Business Development

Youmna Khan

Head of Homestay and Transportation

Name: Sarah Broadbent
Job Title: Finance Accountant
Department: Leadership

Hello,

I’m Sarah and I am the Finance and Office Controller at Study Links.

I started working for Study Links in November 2013, moving from a previous role within the NHS based in Oldham, Lancashire.  I am currently studying towards my AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting.

I am mum to a 2 and half year old, Holly.  I enjoy cooking, music, watching films, camping and bike rides and love spending time with family and friends.  In my spare time I help to run a local Girl Guide unit.

You can contact me if you have any finance queries. My email address is finance@studylinks.co.uk.

Languages: English (native)
Education: AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QCF); AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting; BA Hons Criminology with Sociology
Part of the team since: November 2013
Experience of living abroad: None yet

Photograph of Sarah sharing a Starbucks Frappé with her daughter

Name: Dianne Senior
Job Title: Head of Business Development
Department: Leadership

Name: Youmna Khan
Job Title: Head of Homestay and Transportation
Department: Leadership

Student Services Team +

Liz Starodumova

Student Services Advisor (Russian Speaking)

Annie Wang

Student Services Advisor (Cantonese & Mandarin Speaking)

Yuerui Sun

Student Services Advisor (Mandarin Speaking)

Name: Liz Starodumova
Job Title: Student Services Advisor (Russian Speaking)
Department: Student Services

Hello, my name is Liz,

I joined Study Links in April 2014. Part of my role is to organise Homestay & Transport for groups and long term students. The other part of my job is to look after all of our Russian speaking families.

I have previously worked as a Logistic administrator and I also worked with international students at Wakefield College. I have also lived with homestay families, so I know how it works from the other side.

I really enjoy reading, especially Russian Literature, horse riding and travelling.

Please contact me about any matter regarding homestay or students’ personal and academic matters. My email address is liz@studylinks.co.uk.

 

Languages: Russian (native), English (fluent, advanced), Ukrainian (conversational), Spanish (beginners)
Education: BA (Hons) in Business and Management Enterprise; MBA (Business Administration and Management)
Part of the team since: April 2014
Experience of living abroad: 1 year in Wichita, Kansas, USA; 6.5 years in Leeds, UK – 2.5 years lived with the Homestay in Wakefield.

Photograph of Liz in front of a pink car

Name: Annie Wang
Job Title: Student Services Advisor (Cantonese & Mandarin Speaking)
Department: Student Services

Hello, my name is Annie and I joined the Study Links in September 2018. I am passionate about language, travel and cultural experiences. I also like helping people!

From my personal experience, I understand how difficult it can be for foreign students to overcome language barriers and cultural differences.

When I was a student, I travelled to the USA and the UK to study and for a cultural exchange. In my previous roles, I organised and often escorted students to study all over the world and live with host families in order to learn the local culture and language.

One of the reasons I like working at Study Links is because I can totally empathise with international students, and so I can ensure they and their parents are provided with timely and appropriate support.

In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and my dog. I am also trying to develop my international cooking skills! J

My email address is Annie@studylinks.com

Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English

Education: Master degree in TESOL Studies

Experience of living abroad: half a year in the USA for a summer exchange program then I travelled around the USA; one and half years in the UK for an English language course, a Master degree and an intern job at an independent boarding school.

Name: Yuerui Sun
Job Title: Student Services Advisor (Mandarin Speaking)
Department: Student Services

Hello,

My name is Yuerui. I am your Student Service Advisor and have been with Study Links since September 2018.

I have over 10 years’ experience of teaching in China and one year’s experience as an Education Consultant in the UK.

I like travelling and experiencing different cultures. I’m a nature lover and a scuba diver. I love cooking and enjoy trying different food.

I have a great deal of patience and I am always happy to help. I will deal with your problems and answer your queries in an efficient and professional manner.

My email address: yuerui@studylinks.com

Languages Spoken: English (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (fluent)
Education: Studied English Language Teaching at Nanyang Technological University
Studied Tourism Administration at Northwest Normal University
Part of the team since: September 2018
Experience of living abroad: I studied in Singapore for a year, and moved to the UK from China in
2017.
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职务:学⽣生服务顾问
部⻔门:学⽣生服务部
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Homestay & Transport Team +

Carol Duffy

Homestay & Transport Organiser

Liz Starodumova

Group and Long Term Homestay Organiser

Name: Carol Duffy
Job Title: Homestay & Transport Organiser
Department: Homestay & Transport

My name is Carol and I organise homestay and transport.

I joined Study Links in March 2012 and I have worked in administration/customer service for many years but in many different roles.  I am a person who strives to deliver good customer service and I enjoy working as part of a team.

I am a mother to 2 grown up sons; I also have a grandson and a granddaughter, I enjoy spending time with my family and I also enjoy music, gardening and walks in the country.

You can contact me about anything relating to students’ holiday accommodation and any transport required. My email address is carol@studylinks.co.uk.

 

Languages: English (native)
Education: Senior school
Part of the team since: 2012
Experience of living abroad: None yet

Name: Liz Starodumova
Job Title: Group and Long Term Homestay Organiser
Department: Homestay & Transport

Hello, my name is Liz,

I joined Study Links in April 2014. Part of my role is to organise Homestay & Transport for groups and long term students. The other part of my job is to look after all of our Russian speaking families.

I have previously worked as a Logistic administrator and I also worked with international students at Wakefield College. I have also lived with homestay families, so I know how it works from the other side.

I really enjoy reading, especially Russian Literature, horse riding and travelling.

Please contact me about any matter regarding homestay or students’ personal and academic matters. My email address is liz@studylinks.co.uk.

 

Languages: Russian (native), English (fluent, advanced), Ukrainian (conversational), Spanish (beginners)
Education: BA (Hons) in Business and Management Enterprise; MBA (Business Administration and Management)
Part of the team since: April 2014
Experience of living abroad: 1 year in Wichita, Kansas, USA; 6.5 years in Leeds, UK – 2.5 years lived with the Homestay in Wakefield.

Photograph of Liz in front of a pink car
Finance Team +

Sarah Broadbent

Finance Accountant

Name: Sarah Broadbent
Job Title: Finance Accountant
Department: Finance

Hello,

I’m Sarah and I am the Finance and Office Controller at Study Links.

I started working for Study Links in November 2013, moving from a previous role within the NHS based in Oldham, Lancashire.  I am currently studying towards my AAT Level 4 Diploma in Accounting.

I am mum to a 2 and half year old, Holly.  I enjoy cooking, music, watching films, camping and bike rides and love spending time with family and friends.  In my spare time I help to run a local Girl Guide unit.

You can contact me if you have any finance queries. My email address is finance@studylinks.co.uk.

Languages: English (native)
Education: AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting (QCF); AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting; BA Hons Criminology with Sociology
Part of the team since: November 2013
Experience of living abroad: None yet

Photograph of Sarah sharing a Starbucks Frappé with her daughter
Groups Team +

Nik MacKenzie

Group Liaison Officer

Name: Nik MacKenzie
Job Title: Group Liaison Officer
Department: Groups

Hi, my name is Nik and I joined Study Links in February 2017.  I am responsible for making sure students have a productive and unforgettable experience in Scotland, whether this be through arranging placements at some of our great schools or by matching students with the perfect homestay.  I really enjoy helping people to achieve their full potential and ensuring that every aspect of their stay is prepared for them so they can make the most of the rewarding experience of studying abroad.

I love to travel, cook and try to keep fit in my spare time and I am always on the look-out for a crazy adventure to get involved in.  A few years back I did and Ultra Marathon in the Gobi Desert and am trying to top that!

 

Languages: English (fluent), Mandarin (fluent)

Education: Chinese Studies at Manchester University, Chinese Language at Huadong Shifang University, Shanghai

Experience of Living Abroad:  I spent 5 years in Shanghai working as a teacher and translator

Business Development Team +

Sophie Robinson

Business Development Administrator

Name: Sophie Robinson
Job Title: Business Development Administrator
Department: Business Development

Hello!

My name is Sophie; I have worked for Study Links since September 2011.

I love skiing, walking, swimming and running, and I one of my other interests is architecture and design, along with learning about different cultures.

I love cooking, and really enjoy trying out lots of different foods!

You can contact me about anything related to our students’ personal and academic matters or their homestay and transport arrangements. My email address is sophier@studylinks.co.uk.

 

Languages: English (Native), German (Basic)
Education: BA (Hons) Interior Design with Sandwich Year
Part of the team since: August 2011
Experience of living abroad: I lived in Cologne, Germany for 6 months with my aunt, uncle and two children. I taught her youngest child English and also worked as well as went to college. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I learnt so much about another country and made so many new friends.

Informal photograph of Sophie
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