NCH Recruitment & Admissions Team
Recruitment & Admissions at NCH
The Recruitment team visits schools in the UK and internationally to meet prospective applicants and tell them about what NCH has to offer. We also arrange open days and taster days at our base in Bedford Square. The Admissions team provides information and advice on applying to NCH and processes all applications. We also provide guidance on the Tier 4 visa application process for international students.
Martin Smith LLB, LLM
Martin is responsible for the recruitment, marketing and admissions functions at the College. Martin has extensive experience of student recruitment at the University of Law, including extensive international travel. Before this, he was a lecturer in law at the College of Law, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of Reading. He was previously a solicitor in the City with Denton Wilde Sapte, specialising in EU and competition law. He holds LLB and LLM degrees and he is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Elke Tinnacher, Magister (Universität Graz), MBA (Teesside), MCIM
Head of Admissions and International Student Recruitment
Elke is responsible for European and international student recruitment as well as looking after the Admissions and compliance function at New College of the Humanities. Before joining NCH in 2016, Elke held a number of roles at other UK universities, including Admissions Communications Manager at Middlesex University, Faculty Admissions Manager at De Montfort University, Senior International Officer at the University of Warwick and International Co-ordinator at Teesside University. Elke also has experience teaching Marketing and HRM to undergraduate students and most recently taught on the CIM Diploma in Professional Marketing at De Montfort University.
Marie-Anne Martin MA (Cantab)
Head of UK Recruitment
Marie-Anne manages the European student recruitment function at New College of the Humanities, working in tandem with the Recruitment and Admissions Adviser (Europe). With responsibility for strategic planning and operational implementation of all European market recruitment activity, Marie-Anne’s remit includes schools relationship marketing, agent management, and in-country recruitment events and exhibitions. Originally from the Midlands, Marie-Anne read English Literature at the University of Cambridge. After graduation, she moved to Japan where she spent three years teaching English through the government-sponsored JET Programme. She subsequently moved into the NGO sector, and worked for two and a half years for Habitat for Humanity International, a global house-building charity, in the Philippines and Thailand. Her role as Regional Manager of the Global Village volunteer programme comprised marketing and volunteer recruitment, as well as operational management of host affiliates throughout east and southeast Asia. Marie-Anne returned to the UK in 2003, and moved into the higher education sector. She worked at Regent’s University London for eight years, across both student recruitment and marketing functions, with a broad institutional portfolio of UK and US undergraduate and postgraduate business and humanities programmes. From 2008-2012 she held the role of Head of Student Recruitment Marketing at the University, in which she managed the recruitment and marketing functions and teams. During this period, she project-managed the marketing for the launch of the University’s new School of Drama, Film and Media, and recruitment of the inaugural student cohort, as well as supporting programme revalidation and institutional acquisition of Taught Degree Awarding Power. She joined New College of the Humanities in 2012. Marie-Anne holds a Professional Diploma in Marketing through the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is a member of the Institute.
Mollie Charge BA (NCH)
Mollie joined the Recruitment & Admissions team in August 2018 and mainly focused on UK schools as well as the running of Open Days and Offer Holder Events, particularly the Offer Holder Scavenger Hunt.
Mollie is now the Admissions Manager at NCH, and is responsible for organising the admissions process from start to finish. This includes processing applications, organising interviews, sending out offer letters, as well as answering general admissions queries.
Before joining the team, Mollie studied History with Philosophy BA at NCH, graduating in 2018. She is now studying MA Historical Research & Public History part-time alongside her job.
Brian Butler BA (Ohio State)
Senior Recruitment & Admissions Adviser
Having attended Ohio State University, Brian moved to the UK 25 years ago, from the United States. He began his career in international student recruitment with The University of Law three years ago and, during that time, discovered his passion for Higher Education and International Student Recruitment. With a background in Marketing & PR, Brian has been able to apply those skills to the area of Student Recruitment and Admissions. It is the ability to help students make the right choices for them, in regards to their education, that inspires him and drives him forward.
David Skeoch Mannion BA (Oxford Brookes), MA (UCL), PGCE (KCL)
Senior Recruitment & Admissions Adviser
Before joining NCH, David worked at the US-UK Fulbright Commission, advising UK students on their US higher education options and related admissions processes. He is a qualified English teacher with experiences across secondary and higher education, and communications and PR in a variety of sectors.
Hayley Pazmino BSc (Bath)
Widening Participation Officer
Hayley is responsible for the development and delivery of Widening Participation and outreach activities at the College. Hayley also chairs the Widening Participation working group and is responsible for keeping up to date with the requirements of the Office for Students and best practice in the Higher Education sector regarding Access and Participation.
Hayley previously worked at the College as an Admissions and Recruitment Assistant, informing students about their study options at NCH and processing both UCAS and direct applications.
Before joining the NCH team, Hayley graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc Biochemistry degree.
Syed Zaidi MBA (Anglia Ruskin University)
Visa and Immigration Compliance Manager
Syed is responsible for ensuring that NCH remains fully compliant as a Tier 4 sponsor. He is also responsible for student matters related to Tier 4 visa. One of his main responsibilities is to ensure that the visa students gets all the help they require during their entire enrolment lifecycle and to support visa students to remain compliant with Tier 4 immigration rules.
Syed has extensive Tier 4 immigration knowledge along with the knowledge of compliance. He has worked in the HE sector for over 10 years, working for private and publicly funded organisations.
Prior to joining NCH, Syed has worked as Admissions and Immigration Compliance Manager for Istituto Marangoni, Visa Compliance Manager at Anglia Ruskin University and as the Head of International Admissions at Anglia Ruskin University’s London campus.