English language teaching quality assurance body NEAS appointed two new directors as well as a communications manager to support the industry in the face of current challenges for the education sector. Associate Professor Seamus Fagan was elected to the board as a director, while Denise Taylor was appointed as an independent director. Long-time international news correspondent Eugene Brcic becomes communication manager. Fagan, currently director of the University of Newcastle Language Centre, has more than 30 years of involvement in EFL/ESL, from Lesotho to Egypt, and the UK. Taylor, who is an experienced chief executive officer and director, has a background in quality assurance, education and government sectors, including TIH Child and Family Services, Uniting Care Children’s Services and the National Childcare Accreditation Council. Brcic, formerly with The Associated Press, has held marketing and communications roles in global corporations. Australia attracted more than 554,000 international students last year, generating $16 billion in export income and employing around 180,000 people, according to the Australian Trade Commission.
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