Meet The Head Office Team

 
 
Lana Foster, Managing Director

 Lana Foster - Managing Director

Senior Management

Founder and Co-owner, Lana manages the daily running of the company.  

 

When not running the company, Lana enjoys manic spin classes and making bread.  

Dear Simon

Many thanks to brightworld and to you personally for your very friendly and professional care and all the arrangements.

We will certainly recommend Bright World

Volker, Parent of Guardianship Student Elisa
Cory Holden, Senior Guardianship Care Manager

  Cory Holden

Senior Guardianship Care Manager

Cory has worked with us for five years and manages our programme for students in York, Scotland and is our Supervisor on system development and processes.


When he isn’t looking after his students, Cory can be found gaming or watching Japanese movies.

James Foster, Commercial Director

  James Foster - Commercial Director

Senior Management

Finance

Co-owner, James manages all financial, IT and office service aspects of Bright World.

 

When not paying the bills, James is a James Bond aficionado and a car enthusiast. 

Proud to be Bronze partners of Child Safe International.

Simon King, Senior Guardianship Care Manager

  Simon King

Senior Guardianship Care Manager

Simon manages our student care in Cumbria, Devon, Dorset, Buckinghamshire, Somerset, Lancashire and Bedfordshire. Simon specialises in HR for us and manages our emergency telephone and holiday hotspot rota.

 

When not looking after students, Simon can be found watching his beloved Crystal Palace Football Club, playing PlayStation, watching Netflix, or roaming around with his camera.

Su Warren, Guardianship Care Manager

 Su Warren

Guardianship Care Manager

Su looks after student care in Bath, Bristol, Wiltshire, Surrey and East Sussex. Su manages the team in terms of deadlines to make sure the programme runs smoothly.

 

When Spanish-speaker Su is not looking after her students, she can be found at home enjoying tapas.  

Jenny Rumble, Guardianship Care Manager

 Jenny Rumble

Guardianship Care Manager
Jenny manages Gloucestershire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge, Hertfordshire and Sussex. She is also our Relax and Revise Programme Manager.

 

Outside of work, Jenny spends a lot of time building train tracks for her young son and planning mini-breaks.

 

 Jo Teager

Guardianship Care Manager
Jo is the newest member of our Guardianship Team and manages student care in Kent, Hampshire, Worcestershire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Shropshire.

 

When not looking after her students, born and bred Londoner Jo enjoys travelling, collecting records and doing the Guardian crossword.

Established in 2000, to help overseas students find their perfect placement.

Charlotte Hamson, Sales & Marketing Director

 Charlotte Hamson - Director of Sales & Marketing

Senior Management

Marketing & Admissions
On our Senior Management Team, Charlotte oversees all aspects of Sales and Marketing and promotions for the organisation.

 

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys singing and writing songs. She is also a big Andy Murray fan

Dear Kristine

Many thanks for your prompt response to my request for Grace's travelling information. Your professional service meant a lot to alleviate Grace's stress on her first time travelling by herself. Great work done!

Sam Wong, Parent of Guardianship Student, Grace
Claire Taylor, Safeguarding & Operations Director

 Claire Taylor - Director of Safeguarding & Operations

Senior Management

Accommodation & Travel
Our former Police Inspector manages all aspects of Safeguarding. Her Department plans way ahead in the future and maintains a zero-tolerance approach to non-pursuance of our policies and procedures.

 

When not ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding being afforded to our students, Claire enjoys cleaning, de-cluttering wardrobes and Jonny Wilkinson.  

Kate Hewson, Accommodation and Travel Manager

 Kate Hewson

Accommodation and Travel Manager
As well as allocating host families to a number of our students, Kate also manages the advertising budget and plan for host family recruitment as well as the Local Coordinator Team’s activity throughout the year.

 

When not placing students with host families, Kate enjoys playing beach volleyball and getting in the boxing ring.

Leanne Poole, Accommodation and Travel Manager

 Leanne Poole

Accommodation and Travel Manager

Leanne helps to manage our students' accommodation needs as well as managing our travel and transportation service, keeping our drivers trained and in check.

 

When Leanne is not allocating host families and booking transfers, she enjoys walking her black labrador George, visiting the theatre and keeping fit.

Sheena Trist, Admissions Director

 Sheena Trist - Director of Admissions

Senior Management

Marketing & Admissions

Sheena was the second employee of Bright World 13 years ago. Sheena manages our schools’ placements service and has over the years placed more than a thousand students into UK boarding schools.


Sheena, when not placing students into boarding schools, likes to spend time with her various animals and cooking.

Working with over 300 UK boarding schools, colleges and UK universities.

Lia Ferris, Finance and Credit Control Assistant

 Lia Ferris

Finance and Credit Control Assistant
Lia is in her fourth year with Bright World and works closely with James in our Finance Department making sure bills are paid.


Lia, when not taking care of student accounts, enjoys performing in local musicals and singing jazz.

Rachel Gladman, Sales and Marketing Assistant and BLink for Agents Manager

 Rachel Gladman

Sales and Marketing Assistant and Blink for Agents Manager

Rachel is our Blink for Agents Manager and also helps Charlotte with the follow up of all sales enquiries. Rachel manages our social media pages, writes our Bright World Hub and contributes to newsletters and our magazine, Bright Eye.

When not writing blogs for Bright World, Rachel enjoys baking, drinking endless cups of coffee and getting lost in book shops.

Theona Kyle, Russian Speaking Counsellor

 Theona Kyle

Russian Speaking Counsellor
Theona is our Russian speaking counsel­lor for those who opt for this extra service and is also our Host Family Inspector for Sussex.


In her spare time, Theona is a keen gardener, loves cooking, enjoys walking her dog and volunteers as a cub scout leader. 

A leading light in UK guardianship.

Carol Gill, Admissions Manager

 Carol Gill

Admissions Manager
Carol was the first employee at Bright World 14 years ago. Carol manages our University Placement Programme and helps Charlotte and Rachel in the Marketing Department.

 

Carol, when not working, spends her free time on the tennis court and going out for lunch.

Grace Wang, Chinese Speaking Counsellor

 Grace Wang

Chinese Speaking Counsellor

Hai Li, Regional Coordinator, China

 Hai Li

Regional Coordinator, China

Fiona Williamson, Accommodation & Travel Coordinator

Fiona Williamson

Accommodation & Travel Coordinatora

Fiona coordinates host family allocations and transfers on behalf of our students.

 

When not at work, Fiona enjoys watching BHAFC with her son, dreaming of her next holiday and watching anything that includes Jason Statham.