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We are all about people,

that’s you!

The IC Global Partnership is committed to supporting its fast growing global community of like minded professionals. Like you, we are passionate about education and have dedicated our professional lives to internationalisation and global engagement. We are global learners and educators with strong international networks. We feel strongly about our core values of sustainability, innovation, collaboration, global learning and inclusivity and take a supportive approach. Together with The IC Community, we can share our knowledge and learn best practice in a creative and supportive environment. Does that sound like a community you would like to join?

Join our community

Let’s get talking!

Community is really important to us, so we have created a friendly, supportive and reflective space for a global education dialogue. By being part of The IC Community, you can join our popular IC Cafes which is a place for our IC Community professionals to share, debate and learn with and from each other. The Café provides you, in the international education sector, with cutting-edge knowledge and advice on the key issues facing the sector right now.

We support the advancement of professionals in internationalisation and global engagement through The IC Academy and The IC Executive. The IC Academy offers professional training and career development through blended learning and The IC Executive is designed for professionals working or aiming to work at senior levels in internationalisation and education roles, both complemented by executive coaching and mentoring. You will find our workshops are topical, fitting and focused around key themes and in the context of internationalisation and global engagement. Would you like to learn alongside like minded professionals?

A collective of expertise

The Co-founders of The IC Global Partnership have more than 40 years of UK Higher Education internationalisation and global engagement sector-specific operational and leadership experience. We provide a full-portfolio of consultancy services delivered through a network of IC Fellows who are professionals with specialisation in specific areas of internationalisation and global engagement. We support organisations, governments, representative bodies, institutions and individuals globally, providing them with external and impartial expertise. Could you benefit from the support of a team of experienced consultants?

We provide a one stop international expertise, resource and knowledge hub  for our IC Community through the Academy, Executive and Fellows.

Leadership team

Charlene Allen

Co-Founder and Director

“My passion for internationalisation and global engagement was sparked by my father being in the Navy, sharing his stories, sending postcards and bringing back wonderful gifts from around the world. The combination of this lifelong influence and my love for learning has made my 21 years’ experience in Higher Education an absolute joy! I have helped people and organisations at many different levels to achieve their goals, influence policy decisions and develop stakeholder relationships. From lobbying on international matters to the implementation of internationalisation projects, I have had the privilege of working with some of the best in their field globally and transformative organisations that champion and support international education.

I have held senior roles across several universities in the UK, from the traditional to the modern, so I understand the challenges and opportunities that face the sector. I was the first female Chair of British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA), representing and campaigning on behalf of sector colleagues in international education and sat on strategic international advisory boards for the British Council, Universities UK International and the UK Council for International Students Association and worked with the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  My global experience and networks can help you, as an individual, to develop your career and networking opportunities as well as support your organisation with strategy, initiatives and creating opportunities to sustain and/or grow your internationalisation and global engagement footprint.”

Sirin Myles

Co-Founder and Director

“At a young age, reading Jules Verne’s ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ in my family apartment in Turkey, I dreamt about being able to travel around the world, seeing new places, meeting new people and learning about different cultures. For over 20 years, I have dedicated my professional life to internationalisation and global engagement with international marketing and leadership roles in diplomatic and higher education organisations. This was not a planned career track for me, it was my dream. I always strived to bring people together, through my different roles working for the British Council in Istanbul, UK universities and as a specialist independent consultant and coach.

My passion is for international education and providing mentoring and leadership coaching to higher education institutions. As a coach, I am solution driven and I do not believe in worrying about, or wasting too much time on, what has not worked but prefer to focus on what could work, why and how. With the facilitative process of coaching, I work with my clients on removing any barriers in order to meet their unique potential. I recognise the training, consultancy and development needs within the sector and have worked to fulfil these requirements through a range of high-level roles and consultancy projects.

Community is of critical importance as the world has become more global and people can feel more isolated. Through The IC, we have created this global community and ensured the sharing of information and knowledge and supported networking opportunities. We warmly welcome you.”

Nominations & Awards


Charlene and Sirin are delighted to have been selected as ‘Women to Watch 2022’ by Business Women in Education. The list features women who are empowering, inspiring and supporting others in the business of education globally, nominated by their peers.

“We are so proud to have been selected and will continue to dedicate our professional lives to internationalisation and global engagement through the work of The IC Global Partnership, collaboration with IC Global community members and engagement with present and future partners and networks.”

Charlene Allen & Sirin Myles, The IC Global Partnership Co-Founders and Directors.