ADMINISTRATION AND Management  

ALTE is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), based in England, registered charity number 1184799. It has a constitution and a number of other governing documents. ALTE transitioned from its previous legal status, an EEIG (European Economic Interest Grouping) to a CIO in 2019.

Council of Members

As its name indicates, the Council of Members consists of one official representative of each full member organisation.  The member also has a voting representative, who votes in ALTE matters on behalf of the full member organisation. The voting representative may be the same person as the official representative, but does not need to be. 

The ALTE Council of Members usually meets once per year in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss the present and future of the association.  Other non-voting members of ALTE may also attend the AGM. 

Secretary-General

The ALTE Secretary-General is directly elected by the Council of Members among the representatives of ALTE Full Members. The Secretary-General is an ex-officio trustee of the charity, and ensures that ALTE's strategic aims are achieved in the most efficient way. 

Dr. Nick Saville (Cambridge Assessment English) is the current ALTE Secretary-General (Term expires Nov 2022).

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the highest elected body and has legal responsibility for the charity. Members of the Board (Trustees) are elected by the Full Members to represent the interests of the association. Trustees must be employees of Full Member organisations, or Individual Expert Members. Individual Expert Members (marked *) may not constitute more than half of the Board.

The trustees make decisions on behalf of the Council of Members. For example, they approve the annual accounts, approve applications for new Members and Institutional Affiliates, and review the ALTE governing documentation as necessary. 

The Board closely supports the work of the ALTE Secretariat, and ensures the best allocation of ALTE funds.

The current trustees are:

Waldemar Martyniuk (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie) (Chair) (Term expires November 2022)

Emyr Davies (WJEC-CBAC Cyd-Bwyllgor Addysg Cymru) (Term expires November 2023)

Bart Deygers (University of Ghent)* (Term expires November 2022)

Anne Gallagher (Centre for Irish Language: Research, Teaching and Testing, National University of Ireland)* (Term expires November 2022)

José Pascoal (University of Macau)* (Term expires November 2022)

Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe-Institut) (Term expires November 2022)

Lorenzo Rocca (Consultant to Council of Europe and Società Dante Alighieri)* (Term expires November 2022)

Annika Spolin (Stockholm University, Dept of Swedish Language and Multilingualism) (Term expires November 2022)

Vincent Folny (Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CiEP)) (Term expires November 2022)

The Secretary-General, Nick Saville (Cambridge Assessment English) is an ex-officio trustee.

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is an elected body of experts on language assessment and managing examinations. Committee members are elected among the representatives of ALTE Full Members.  Committee members must be employees of Full Member organisations, or Individual Expert Members. Individual Expert Members (marked *) may not constitute more than half of the number of members of the Standing Committee.

The Standing Committee ensures the quality and fairness of the ALTE auditing system by:

  • Reviewing each audit and the final outcome;
  • Approving the awarding of the ALTE Q-mark;
  • Identifying issues that audited institutions need to address;
  • Overseeing auditor and auditee orientation, training and standardisation.
The current members of the Standing Committee are:


Vincent Folny (France Éducation International) (Chair) (Second term expires December 2023)

Dina Vilcu (BBU-RCI Consortium for Testing Romanian as a Foreign Language) (Deputy Chair) (First term expires Feb 2024)

Bart Deygers (University of Ghent)* (Second term expires April 2024)

Ina Ferbežar (Univerza v Ljubljani) (First term expires November 2023)

Marta García García (Universidad de Salamanca) (First term expires November 2024)

Cecilie Hamnes Carlsen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)* (First term expires February 2024)

Waldemar Martyniuk (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie) (Second term expires December 2023)

José Pascoal (University of Macau)* (Second term expires December 2023)

Lorenzo Rocca (Consultant to Council of Europe and Società Dante Alighieri)* (Second term expires December 2023)

Annika Spolin (Stockholm University, Dept of Swedish Language and Multilingualism) (Second term expires December 2023)

Cathy Taylor (Trinity College London) (First term expires January 2022)

Kateřina Vodičková (Charles University Prague) (First term expires September 2022)

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