ADMINISTRATION AND Management  

Council of Members

ALTE is managed by the Council of Members. As its name indicates, the Council of Members consists of one official representative of each member organisation. 

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. They also approve the yearly accounts after the external financial audit. 

Both ALTE Full Members and ALTE Associate Members can attend the AGM, but only Full Members have voting rights. 

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 the official legal representative of the association, 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. 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the highest elected body. Members of the Executive Committee are elected by the Council of Members to represent the interests of the association.

The Executive Committee makes 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 Constitution as necessary. 

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

The current members of the Executive Committee are:

Waldemar Martyniuk (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie) (Chair)

Richard Bueno Hudson (Instituto Cervantes) (Deputy Chair)

Bart Deygers (Centrum voor Taal en Onderwijs (KU Leuven) – Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CNaVT)

Anne Gallagher (Centre for Irish Language: Research, Teaching and Testing, National University of Ireland)

José Pascoal (Centro de Avaliação Português Língua Estrangeira (CAPLE))

Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe-Institut)

Lorenzo Rocca (CVCL (Centro per la Valutazione e le Certificazioni Linguistiche))

Annika Spolin (Stockholm University, Dept of Swedish Language and Multilingualism)

Julia Todorinova (University of Sofia)

The Secretary-General, Nick Saville (Cambridge Assessment English) is a co-opted member of the Executive Committee.

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is an elected body of experts on language assessment and managing examinations. Members are elected among the representatives of ALTE Full Members. 

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:


Michaela Perlmann-Balme (Goethe-Institut) (Chair)

Beate Zeidler (telc GmbH) (Deputy Chair)

Bart Deygers (Centrum voor Taal en Onderwijs (KU Leuven) – Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (CNaVT)

Ina Ferbežar (Univerza v Ljubljani)

Vincent Folny (Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CiEP)

Cecilie Hamnes Carlsen (Skills Norway)

Gemma Macho Aguillo (EGA Euskara Zerbitzua Hezkuntza, Basque Government)

Waldemar Martyniuk (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie)

José Pascoal (Centro de Avaliação Português Língua Estrangeira (CAPLE))

Lorenzo Rocca (CVCL (Centro per la Valutazione e le Certificazioni Linguistiche))

Annika Spolin (Stockholm University, Dept of Swedish Language and Multilingualism)

Julia Todorinova (University of Sofia)

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