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.
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.
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.
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 2025)
Emyr Davies (WJEC-CBAC Cyd-Bwyllgor Addysg Cymru) (Term expires November 2023)
Stefanie Dengler (Goethe Institut) (Term expires November 2025)
Vincent Folny (France Éducation International) (Term expires November 2025)
Anne Gallagher (Centre for Irish Language: Research, Teaching and Testing, National University of Ireland)* (Term expires November 2025)
Barry O'Sullivan (British Council)* (Term expires November 2025)
José Pascoal (University of Macau)* (Term expires November 2025)
Lorenzo Rocca (Società Dante Alighieri)* (Term expires November 2025)
+ 1 vacant place
The Secretary-General, Nick Saville (Cambridge University Press and Assessment) is an ex-officio trustee.
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:
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)
Stefanie Dengler (Goethe Institut) (First term expires February 2025)
Bart Deygers (University of Ghent)* (Second term expires April 2024)
Ina Ferbežar (Univerza v Ljubljani) (First term expires November 2023)
Javier Fruns Giménez (Instituto Cervantes) (First term expires September 2025)
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)
Carmen Peresich (ÖSD Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch) (First term expires February 2025)
Lorenzo Rocca (Società Dante Alighieri)* (Second term expires December 2023)
Cathy Taylor (Trinity College London) (Second term expires January 2025)
Kateřina Vodičková (Charles University Prague) (Second term expires September 2025)
The ALTE Secretariat manages the day-to-day running of the association following the advice and decisions of the Board of Trustees and the Standing Committee. They also organise all ALTE meetings, conferences, the auditing system and training courses, and assist with any membership queries and general enquiries.
ALTE Secretariat Manager
Graham Seed is the current ALTE Secretariat Manager, and he is responsible for the overall management of the Secretariat as well as the strategic planning, communications and partnerships.
ALTE Secretariat Coordinator
Mariangela Marulli is the ALTE Secretariat Coordinator, and she ensures the smooth running of ALTE events, including logistics, finance and daily correspondence with ALTE Members, partners and service providers.
ALTE Services Unit Manager
Kasia Woźniak manages the ALTE Services Unit, overseeing the delivery of the courses, training and audit functions together with additional consultancy services.
ALTE Validation Unit Manager
The ALTE Validation Unit was set up to assist ALTE Members with the statistical validation of their examinations. It currently offers a range of services related to statistical analyses and training, and is available to both ALTE Members and external testing organisations.
ALTE Audit and Membership Coordinator
The ALTE Auditing Coordinator ensures the functioning of the Q-Mark auditing services for Full Members and applicant members. This includes the implementation of the decisions taken by the Standing Committee and the QMS Working Group, coordinating the regular audits of members' examinations, organising training sessions for auditors and auditees, and overseeing relevant documentation. Helen also oversees processing of applications for Full and Associate Membership.
ALTE Communications Manager
ALTE's social media is managed by Sabine Edwards from Pendleton Events Ltd. Sabine is responsible for raising the profile of ALTE and engaging with both members and non-members across the different social media channels: Facebook, Twitterand LinkedIn. Sabine also manages Pendleton Events, a full service event management agency.