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

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

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. 

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)

Bart Deygers (University of Ghent)*

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

José Pascoal (University of Macau)*

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)

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

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:


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

Beate Zeidler (telc gGmbH) (Deputy Chair)

Bart Deygers (University of Ghent)*

Ina Ferbežar (Univerza v Ljubljani)

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

Cecilie Hamnes Carlsen (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences)*

Waldemar Martyniuk (Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie)

José Pascoal (University of Macau)*

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

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

Cathy Taylor (Trinity College London)

Kateřina Vodičková (Charles University Prague)

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