About us

Our senior team has over 50 years’ collective experience in technology, events and marketing across Times Higher Education, CASE, FT.com, Tes Global and independent events consultancy. This experience provides the perfect foundation for creating a new platform ready to meet the new challenges which universities must overcome to support their virtual recruitment and engagement efforts.

Emma Darwin [email protected]
Co-founder and CEO

Previously Times Higher Education’s Content Director and CASE Europe’s Head of Educational Programmes until establishing, Assemble Events in 2019. Approaching a decade of delivering international events in higher education worldwide, Emma has become a true advocate for taking events beyond their face value. They inspire collaborations, build communities and can transfer knowledge across borders.

Chris Smith [email protected]
Co-founder and CTO

Chris has been developing world-class digital products for 15 years: first at Orange (now EE), then at the Financial Times, and most recently as Chief Product Officer at Times Higher Education, before taking a break from the office to be a full-time dad. If you’ve used a THE data product or institutional content subscription, read an article on the FT website or mobile app, or used an Orange Wednesdays cinema ticket (remember them?), then you’ve benefitted from his work already.

Peter Sigrist [email protected]
Head of Engagement

Peter has worked at the leading edge of brand and corporate communications for 20 years in fields as diverse as finance, technology, media, consumer brand and education. He was head of communications at Tes Global, responsible for engagement with teachers, school leaders, universities and governments in the UK and worldwide.

Terra Schultz

Terra Schultz [email protected]
US Sales Director

With twenty years in leadership roles in sales and marketing within higher education, Terra is passionate about helping universities fulfill their mission. She’s spent the last year bringing her higher education street cred to the classroom while pursuing her Masters in Urban Higher Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Dan Skinner [email protected]
Director of Design, Brand & UX

Dan has been designing digital products since the early days of the Web in the late 90s. He has led the design teams at the Financial Times and the Daily Mail as well as at companies ranging from online estate agencies to major charities. He has designed numerous award-winning websites and apps for phones, tablets, TVs, watches and cars.