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Global Head of Communications



Marketing & Communications
London, UK · London, UK
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Inspired Education is the leading global group of premium schools, with a portfolio of over 111 premium private schools spanning six continents which utilise proven educational practices from every corner of the globe, ensuring over 90,000 students receive a world-class learning experience from Kindergarten to Year 13.

Founded in 2013 by Nadim M. Nsouli, Inspired is backed by investors such as Stonepeak, GIC, TA Associates, and the Oppenheimer and Mansour family offices. The Group is experiencing 20% per annum growth through acquisition, greenfield site expansion, and the development of existing schools within its portfolio. In 2023, Inspired was recognised by Beauhurst as one of the UK's top 10 highest-value private companies.

Role Summary:

Communications plays an integral role in achieving Inspired’s considerable ambitions, which may include a potential IPO.

The Global Head of Communications, reporting to the Founder, Chairman and CEO, will be a trusted advisor to a highly ambitious, driven and dynamic leader. You will gain an intimate knowledge of the Inspired organisation from its centre. This will enable you to act as the organisation's voice for diverse audiences and stakeholder groups and operate as a subject-matter expert, bringing an entrepreneurial, resourceful spirit and hands-on approach to Inspired.

In this diverse, international organisation, your role will cover every corner of the globe, providing many opportunities for constant stimulation. Fostering strong relationships with C-Suite executives and Regional CEOs across the Inspired Group, you will become a proactive thought partner and the first port of call in a crisis.

This is a rare, very special opportunity to step into a position that is dream territory for many communications professionals - a growing, dynamic, global organisation. This role gives you direct access to an exceptional entrepreneur and a leadership team of the highest calibre.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide world-class communications expertise and advice across the organisation, including effectively managing the Inspired central press office, creating and executing a strategic plan to build profile and exposure for Inspired and its Founder within premium corporate and consumer media.
  • Ensure that inbound requests are dealt with in a manner that enhances press relations and Inspired’s profile.
  • Plan and prepare the organisation for a potential founder-led IPO.
  • Lead ‘crisis’ communications and response, ensuring that the appropriate messaging is conveyed internally and externally to quickly and effectively minimise any risk of reputational damage. More broadly, maintain a proactive programme of monitoring and reporting on reputational risk and recommending any required solutions, ensuring Inspired’s CEO and executive team have full visibility of emerging issues.
  • Build and maintain a strong crisis and issues management process to ensure a clear action plan covers any incident. Provide a robust, internationally applicable framework for leaders across the organisation to follow during a crisis.
  • Become a trusted advisor and provide reputation management counsel to the executive team, both proactively and in response to specific issues. Develop a reputation management playbook to be used across the business.
  • Draft and publish various corporate communications on behalf of the organisation, including, but not limited to, school openings, key staff arrivals and departures, M&A announcements, groupwide initiatives, and major policy changes.

What We're Looking For:

  • The perfect candidate will be hungry for success and passionate about making a difference. You will be a self-starter, proactive and result-oriented, and able to respond and adapt to a demanding, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
  • You will bring an understanding of communicating with high-value, premium customers with a significant transaction value, ideally coupled with experience building a luxury brand.
  • A track record of leading communications in an international environment, with the cultural awareness required to adapt your style to different territories.
  • This organisation comprises of hugely passionate people determined to build an extraordinary success story. So, first and foremost, you will need to match their energy and passion.
  • You will be brilliant, driven and ambitious. Still, you will also demonstrate a high degree of humility and prioritise the needs of the business, its customers and your colleagues above your own.
  • Naturally energised by the opportunity to own both the ‘thinking and doing’, you are a practitioner at heart. However, you still enjoy hands-on copywriting and building relationships with journalists and media partners.
  • You also have the commercial acumen and strategic capability to advise and coach at the most senior level towards strategically advantageous outcomes.
  • An extraordinary communicator, you will be renowned for your command of the written word. You possess an uncanny ability to adapt your style and capture the tone of voice of others, allowing yourself to act as a true extension of a talented, well-respected CEO.
  • Solution-oriented, adaptable, and exceptionally organised, you will naturally rise to the challenge of a fast-paced global workplace with enthusiasm and pragmatism.
  • Comfortable operating at pace and equally comfortable leading on reactive work as you build a communication strategy over the long term.
  • Highly resilient. Comfortable with complexity and, indeed, ambiguity. Pragmatic to your core, you are an expert at adapting your style to new environments.
  • A low-ego approach with high emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly create connections and gain internal and external credibility.
  • An active listener, honest and straightforward with their communication, and open to direct feedback. A decidedly organised “doer” with a bias for action and an exceptional ability to multi-task.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with a “no task too small” attitude, who is willing to roll up their sleeves and get things done without relying on multiple external agencies or internal structures.
  • Highly capable and mentally dexterous, you thrive in fast-paced environments where you are expected to operate with a strong sense of urgency to deliver tangible results.
  • A valuable and active network across relevant publications and outlets.