Chief Executive Officer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • London, UK
  • Salary: Negotiable

Website British Council

Location: London, UKM, GB
Company: British Council

PLEASE NOTE – BRITISH COUNCIL HAS RETAINED RUSSELL REYNOLDS TO ADVISE ON, AND MANAGE APPLICATIONS TO THIS POSITION. PLEASE THEREFORE DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THIS ADVERT AND INSTEAD, FOLLOW THE DIRECTION TO RUSSELL REYNOLDS, WHICH IS PROVIDED TOWARDS THE FOOT OF THIS ADVERT.

About the British Council

We are the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities – a global, purpose-driven organisation which, in 2019, generated revenues in excess of £1bn, mostly from English teaching and exams.

We build connections through arts and culture, education, and the English language, and our 11,000 colleagues in 110 countries run programmes that reach 80 million people face-to-face and connect with over 700 million in total.

We are a charity incorporated by Royal Charter – the largest in the UK – with a substantial commercial division that generates surpluses to further support our mission. We’re also a non-departmental public body that receives substantial grant in aid from the FCDO, so we have a unique governance structure and operate under public service scrutiny.

A unique opportunity to make a difference
This is a rare opportunity for an experienced, internationally focused leader to head an organisation that is a force for good in the world.

The pandemic has had a dramatic impact but we have pivoted speedily to digital products and have ambitious plans to rebuild an effective, efficient, aligned British Council to support the mission to create a more connected and trusted UKat a time when it’s never been more needed.

Based from our new offices in the creative quarter at Stratford East, the Chief Executive will drive through transformation to modernise the organisation, diversify income streams, and inspire and motivate a high-performance team.

What you will bring to the role

  • Experience of leading a global organisation of scale.
  • Transformation management, particularly in the face of digital disruption.
  • Strong communication and stakeholder management skills.
  • Driven by a strong sense of social purpose and the desire to make a difference.
  • Commercially astute with a value-led public service ethos.
  • Ideally, experience of working with governments.
  • Energy, enthusiasm, resilience, and an affinity with the cultural assets of the UK.

If you’re intrigued by the opportunity and enthusiastic for the challenge, we would really like to hear from you.

The British Council has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service, and how to apply, please visit: http://www.rraresponses.com/

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 19th February 2021.Candidates must have the right to work in the UK. (This is a re-advertisement as our previous candidate had to withdraw.)

A connected and trusted UK in a more connected and trusted world.

Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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