Inspired is very proud to announce that three leading women in their fields will be taking senior management positions at Inspired.
Jane Bednall, has taken up the position of Chief Marketing Advisor; Mahtab Hanjani will be joining the team as Director of University Admissions & Careers; and Elena Benito, previous CEO of the recently acquired King’s Colleges group, takes up the role of Inspired Europe Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director for Spain.
Inspired wishes all three women every success and we look forward to benefiting from their extensive expertise in their various fields.
Learn more about our new leading women
Chief Marketing Advisor
Jane has over twenty five years’ experience in senior leadership positions in FTSE 50 service companies . This includes eighteen years in the travel and hospitality sector in global marketing and commercial roles with British Airways and InterContinental Hotels Group. Experience here covered global brand leadership, customer loyalty and product innovation with the launch of the world’s first flatbed product in commercial aviation. Most recently, Jane held the executive position of Chief Marketing Officer for Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). Currently, Jane is a serving Non-Executive Director of Britain’s largest Pub Company, EI Group, and also formerly served as a Non-Executive Director of Smart Energy GB.
Director of University Admissions & Careers
Prior to joining Inspired, Mahtab Hanjani has been an educational advisor for the past ten years, coaching students and their families on optimal ways to navigate the college admission process globally.
Her passion for education led her to set up Trajectory Consulting with a mission to recommend “best fit” universities to clients through a carefully balanced and comprehensive approach. Her extensive knowledge of the culture and ethos of the top global universities has enabled her to offer valuable advice to international students. Through tailor-made strategies for each student, she has helped applicants reach their potential and succeed in gaining admissions to the best universities available to them, whether these are highly coveted Ivy League universities, Russell Group and other world-renowned liberal arts colleges, or institutions with specialist reputations to help fulfil highly developed ambitions and interests.
Prior to a career in education, Mahtab was the Head of High Yield and Distressed Sales at Barclays Capital in London. As a Managing Director, she actively recruited and mentored university and MBA graduates, analysts and associates. Her investment banking career began at CSFB in New York followed by Lehman Brothers in New York and London. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Smith College in 1989 and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School in 1994.
Europe Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director Spain
Prior to joining Inspired, Elena Benito was the CEO of the King’s Group, which she joined in 2011. Before King’s, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants. She holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, and a degree in Law from the UNED. She won her MBA from ESADE in 2009 and her AMP in 2019.