Meet the Team

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR SKILLED PROFESSIONALS

Kirsty Jandrell Kirsty Jandrell
Kirsty Jandrell
Managing Director
About Kirsty
Sara Phillips Sara Phillips
Sara Phillips
Permanent and Leadership Manager
About Sara
Laura Beetlestone Laura Beetlestone
Laura Beetlestone
Branch Manager - Shrewsbury Office
About Laura

Kirsty Jandrell

Managing Director

Having worked in education recruitment for 16 years, Kirsty heads up the TARA empire. Founding the business in 2007, it was her aim to create a friendly, personable company where both schools and teachers alike could build strong and effective working relationships built on honesty, trust and a caring, supportive ethos.

Originally training as a Primary Teacher at the University of Birmingham, then completing an MA at the University of York, Kirsty embarked on her first recruitment role as a Secondary Consultant in 1999. Having managed offices in the West Midlands, London and Shropshire, she is quite literally bursting with industry knowledge, and prides herself on truly empathising with individuals’ specific needs and approaching life with a positive attitude.

Kirsty lives with her husband Ralph, their three cats, and their dogs, Shanti and Iggy and 5 chickens! In her spare time she loves teaching and practising yoga, and is also a qualified hypnotherapist. When she’s not in the office, Kirsty can often be found walking and cycling throughout the surrounding countryside, and is growing old disgracefully by attending music gigs whenever possible!

Sara Phillips

Permanent and Leadership Manager

Sara began her working career in the world of health and beauty, working in various Birmingham salons as a hairdresser. After eight years in the industry, she decided a change was needed and worked as a sales consultant selling hair and beauty products to salons across the West Midlands.

Following a break in her career to have her gorgeous children, Sara joined TARA in 2012 as our Administrator and Resourcer, and has worked her way up through the ranks to become a fabulous Senior consultant, and has been running the secondary desk for Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell (getting back to her West Midlands roots!),Now after 5 years of climbing up the TARA ladder, Sara has become the Permanent & Leadership Manager, Sara works with Primary and Secondary schools across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands to recruit Teachers for Permanent roles. Sara offers “Bespoke packages & a Head Hunting Service” to schools, and has the magic of matching Teachers and Schools to create the perfect match! Along side the Permanent division, Sara deals with the organisation of our CPD courses, Job Fayres and Candidate Generation, and also holds the crown being our Social Media “Queen”!

The true definition of a yummy mummy, Sara loves nothing more than spending quality time with her family and having days out in the country. She’s also a real foodie and is partial to a glass or two of Rioja – weekends only of course!

Laura Beetlestone

Branch Manager - Shrewsbury Office

Laura began her recruitment career back in 2002, when – after completing her A Levels – she began her career in education recruitment as an apprentice, working her way up to Recruitment Consultant shortly after completing her NVQ.

She then worked alongside Kirsty for four years, before moving into account management for various manufacturing firms and working in busy sales office environments. After eight years away, she returned to her recruitment roots and rejoined TARA, where she now thrives on the successful placement of teaching staff, and assisting local schools in their search for the perfect candidate.

Laura loves nothing more than walking her Chocolate Labrador around the countryside and reading a good book. She also loves the sun, and in her spare time enjoys travelling, particularly visiting her parents in sunny Spain (and sampling the tapas and sangria, of course!)

James Gill James Gill
James Gill
Senior Education Consultant
About James
Laura Hebede Laura Hebede
Laura Hadebe
Secondary & SEN Consultant
About Laura
Lesley Swidryk Lesley Swidryk
Lesley Swidryk
Senior Education Consultant
About Lesley

James Gill

Senior Education Consultant

Having spent 14 years working for a major financial company, James is no stranger to delivering targets under strict deadlines, and in 2011, he pipped 1,000 peers to the post and won an internal award for excellent customer service. He is very much a people person and is always looking at ways that he can help his clients and colleagues achieve their goals.

James is happily married and lives in the Black Country area. Outside of the TARA office, he is a keen watcher of sports (definitely not playing them), and is a season ticket holder at the mighty Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Laura Hadebe

Secondary & SEN Consultant

Having started her career in the hospitality industry, Laura made the leap to recruitment in 2015 and has not looked back! Previously the office administrator, Laura now has a solid background in the recruitment process. She has developed such great relationships with both Teachers and Schools over the last 2 and a half years, she has now worked her way up to trainee consultant status! Laura works with the Telford & Shropshire Secondary alongside Rachel, and also the SEN division for the Wolverhampton area.

Outside of work, Laura likes to try maintain a good level of fitness (to balance out the amount of chocolate digestives and wine!), and recently completed the Paris Marathon.

Lesley Swidryk

Senior Education Consultant

Lesley began her career working within retail management, after 11 years she decided she was ready for a change. She felt the next natural step was into retail management recruitment, after four years she decided she wanted to specialise in education recruitment, which is how she arrived at Tara.

Lesley is responsible for the Primary sector across Telford, Shrewsbury and Shropshire as a whole. She thrives on successfully placing her lovely teaching staff into her local schools, ensuring a perfect match is created.

In her spare time Lesley enjoys, baking, spending time with her boyfriend of 6 years and going for long walks with her Goldendoodle Tilly.

Rachel James Rachel James
Rachel James
Education Consultant - Secondary Desk
About Rachel
Alix Walker Alix Walker
Alix Walker
Adminstrator & Compliance
About Alix
Marlon Miller Marlon Miller
Marlon Miller
Permanent & Leadership Consultant / Training & Development Facilitator
About Marlon

Rachel James

Education Consultant - Secondary Desk

Rachel began her career as a graphic designer, after 18 years in the industry and two children later Rachel felt the need for a new direction.

Rachel is responsible for the Secondary desk for Shropshire and Telford, she thrives at the successful placing of teachers into schools and assisting schools with their needs, building a strong and happy relationship and a 100% service.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending her time with her husband and two little girls, which consists of lots of arts and crafts, play times, gardening and day trips out.

Alix Walker

Administrator & Compliance

Alix works across both of our offices in the Midlands, Shrewsbury & Wolverhampton, supporting the consultants to ensure that our candidates are fully compliant. She joins us with a varied background having worked in HR for an educational charity and is a qualified Beauty Therapist. She will always be found with immaculate nails!!

Alix lives in North Shropshire with her Husband, Dave, and their 2 cats, Zola & Angus. She is TARA’s official Cat Lady in a company full of dog lovers! Having recently bought a house she has discovered a new passion for gardening and has re- designed her garden, including a vegetable patch. She has a very good pair of gardening gloves to ensure that her nails are kept in that perfect condition!

Marlon Miller

Permanent & Leadership Consultant / Training & Development Facilitator

Marlon has been teaching in the secondary schools for over 18 years, the last 7 of which as a senior leader. In his previous role as Deputy Head of Staff, Marlon was responsible for recruitment, career development and performance management. With in-depth knowledge of schools and education, Marlon works hard to ensure that clients have their needs met. Carpe Diem is Marlon’s mantra for life! Make the most of every opportunity, hence a plethora of hobbies ranging from martial arts and yoga to reading a good book, but to relax, not much beats time with wife Katie, baby Luna and Tilly the cat.

John Canning John Canning
John Canning
Manager - TARA London
About John
Julie Garrity Julie Garrity
Julie Garrity
Administrator/Resourcer – TARA London
About Julie
Iggy Iggy
Iggy
Fluffy Team Member
About Iggy

John Canning

Manager - TARA London

John is the Manager of the newly opened London office and has been a friend to the company since its inception in 2007, having worked together with Managing Director Kirsty Jandrell at another education agency from 2005-2007. Originally from Ireland, John has been working in recruitment in London since 2000 and has covered several sectors including secretarial and banking, but since 2005 has been working in Education Recruitment. At his two previous agencies John ran the SEN and Support Staff desks and is continuing in this field with Tara London. Away from work John enjoys playing tennis (very badly), drinking (very well actually), travel, (especially Germany and Spain) and music, (there is nothing this man doesn’t know about Madonna or Eurovision!).

Julie Garrity

Administrator/Resourcer – TARA London

Julie has worked in recruitment for several years within a support capacity for various industries including Charity, Secretarial and Security. She recently joined the new Tara office in London as Administrator/ Candidate Resourcer working alongside John. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading and socialising with friends.

Iggy

Fluffy Team Member

He loves playing football and going walkies with his brother Shanti, also a Sheltie. He is very bright and loving, but also very cheeky. His favourite toys are his ‘mad cow’ and his rubber bone. He is very well trained and will do anything for a favourite doggie treat! He loves to tease his fellow feline housemates and is a constant bother to them!

About Tara

WE PROVIDE GREAT TEACHERS TO EMPOWER FUTURE GENERATIONS

At TARA, we boast a solid background in teaching and education recruitment, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table to help you find the perfect teacher for the post, or that dream school to work for.

Founded in 2007 and as qualified educators and education recruiters with many years of combined experience, we believe in working alongside our clients for the long term, never providing a ‘quick fix’ solution.

Our clients and candidates are at the heart of all that we do, and you can rest safe in the knowledge that the TARA team will always go above and beyond, providing a personalised service with the care and attention you deserve.

To find out exactly how we can help you, simply get in touch using the link below and one of our friendly and dedicated team will be happy to help!

Get in Touch

Our Vision

Caring to be Different!

At TARA Professional Recruitment, we pride ourselves in providing an unparalleled level of service to both schools and education staff alike.

Mission Statement

“To play our part in delivering the best of today’s and tomorrow’s education.

TARA seeks to ensure that students under instruction from a TARA member of Staff will receive the best possible level of education and care at all times, motivating and inspiring them towards a brighter future.”_

Values, Culture and Ethics- ‘Caring to be Different’

Integrity This is at the core of everything we do at TARA. We take our responsibility in the education process very seriously and aim to provide a better level of education for the next generation and to add value to the schools we work with. We are providing a service and we never forget our fundamental aim which is to serve our clients and candidates to the very best of our ability and always place their needs first.

Fun! Here at TARA, we are in the serious business of finding the right work for people and assisting to provide schools with the best educators for their children. However, we believe in making the whole process enjoyable, productive and satisfying for everyone involved. We enjoy what we do and have fun doing it, and we aim to allow everyone we work for, and with, to have fun too! We are positive, enthusiastic and always take the opportunity to look at the lighter side of life.

Ethical Our ethics underpin all we are and all we do. In addition to our integrity , honesty and desire to serve, at TARA we are not driven by targets and figures, but by our desire to make a positive difference where we can within education. We are an education agency that genuinely cares.

Treating everyone we work with as the individuals that they are, we always work in the most effective way for both clients and candidates aiming at what’s best for them in the long term. We strive to achieve fairness for all.

TARA also fosters a responsibility to assist and work with sectors of the local and world community to help wherever we can in making a positive and lasting difference to the future for us all.

Continuously Developing Education is an ever changing landscape, and we at TARA evolve and change to cater for its continuously changing requirements. TARA is always fully adherent to Safeguarding children and safer recruitment, taking every measure to ensure students are protected at all times.

We offer Continuous Professional Development courses for our Teachers and Cover Supervisors, ensuring that they are always up to date with current educational trends and equipped with the latest skills, in order to provide a first rate service for schools.

We are continuously reflective on our practices and methods, ensuring that we challenge ourselves constantly to improve our services to you.

Join Our Team

WE’RE A FUN, INNOVATIVE AND FORWARD THINKING COMPANY

Education recruitment is an extremely demanding, important and often challenging role and Tara is committed to giving you all the support you need to develop and progress quickly and enjoy your career path as you create it!

In 2015, the REC, the recruitment industry’s regulatory body shortlisted TARA in ‘The Best Place to Work’, category. Here are just a few reasons why!

Our Vision and Values – in a nutshell these are: Fun: Integrity: Ethical: Continuous Development – please see our ‘TARA Vision’ page for more info!

We offer tailored continuous career development which includes internal and external training as well as the opportunity for everyone to apply for our management trainee scheme. We have exciting future plans and need the right people to make these happen!

Rewards you will benefit from at TARA:

We've been shortlisted

Shortlisted for the Best Company to work for (Under 20 employees) 2015
Footer Images

Tara Professional Recruitment Ltd | Claremont House | Claremont Bank | Shrewsbury | SY1 1RW | T: 01743 236 922 | E: admin@taraprofessionalrecruitment.co.uk

Website Design by Giant Creative