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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!
Permanent & West Midlands 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, along side managing the West Midlands Team! 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! Sara also 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!
Branch Manager - Head Office & Primary Division
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 5 years ago, where she now not only manages the Head Office, but also heads up the Primary Division, thriving 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 (usually ending up at the local country pub…) 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!)