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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!
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!)
Secondary Consultant - Staffordshire & Wolverhampton
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.