Meet the Team

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR SKILLED PROFESSIONALS

Kirsty Jandrell Kirsty Jandrell
Kirsty Jandrell
Managing Director
About Kirsty
Laura Beetlestone Laura Beetlestone
Laura Beetlestone
Branch Manager - Shrewsbury Office
About Laura
James Gill James Gill
James Gill
Education Consultant – Secondary Desk
About James

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!

Laura Beetlestone

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!)

James Gill

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.

Laura Hebede Laura Hebede
Laura Hadebe
Education Consultant – Secondary Desk
About Laura
Marlon Miller Marlon Miller
Marlon Miller
Permanent & Leadership Consultant / Training & Development Facilitator
About Marlon
Rachel James Rachel James
Rachel James
Education Consultant - Secondary Desk
About Rachel

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 3 and a half years, she has now worked her way up to 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.

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.

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, and joined the TARA team 2 years ago!

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.

John Canning John Canning
John Canning
Manager - TARA London
About John
Justyna Luczka Justyna Luczka
Justyna Luczka
Education Consultant – Secondary Desk
About Justyna
Conor Lane Conor Lane
Conor Lane
Education Consultant – Tara London
About Conor

John Canning

Manager - TARA London

John is the Manager of the 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!).

Justyna Luczka

Education Consultant – Secondary Desk

Justyna has worked in recruitment for over 3 years and having previously been an ESOL teacher, she decided to combine the two by joining Tara Ethical Education Recruitment. While working as a teacher, it was always Justyna’s aim to create a nurturing environment for pupils which would facilitate their learning process and growth. While working as a recruiter, it has always been her goal to aid both candidates and clients in their pursuits for perfect roles/recruitment solutions. Justyna believes that there isn’t a problem that can’t be solved, she is a driven and motivated individual who thrives on building long-term relationships with others.

We asked Justyna what she likes to do when she’s not working… I can’t live without a challenge and I never give up. Outside of work, I climb, hike, cycle and travel. I believe that “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”. That’s why, I always keep progressing and take pride if I’m able to aid progression or development of others around me.

Conor Lane

Education Consultant – Tara London

Conor is a former journalist and English language teacher who joined the Tara team in December 2018. He is currently building his desk and resourcing Teaching Assistants and Teachers for schools in London. Born in Ireland and a dual Irish/US citizen, he moved to London in 2014 from Galway, Ireland. He graduated with a BA in Arts/Public and Social Policy from NUI Galway in 2013 and an MA in Television Journalism from City University London in 2015. During the summers, he taught foreign language students in an academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was also a lifeguard there and enjoys nothing more than taking a dip in the warm Floridian waters.

In his spare time, he volunteers as a Network Leader for Shine Cancer Support. Conor loves going to the cinema, watching sport at the weekend and finding great views in London to enjoy over coffee. He works alongside fellow Irishman and Tara London manager, John Canning.

Steph Gill Steph Gill
Steph Gill
Administrator & Compliance
About Steph
Matthew Rothwell Matthew Rothwell
Matthew Rothwell
Education Consultant – Primary Division
About Matthew
Iggy Iggy
Iggy
Fluffy Team Member
About Iggy

Steph Gill

Administrator & Compliance

Having previously worked in procurement, Steph decided in a career change to balance children, homelife and career, and ended up in the Recruitment Industry.

Steph is the team’s Recruitment Administrator, and aims to ensure everyone is organised and compliant within the team.

Outside of work Steph likes to spend time with her husband, two girls, two cats and their dog Pippa. Steph spends a lot of her spare time baking, gardening and doing crafts with her two girls and enjoying walks in the country with their dog.

Matthew Rothwell

Education Consultant – Primary Division

Matthew joined Tara in March 2019. With a background in sales & marketing and with over 5 years recruitment experience, Matthew will head up the Primary division. A keen traveller, Matt lives with his wife and 2 dogs in the Shropshire countryside, having finally completed a self-build last summer. In his spare time, Matthew also loves walking and recently completed the Yorkshire three peaks challenge walking 24 miles in just under 11 hours. He’s also currently learning Spanish.

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!

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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
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