We’ve welcomed four new members to our Manchester office – Rebecca Clarke, Sarah Hallworth, Dan Bazeley and Katy Hickey have all joined the King Street office in the city centre.
Rebecca Clarke joins the team as a Manager. Having previously worked as a Director of an education recruitment agency, Rebecca brings more than 10 years of recruitment knowledge and experience to PK Education. Outside of the office, Rebecca also keeps herself busy with her young son and three French Bulldogs. She is also a keen equestrian enthusiast.
She said: “One of the things that attracted me to PK was its ethos. There’s a real family vibe – even the CEOs and Directors aren’t afraid to get stuck in, and that makes a huge difference to morale within the company. We all band together to get the best results and it really sets PK apart.”
Dan Bazeley joins the team as a Secondary Manager, responsible for helping fulfil the temporary staffing needs of secondary schools in Manchester and Lancashire. Prior to entering the recruitment industry, Dan was a maths teacher working himself in both supply and contracted roles for four years.
He commented: “Having both teacher and recruiter experience, I am able to take into account all factors affecting both the candidates and the schools to create the best outcome for both parties. My role now allows me to combine my favourite aspects of the two professions; having a positive impact on the education of young people, whilst retaining the stability and work-life balance of recruitment.”
Katy Hickey has worked in education recruitment for over five years and joins the team as a Candidate Relationship Manager – sourcing and attracting candidates, providing the best possible candidate experience and service. Outside of work Katy spends most of her time with her three year old son.
She commented: “The people at PK are what sets it apart from other agencies. The people that you get to work with and alongside, even management, are really friendly. There is that ‘family feel’ here that makes it far more enjoyable.”
Sarah Hallworth rounds off the appointments for PK Education in Manchester. She also brings classroom experience to her new role of SEND Manager. Prior to entering the recruitment industry five years ago, Sarah worked as a SEND teaching assistant. “Having experience of both recruitment and teaching gives me a unique understanding of the challenges teachers face,” Sarah commented, “and enables me to be more insightful in the matching of candidates to roles.”
Alongside their roles with PK, Rebecca, Dan and Sarah also deliver an Enterprise programme to schools.
Rebecca added: “By engaging with the pupils in schools we work with, it’s enabling us to give something back to not only the schools but their pupils, giving them an insight into the world of business in order to benefit their wider development.”
Lee Carpenter, Director of PK Education, commented: “This is such an exciting time for the business, and we’re delighted to welcome Rebecca, Dan, Sarah and Katy onboard. It’s important for us to have the right people in place to match the ever-increasing demand from schools for quality staff and these guys are a great fit for the PK team.”
The recent appointments in Manchester mark a massive year of growth for PK, doubling turnover and staff numbers in only 12 months. Established by Karl Housley and Paul Gallagher, the firm now boasts seven offices in Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester.