Coming from a family of Governors and Teaching Assistants, education has always been a topic of conversation. Within Melissa’s family she has a brother and cousin each with a hearing impairment and an older brother with spina bifida. This experience of family with special and additional needs has given Melissa the opportunity to witness first-hand how education can be impacted by these barriers and how important having the best support staff within a school has enabled them to reach their career goals.
Having completed a degree at the University of Brighton within Retail Marketing she started a career as a Digital Marketer and progressed through the ranks to become a Digital Marketing Executive. Towards the end of the pandemic Melissa decided to change her career path and progress with a career within education recruitment.
As an avid traveler Melissa is often taking quick city breaks during her spare time and is often found immersing herself into the culture trying new, interesting, local cuisines. However, when not cramming sightseeing in new countries in 48 hours Melissa is often found re-visiting her university town, Brighton and hunting for the perfect Italian (Gluten-free of course).
Before joining Ribbons & Reeves Lauren spent several years working in Healthcare. She did this as she has a natural passion to help others, and to make a positive impact.
Lauren’s confident supporting and engaging with professionals and this has led her onto building valuable professional relationships with schools in Central and North East London.
Having had experience within the Marketing industry, more specifically company social media, Lauren is keen to utilize virtual resources such as LinkedIn to maximize the experience of both her Clients and Candidates.
Her experiences, especially those in Healthcare have led to Lauren being very resilient and passionate about reaching the best possible outcome in all scenarios. She’s a strong believer in having a positive attitude and in the concept “thoughts become things”. The meaning of which is, if you think positively, you will have positive outcomes.
Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite food is Italian (Pasta & Pizza) this being said, she is rather partial to a Chinese!
At the age of 17, Charlie started his career as an apprentice within Education Recruitment in 2015. Starting initially as a Candidate Resourcer, Charlie quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Recruitment Consultant within his first year.
Since then, Charlie has had the opportunity to work in partnership with schools across London and Regional areas and in doing so, Charlie has grown a sizable network of schools to work alongside and support.
Charlie is an essential part of the recruitment process for many schools in Central and West London and regional areas too. Through his continuous support, his network of schools are able to recruit experienced staff as well as high-calibre graduates to put through their own Initial Teacher Training programme.
Charlie has an honest, transparent and personal approach which enables him to build strong, long lasting relationships with candidates and clients alike.
If you feel that Charlie could support you with your first or next step within the world of education, head on over to his LinkedIn page to arrange a time to discuss your current situation!
Matt has always held a passion for education. Having long-considered a career as a Primary Teacher himself, he considers himself very fortunate to have spent much of his career to date working in an industry where he can positively enhance educational outcomes from a wider-perspective; through the quality of teaching and support staff that he provides to schools.
Matt has worked in Education Recruitment for the past six years. During this time, he has successfully supported Primary and Secondary Schools across London, East Anglia and the Home Counties with permanent teacher appointments and long-term graduate appointments. In addition, he has been heavily involved in Initial Teacher Training and is particularly invested in supporting school leaders to ‘grow their own’ teaching talent. Matt gets great enjoyment from speaking to ‘future teachers’ and listening to what has inspired them to consider teaching as their future careers. Being able to support these graduates in securing their first school-based role and then seeing their careers progress is incredibly rewarding.
Away from work, Matt loves spending time with his family and he can usually be found either on a long-walk somewhere in the countryside or at home watching Disney films. However, when not watching Moana or Frozen (his daughter’s choice, honest…), he is probably either playing five-a-side football, attempting to play golf or adding to his collection of obscurely flavoured gins.
In a hugely competitive and saturated market, Tom has forged a proven track record of success across his 6 years in Education Recruitment, consistently delivering high-calibre Graduates, Teachers and Leaders to Primary and Secondary schools all across London, earning him several individual accolades along the way.
However, it is perhaps the manner in which he achieves this that stands him out as one of London’s most consistent and respected Recruiters.
Tom believes passionately in offering his schools quality, but perhaps more importantly, value, showing a clear understanding of the need for children to have the best educators in their classrooms, but also acknowledging the financial restraints placed upon London-based schools.
By sticking to his core beliefs – high-quality Candidates, dedicated Client service, and an approachable, solution-based manner – Tom is the first port of call for numerous schools across the Capital, and has even been working closely with several London-based Universities to aid the development of students looking to enter the wonderful world of education at source!
He is also a Father, giving him that extra, personal, incentive to ensure that those he represents to his Client schools are the strongest possible.
Hit Tom’s LinkedIn page for more about his journey and to read various Testimonials from happy Clients!
Jack has worked in education recruitment since 2008, having started his career at Protocol Education. During his time at Protocol, he was one of the most successful Recruitment Consultants and led teams to achieve record levels.
Leaving Protocol, Jack went onto join Pertemps Education Network to open and manage offices in London and East Anglia. Recruiting and growing a team of Consultants in multiple locations. It wasn’t long before Pertemps Education Network became a competitor to more established companies.
Before starting Ribbons & Reeves, Jack’s last role in another education recruitment business was as Regional Director at EduStaff. He oversaw their operations from their office in London for two and half years before leaving in 2018
In 2019 Jack worked for a year at Frank Recruitment Group, a niche IT recruitment company. Here Jack managed the London Mason Frank team, focusing on Salesforce recruitment. He also launched their Nelson Frank brand into the UK, focussing on ServiceNow recruitment.
“My passion is to support schools in appointing the right staff, allowing them to become the schools greatest asset in pupils education. This is what drives me to be the best I can be and to support my team to deliver the best service to schools and candidates.”
Ben is one of Ribbons & Reeves founding partners, whose work experiences have centred around providing a memorable service. He considers himself to be extremely fortunate having worked alongside many outstanding business leaders and people in operational, strategic and delivery focused roles within SME to Global Enterprise level organisations.
Ben has been an award winning consultant throughout his recruitment career, he boasts one of the largest client portfolios within the Education Sector. One of the many great things about Ben’s approach to recruitment is he listens intently to the needs of the individual and schools he works with, to ensure the best match for both parties. His passion comes from providing a world-class service, he relishes and enjoys interaction with people on all levels and believes in the importance of lifelong learning.
“Learn from your colleagues, take on new challenges and push yourself beyond your comfort zone in order to truly grow”