Meet Our Team

Simone Payne

Simone Payne

CEO

Simone co-founded 4myschools in 2008 quickly making a difference to recruitment into schools across Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Simone is passionate about quality of service and making a social impact to people’s lives across the UK and those less fortunate around the world. Simone enjoys climbing mountains and has conquered Base Camp Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro, each time raising money for causes which impact education in the UK and overseas.

 On her last trip to Tanzania Simone was able to experience the impact 4myschools makes to children there and one day hopes to visit the Well we built in Ethiopia.

Simone is the elected Vice Chair of the Education Sector Group at The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) who set the standards for the industry across the UK. 

Simone has four children, four grandchildren and a Weimaraner dog called Monty who takes her on long walks across Hertfordshire where she lives.

Ian Walker

Ian Walker

Head of Operational Improvement

Ian joined 4myschools in Aug 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience of working in the recruitment industry. His key focus is on ensuring that through our processes and procedures colleagues, candidates and clients enjoy a great experience of 4myschools. Ian is passionate about getting things right first time! In his spare time Ian is a keen baker, a subscriber to BBC Good Food and an avid cat lover!

Helen Darling

Helen Darling

Head of SEND

Helen joined 4myschools in March 2020.  She joined 4myschools to work for an Education specialist and has over 20 years’ experience recruiting for the education sector. Helen has a real passion for SEND and believes in finding the right person to work with each individual pupil or student ensuring the needs of the child are met.  Helen has 3 children of her own who keep her busy, and a two-year-old Red Fox Labrador who loves swimming in the sea and yukky ditches.

Paul Yates

Paul Yates

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Paul joined 4myschools in April 2010.  Paul believes in the social impact 4myschools make everyday a candidate works and enjoys networking at Essex primary school CPD events 4myschools sponsor.  Paul also gets great satisfaction finding his candidates their ideal role and school’s their perfect candidate.  Pauls spare time is filled with his two children and taking his Cockapoo Barney for long walks in the Essex countryside. Paul is also our resident photographer; you can see for yourself how good he is!

Syvonne Wilson

Syvonne Wilson

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Syvonne joined 4myschools in November 2013 having come from a retail management background. Syvonne was able to develop her career within 4myschools by completing a level 3 REC Certificate in Recruitment Practise and is currently working towards a Level 4 REC Diploma in Recruitment Management. In her spare time Syvonne is a CrossFit athlete and is very creative when it comes to baking cakes.  Syvonne lives on the Essex/ Suffolk/Cambridge borders so is well placed to meet candidates across the county.

Alan Mansfield

Alan Mansfield

Recruitment Consultant

Alan first started working in Education recruitment in 2013 and joined 4myschools in February 2015. He enjoys building relationships with both candidates and clients and loves finding candidates their perfect role. Previously he worked in the Health and Fitness industry for 10 years as a Personal Trainer and Sales Manager. Alan still enjoys spending time at the gym and out walking his dog Maisie, who is a lovable little Schnoodle!

Paul Matthews

Paul Matthews

Candidate and School Support Consultant

Paul has been with the 4myschools team since 2012 following a long-term role working in HR and recruiting within the private healthcare sector. He likes the fast-paced environment and enjoys helping clients with their recruitment needs and candidates in their career pathways. In his spare time Paul is a keen fitness enthusiast and frequents the gym on a regular basis!

Bryony Lopez

Bryony Lopez

Specialist SEN Recruitment Consultant

Bryony was always destined to work in the education sector in some capacity. Initially she thought it was as a teacher but then, in 2006, she started a position as a trainee Education Recruitment Consultant and has loved it ever since. Bryony takes her responsibility of finding quality, specialist staff for SEND and vulnerable students seriously and is passionate about finding the right person for the right job. Her job satisfaction comes from hearing that a young person with identified needs feels encouraged and supported enough to meet their individual goal(s). Also, when she speaks to her candidates and they say that she has helped find them their perfect job Bryony feels hugely satisfied and content she has made a difference to someone’s life.

Katie Joyce

Katie Joyce

Norfolk Candidate and School Support Consultant

Katie first joined 4myschools in 2009 within the compliance team and progressed quickly to recruitment consultant for Hertfordshire. After a change of career and a relocation to Norfolk, Katie re-joined 4myschools in 2018 as a support consultant within our Norfolk Branch. Katie enjoys nothing more than personally visiting our schools and building relationships across the county. Katie is a busy mum to 3 so spends her time supporting their activities such as football where she helps with tea, coffee and cakes. She is also the chairperson for the PTA at an Infants school.

Sean Ferris

Sean Ferris

Norfolk Recruitment Consultant and SEN Specialist

Sean joined 4myschools in September 2020 after relocating from Birmingham. Having worked in education recruitment for 5 years and previously working as a Teaching Assistant for 4 years, Sean has fantastic knowledge & experience across all aspects of School life. His main passion and background are supporting schools with any SEND requirements. Before joining 4myschools, Sean successfully ran a SEN desk in Birmingham and therefore has a great understanding of all aspects of special educational needs. His wife grew up in Norfolk and is a SEN teacher in a specialist school!

Sean really enjoys building positive relationships with his teachers and gets real joy out of finding the perfect fit for both Schools and candidates

Daniela Robinson

Daniela Robinson

Recruitment Consultant Hertfordshire and Essex

Dannii joined 4myschools in August 2020 after relocating from Lincolnshire to Essex/Hertfordshire border. With 5 years of Recruitment experience, Dannii has vast knowledge in quality recruitment and holds the REC Level 3 Certificate in Recruitment Practice. Dannii really loves having a positive impact on peoples’ lives and finds an enormous satisfaction from helping others and building relationships. In her spare time Dannii enjoys nothing better than putting her ‘bushcraft skills’ to use which involves survival and wild camping – our very own Ray Mears!

Jasmine Purcell

Jasmine Purcell

Compliance and candidate support

Jasmine joined 4myschools in 2016 as a school leaver at an apprenticeship level, and then went on to complete this and gained the title of compliance team member. She enjoys being able to help candidates and loves supporting the rest of the team. She has always had a keen interest in making a difference to people’s lives, so being able to help candidates gain work and enjoy what they do is a huge success for her.  Outside of work Jasmine has an interest in fashion and make up and the latest trends.