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Meet Our Team

Simone Payne

Simone Payne

Chief Executive and Founder

Elected Vice Chair Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Education Sector 2013

Simone works with the Chair of the education sector to ensure the sector is kept up to date with important issues effecting businesses and candidates working in the education sector. 

Member of the REC Industry Comms Forum 2020

A forum for comms and PR staff in the recruitment industry to talk regularly, discuss emerging issues, and work together to demonstrate the positive impact the recruitment industry is having for people’s lives and the economy.

Elected Corporate Director Board Member of the REC 2021

Simone was voted onto the The Board  as a representative of Corporate Members of the REC. Key to this Non -Exec function is support and guidance to ensure the business plan and strategy is delivered by the CEO and the Senior Management Team at the REC

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 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

Business Manager

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 covers teacher recruitment to Suffolk and Essex, finding teachers jobs in Chelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood, Ipswich and Wickford to name but a few.

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.

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 in Ipswich, Stowmarket, Saffron Walden and Cambridge to name but a few.

Alan Mansfield

Alan Mansfield

Specialist 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. Alan works with Secondary schools in Suffolk and Essex working in Chelmsford, Ipswich, Harlow and Braintree and many of the other towns across the region. 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

Recruitment Consultant Hertfordshire and Norfolk

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 permanent 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 Primary and 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.

Bryony covers teacher recruitment in Essex, finding teachers jobs in primary schools in Colchester, Harlow and Great Dunmow to name but a few.

Katie Joyce

Katie Joyce

Norfolk Specialist SEN Recruitment 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 quickly becoming an expert in SEND recruitment. Katie enjoys nothing more than personally visiting our schools and building relationships across the county paticulary in the area of SEND. 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.

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.

Gemma Williams

Gemma Williams

Compliance and candidate support

Gemma joined 4myschools in June 2021 and holds Level 3 REC Certificate in Recruitment Practise. Prior to joining 4myschools Gemma worked within the medical recruitment sector where she gained over 12 years experience. In her compliance role she enjoys building relationships with candidates and thrives on supporting them through the clearance process swiftly so they can start working as soon as possible. In her spare time, Gemma is kept busy by her two young daughters’ and her energetic beagle puppy called Ginny. She enjoys travelling, live music and cooking – keenly trying out new recipes on her friends and family.