Jade Risley, Senior Education Consultant, Primary lead

Jade Risley has a BA Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies combined with English Literature.  She worked voluntarily as a teaching assistant while studying at University and was planning on becoming a teacher when she was approached to become an education recruiter.  She has progressed her career within education recruitment in Kent, rising to become a Senior Recruitment Consultant before joining Kent Teaching Solutions. Jade loves building successful long-term relationships with clients and creating win-win situations for schools and teachers: “I love it when you have been through the whole process with someone, from an initial interview through to placing them in a school, and everyone is happy.” 

Marc Mead, Senior Education Consultant, SEN lead










Marc has over ten years’ experience in the education recruitment sector, including being a branch manager for a national agency.  With a broad skill-set within the industry, Marc applies the same level of commitment to quality whether he is providing short-term supply or placing a head of department in a permanent position.  Marc has an extensive knowledge of the Special Educational Needs sector and the associated challenges of finding the right candidates; he is often called upon to provide consultancy in this field: “I love the double responsibility of working within education recruitment: of being responsible in contributing to the candidates’ happiness, but also being responsible for finding teachers and teaching assistants who can make a real difference to the lives of the pupils.”

Gary Alexander, Senior Education Consultant, Secondary lead










After spending many years in recruitment and most recently running the entire recruitment operation for a large National Energy savings company, I have decided to put my skill set to good use in the education sector and help quality people find their dream jobs both on a permanent and temporary basis.

My passion for this move comes from my wife being a primary school teacher herself, and hearing of hard working teachers unable to find work.

Working with people who between them have decades of experience in this sector and my passion to help, we have I believe, the best team in the South East, if not the industry itself.

You are not just Another candidate to us, or another school that needs a vacancy filling. You are all individuals with individual specific needs and our aim is to fulfil them in the most honest, professional and efficient manner.

Katy Mills, Primary Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Katy is highly motivated and driven to ensure the best support at all times.

Extremely organised and with a wealth of experience in a customer service role, Katy really does go the extra mile to deliver the best provision to all her teachers, teaching assistants and clients.

Katy chose a career in education recruitment as she finds great satisfaction in helping people find their dream job. With this in mind she always does everything she can to guide candidates as smoothly and thoroughly through the recruitment process as possible.

A keen runner and charity worker (most recently working with Friends Against Scams), Katy always displays this energy, passion and care to everything she does at work.



Parris Murphy, SEND Recruitment Consultant

Parris oversees the SEND desk here at Kent Teaching Solutions and comes from a primary education background, focusing on SEND interventions in the class room. This work has equipped Parris with a strong inside understanding of the skills and attributes required for the perfect candidate to work in such a challenging but rewarding role.

Before joining Kent Teaching Solutions Parris worked as a Client Account Manager for a recruitment company in London, striving to give the best working relationship for both clients and candidates. Keen to create strong relationships with schools and staff, Parris decided to combine her experience in the field of education recruitment.

Parris has completed numerous overseas charity work, including working in Calais with help refugees, building in Ghana with Thrive Africa and worked as an English teacher in Cambodia for Hope School.

Karen Hillman, Secondary Specialist Recruitment Consultant

Karen has over 10 years experience of working within Education Recruitment in Kent and holds a degree in BSc Degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Greenwich.

As a Secondary specialist Karen is proven at helping Kent and Medway schools. She has an excellent track record for finding suitable candidates and assisting Teachers, Cover Supervisors and support staff find suitable work for daily supply, long term and permanent work. 

Karen sees the importance of, and really enjoys building long term relationships with clients and candidates.  She is passionate about offering a friendly, honest and reliable service.  Finding the perfect match for candidates and clients is of priority and loves being available to offer ongoing support. 

Karen has volunteered with Samaritans which she found extremely rewarding.  She is also fitness enthusiast and regularly trains with kettlebells and enjoys a new fitness challenge.


Kisha Boakes, SEND

Kisha’s experience in recruitment started over 20 years ago.  Having relocated to Spain Kisha also spent ten years working as a language teacher, before returning to the UK and taking various positions in English primary schools.


Going full circle, Kisha has returned to recruitment, using her working knowledge of both sectors to offer the best possible service to both schools and teaching staff alike.


With a passion for SEND and languages, Kisha has joined Parris on the SEND desk where she is able to provide a sound understanding of needs of client schools and excellent matching of a candidate’s skill set.


In her spare time, Kisha enjoys family time, water sports and martial arts, with a particular interest in Muay Thai.

Gary Risley

I have 38 years Sales Management experience at a senior level with a proven track record for growing and developing Companies. My area of expertise is Leadership in Sales, Recruitment, Training and Marketing. I specialise in growing the sales and marketing structure within an organisation.