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Our recruitment team

Our team of recruitment consultants have years of experience in recruiting staff for independent schools. Their approach to finding your school the right candidates is extremely thorough and no stone is left unturned. Whether you are a school looking for a senior Headship position, a new Bursar, an English teaching assistant or a prep school manager, our team deals with every vacancy imaginable in the independent education sector. Our Executive Group, an elite team of former and current Heads is also able to assist with senior appointment recruitment. Our team will also speak to registered candidates extensively before recommending them for schools.


If you are a teacher who is looking for a new challenge, please view our latest independent school teaching vacancies.


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Serab Amro – Head of Consultancy and Recruitment

Serab AmroSerab has international experience in the project management field as well as in education. Before joining Gabbitas, she was employed by Siemens in Dubai, moving on to teach German at the French Galatasaray University in Istanbul. Prior to that she was engaged by the Walt Disney Company in Paris. Having built relationships with various different cultures and experienced numerous cross-cultural encounters, Serab is now leading on international and national consultancy projects for Gabbitas. She is also head of the Schools Recruitment Department.


In addition to her business skills and her teaching expertise, Serab is fluent in English, French, German and Turkish and is learning Arabic and Spanish. Serab has an MSc in politics and government of the European Union from the London School of Economics.

Maureen Lacey - Senior Recruitment Consultant

Maureen LaceyMaureen has extensive experience of the education sector. Initially, she spent some years as a teacher, both for adults, teaching cookery, and for children, assisting in a London prep school. In 2001 Maureen joined the Independent Schools Council International as a consultant to advise UK and overseas parents on the placement of their children in affiliated schools in the UK.

Following four successful years with the ISCI, she moved to Brighton College in East Sussex to assist in the admissions department. Maureen joined Gabbitas in 2006, organising the administration for the Recruitment Department and assisting schools and clients with their recruitment needs. She now places teachers and senior managers in international schools and places private tutors all over the world.

Matthew Jackson - Senior Recruitment Consultant

Matthew Jackson joined Gabbitas as a Recruitment Consultant specialising in the independent  sector, following several years working at a City-based consultancy assisting a wide range of Charity, Education, and Not-for-Profit organisations.


He has varied experience of project management, being engaged with leprosy prevention and treatment initiatives in Africa and Asia. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of an international faith-based charitable organisation, a Trustee of a UK based Charitable Trust, founder of an Educational Scholarship in Sri Lanka, Trustee of a voluntary organisation assisting substance abusers and a Governor at a local Primary School.


Matthew read for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern European History at the University of London and, having won a scholarship, gained a Master’s degree in British Political History.

Penny Watkins – Senior Tutor Consultant

Penny WatkinsPenny has held senior leadership positions in prestigious London day schools for many years and has been a Deputy Head and Headteacher. Her subject speciality is English and she has tutored extensively.


Believing in an holistic approach to tutoring, she likes to evaluate the personal and individual needs of pupils and their families. As an experienced and passionate teacher herself she is well placed to recruit, support and monitor the team of tutors at Gabbitas.

Paul Jackson – Executive Consultant

Paul JacksonPaul Jackson has been committed to the independent sector since leaving Loughborough University in 1978. Initially, he taught geography to A-level and PE at Worksop College and Millfield before entering prep schools via Northbourne Park, where he was the Girls’ Boarding Housemaster. He also took up a similar job at Bilton Grange. Paul recently retired from Grosvenor School, Nottingham but still teaches in a new prep school, Brooke House, in Leicestershire.


He is the National Director of Education for SATIPS and was formerly PE and sport advisor to HMC, GSA and IAPS. Paul was also awarded Fellowship of the Physical Education Association for services to school sport. As an Executive Consultant, Paul has specific responsibility at Gabbitas for recruitment within preparatory schools.

Kirsty Reed - Tutor Administration Support/Resourcer

Kirsty ReedKirsty recently graduated with a management degree from Anglia Ruskin University before joining Gabbitas. She is an integral part of the recruitment team, and provides essential administrative support to the department. She also works closely with families to match private tutors to suit students’ individual needs.

Kirsty manages the Gabbitas database of educational candidates and is the first port of call for the busy department.