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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.


If you are a school who wants to speak to us about your recruitment needs, click here.

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 JacksonMatthew 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.

Leigh Wood - Education Consultant

Leigh WoodLeigh Wood is a Recruitment Consultant specialising in the Education Sector. He works within the Executive Search Team, with a focus on teacher appointments.


Leigh joined Gabbitas in 2014 after spending a sabbatical year travelling within the Middle East, improving his cultural and political awareness of the area. Prior to this he had a short career in retail banking. Leigh is a recent graduate of University College London where he read Anthropology.

Natasha Sawyer - Administration Manager

Natasha SawyerNatasha Sawyer joined Gabbitas following a successful period of working in the not-for-profit recruitment sector. She provides full administrative support to the Consultancy Team and the Managing Director to assist in the growth and development of Gabbitas Educational Consultancy services.


Natasha read for a BA in Psychology at Roehampton University.

Reena Patel - Recruitment Admin Support

Reena PatelReena joined Gabbitas after several years working within the Not-for-profit Recruitment and Medical Sector in various senior administrative roles. Reena’s responsibilities include making contact with schools, potential candidates and clients. Within the Education Recruitment team, Reena provides essential back up and support so that assignments are delivered professionally and effectively for clients.


Reena has a Degree in Psychology and read for a Masters in Criminology at the University of Hertfordshire.