About Us

Our team

Brad

After more than a decade of experience at leading education recruitment consultancies across Birmingham, in 2014, Brad decided to take his knowledge and passion for the industry to the next level by launching Zest Education.

Brad is, and always has been, a secondary school and academy specialist, having now provided staff to the majority of secondary level schools across the West Midlands.

He may have a penchant for brightly coloured shirts and bad jokes, but by always being honest, professional and consistent in his approach, he continues to receive outstanding feedback and unwavering loyalty from his clients and candidates.If you are a secondary school with a particular requirement, or somebody who is looking to work within a secondary setting, he is most definitely your man.

Outside of the office, Brad can be found either training tirelessly for yet another ludicrously demanding endurance event (IronMan), or enjoying visiting new places with his wife and young son and daughter. Suffice to say, he never has time to get bored!

Tanya

Tanya is our brilliantly bubbly Senior Primary Consultant, who, after spending several years servicing primary schools in Essex, relocated back to the Midlands to join the Zest Education team.

She prides herself on being able to build honest, trustworthy and long-lasting relationships with both schools and candidates, and believes that being a good listener is key to her ongoing success.

Prior to working in recruitment, Tanya worked in a school as a cover supervisor, giving her first-hand knowledge of how the school system works and the importance of good quality teachers and support staff.

When she’s not eating super healthy protein-packed ready meals at the office, she has a rather interesting penchant for eating cheese & onion crisps and Twix’s (simultaneously) – sounds strange, we know, but then, we are all about diversity here at Zest!

Outside of the office Tanya is kept on her toes with two young boys (and hubby), and spends a good deal of her time finding fun and enjoyable ways to wear them out (not easy but she enjoys a challenge) With country walks, playing football and swimming to mention just a few of their regular activities!

In her spare time Tanya enjoys hitting people, or boxing, as it is more commonly known as (nothing to do with having two young children), and indulging in a box set, nice bottle of wine and a takeaway at the weekend.

Lenny

Lenny is a fox-red Labrador ‘teenager’, and our official Zest Education mascot.

His tail could almost be classified as a weapon of mass destruction, and when he’s not busy sleeping (producing unique snoring noises) in his office bed, he likes nothing more than chasing sticks and balls, for hour, upon hour, upon hour.

Our values

Personable

Our consultants are always friendly and approachable and will do everything they can to put you at ease. We’re ‘people people’ that love working in partnership with schools and the best teaching talent from across the Midlands.

We believe that every day should be a fulfilling adventure for pupils, candidates and our schools – full of new opportunities, challenges and living life to the fullest.

Professional

What drives us is the knowledge
that with every placement, we’re changing people’s lives. So, whilst we enjoy being lighthearted from time to time, such a big responsibility means that we take our work very seriously. We are always fully committed to safeguarding and attention to detail, and pride ourselves on being professional in all possible situations.

Honest

We believe in pure honesty at all times. Schools need the right person for the job, and candidates want honest feedback in order to perform at their best. By being completely transparent, everybody knows exactly what they’re getting, and students are more likely to get the quality education they need.