Meet us!....

We are Emilie and Sophie, we have been good friends since we worked together as SEND consultants eight years ago, our name Parker Smith is a combination of our Mums' maiden names. We created our company to make a positive impact in a market we have both always been incredibly passionate about.

 

 

Emilie Pecheur - Co-Founder

I have recruited in the Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) sector for ten years. SEND is an industry like no other and I feel privileged to work with individuals, schools and education providers who do such vital work. It is with immense pride that I am now able to put to use all of the knowledge and passion I have gained over these years within my own business. Prior to recruitment I trained as a dancer so theatre is a huge part of my life, one look at my Spotify playlist will confirm this! Outside of work, I spend my time watching as much sci-fi I can get my hands on whilst enjoying a glass of red. Lastly, my cat Ginge would be very angry if she didn't get a mention!

 

 

Sophie Kelly - Co-Founder

I have a degree in Business and Management Psychology and have been recruiting in the education sector for the last 8 years. I developed an interest and passion in people when studying the psychology part of my degree and through my pursuit into HR, found my way into education recruitment. For the majority of my career I have specialised in Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) recruitment and have built wonderful relationships with many schools and educational professionals. I am also proud to mention that my role led my mum into her first SEMH role where she has truly made a difference to many children's lives. My other passion in life is my Yorkshire Terrier Bella …..my next goal is to train a therapy dog to bring into our partner schools.

 

 

Darragh Ryan - Managing Director

I was given the opportunity to recruit for special needs schools at the start of my recruitment journey and have never looked back By coincidence, both my parents were also involved in SEND, my mum was the head of a Neuro-Psychiatry Unit in South Wales and I was often encouraged to spend time playing pool and drafts with the patients. Looking back, this was possibly a creative childcare solution for my mum, little did she know that this would be where I found my calling! Now, with 10 years of SEND recruitment and management experience, joining PS inclusion was something I had no hesitation about. We share the same ethos and drive towards making a positive impact in the world of SEND recruitment.

 

Katie Applegarth - Senior Consultant

I started my recruitment journey within the education sector 9 years ago working as a Compliance Officer, I then moved my career into a consultant role. I previously specialised in recruiting school office support staff, this included working with SEN schools across London and Essex which I always had a passion for! After taking some time out of recruitment to travel, I am now excited to continue my recruitment journey at PS Inclusion and I look forward to making a difference to young people’s lives. Outside of work, I spend my time at the gym, socialising with friends, and most importantly with my puppy Alfie!

 

Nicola Peters - Compliance Officer

I have had experience working as a Compliance Officer for 2 and a half years now, prior to this I worked as a special educational needs one-one Support Assistant which is a job I loved dearly! I also hold a qualification in children and young people’s workforce. Now I have the opportunity to combine both my passion and understanding for supporting those with special educational needs and helping to provide the care they deserve and need! I’m excited to work together at Parker Smith inclusion to make a positive impact on young people’s lives. Outside of work, I spend a lot of my time with all 5 of my dogs and I am guilty of watching one too many series on the TV!

 

Elle Abela - Candidate Consultant

I worked within the children’s entertainment sector from the age of 15, and with this I spent a lot of time working closely with SEND children and adults; creating SEN friendly activities and also working closely with a local SEND charity. Through this, I’ve developed a strong passion for helping those with Special Educational Needs. Recruitment is a new career venture for myself, yet I am so excited to gain valuable experience at PS Inclusion and make amazing things happen. Growing up, I trained in Street Dance and I love to perform whenever I get the chance - you’ll definitely catch me having a boogie!

 

Holly Lucas - Candidate Consultant

I have a background in working with children with special educational needs from working in Great Ormond Street Hospital during the pandemic and also through teaching dance to young people with disabilities. I now want to combine the background I have with the chance to find the best people to help the SEND sector and benefit people’s lives. Outside of work I love socialising with friends and love going for a brunch!

 

Tasha Whymark - Candidate Consultant

I am approaching my final year of my Law degree at University and, with that in mind, I knew it was time to start a new chapter of my career. I was very unsure on the path I wanted to take, but I knew for sure I wanted a job with meaning behind it. I have always been someone who’s passionate to help people and have a positive impact on peoples lives no matter how small it may be. I truly believe the SEND sector deserves the best people to help make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children and can’t wait to be a part of that process. Outside of work, I enjoy socialising with friends and family, going out for dinner or binge watching one to many series on Netflix! 

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