Meet the team

I think it’s about time we introduced ourselves. Chalk is made up of a team of experienced, approachable, recruiters who are passionate about what they do. We aren’t just the middleman (or woman); we care about making a difference and getting it right. It’s in our DNA. Here you can get a feel for our staff by day and, perhaps more interestingly, by night…

Sarah Hallworth

Head of Compliance & Resourcing

7 years in SEND Education Recruitment

5 years as SEND Teaching Assistant

Consultant, compliance, resourcer & manager

Passionate about SEND

Supporting & training staff

Interviewing passionate candidates

Attention to detail


BA (Hons) in Sociology

Sarah Hallworth

Owns a Boston Terrier called Britney Spears

Likes a walk with family & pooch

Loves the beach, especially Talacre

Has many tattoos and wants more (inc. my dog, sunflower, unicorn, mermaid)

Loves all food (except baked beans!)

Enjoys a games night with friends


Favourite films include Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, & Amelie

Fan of a floral print

Loves colourful clothes


Su Kinney

Managing Director

20 years’ Education Recruitment experience

10 years focusing on SEND Recruitment

Passionate about SEND

Ethical approach to business




Solutions oriented

Relationship building

Coaching & training

Developing long-term partnerships with schools

BA (Hons) Public Policy & Management

Su Kinney

Kick boxer – black belt


Owns a English Bull Terrier called Obi

Loves red wine

Twitcher – birds

Virgo – non-typical


Loves cars

Music – Dance/Electronic

Favourite food – Thai

Loves fashion

Vicky Wright

Business Development Manager for the Midlands

18 years’ experience working in the education sector

Passionate about making a difference to the life chance of children

Skilled listener

Understands the challenges facing those working in schools



Gets the job done

Vicky Wright

Married with two children

Good company

Loyal, kind & principled

White wine & coffee drinker

Loves the coast & countryside

Keen walker

Avid reader

Jas Brar

Business Development Manager for Berkshire

7 years' experience in education recruitment

Experience running a Primary, Secondary & SEND desk

Consultative approach

Passionate about being a reliable, honest & trusted recruiter

REC member

Experience as a Consultant, Senior, Branch Manager and Compliance Officer

Excellent relationship builder

Jas Brar

Loves cookies and cakes

Loves healthy shakes

All things eco-friendly

Trainers over heels, but sometimes glam

Nature lover, avid walker sometimes tree hugger

Advocate for mental health

Passionate about heart disease


Mum to an angel baby and Labrador/staff

Sharon Shippam

Business Development Manager for the North West

15 years’ experience in Recruitment

Specialist in EY and Primary, and more recently SEN

Qualified Primary Teacher (PGCE)

Honesty and integrity key when working with clients

Relationship builder with both candidates and clients


Finds solutions, rather than excuses

Listens to schools’ needs and offers bespoke service to suit

Sharon Shippam

Owner of two cats called Zorro and Socks

Loves eating out so I have to keep fit! Mainly running/gym

Passionate about travel

Family oriented – loves family days out

Officially the only person who still drinks WKD!

Enjoys music and loves a good dance, old school tunes all the way

Cassie Summerton

Business Development Manager for North Wales

20 years recruitment experience

12 years in Education ALN recruitment

Passionate to provide an excellent service to both candidates and clients


Good Listener

Cassie Summerton

Loves Modern Jive Dancing

Involved in yearly theatre productions, usually in Stage Management

Can sew theatrical costumes

Trained in British Sign Language to level 2

Loves to go out walking and camping, can be quite often found climbing Snowdon most summers

Has two teenage children

Enjoys History and Castles

Owner of 2 cats Tigger and Coco

Sarah Akers

Business Development Manager

10 years experience in education recruitmet

Specialist in supporting with SEND requirements

Managed large recruitment and sports events for clients across the North West

Experienced consultant, team leader and branch manager

Dedicated to providing the right match

Genuine interest and passion for supporting within the SEND field

Sarah Akers

Mother of two children

Owns an English bulldog called Winston

Loves family activity days out

Enjoys to travel, favourite place I have visited so far is Riviera Maya Mexico

Currently planning our dream wedding

Likes to spend my spare time socialising with friends and family

Distant relative of Anthony Hopkins-Honestly its true!

Holly Surey

Business Development Manager West London

8 years of educational recruitment experience

Over 12 years of experience within education starting career in early years.

Managed small primary and SEND teams

Level 3 in early years

Passionate about everything education

Dedicated to all I do and always give 110%

Always put others first and thrive on helping others

Holly Surey

Mother to 2 year old daughter called Ivy

Awesome Aunty to 3 nieces

Should have been born in the 60’s

Love all things music and dance

Enjoy adventure with friends and daughter

Animal lover

Adrenaline junky

Massive foody

Ceri Murray

Business Development Manager South & West Wales

14 years’ experience in Education

Experienced in all aspects of Education Recruitment – Primary, Secondary & ALN

Having been a Cover Manager, has the unique advantage of understanding the complexities, (sometimes the politics!) and the importance of having suitable staff working in your school.

Especially passionate about Additional Learning Needs.

Offers a consultative approach with total honesty.

Keeps up to date with education changes and often can provide information and links for free resources, funding and training.

Adopts a friendly & easy working relationship with both schools and staff.

Will adapt to your way of working to save you time and is always contactable for last minute emergencies.

Ceri Murray

Mother of two lovely, sporty teenage children.

Proud owner of an exceptionally cute dog called Daisy.

Loves brunch, shopping, live music and cocktails. Leads an active lifestyle and spends time keeping fit.

Friends and family are very important.

Has accidentally become the most unlikely football fan ever.

The beach is her happy place!

Nicola Brogan

Candidate Manager

Over 25 years experience in education, 14 of these as a Head teacher

Passionate about providing high quality teaching

Committed to improving standards and life chances for all

Experienced in School Improvement, leading challenging schools and developing a workforce

Nicola Brogan

Proud Mum to 2 (now quite large) boys and Kiki the Cocker Spaniel

Loves reading and enjoys the gym

Is unashamedly left handed!

Has a more than eclectic Spotify playlist - Dance Music and Rod Stewart to Musical Theatre and Daniel O’Donnell!

Victoria Watkins

Business Development Manager North West

Almost a decade Education Recruitment experience, eight of those in SEN.

Takes a personal approach to recruiting staff as she has witnessed the impact of the right and wrong support within education.

Tenacious, approachable and detail orientated style of recruitment.

Passionate about ethical recruitment and overcoming the sectors negative reputation.

Victoria Watkins

Former emo kid

Loves to bake - especially blondie brownies

Literary fantasy nerd

BA Hons in Film & Media - my favourite film may surprise you!

Found in the woods most weekends chasing two small boys

Went grey as a teenager

Has a thing for skeletons

Collector of random facts

Dominic Ormerod

Business Development Manager North West

Nearly 8 years Recruitment experience

4 of those in SEND Education Recruitment

Passionate about delivering the right candidates to support children with SEND

Understand the importance of forging and developing lasting relationships

Experienced in working with both Primary and Secondary SEND needs

Dominic Ormerod

Father of 3 kids, James, Penny, and Alice - also Jack the Kelpie!

Love going to gigs and all things live music

Lived in South Africa for 10 years

Keen Golfer

Enjoy being outdoors with the kids, having a braai (or BBQ!) and relaxing