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The Futures Family

The Futures family began trading over 25 years ago and we’ve grown to a thriving team of 45. We’re proud of our family culture built on respect, team work and shared goals.

Our diverse team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We’re real, trustworthy, hard-working and dedicated to achieving the best results for you.



Meet the Team

Craig Farnsworth

Joining Futures back in 2013, Craig is the Manager for the South. He offers specialist Consultancy Services for School Improvement & Inclusion Recruitment. An ex secondary teacher, he is also an experienced consultant who has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Education Sector. Craig currently looks after the South East, East Midlands and East Anglia, and prides himself on offering quality candidates and a service that exceeds expectations.

In his spare time Craig enjoys most sports but in particular Football and Tennis, the gym and reading.

David Robinson

A part of the Futures team since the start of 2017, David is a Leadership, School Improvement and SEN consultant who has worked in education recruitment since graduating from his Masters degree in 2015. He focuses on roles within Local Authorities to appoint the highest quality candidates for a broad range of management and consultancy assignments. David prides himself on efficiency without compromising customer service.

Outside of work David composes music for video games, plays badminton, and spends time with his cat, Jigsaw.

Ellen Shepherd

Ellen has been at Education Futures since 2015; supporting, advising and managing both client and candidate expectations, ensuring the very best talent is placed into Schools, Trusts and Local Authorities. She is an experienced Consultant looking after Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East. Ellen has a pragmatic approach to identifying and attracting senior specialists, understanding how important it is to increase and maintain the level of teaching and learning standards.

In her spare time Ellen enjoys playing netball in the West Yorkshire County League, wine tasting and watching sport.

Sian Womersley

Siân joined Education Futures back in 2012 and brought with her a wealth of experience in delivering recruitment solutions that goes beyond expectations. Siân works across the North West and West Midlands area working with Clients on a long term basis to establish a bespoke solution to senior and specialist needs that come up within their teams and offering a unique approach to securing the very best talent. As the Manager for the North Siân is always keen to look at new approaches to attracting talent and is also very focused on ensuring the best possible service to both Clients and Candidates so that the team are chosen for all future requirements.

When she’s not at work Siân enjoys spending time with her family, taking her daughters dancing and swimming, and seeing live music.

Tom Haygarth

Tom is an Educational Recruitment specialist delivering a tailored and truly consultative approach. He works to identify, attract and recruit Senior Managers, Leaders and Consultants for Multi Academy Trusts and Schools across the South of England. He offers an intrinsic understanding of job functions, education industry trends and commercial issues providing confident consultancy advice to both candidates and clients on the best possible solutions to their needs.

Outside of work Tom loves spending time with his family and suffering the ongoing misery of Newcastle United – tempered with a glass of wine or two!

Tamika Hitchman

Tamika joined Futures in January 2019 with a sales background as a lettings negotiator. As the Compliance Officer for the Education team, Tamika makes sure all of our Contractors are fully complaint and ready to be out working.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and teaching dance lessons.

Laura Chapple

Laura joined Futures in July 2019 as a resourcer, supporting Senior Leadership and Specialist roles within Schools, Multi Academy Trusts and Local Authorities across the South of England and the East Midlands. Before this she completed a degree in Television Production, seizing the chance to gain work experience with Channel 7 News in Australia, as well as with the props department for an upcoming film.

In her spare time she enjoys scriptwriting and going to festivals.

Tom Ryan

Graduated with 2:1 in Business in 2003, Tom has 15 years’ experience in providing recruitment and resourcing solutions to the public sector. Tom specialises in social care systems and transformation programmes across adults and children’s services, and currently leads Futures public sector team comprising of 16 Consultants and Resourcers across social care transformation, education leadership and digital transformation. Following rapid success Tom moved from consultant to Director level and has been with Futures 15 years, 12 of which as a Director.

Tom Liptrot

A highly skilled strategist, business leader and expert in his field, Tom took his previous venture, Esprit People, from a two million pound turnover business to seventeen million in just 13 years. At its height Esprit People had fourteen offices across the UK each run by expert recruiters. Following major success of his work at Esprit People, in 2003 Tom moved on to set up Permanent Futures, a specialist recruitment agency with four niche areas of expertise. Tom is responsible for overall strategy, operations and project/contract management and a strong team of 47 highly skilled staff.

Penny Grattan

Educated to degree level in Events & Marketing with 7 years of experience project managing events and working across marketing campaigns. Penny is highly skilled in events management, content writing, campaign planning and social media and has worked on high profile campaigns for major multinational organisations and SMEs across a range of industries. In her spare time you’ll find Penny training, competing at Crossfit, spending time with her friends or eating Nandos.

Karen Waite-Pullan

A part of the Futures team since the start of 2019, Karen brings with her many years of office management and accounts experience. We’re not sure what we’d do without her day-to-day help running the office and assisting with payroll. Karen spends time outside of the office walking her dogs, socialising with friends and (proudly) watching her son play rugby.

David House

As our Financial Director, David has been working at Futures for 17 years.

Heading up the Accounts team, David is responsible for overseeing payroll, ledgers, ensuring all of our suppliers and contractors are paid on time, financial analysis and lots more.

On a weekend you’ll find David spending time with family or walking in the Dales.

Ryan Falcon

Joining the Futures team in 2017 after completing his A Levels, Ryan is a valuable part of our Accounts team. Payroll, purchase ledgers, contractor queries and setting up new starters are just some of his day to day duties. Ryan is well on his way to completing his Level 4 AAT Accounting qualification. Outside of Futures, Ryan is a Leeds United fan who can be found out socialising with his friends and visiting new places.

Join the Futures Family

Futures is a friendly, forward-thinking and growing recruitment company that’s been around for 25 years. We recognise that it’s our people that make us successful. We’ve created a working environment which celebrates different individual personalities, rewards success, and allows you to make a real difference.



Who we've helped

We are proud to have worked with over 100 local authorities across the UK to help them deliver public sector transformation.



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