Kirsty’s career to date spans the public and private sectors, large and small organisations. Her strengths are in strategy, creative thinking and ideas, business scaling and succession planning.
After graduating, Kirsty started her career as a Police Officer for Northumbria Police which was a steep learning curve in criminal justice, team-work and communication skills. She moved through departments from child protection to riot control to surveillance and under-cover work.
Kirsty studied for a post graduate qualification in education alongside her police career, and eventually left to become a teacher. She taught in schools across the north-east and achieved head of department within 2 years. This led to her taking a position as an Education Advisor for Newcastle then North Tyneside Local Authorities, supporting Head Teachers across the region to meet the strategic plan, equipping them for Ofsted inspections and demonstrating improvement in pupil attainment. She also served as a school governor, leading on strategy, HR and finance committees. Kirsty went on to manage large scale national projects for the Department for Education.
Whilst on maternity leave, Kirsty had the idea to start a business in Education Recruitment, which grew from a small north-east based company to an international business under her Directorship. The business was recently sold to a Swedish Group who intend to introduce their education technology into the UK and US markets.
Kirsty is now involved in a new venture but finds time to mentor fellow business leaders and provide advice and support on growth strategy and succession planning. Her key skills lie in her ability to be a sounding board, see a problem or opportunity from different angles and present creative solutions. She is keen to make time to take an active role in the Entrepreneurs' Forum, helping support north-east businesses and innovation across our region.