Committed to exceptional standards of teaching

The Teach Northamptonshire team is supported by an advisory board which meets termly. Together we champion Northamptonshire as an exceptional place to develop a teaching and leadership career. We support over 300 member schools with a targeted recruitment campaign which helps to attract trainee teaching, qualified teaching and leadership staff to jobs in early years, primary and secondary settings countywide. Our focus is near neighbours and London, where the county’s attractive lifestyle offer is compelling. More than 8,000 applications have been processed via the Teach Northamptonshire Applicant Tracking System since we launched the campaign. For further information please contact our project manager Kate Dent on

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Joe Zielinski

Director, Zinc Digital

Joe Zielinski founded Northamptonshire based Zinc Digital in 2003. Joe’s digital strategy expertise has been key to enabling the Teach Northamptonshire team to deliver an exceptional, above national average return on investment (ROI) for the campaign. A founding director of Key Worker CIC, Joe has supported Teach Northamptonshire since its inception and worked with Kate to enable the successful transition to a membership model in February-March 2019.


Kate Dent

Project Manager

A freelance marketer Kate specialises in place marketing and is strategic lead for Northamptonshire’s most high profile place marketing projects; addressing local challenges and suporting place-led change.

A founding director of Key Worker CIC, Kate has managed the Teach Northamptonshire campaign since its inception and championed the successful transition to a membership model in February-March 2019.


Suzzanne Ijewsky

Headteacher, Friars Academy

Headteacher at the Ofsted Outstanding Friars Academy since 2012, Suzzanne has been a proactove supporter of Teach Northamptonshire since its inception, bringing to the advisory group current experience of recruiting to teaching and leadership vacancies in the special and free school environments


Cristina Taboada-Naya

Headteacher, Northampton School for girls

Cristina is prominent in the ‘Educating Northamptonshire’ landscape and joined the Teach Northamptonshire advisory
board in April 2019. Cristina brings to the group exceptional experience of teaching school leadership and CPD in  Northamptonshire schools.


Melanie Morris

HR Manager, Peterborough Diocese Education Trust (PDET)

Since joining PDET in 2015 Melanie has played a significant role in the trust’s growth; from ten to thirty academies and the journey continues. Melanie is CIPD qualified and has worked in HR for over 20 years. She brings to the group the all-important MAT recruitment perspective.


Nina Adams

HR Manager, Pathfinder Schools

An experienced HR Manager specialising in the education sector, Nina has supported over 100 schools and academies with all aspects of strategic HR practice.

Nina brings to the group significant experience of building collaborative partnerships in the local education landscape.

Ready to progress your teaching career?

Our Teacher Recruitment website explains all you need to know about life as a teacher, leader or member of support staff in Northamptonshire schools. You can also search and apply for current vacancies here.

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