Our Team


Office Manager

Lisa Cantwell

Lisa brings to Castles Education a wealth of experience from an educational background. Having worked in both primary and secondary education sectors, Lisa has experience in administration and pastoral roles and secretarial, administration and complaints resolution tasks in local government. Lisa has responsibility for compliance, vetting and payroll. At weekends she can be found walking her dogs in the Cheshire countryside or cheering loudly at her sons' basketball games.

0161 914 9189 lisa@castleseducation.co.uk


Colin Short

Colin is an ex-headteacher in Greater Manchester with over 25 years of teaching and school leadership experience. After completing a degree at Salford University Colin went on to gain the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Master’s Degree from Manchester University in Educational Leadership. Working with many education professionals and schools from across the country Colin is keen to develop the school improvement arm of Castles. He is working with a number of academies to apply for grant funding and condition improvement fund submissions via the Education Funding Agency.

07460541103 colin@castleseducation.co.uk LinkedIn


James Tipping

James is an ex-deputy headteacher of a large secondary school. He has significant expertise in academy conversion, HR, performance management, self-evaluation, quality assurance, whole school action plans, data analysis, governance and leadership development at all levels. He is particularly keen to support schools in challenging circumstances and has a wealth of experience supporting schools to move out of special measures. When he is not writing whole school action plans, James is on a one man mission to eat in every restaurant in Manchester.

07473649022 james@castleseducation.co.uk LinkedIn

Branch Manager - London Divison

Kelly Woollard

Kelly has over 10 years of education recruitment experience across London & Manchester. Having started her career, as a trainee consultant in London she became branch manager before moving to Manchester 2 years ago, to be closer to her daughter. Kelly now heads up our London division where she supports a varied client base of SEND & mainstream schools across London. Her passion for SEND recruitment stems from her background as a youth worker within inner London city gang culture, working with teenagers in the care system as well as her brother being diagnosed with autism. With this knowledge, background & experience, you are in safe hands with Kelly as candidates & schools trust her & come back to her for placements & recruitment solutions. Kelly is trained in Makaton & Team Teach. Out of the office, Kelly loves to travel & can often be found exploring new cultures across the world. One day she hopes to drive across route 66 and Australia in a big rig truck!! Our lady of the road.

07380801847 or 0203 137 1821 kelly@castleseducation.co.uk LinkedIn
Thank you so much for helping me secure a permanent job! This wouldn't have been possible without Castles and I will forever remember how cooperative and kind you have been! I constantly sing your praises and recommend Castles!
Teaching Assistant.