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Our journey

M2 Education was launched in 2009 by two experienced consultants who identified an opening in the market to provide a tailored, flexible service that can adapt and deliver simple, cost-effective solutions to the ever-changing education industry.

As a highly established, independent supply agency, M2 Education has built their reputation by providing both clients and candidates with a service that is second to none, further supported by our testimonials.

Meet the Team

Click on the photos to meet our team and learn a little more about them!

Director of M2 Education specialist teaching supply agency
Director - Lancashire

Mark Birnie

Director of M2 Education specialist teaching supply agency cumbria
Director - Cumbria

Melissa Kumar

Director - Lancashire

Mark Birnie

As one of the founders of M2 Education, I have over 15 years’ experience working with Primary, Secondary and SEND schools throughout Lancashire. As I edge slowly towards the big 40 many of the schools I have worked with have seen me grow from a boy to a man over the years. Outside of work, life has certainly changed in this period as I have swapped the bright lights of bars for a more relaxed life at home with my wife Claire, dog Chico and crossword book! My true passion in life is Travel and I have travelled to over 50 countries across the globe, so if you need your very own free travel guide do not hesitate to ask!

Director - Cumbria

Melissa Kumar

Hi, I’m Mel, the other founder of M2 Education. I have been working with Primary, Secondary and SEN schools throughout Cumbria since I started in recruitment, many moons ago! My motto has always been to work hard and have fun doing it…and that is definitely what I do. I have built long-standing relationships over the years and will always go the extra mile for my schools and supply staff,

Having climbed Kilimanjaro, completed the Great North Run twice and done bungee jumps in Greece and New Zealand, my daredevil days are now on the backburner whilst I spend time with my beloved Cooper the Cavapoo, renovate the house and start to plan my wedding!

Secondary and SEN consultant lancashire
Operations Manager

Ewan Thompson

Cumbria primary consultant
Team Leader (Cumbria)

Nicola Hale

Education Consultant for Primary Schools in East Lancashire helping supply teachers, teaching assistants and nurseries
Lead Education Consultant (Lancashire)

Scott Apter

Blackpool Primary Consultant
Senior Education Consultant (Lancashire)

Sasha Romano

Specialist supply agency
Finance Manager

Joanna Hannett

Specialist supply agency
Senior Recruitment & Finance Administrator

Leanne Lafranceschina

Operations Manager

Ewan Thompson

Hi, I’m Ewan, I’m the Operations Manager here at M2 Education in Preston. I’ve been in education recruitment for nearly 6 years. As well as overseeing the day to day running of the Preston office I also look after Secondary and SEND schools across Lancashire.

When I’m not in the office you can find me on the rugby pitch or in the gym.

Team Leader (Cumbria)

Nicola Hale

I’m Nicola I joined M2 in 2018 as a Team Leader and I haven’t looked back since.

I have worked as an Education Consultant for over 13 years, my current role is working with the Primary schools in Cumbria. I love my job and helping the people I work with – being a former Nursery Manager I feel I have real empathy with both client and candidates.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my son, Manny, and supporting my beloved St Helen’s RLFC

Lead Education Consultant (Lancashire)

Scott Apter

Hello, I’m Scott.

I am one of the Lead Education Consultants for M2 Education in Preston. I have been with M2 for over 2 years and love each day! I work with Nurseries in Lancashire and Primary Schools in East Lancashire, Chorley & Leyland. Overall, I have been in recruitment for over 7 years with prior experience in the Health & Social Care sector and I pride myself on my excellent customer service and client relationships.

Outside of M2 Education, you can find me out and about with family or tucked away behind my PC (as a self-declared, computer geek!).

Senior Education Consultant (Lancashire)

Sasha Romano

I joined M2 Education in June 2018 and have since been recruiting for and supporting schools within the Blackpool and Preston area. I pride myself on building long-lasting relationships and providing an outstanding level of customer service to both clients and candidates.

In my spare time, I enjoy horse riding and have a passion for health and fitness.

Finance Manager

Joanna Hannett

I have been with M2 since the beginning and I am so proud of how much we’ve achieved so far. Since being a receptionist 10 years ago, to admin support and now finance manager; I’ve grown professionally with Mel and Mark’s support and looking forward to seeing what the future holds. I am a mother to two fantastic girls and in my free time, I enjoy running, hiking and cooking.

Senior Recruitment & Finance Administrator

Leanne Lafranceschina

I am the Senior Recruitment & Finance Administrator and have been with M2 Education for 6 years. I am the first point of contact for candidates and provide them with on-going support through the registration process.

We have recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary and I’m excited to see what the next 10 will bring! In my spare time, I like to run and walk my 2 dogs.

Newcastle SEN consultant
Trainee Operations Manager

Linda Cross

Secondary consultant northeast
Principal Education Consultant

Dave Todd

Recruitment Administrator and Resourcer

Gemma Hattan

Trainee Operations Manager

Linda Cross

Hi – I’m Linda. Newcastle born and bred, I have been working in the North East branch of M2 Education for almost 5 years. Having previously worked as a SEND Teaching Assistant, I moved into Education Recruitment, initially as the Safeguarding and Compliance Officer and am now proud to say I am the Trainee Operations Manager for the North East!

Away from the office, as a doting dog and cat-mum, you will usually find me at home with a gin and tonic catching up on embarrassing reality TV.

Principal Education Consultant

Dave Todd

Hi, I’m David, working in the Newcastle branch of M2 Education as a Principal Education Consultant for secondary schools in the North East. I came to M2 in 2020 with 14 years’ experience, working mainly with secondary schools.

Outside of work I have a massive passion for music, travelling across the country and overseas with my partner and teenage daughter to gigs. I  have played the guitar since I was 9 years old (which is a VERY LONG time ago), and have over 10 guitars littered around my house which I play daily.

I’m a complete science nerd and initially trained to as a Biology Teacher after leaving University.

Recruitment Administrator and Resourcer

Gemma Hattan

Hi, I’m Gemma, the Recruitment Administrator & Resourcer at the North East office, having recently joined in 2020 to provide support to the consultants. I am the first point of contact for all candidates, responsible for taking them through the entire registration process and come with a wealth of recruitment exposure, 14 years to be exact! And I love what I do!

Outside of work, you will find me nowhere else but having fun exploring the outdoors with both my fiancé & daughter. Oh and wedding planning.… maybe that one with a prosecco in hand!