We have a wonderful bunch of employees here at Athona, so throughout 2021 we will be shining the spotlight on a different employee each month to find out more about their job role and how they are Affecting Futures. From Recruitment Consultant’s to our support functions, there are lots of people doing great work every day at Athona.

This month we chatted to Geri Chapman, our Education Compliance Manager.

What is your role at Athona and your day to day responsibilities in your team?

I am the Education Compliance manager, so it is my job to make sure that all candidates placed by the team fulfill all the relevant legal requirements to do so. I also oversee maintenance on files and provide support for the Resource team.

How did you get into recruitment?

I had previously been a cinema manager and wanted a change of career. I heard about an opportunity in the Education team at Athona and the Compliance role seemed a perfect fit for me.

What is the most rewarding part of your role?

I enjoy knowing that our recruitment consultants can confidently place all our candidates as I really care about making sure that our high standards of vetting are met at all levels. We have a good reputation with our clients, and I take great pride in the ethical and transparent way we work.

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your role?

Often it is little details such as delays in DBS certificates or reference chasing.

Has anything changed in your role/the education sector due to the pandemic?

We have had to lean a lot more on technology as the way the compliance process begins has changed, but we have found this has worked to our benefit as is something we are keen to explore for the future.

Any tips for anyone wanting to work in recruitment?

Recruitment is a rewarding and fast paced career you have to be prepared to be proactive and take an interest in the industry news.

Fun fact about yourself:

I am about to start learning Korean as I am planning a trip to South Korea to visit friends in the future.



Does recruitment sound like the industry for you? You can view our current vacancies here.