Our Higher Education team have continued to go from strength to strength, supporting Universities across the UK with their staffing requirements. Whether it’s recruiting for a temporary or permanent role such as a Professor or Lecturer, Research Fellow, or a Degree Apprenticeship Tutor, they can support you no matter what your requirements may be.

We thought it was important for you to find out more about the people that make up #TeamHE, the team who ensure you get an unparalleled service from Protocol.


Sophie Butcher – Higher Education Recruitment Manager 

I started my career in the Motor trade at the age of 19 as a Sales Executive. When I moved into the world of recruitment I covered various sectors such as Construction and Commercial, this has led me to leading the Higher Education team at Protocol.

I love working on niche roles and finding the perfect fit for both client and candidate. I am a big team player – sharing successes with my team is my favourite part of the job.

Fun fact about Sophie: I spent 2 years living in Paris, just don’t ask me to speak French!

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Laura Molnar – Recruitment Consultant 

I was drawn to Recruitment because I find it rewarding when securing candidates in their dream job. My passion stems from placing people first, it truly is a joy seeing our clients and candidates happy in the process from start to finish.

Fun fact about Laura: I have lived and worked in 7 countries and I can pull the best duck face impression.

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Darcy Inchboard – Recruitment Consultant 

Before working at Protocol, I studied Archaeology and went on to be a Commercial Archaeologist, so I lived in a beautiful orange high visibility jacket digging big holes.

I love working at Protocol due to the room for progression that I now have – which isn’t as extensive in the world of archaeology. I genuinely enjoy the problem solving that’s involved with matching up candidates with the right job opportunities!

Fun fact about Darcy: I did my first real dig in Kazakhstan and found an old burial site.

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Keaton Sharpe – Trainee Recruitment Consultant 

In my previous employment, I worked for a Not-For-Profit Education and Training provider as a Business Development and Marketing Coordinator. I have always loved working in education and helping people achieve their goals and aspirations.

Fun fact about Keaton: I am currently studying for a degree apprenticeship in Business Management & Leadership at Nottingham Trent University. Also, I played for Leicester City Academy and support Liverpool FC.

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Amy Lawson – Recruitment Resourcer

I started my career undertaking a traineeship which taught me essential key skills that I was able to utilise in my role and within an office environment. I also completed a placement at a care company where I learned how to process vital compliance and support documents.

After completing my placement and gaining my NVQ, I was able to complete a Business Support apprenticeship with Protocol. Since joining, I’ve gone from Apprentice to Compliance and Support Officer to Candidate Resourcer for HE.

Fun fact about Amy: I taught myself how to cook amazing dishes  through watching YouTube videos.

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If your team is expanding and you’re on the lookout for new talent to jump in now or to join you in the new academic year don’t hesitate to book a call with our friendly Higher Education team here.

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