Meet our team
Passionate and dedicated, our team strives to help and inspire individuals in achieving their career dreams.
CEO & Founder
"Our true purpose in life is to become the best version of ourselves, by living life by choice, not by chance. By making changes, not excuses. By being motivated, not manipulated. By being useful, not used. By choosing self-esteem, not self-pity. By listening to our inner voice and not the random opinions of others."
Ali is the CEO and Founder of Career Tree, he is also the Marketing Director and member of the Board of Governors for the UK’s largest private higher education group. Prior to forming Career Tree and before joining the group, Ali was a pilot in the Royal Air Force and graduated with a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering. With a strong leadership background and ability to think creatively and analytically, he has ambitious plans to establish Career Tree as the leading international provider of Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.
Amazing fact: Other than his devotion to Career Tree, Ali has a passion for flying and owns a share in a small aeroplane, which he uses to fly with friends on weekend trips. He and a group of pilots are planning the largest around the world formation flight, consisting of over 30 different aircrafts.
Senior Project Manager
"The greatest project you can ever manage is yourself. If you’re not working on wholesomeness towards yourself, you’re working against yourself."
Graduating in mass communications, Michael’s extensive background is a hybrid of marketing, advertising, journalism, web design and business. Through Michael’s corporate experience as an international account manager, he built great relationships across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with key decision-makers from the likes of Samsung, Ericsson, Apple, Microsoft, Sony and various others within research and development. Being at the Career Tree for over half a decade now, Michael believes that the future of this business will rely heavily on innovation and he is extremely passionate about Career Tree becoming the UK’s number 1 education, training and employment consultancy.
Amazing fact: When Michael isn’t at golf or managing his vegan App, he often travels to Milan or Paris to meet with friends who are part of a writer’s group where they occasionally share their newest pieces of work. Michael hopes to publish his anthology online.
"I thrive on being able to help people achieve their long term goals and transform their lives through education."
As one of Career Tree's exemplary consultants, Elaina has a natural ability to guide others. With extensive experience in recruitment and administration, she is passionate to find innovative solutions to any challenge.
Amazing fact: Elaina believes having a positive outlook has many health benefits. She goes to the gym regularly (and then rewards herself with maybe five cheeky digestive biscuits). On a wellness health kick, she's swapped her morning latte with a smoothie but she cannot eat a meal without her Hellmann's Mayo! Elaina is a fan of Helen Fisher, an anthropologist specialising in the studies of the evolution of human emotions. She's an avid reader with a focus on self-improvement. Her coworkers describe her as fiercely loyal, and a force of nature when achieving any goals.
"The 4 D's of Success: Desire, Dedication, Determination, and Discipline."
Daniel is a senior consultant at Career Tree with a multitude of experience in interviewing, candidate generation, screening resume and prospecting. He is a hardworking, clear-minded and a dedicated worker who loves to have a good laugh. Attention to detail with quality and care from start till finish.
Amazing fact: Daniel loves to make music and once performed at a French Montana concert at the 02 Arena. He has developed strong interests in reading, writing, and public speaking. He’s full of energy and never fails to make the rest of the team smile.
"Ready to break barriers in heels."
With wide-spread experience within recruitment starting in the Environmental health sector and previously, completing a pharmacy counter assistant course, Abidah has a very versatile skill-set. Through her empathetic nature and exceptional communication skills, she acts as a mentor to both colleagues and students alike. She has a well-refined ability to understand other people's motivations and bring out the best in them.
Amazing fact: Abidah stands out with her unique and bold artistic style. As a side venture, she specialises in Henna designs and party hampers. Her colleagues describe her as welcoming, approachable and a very influential member of the team. She loves Arabic perfumes, her laugh is contagious and caramel cappuccinos are the way to her heart. She loves a challenge and would run a marathon in heels if she could.
"I am dedicated to discovering talent and adapt a creative approach tailored to each person’s individual needs."
An experienced recruitment consultant with a background in Business Management. Runa has a strong sense of personal integrity and a drive to help others actualise their potential. She has a unique ability to intuit others' emotions and motivations. Runa strives to have deep connections with people and she is always here to offer a friendly ear with her intrinsic drive to do what she can to make the world a better place.
Amazing fact: Runa believes she has the ability to predict the future; so if you're planning on playing the lottery, she's your girl! She is a strong believer in empowering women and works with a charity giving opportunities and access to resources for women wanting to get back into employment; helping them look fabulous and feel confident. She has a dream to build an orphanage and is working closely with an organisation to make that dream a reality. Growing up she had a fascination with becoming an astronaut, but at 4ft11, she didn’t meet the height requirement! NASA's loss is our gain, Runa is proof that good things come in small packages, and with an obsession for skincare, she's our little glowing ray of sunshine in the office every day!
"My greatest reward is someone's appreciation for helping them change their career and showing them how to reach their potential."
With over a decade of customer service, sales, staff training and development experience, Santiago is skilled at helping people reach their professional goals. He has a focus on developing others careers by showing them the skills and qualifications they'll need to reach their dream jobs.
Amazing fact: Santiago actively helps candidates in other languages he speaks; such as French and Spanish. When he's not developing his callisthenics exercise skills, he enjoys time hiking in nature as much as improving his Latin dancing techniques from genres like Salsa to Bachata and Reggaeton. Thanks to having started to cut his own hair five years ago, he never suffered from a bad lockdown haircut. His next major endeavour will be to go into software development.
"Connecting people is the key to business development."
As one of the more recent additions to the team, Leyla has a broad skill set developed through her experience working within international IT recruitment. With her strong corporate background, she is no stranger to building connections with partners and candidates, placing them in exciting roles with a focus on business development.
Amazing fact: Leyla is the youngest member of the team. She has an incredibly warm personality and loves spending time socializing with her friends. She’s been dubbed an “undercover matchmaker" and has an amazing ability at making people believe in themselves. Just don’t be put off by her fascination with forensic crime documentaries and her weird habit of dunking custard creams in water.
"Dedicated towards providing a trustworthy experience and motivating others to go beyond their limit to achieve greatness."
Nathan joined Career Tree in 2020 after completing his BA Business Management Degree at Coventry University. During his studies, he was involved in the CU American Football Team and Boxing Society. Nathan's past experiences range from working within supply chain management, retail and sales.
Amazing fact: Nathan loves travelling and seeing the world. He would like to have visited 25 different countries by the time he turns 30 and has been learning to speak fluent Mandarin. Some of his favourite experiences include going scuba diving, hiking and mountain climbing. He is a real family man and loves a good BBQ.
Digital Marketing Executive
"I strongly believe life is given to us in order to make the most out of it and follow our passion. That's why I am committed to help people find their dream, so they never feel like they're working."
Andreea’s passion for education and personal development really shows up in her work. She loves content creation and all things marketing. Having previous experience in hospitality and education helped her shape her creative medium and express it in her current role as a Digital Marketing Executive.
Amazing fact: Andreea just started cooking 2 years ago, but she can make the most complex dishes from Asian cuisine! From Vietnamese Pho to Japanese Ramen and Chinese Dumplings, she's determined to achieve the perfect taste every single time. She loves doing everything from scratch and shop local for the best ingredients. All Andreea's friends are waiting to be invited for dinner at hers!
Customer Care Coordinator
"I love to help people grow and accomplish their ambitions."
With a background in Event Management and Hospitality, Sally has a wealth of experience focused on delivering exceptional customer service. With a keen eye for detail and a charismatic personality, she dedicates herself to bringing the best out of each individual.
Amazing fact: Sally performs in a multi-award winning country band. Their debut single went to number one in the iTunes country chart and she's performed at venues around the UK & internationally; including appearances on American TV, Ski Slopes in Norway and in front of Royalty at Buckingham Palace! Amongst her musical achievements, Sally has a passion for America visiting 48 states. She's served a President, kissed a member of Boyzone and contributed to the World’s Largest Ball of Twine, but not in that order.
Customer Care Coordinator
"I focus on the level of support I can give candidates ensuring they feel comfortable at every stage."
A creative individual with a strong connection to her heritage. Katia is interested in Middle Eastern historical and current events. Her vast experience in customer service and empathetic nature make her the ultimate supporter for those progressing in their careers.
Amazing fact: Katia has a passion for volunteering for organisations centred around Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. She loves riding horses and is a highly creative individual with a degree in Fine Art. She explores printmaking with different materials; and combines art & film by projecting moving images through the prints. She's always laughing, which is probably a good thing when it comes to her abilities in the kitchen; her speciality is preparing Pot Noodles. She loves snickers, shopping and hiking and is very family-oriented.
"Being consistent in helping yourself is the key to personal and professional development."
With an extensive background in customer service and administration, Shea is here for all your needs. He is dedicated to enabling your personal and professional development, and will make sure you have everything you need.
Amazing fact: Shea spent 15 years as a competitive gymnast before qualifying as a Men’s Gymnastics Coach and Sports Leader, and hopes to qualify in First Response Emergency Care. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws, alongside working in the Career Tree office. On holidays, and long weekends he heads to Europe to immerse himself in the diverse cultures right on our doorstep!