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Katy Rees

Entrepreneur in Residence

Worcester Business School

Contact Details

email: katy.rees@worc.ac.uk

tel: 0121 210 5002

Katy Rees was educated in Worcester from the age of 7-18 when she left the city to attend the University of Wales in Swansea. She left there with a 2:1 degree in French with Language Studies and Business. After a couple of years working overseas she began a career in recruitment with a Birmingham based IT agency and worked up from a Resourcer to Sales Manager of the Thames Valley region. 

In 2009 Katy embarked on a new project launching “Smile Education” a recruitment business focussing on the education sector which was backed by her then directors. As manager of the business she took full responsibility in ensuring its success and creating a brand that was well known by schools and teachers across the West Midlands. 

In 2014 Katy was part of a management buyout and bought Smile Education as the major shareholder and Managing Director, the business has grown and expanded year on year in terms of profit and headcount. Katy is passionate about mentoring and working with new businesses and inspiring other women in business. Her best skills include recruitment, retention, motivating sales teams, sales planning and strategy, Social media and marketing and creating /maintaining culture. 

External responsibilities

Owner and Managing Director of Smile Education, Co-Chair of West Midlands APSCO meetings. 

Social media

Twitter @educationkaty @smile_education 

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