Meet the Recruitment Team

Sarah Shackel

Recruitment Coordinator

Hello, my name is Sarah and I have been part of the Tops Day Nurseries team since May 2019.

I have a strong background within recruitment and have worked in this field for many years recruiting in various different sectors.

I am responsible for a number of vacancies across Head Office, Aspire Training and Tops Nurseries and my role is to support our candidates through the recruitment process.


Yusuf Akanni

Recruitment Team Leader

Hello, my name is Yusuf. I am qualified in Business Management and Human Resources Management and I joined Tops Day Nurseries in 2018.

I started my journey with Tops working with our Agency employees before moving into the role of Recruitment Team Leader.  In my role as Recruitment Team Leader, I work alongside Sarah to manage all of our applications for positions within the organisation and am here to support our candidates through the recruitment process


Jake Harvey

Apprenticeship Recruitment Administrator

Hello, I’m Jake the Apprenticeship Recruitment Administrator, I joined Tops and Aspire in 2021.

Within my role, I am responsible for managing the recruitment process for all apprenticeship candidates from the application process through to their job offer ensuring that excellent customer service, support, and guidance is provided to applicants for both Tops and Aspire.


Levine Thomas

Recruitment Assistant

Hello, my name is Levine and I joined Tops Day Nurseries in May 2021.

I come from a Hospitality and Tourism background with a BA (Hons) degree from Bournemouth University. In my role as Recruitment Assistant, I focus on working with local job centres to bring on board new kick start colleagues plus supporting other Tops vacancies.


Abigail Armes

Agency Co-ordinator

Hello, I’m Abbie and I am the Agency Co-ordinator within Tops Hub and I started with the company back in June 2021.

Within my role, I manage and support all the internal Tops Agency Staff with booking them in for shifts and generally support them as a point of contact for any queries. I also work closely with the Nursery Managers in arranging shift cover for their nurseries and also have a good working relationship with external agencies when needed.


If you would like to get hold of the recruitment team please email