Teresa Scott, CEO, launched Kennedy Scott in 1989, as a subsidiary of the Principals Design and Marketing group, acquiring the company outright in 1991, and she remains the sole owner.
In 2006, the company won the prestigious National Training Award for an innovative recruitment programme aimed at increasing BME representation amongst Police Community Support Officers for the Met Police; and in 2007 for Greater London attaining a Highly Commended for its community jobsource programme.
Following a stint teaching English in North London and Perth, Australia, she diversified into Youth Training, managing large scale YTS (Youth Training) schemes for Boots, BP International Group Training, Marks and Spencer and Texaco. As Area Training Manager (London) for YMCA Training, she quickly won contracts to deliver Management and Supervisory training for Marks and Spencer, Prudential Bache, Singer, FSB and BP alongside government funded contracts. Teresa was at the forefront of contracted out Job search provision during the late 1980’s.Teresa trained to be a Teacher at the University of Hertfordshire (then Wall Hall College) graduating with a Bachelor of Education followed by an MBA at Warwick Business School in 1997.
In 2007, Kennedy Scott was the only training provider of its kind (outside of the traditional knowledge schools) delivering Black Taxi Fast Track Knowledge. The two year programme offered well paid careers once a participant had attained the prestigious Green Badge.
Many years experience and her profound knowledge of the welfare to work and employability support sector has propelled Teresa into becoming an industry thought leader. In 2016, she was awarded the ERSA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and her work has featured in many specialist publications debating key issues surrounding the industry, jobseekers and employers.Teresa has grown Kennedy Scott from a single office outlet, to a DWP prime contractor, with fourteen centres throughout the South East, London and the Midlands. Despite the company’s national reach, Teresa has maintained her personal leadership of the company, with her life experience as a former teacher and a lone parent giving her personal insight to the barriers faced by many of Kennedy Scott’s customers.
The company continues to thrive, helping thousands of people each year into sustainable employment. Kennedy Scott's work has been recognised in both the local and national media and has gained recognition from local MPs and Ministers for their contribution to the fall in unemployment.