Research Driven Recruitment


Populus Select enables the growth of its clients, candidates and staff, with the opportunity to fulfil their potential by completely understanding them.

Populus sole purpose is to understand your business so we can identify, attract and hire your senior and executive talent of people who make a difference, no matter where they are needed in the world.

Our search teams are aligned to an industry sector bringing together their recruitment expertise with the proven Populus research driven recruitment process.

Our in-house Research function is the bedrock of our delivery methodology, which can be used in isolation for talent mapping and market intelligence, or as a seamless element to the full Search process.

With an increasing focus on scientific delivery in the recruitment world, the personal service Populus are renowned for ensures we deliver your assignment with care.

Populus Management Team

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Simeon Hall

Managing Director

With his Engineering background Sim has been Managing Director and Founder of Populus since inception in 2007. He has driven the growth of Populus across international boundaries and delivered successful searches across Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Biotech, Power, Built Environment and Finance sectors.

Recently he has driven the further expansion of the international business and successfully delivered assignments in China, Dubai, KSA, Australia, Malaysia, mainland Europe and across the Americas.

Sim is passionate about understanding our Client’s business challenges and delivering robust, long term solutions that add real value.

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Elaine Hall


With 20 years strategic and hands on operational and financial management experience Elaine has guided the business of Populus since day one.

She is passionate about delivering value and has been instrumental building the international business.  She is currently structuring the company for further growth and ongoing future success.

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Johnny Fieldhouse

Managing Consultant

Johnny Fieldhouse is a senior consultant working from Populus Darlington office.  His areas of specialisms are Infrastructure & Built Environment and Consumer & FMCG in the UK and across the EMEA.

Johnny has 20 years of management and directorship experience in talent attraction and across his chosen sectors. His approach is to partner with clients, apply a consultative method to their recruitment problems and deliver solutions.

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David Langburn

Research Manager

David leads the Populus research team, providing inspiration with a meticulous approach to data for qualitative & quantitative assignments.  His methods have increased our effectiveness and widened the scope of the research offering.

His research team gathers relevant, targeted data enabling Populus to gain a deeper understanding of what candidates (or potential employees) are looking for. David is passionate about using research data to measure the success of both individual hires and wider recruitment initiatives when planning for future business growth.