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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.

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

Your Populus Consultant will be aligned to your industry sector, bringing together their recruitment expertise with the proven Populus research driven recruitment process.

Our aim is for great people to see their job as the foundation of their personal and professional growth—and for them to do great things for themselves and the organisations that employ them.

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 is 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 clients’ 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 in 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 the Populus Darlington office.  His areas of specialism 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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Donna James

Research Director

Donna has 29 years of research experience as a published academic, as a research commissioner, then as a Founder/ Research Director of a research agency at Guidance Enterprises Group (later VT plc, then Babcock Plc). She has worked across a wide range of sectors including: Finance, Built Environment, Care, Transport, Education, Voluntary & Charitable, Public Sector – local, regional and national.

Donna leads the Recruitment Research team and the Economic, Social and Market Research Agency at Populus Select. Having started her research career focusing on East Asian political economy, Donna speaks Mandarin Chinese.

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Ella Workman

Associate Researcher

As Associate Researcher Ella is the starting point to our Populus Select identification research process.

Thanks to her attention to detail and inquisitive nature, Ella ensures she understands our clients’ requirements to support them to the professional standards she and Populus demand.

Outside of work Ella loves spending time in the great outdoors going for walks with her partner and her dog Barney.


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Georgie Rutherford

Marketing & Communications Officer

Georgie is Populus Select’s Marketing and Communications Officer who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from working in the Sport Management sector and from her time as an elite athlete.

Georgie brings a global perspective having travelled the world working for international companies such as IMG, the Commonwealth Games Committee, Nova International, for the London Organising Committee for the 2012 London Olympic Games, the British Triathlon Federation and Human Race events.

As a retired professional triathlete, with World titles to her CV, Georgie knows first-hand about time management, determination, and working to achieve a goal: attributes she employs to drive the success of Populus Select clients.

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