Chief Operating Officer

Simon Hunt

Having gained an Earth Science degree from Plymouth I avoided the temptation of work and went to France to do a ski season. I began my recruitment career over 18 years ago and have gained experience globally spending 2 years doing HR recruitment in Sydney, Australia. I joined Oakleaf Partnership in early 2006 to help develop and build the business across industry, and was
promoted to Partner in 2009 and Senior Partner in 2016 and COO in 2018. As a board member I am jointly responsible for the delivery of Oakleaf's annual corporate objectives, operationally I run Oakleaf's Payroll and Regional practices and from an infrastructure perspective - IT, Marketing, HR, Operations and Compliance. I also support the Exec team with search mandates and business origination.

I love all sports, with a real passion for skiing, running and golf. I competed in triathlons in Sydney and completed two London marathons in 2001 and 2005 (faster than Richard) for Cystic Fibrosis (The Royal Brompton Hospital) and The British Lung Foundation.





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Testimonials for Simon

My team and I have worked with the people at Oakleaf for some years now. Having credible, experienced HR professionals is important for CIMA; our mission is helping people and businesses to succeed – therefore HR has an important role to play in bringing that mission to life for our employees. The team at Oakleaf take time to understand our needs and culture. The service is one of a partnership; working together to get the right person onboard. Through this approach we have benefited from seeing some exceptional talent join the HR team at CIMA, which in turn has enabled us to drive sustainable success globally.

Brad Taylor, Director of HR & Workplace Performance - CIMA

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This was the first time I have worked with Oakleaf and it was refreshing to find a company that understood the company, culture and brief in depth and then provided really strong candidates to match our requirements. This was a very effective assignment for us and took a lot of pressure and time off our hands because of the early understanding of our needs. They are a very professional organisation who is enthusiastic to ensure they meet your requirements, and have great integrity.

Teri Ellison, HR Director UK & Ireland, SAP

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Professional, honest and collaborative. Excellent service from end to end.

Emma Azzopardi / Société Générale

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In May 2007 I made the difficult decision to look for a new and more challenging job role. I approached Oakleaf partnership with no prior knowledge of their work and no recommendation from friends or colleagues.
I needn't have worried. My introduction with Simon Hunt at Oakleaf confirmed my choice of recruitment consultant was the right one.
Simon was quick to understand my background and most importantly the type of industry and sector I was looking to join. What I liked most about Simon was his ability to make realistic promises about the roles available to me and the fact that he continued to remain in contact with me throughout the search, even when there were no new opportunities to discuss. Since meeting Simon in May he successfully found me two roles, one of which I went on to take and during my initial first months in my new role Simon took the time to maintain the relationship with me and keep in contact to ensure the role was everything I was looking for. Simon has continued to be a key contact for me and should I be looking for another new opportunity he is the first person I would call. I have every confidence that Simon will deliver.

Karen Phillips, HR Manager, Birdseye

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I worked with Harriet in a job-hunting capacity during a very difficult time in the market and was very grateful for her knowledge, network, advice, expertise and patience! She is a smart, talented and thoughtful senior recruiter and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her personally (or Oakleaf as a consultancy) to any senior HR contacts.

Cleo Thompson

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Oakleaf Partnership are well named. Why? Because they have truly acted as partners in all our HR recruitment activities. They get right what so many others get wrong and are real talent spotters. We know that we will only get a shortlist of candidates who match the spec or we have agreed to take a chance with, and this is essential in busy times when no-one has time to waste in getting the right person on board.

Jean Wells, Head of HR, Associated Newspapers Limited

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I have known Simon for several years and he has an excellent knowledge of the HR market. Simon has a highly consultative approach, taking the time to listen and provide solid advice based on individual needs and aspirations. His knowledge of the market and excellent network of clients and candidates makes his service of the highest quality. As someone I trust and value professionally, I would highly recommend Simon.

Anne Mawhinney, People & Culture Business Partner, Europe, National Australia Bank

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Oakleaf really understand our business needs and in working in partnership with them, I have been delighted with the quality and calibre of the talent that they have found for me. The passion and professionalism that the team at Oakleaf possess is reflected in those people that I have met and hired. A true testament to the quality and standards that Oakleaf not strife for, but sustain at all times.

Anita Mattison, HR Director, EC Harris

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“Just by way of feedback Simon has been great through my search process, one of the best consultants/recruiters that I have worked with on roles, really straight-forward and candidate centric."

Brad Skinner - Candidate

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Oakleaf Partnership consultants are highly professional and respond to customer needs, I have been pleased with their ability to listen and understand my recruitment needs.

Fiona Evans - HR & OD Director City & Islington College

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Simon has been great through my search process, one of the best consultants/recruiters that I have worked with on roles, really straight-forward and candidate centric.

Brad Skinner, SABMiller

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Simon has provided services as a recruitment consultant to Man Group PLC for a number of years across a breadth of roles and seniority. I have also known Simon prior to joining Man where he supported me as the HR Director in the legal sector. Simon's strengths lie in his integrity and knowledge of the HR market in the City. He is a trusted advisor and is diligent in providing honest feedback which helps the recruitment process. He manages the client and the candidate well so expectations are met from both sides. Without doubt I believe he is one of the best recruiters in the HR market in London.

Jonathon Hill, Head of HR UK, Man Group plc

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Simon is a highly personable recruiter who strives to work with you to find that elusive perfect job. He takes the time to find out what you are looking for and what culture of the organisation would be best for you. He then sends you to the interview perfectly prepped so that you are less nervous and can therefore shine.

Sarah Rees-Williams, Head of HR Accounting, Standard Bank

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I have known Simon for over 5 years now. Simon has assisted me in securing my last 2 career moves and I've also employed Simon to help me recruit externally as well. He's very professional and has great knowledge of the market. I trust him implicitly and have enjoy working with him immensely.

Sally Worthington, Head of HR UK, DLA Piper

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Simon is commercially astute and combines this with excellent knowledge of the market, candidates and clients. He is solutions focussed and strives for excellence. Simon builds strong relationships with both candidates and clients and he instills trust and respect in his ability to deliver targeted results every time. Simon's approach is refreshing and unique - he genuinely seeks to understand the requirements of his clients and is fully committed to delivering excellent results. In short, a pleasure to work with.

Ali Kynoch, Director, ER, Barclays Capital

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Oakleaf Partnership are well named. Why? Because they have truly acted as partners in all our HR recruitment activities. They get right what so many others get wrong and are real talent spotters. We know that we will only get a shortlist of candidates who match the spec or we have agreed to take a chance with, and this is essential in busy times when no-one has time to waste in getting the right person on board.

Jean Wells, Ex Head of HR, Associated Newspapers Limited

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Simon is a highly professional yet amiable recruitment specialising in the Human Resources field. I have used Simon on both sides having been placed and used him to find talent and the approach is constant to the candidate and the the client in the level of professionalism shown. I highly recommend Simon if you want a detailed understanding in the Human Resources industry.

Chris Leonard, EMEA HR Director, Blackrock

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Working with Simon Hunt at Oakleaf is always a pleasure, not only does he fully understand the brief, Simon also thinks outside the box and without fail delivers exceptional results.

Karen Gent, HR Generalist, IBD, Credit Suisse

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Simon provided me with excellent service in finding a good role. He has strong relationship skills and provided me with regular updates throughout the recruitment process. I would highly recommend Simon and will definitely use him again to search for new opportunities.

Amita Sandhu, OE Partner, Royal Bank of Scotland

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