Senior Partner

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.
Promoted to Partner in 2009 and Senior Partner in 2016. As a board member I am jointly responsible for the delivery of Oakleaf's annual corporate objectives. I also operationally run our Commerce practice and personally work on senior contingent and search mandates.

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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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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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 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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“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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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 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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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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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

Testimonials for Simon

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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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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