About Us

Hunter Selection is the UK’s leading recruitment service for engineering, manufacture, technical, built environment and energy. We pride ourselves on our national reach and local focus. Our team of first-class recruitment specialists are spread over four regional offices giving us a local depth-of-knowledge that’s the envy of our rivals.

If you’re looking for a new challenge or to fill a specialist vacancy – we’d love to help.

Board of Directors

Nick Stovold

Nick Stovold
Nick Willis-Stovold
Director, Bristol

Having been at Hunter Selection from day one he is very proud and privileged to be part of this journey and see it grow from two of us to a leading recruitment business with four offices branching out into other avenues. Hunter Selection has always held the basic core values of honesty and integrity when dealing with client and candidates, which is still the case today and is the main reason we have been so successful. It is a great place to work combining a fast-paced sales environment with a secure and really friendly culture.

Nick comes from a strong sporting pedigree having played top level cricket at Gloucestershire C.C.C and graduating from Loughborough University in Sports and Exercise Sciences (Hons) so has a strong competitive streak which has seen him as one of the top performers consistently over the last 10 years and has been instrumental in the development of the next group of high performers.

Richard Davies

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
Director, Cardiff

Richard graduated in History (BA Hons) from Cardiff University and began his recruitment career in 1998; He quickly established himself as a top performing consultant and progressed rapidly to Divisional Manager. Richard has a track record of building successful teams and individual staff development. 2007 saw Richard establish the Wales division and has been the catalyst for leading Hunter Selection into the development of new market sectors.

When not working Richard balances his time around his family commitments, including his secondary job of the taxi driver for his children’s football and rugby activities and is an avid follower of Welsh sport.

He often tells us about his own “personal sporting pedigree!”

Simon Kinson

Simon Kinson
Simon Kinson
Director, Coventry & Stafford

Simon is an experienced Senior manager and leader in recruitment having started his career in the industry in 1997, after graduating from Kent University and Warwick University with a Degree in History & Politics.

Having worked  in Executive Search, he moved into Team and Regional management, he has hired and trained some of the companies highest performers.

A competitive sportsman he was previously a leading nationally ranked long distance runner and has a marathon best time of 2-25. Having completed the London Marathon 5 times

When not at work, Simon juggles his spare time watching sport, and looking after his young family.

Russell Smith

Russell Smith
Russell Smith
Founder & Managing Director

Russell has worked in Recruitment for over 20 years following a previous career in sport and education after graduating from Brunel University (BSc Hons) in 1991.

He established Hunter Selection in 2004 after leaving his role as Group Managing Director of one of the UK’s fastest growth Recruitment and Training businesses. Having managed a wide portfolio of  activities including Technical and Commercial Recruitment, Executive Selection, Technical Training, Conference and Training Facilities and Occupational Psychology teams he brought a wealth of skills.

Building the business around his strong beliefs in how business should be conducted has been the primary principle and the strength of those core values is visible in the team today.

A Director and Non – Executive Director at other organisations in the region he brings a breadth of experience in delivering the best technical services  to businesses nationwide.

Still a lover of sport and father to an active family Russell likes to relax with a local cider…..or two.


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