Worcestershire’s Talking Head – Shelly Simpson

by | Nov 23, 2018

Candidate: Shelly Simpson 
Account Manager – Headturner Search 



‘Worcestershire’s Talking Heads’ Headturner Search is turning the interview process on its head tim maxfield
Every Friday we put a local business leader on the other side of the interview table! Want to get involved, or put someone in the hot-seat?? You can nominate a local contact in the link at the bottom of the page.

1)     How did you get into this industry?    
As with most recruiters, recruitment found me rather than the other way around.
After over 20 years working in legal in London and education in Worcestershire, a friend of mine who ran a recruitment agency asked if I’d like to help set up a new education division. It was a steep learning curve, but the experience I gained helped me transition into commercial and legal recruitment and I’ve loved recruiting into those roles ever since.

2)     What do you enjoy most about being in the business? 
It sounds like a cliché, but I really do love helping people find their perfect role….it can have such a positive impact on their lives and, as my experience with Headturner Search began as a candidate, I knew their passion for helping people was something very special and a rare find in the big wide world of recruitment!

3)     What top 3 words/ phrases describe you best?
Organised, honest and caring.

4)     What would you say would be your biggest achievement to date?
It was a proud moment when I was promoted to Managing Partners’ PA for an international law firm in London many years ago (my Mum actually cried tears of joy!); also starting my own business was terrifying and exhausting, but a huge achievement.

5)     What is your weakness?
I sometimes find it hard to switch off, but I’m working on it!

6)     What motivates you?
Making people happy and doing anything that makes me happy……..life is short; we’re here for a good time, not a long time!!

7)     What de-motivates?
Negativity and anything involving beetroot……I really hate beetroot!!

8)     Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’d love to still be recruiting amazing candidates for Headturner Search’s clients and helping to continue to grow the reputation of the business.

9)     What is the best USP about your current business?
It definitely has to be helping clients not only attract, but also retain the best candidates in the market.

10)  What is your favourite local shop?
It’s a close run between Yo Sushi, Cathedral Square and The Colorful Pots, a new Polish restaurant in Copenhagen Street.
My favourite shop is Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe on the High Street….their range of fudge has to be seen to be believed!!!




Headturner Search & Retain & Recruit are Worcestershire based Recruitment and Retention specialists.

Headturner Search 
We work locally with clients aiding the recruitment process with highly specific commercial roles.

Our commercial division is built on many years of experience with senior level hires across the globe. Over a year ago we made a decision to bring our expertise to the Worcestershire market and have been fortunate enough to be working with a vast range of new and existing businesses in the area across a variety of roles and levels.

Retain & Recruit 
Our retention division brings something very unique to Worcestershire. We have a definitive passion to ensure absolute top talent in this area. This includes attracting new talent to Worcestershire and also retaining the existing talent within local businesses.

Our services:

– Employer branding
– Staff engagement surveys
– Employee attraction
– Retention strategies
– Recruitment process outsourcing
– Workshops & seminars
– Local partnerships

Worcestershire Network 
Your ‘one stop shop’ for networking events happening in Worcestershire.  Simple.  This is a free platform for hosts to upload their events to reach new audiences and also for networkers to see what is happening each month and pick and choose the best events for them – knowing that they aren’t missing out on anything!

Contact the team today to find out more about us!

Recruitment – info@headturnersearch.co.uk
Employer Branding – info@retainandrecruit.co.uk
Employee Retention – info@retainandrecruit.co.uk

Our next FREE local workshop is the 6th of December, email aimee@headturnersearch.co.uk for more information 

To nominate a contact to appear in Worcestershire’s Talking Heads please email info@headturnersearch.co.uk

Headturner Search are Regional Search & Selection Specialists.

Working with many of Worcestershire’s finest businesses to assist with the growth and success of leading businesses in the area.

Contact us today:
01905 691030

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