Emlyn John

Director

Don’t be fooled by Em’s easy-going personality; this man is a visionary, with rigorous commercial nous. He is a stickler for due diligence! The word ‘integrity’ is bandied about all the time, but it’s one that Emlyn wears well. He is one of life’s givers and a genius at getting the best out of people. An experienced, commercially focused recruitment professional, Emlyn has spent over 15 years supporting leading SME and FTSE-250 companies across the South West, Midlands, Wales and London.

From 2001, he delivered successful specialist and executive recruitment solutions for a wide range of private and public sector organisations in Gloucestershire and the South West. Areas of expertise include: executive search and selection, change and transformation, IT and digital, operations, human resources and purchasing and supply.

In 2008, Emlyn decided to focus exclusively on the financial services and banking industry, recruiting for senior, permanent and interim positions across the risk and compliance market. His clients love his collaborative approach and the way in which he acts as an extension of their teams, adding value through his specialist knowledge, experience and a career’s worth of contacts.

Sharing the same vision and having worked alongside Mark Seymour throughout the entire span of his award-winning career, it was a natural progression for the friends to set up Seymour John.

As Emlyn says: “We wanted to offer clients a fresh, people-focused approach. The world of work doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Ours is a holistic way of working that is about creating a positive work/life balance that brings out the best in people — at work and at home. Ultimately, an engaged, motivated, empowered workforce is going to improve performance and productivity, and we’re all about adding value to the organisations we work with.

Their strategy is focused on partnership and building long-term relationships. It’s a strategy that has seen the business grow rapidly. That said, Emlyn is keen to point out that: “We’re not about growth at all costs; we remain committed to quality, not quantity.”

Em enjoys spending his spare time with family (his partner and two children) and friends, alongside playing football and golf in a desperate attempt to keep fit!

Before launching his recruitment career, Emlyn spent two years traveling through South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and East/South Africa. Whilst in Malawi, he saw, firsthand, the harsh realities of HIV/AIDS. The struggles of the many orphaned children inspired him to set up The John C Thomas Children’s Foundation, alongside Pastor Michael Thomas, a foundation that Seymour John continues to support through its charitable giving.

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