Emma Hughes

Associate Director

After graduating from university, Emma spent a brief stint working in London within the media industry before joining a leading international accountancy recruitment firm. There, Emma developed a successful career over 14 years, specialising in senior finance recruitment in the Gloucestershire area.

Her consultative approach has always been focused on understanding the specific needs of her clients. And they appreciate her honesty. If she hasn’t got a suitable candidate she’ll say so. It’s why she receives so much repeat business, why we were so keen for her to join us; and why clients say things like this about her:

I have been in the position of recruiting some 125 people in various accountancy positions. As you can imagine I have a wide breadth of experience in dealing with recruitment specialists and I have to say, without reservation, that Emma is the best I have ever dealt with.”

Emma took a career break, in December 2010, to spend precious early-years time with her young children. She joined Seymour John, in January 2014, once they’d started school, using her expertise to match top finance talent with key leadership positions across Gloucestershire.

As Emma said: “With some organisations, a gap in the CV, after taking a career break, is an immediate, no-questions-asked ‘No!’ Progressive companies, like Seymour John, understand that you can miss out on genuine talent when you take such an intransigent position. As well as their flexible approach to women returning to work and ongoing support integrating work with family life, their consultative, honest approach completely resonated with the way I work

Who said you can’t have it all? Incredibly personable, funny, friendly and regimentally organised, Emma is a multi-tasker like no other, balancing the demands of being an attentive mother and high-achieving professional with all the eyes-straight-ahead poise of Man on Wire, Philippe Petit, as he wire-walked his way between the Twin Towers, in 1974. Emma, don’t look down!

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