Eric Tomlinson

Director, Public Services North West

Talent acquisition in the public and third sectors has a unique set of challenges, not least, attracting and retaining the best talent against stiff competition from the private sector. With over 19 years’ senior finance and executive search and selection experience, Eric has developed extensive networks across the public sector. In a challenging and competitive market, this makes him a go-to consultant, particularly for those hard-to-fill leadership roles where attracting the right person is so crucial.

Although based in the North West, his networks extend across the UK and, whilst he works across the whole of the public and not-for-profit sectors, Eric’s primary focus is healthcare. In particular, he partners with NHS clients to reduce costs, improve performance and drive transformation by helping them manage wholesale organisational restructures.

On graduating, Eric began his career as an officer in the armed forces, before moving into recruitment. All the qualities he developed during his time in the army – loyalty, commitment, tenacity and teamwork – are what candidates, clients and colleagues appreciate about him most. His integrity, energy and unwavering commitment make him a perfect fit for Seymour John.

As Eric says: “I am thrilled to be part of a group of such exceptional consultants. That we all have each other’s backs is key, not only for our continuous self-development, but also for maintaining the first-class service we deliver for clients. That this business is driven by such strong and clearly defined values is a complete breath of fresh air.”

An avid fan of rugby, when Eric joined the team, he was a little worried about being surrounded by so many Welshmen. Having hung up his boots a few years ago, he has now discovered a love of golf. However, he’s still unsure about whether golf loves him back!!

Contact details


Telephone: 07887 572970

Eric Tomlinson