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Simon Bell


After a career in teaching, Simon embarked on a highly successful career with one of the world’s largest professional staffing firms. He started in London recruiting finance professionals and led large teams across a diverse client base.

He then moved to the Midlands in 2003 where he set up the regional Executive Search operation. This was extremely successful and led to him becoming the Managing Director of the newly branded Page Executive business in 2010. In the same year, he was winner of the REC – UK Headhunter of the Year award. He led the business through a period of rapid growth to become the largest executive search operation in the global group.

Simon went on to form Grays Search and Selection to utilise all his corporate experience but create a company that dedicates itself solely to customer satisfaction and delivery. 

He has built a very strong reputation for exceptional customer service, becoming a trusted partner to many leading brands and SMEs in both the commercial and not for profit sectors. He has recruited at both Board and Executive level and specialises in leadership recruitment. Simon is also an Independent Member of the Nominations Committee for St John Ambulance.

Grays and Russam are very closely aligned on cultures and a total dedication to customer experience and service levels. To this aim Russam has formed a strategic partnership with Simon to work collaboratively on carefully selected projects with clients in both the Commercial and Not for Profit Sectors. This partnership ensures the client benefits from the extensive experience, skills and joint resources and service levels of both companies.