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Executive Search

Executive Search and Selection & Interim Support

We recruit for the following position at Executive level:

  • Directors of HSE, Marine 
  • Global Head of Safety, Aerospace 
  • HSE lead UK, Construction Principal Contractor
  • UK Health & Safety Director, Engineering Design
  • EMEA Head of HSEQ, Automotive Manufacturing 
  • VP Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability


Our recruitment process, Synergy, allows us to scientifically review the job, then the candidates, and furthermore, benchmark them for a close match for the role on skills, experience AND behaviours.

This allows us to significantly increase the retention and productivity performance of new candidates who are truly matched for the role, and therefore guarantee for up to 12 months a free replacement service in the unlikely event of a fallout within this time.  

Principal People's Executive Search and Selection supports your recruitment across senior and niche appointments within Risk Management including Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality, CSR and Sustainability.

We have actively searched the Globe's best leadership talent and thought leaders in these fields, and are keen to share these exceptional candidates with organisations that match their ambition and vision.

We understand that the most influential leaders are not only achieving outstanding success but are often highly engaged in their current role and therefore not actively pursuing new opportunities. It takes a credible introduction, often through personal connection, to reach out to and engage with these individuals through a coordinated headhunting approach.

Selecting the right consultancy to partner with when exploring an Executive Search and Selection route to market for a senior vacancy is vital. Our dedicated search team provide a comprehensive, confidential service, mitigating risk throughout the process.

As a result of our approach, Principal People are fortunate enough to have engaged with over 50% of the FTSE 250 and with our recent expansion across Europe, with 31 offices as far afield as Singapore, we are able to achieve a true global reach when executing our search process.

The process for recruiting a permanent Executive can take 6 months. This time is taken up by qualification, marketing, long and short list collation, interviewing and offer management, and of course notice period. If this timescale is too long to manage the Risks within your business we have a portfolio of senior and experienced Interim HSEQ Executives who can support you in the meantime.

If you would like to discuss a vacancy further with our Search and Selection team, please contact Simon Bliss, Managing Director, on 01252 759 162 or email


"We recently conducted an executive search for a HSE Director, I found the support of Principal People in this task excellent. They were focused on our specific requirements and took the time to understand our business, our culture and  our team dynamics, to ensure any candidate would not only meet our requirements but also succeed. The Principal People team are supportive and responsive in their approach, I would recommend them for any similar search."

HR Director - Fuel Distribution Organisation