Meet the Team: Key Contacts

Meet our specialist team of construction recruitment consultants in the UK and around the world.

Hong Kong

Richard Poulter

Richard Poulter

Recruitment Director • Hong Kong & Dubai, UAE

Richard has successfully recruited for the construction industry for the past 13 years following 15 years as a civil engineer and construction project manager.  He is based in Hong Kong and responsible for Maxim Recruitment operations in Hong Kong, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. 

For 15 years, Richard carved a rewarding career within the construction and property development industry, employed by blue chip clients and contractors in UK, Asia and the Middle East. In 2004 he stepped out of the industry and turned “service provider” recruiting for some of the very same big names within the industry. Based in Dubai, Richard capitalised on the construction boom of the 2000’s in Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, specialising in engineering, project management, planning and HSEQ/risk.

When the business focus shifted towards Asia, Richard relocated to Hong Kong in 2011 where he has enjoyed continuing to build a highly reputable business across Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and Singapore together with an exceptional network of job seekers and employers and has become a well-known face within the industry.

Richard is a very active and dedicated supporter of the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong and is currently chairman of the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong Social & Fundraising Committee.

As the global construction industry expands and contracts in tune with market economies and government policies, recruitment products and services must adapt to remain attractive and competitive. Richard is currently enjoying growing a retained search business within Maxim Recruitment where he is able to dedicate resources to search assignments particularly for niche and hard to fill positions and guarantee results. It has been very  successful so far!

Recruits: Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman
Recruits for: Mid to senior level appointments and retained search in engineering, project management, planning, HSEQ and Risk
Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas

Recruitment Director • Hong Kong

Steve has worked in construction and property recruitment for over 20 years and is responsible for the Maxim Recruitment operations in the UK. He is based in the Leicester head office in Leicestershire. Steve also spends time in the Maxim Recruitment Hong Kong office, where he completes recruitment and search assignments for major construction consultants and contractors in Asia.

Over the last 20 years, Steve has built a lasting network of employers and job seekers in the construction and property industry. Many of the staff he has recruited over the years are now senior level employers themselves in London, Birmingham, Dubai, Hong Kong and in other locations in the UK and around the world.  He enjoys ongoing relationships with some of the very best employers in the construction and property industry.

Steve specialises in recruiting Programme and Project Managers, Commercial Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Dispute Experts both on a contingency and retained search assignment basis.  

Steve also spends time in the Maxim Recruitment Hong Kong office, where he recruits for major construction consultants and contractors.  Steve is a good point of contact for UK based construction professionals seeking their first international job role in locations in Asia such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

Recruits: International: Asia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
Recruits for: Quantity Surveyors, Cost Consultants, Claims Consultants, Construction Planners, HSEQ Professionals, Project Managers, Engineering Managers and specialist rail positions


“I specifically requested a job in Qatar, which was fulfilled by Maxim. I am happily settled here. My contact was very professional, easy to deal with, prompt in finding and placing me in a suitable role. He also kept me informed throughout the process. So, thumbs up... all round!”

Quantity Surveyor, Claims, Qatar

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