Our Vision

Oxford HR is a specialist search firm dedicated to serving the needs of the international development, humanitarian aid and not for profit sectors. We work with international and national NGOs, international organisations, donor community,  trusts and foundations, social enterprises and private sector to help them identify and appoint transformational leaders, who are inspired to help shape society for the better around the globe.

Our experience of both UK and international development and our extensive reach – across commercial, academic, government and multilateral sectors – is what makes Oxford HR one of the world’s leading executive search partners.

Our Vision

We work with civil society to support, identify and appoint transformational leaders, who are inspired to help shape society for the better around the globe. Our experience of both UK and international development and our extensive reach – across commercial, academic, government and multilateral sectors – is what makes Oxford HR one of the world’s leading executive search partners.

Our Vision

We work with civil society to support, identify and appoint transformational leaders, who are inspired to help shape society for the better around the globe. Our experience of both UK and international development and our extensive reach – across commercial, academic, government and multilateral sectors – is what makes Oxford HR one of the world’s leading executive search partners.

Our Commitment

We strive to live out our values on every level and have an excellent track record for ethical, non-discriminatory work practices and transparent and clear communication; always providing considered feedback to clients and candidates. We have a strong commitment to promoting positive change by ensuring that non-profit and intergovernmental organisations have the people they need to lead and manage them successfully.

Our Commitment

We strive to live out our values on every level and have an excellent track record for ethical, non-discriminatory work practices and transparent and clear communication; always providing considered feedback to clients and candidates. We have a strong commitment to promoting positive change by ensuring that non-profit and intergovernmental organisations have the people they need to lead and manage them successfully.

Our Team

Directors

David Lale
Group CEO

David is the Group CEO of Oxford HR having worked alongside and within the charity sector in executive search and recruitment for over 25 years. David is passionate about supporting and transforming the ‘for purpose’ sector.

He has a particular interest in innovation and re-thinking the way the sector works. He’s also Chair of Charity People, the specialist UK Charity recruiter, and former Chair of Tiny Tickers, a charity supporting babies with congenital heart disease. He is a guest lecturer on the Trustee Academy training programme and has recently been honoured with an award as a Global Leader in Corporate Responsibility. He holds an MBA, is a Fellow of the RSA and currently studying for a Degree in Computing and AI.

Philip Nelson
Managing Director – UK

Philip has been working in a senior leadership executive search capacity across the wider civil society space for over 12 years, and has gained an enviable reputation for his professionalism and the strength of his networks.

Philip’s commitment to the sector extends far beyond his role at Oxford HR. He serves as Chair of the 7/7 Memorial Trust; Vice Chair of Best Beginnings, and is a trustee of Coram’s Fields. Philip is one of a growing band of Angels at Awards for Young Musicians and has served as a trustee of the Crime Prevention Panel. He is regularly invited to speak on matters connected to governance, leadership and diversity by city firms, livery companies, Government and Civil Service and the national media.

Thibaut Mills
Director – Europe

Thibaut has been a member of the senior management team with Oxford HR since 2013. He brings 20 years’ experience of working in both the private and international non-governmental sector. He has worked in a wide range of organisations ranging from dot.com start-ups to FTSE100 companies and multinationals.

Thibaut worked for several years with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Myanmar and Haiti, where he had overarching HR responsibility for over 1500 staff during the post-earthquake response of 2010.

A native French speaker with professional experience in a variety of roles including Search & Selection, International HR, Operations and management in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, he has led on over 30 Board, Executive and Director level appointments in over 20 countries.

Holder of an MBA with focus on International HR Management and Innovation. He is passionate about the INGO sector and a member of the Board of Directors for Refugee Resource.

Toby Weaver
Director – Africa

Toby joined Oxford HR in 2014 after 17 years working in international development with DFID providing top-level HR and management support to programme delivery, including recruitment, OD, and remuneration. He led in setting up and running DFID’s offices in Addis Ababa, the Central Africa office in Harare, and the regional office in Pretoria.

He has worked with Irish Aid, World Bank, EC,  USAID, WFP, UNDP, and UNICEF, amongst others. He has operated extensively with IFAD, IWMI/CGIAR Group, CARE USA and BRAC managing several successful executive searches.  He has worked in Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Ukraine, Russia, Barbados, Kosovo, Jamaica, Peru, Bolivia & Brazil. Toby was responsible for the development of employment policies for DFID staff in 40 countries including the HIV & AIDS Workplace Policy working in DFID HQ in London and Scotland.

Born in Zimbabwe, lived in Ethiopia, South Africa, and Lesotho, he has been Africa most of his life. He has an honors degree in Law and is MCIPD accredited. Married with 4 children.

Yolanda Weldring
Associate Director

Yolanda has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources Development, 18 years of which in International Development. She is currently Associate Director Europe with Oxford HR. Before then, she was an International Director with Oxfam Novib and Regional Director East & Southern Africa with Save the Children UK.

In the years before joining Oxford HR, Yolanda has done interim Director and management roles in Africa and Asia, with HelpAge International, Hivos, Practical Action and Education Development Trust. In all those jobs, she was responsible for recruitment of senior positions like Country Director and senior regional roles. Yolanda’s professional training as Clinical Psychologist supports her judgement on personal qualifications of candidates.

Yolanda has work experience in the Netherlands, UK, East Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, and has worked out of Ethiopia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, UK and Netherlands. From those duty stations, she supported country programs and regional offices throughout. Human Resources Management has always been an essential part of those jobs.

Yolanda is committed to finding capable and high performing candidates for jobs in international development, as this contributes to strong delivery of programs and quality policy development by the organisations, which helps to reduce disparity in the world. Yolanda can bring her own and Oxford HR’s wide networks to you as a client.

Principal Consultants

Karen Twining
Associate Director – Africa

Karen is an Africa-specialist with over 25 years’ experience in INGOs, and has worked with Oxford HR since 2008. She was the first CEO of IDE UK and established the first Oxfam GB office in Darfur in 1984.

Karen has worked in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Sudan and her previous roles also include Africa Regional Coordinator at ActionAid, covering 18 countries and Head of the Rwanda Secretariat at International Alert after the Genocide. Karen is Vice-Chair of SOS Sahel International UK, and a member of the Royal Africa Society and the Development Studies Association.

Ana Filipa Fernandes
Principal Consultant – Asia and MENA

Ana has over 15 years’ experience in Asia with INGOs, international organisations, government institutions and consultancy firms. She brings expertise in water and sanitation, education, health, gender equality, domestic violence, justice, statistics, trade, revenue and taxation, and public financial management sectors.

She has in-country experience of working closely with UN Agencies, ADB, AusAID/DFAT, WB, EU and other major bilateral donors in international development.

Sam Ponder
Principal Consultant

Sam joined Oxford HR in 2014 after 20 years in senior management roles in corporate and not-for-profit sectors in Germany and Australia. Now based in Queensland, Sam specializes in integrity management and custodial services.

Marc Lambert
Principal Consultant – UK

Marc has been working in executive search predominantly in the not for profit sector for over 10 years. He has led and supported numerous Board, Executive and Director level appointments for charities, higher education, schools, health care, social enterprises and professional organisations in the UK and Internationally.

Marc holds a first degree in Biochemistry with Pharmacology and a doctorate in Biochemistry and previously spent 15 years working as an academic and pharmaceutical research scientist. He is passionate about the third sector and keen to enhance innovation and diversity in the sector. 

Researchers

Jamie Philips
Senior Research Associate – Africa

Jamie joined Oxford HR in 2015. Originally from Canada, she has traveled extensively, worked in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, and has undertaken volunteer and fundraising work in Kyrgyzstan and India.

Lisanne Schut
Project Administrator

Lisanne joined Oxford HR in 2018 after previously working within the security sector in Stockholm, Sweden. She has an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development. Lisanne has volunteered with several organisations over the years mainly with the homeless and refugees. She speaks English, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish.

Maria Grigore
Head of Research

Maria joined us in 2015 after volunteering with Amnesty International Spain. She holds a BA in Philosophy and an LLM in International Law, Globalisation and Development, which was followed by an assignment with UNDP IICPSD in Istanbul.

Razane Cherk
Research Associate, Europe and MENA

Razane joined Oxford HR in 2018 after completing an assignment with UNDP IICPSD in Istanbul. She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s campus in Doha, Qatar. She has lived in 4 different countries, 2 of which are in the MENA region, and has travelled extensively. She is also a native English and Arabic speaker.

George Alexandridis
Researcher – Asia

George joined Oxford HR in 2017 as part of the research team, providing support to the consultants and assisting with the data management. Originally from Greece, George holds a BA in Economics and volunteers for a non-profit campaign in his spare time.

Helena Newton
Project Administrator

Helena joined Oxford HR in 2018. She holds an MA in International Development and has undertaken research in Nepal and Sierra Leone. She has volunteered both in the UK for non-profit organisations such as Oxfam, and in Uganda for East African Playgrounds. Her main areas of interest include availability and accessibility of health facilities alongside health promotion and disaster and emergency management.

 

Office

Jaleh Saboktakin
Business Manager

Jaleh has over 10 years’ experience within the non-for-profit sector, including working for UNOPS, UNESCO, Danish Refugee Council, People in Need and Swiss Academy for Development. She is passionate about supporting refugees, and spent two and a half years in conflict zones, mainly in South Sudan, supporting humanitarian and developmental aid.

María Jesus Laguna
Finance Manager

María joined Oxford HR in 2009 as a Researcher and in 2011 took on added responsibility as our Finance lead. She also brings over 10 years’ experience working in international development, including roles at Oxfam and the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Giuseppe Sorrenti
Database Analyst

Giuseppe has a Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters Degree in Telecommunication Engineering. He joined Oxford HR in 2017 assisting with database management and IT consultation. Giuseppe has volunteered in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Messina, particularly in support of young people.

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