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 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
Chairman

David is the Chairman 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 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 and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Philip Nelson
Managing Director

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
Deputy Managing Director

Thibaut joined Oxford HR in 2013 with over 15 years’ experience working in start-ups through to FTSE100 companies in a variety of roles including Search & Selection, HR, Operations and management in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

Thibaut has an MBA from Oxford Brookes University, focusing on the NGO sector and he brings substantial sector experience following two missions with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Myanmar and Haiti, where he was Country HR Director responsible for the post-earthquake response of 2010 and the emergency response during the cholera epidemic.

Toby Weaver
Director, International

Toby joined Oxford HR after 15 years with DFID providing HR and management support to programme delivery. Toby assisted in the setting up and running DFID’s offices in Addis Ababa, the Central Africa office in Harare, and the regional office in Pretoria.

Toby managed the development of employment policies for DFID staff in 40 countries including the HIV & AIDS Workplace Policy. He has worked with Irish Aid, USAID and UNICEF, amongst others; and has worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Kenya, Sudan, Ukraine, Russia, Barbados, Kosovo, Jamaica, Peru, Bolivia & Brazil.

Yolanda Weldring
Associate Director

Yolanda is Associate Director and is based in the Amsterdam office. She has over 30 years’ experience in Human Resources Development and her focus is now on strengthening Oxford HR’s network in Europe.

Yolanda’s experience includes 18 years as International Director with Oxfam Novib, Regional Director East & Southern Africa with Save the Children UK, and in recent years as interim Director and other management roles in Africa and Asia. Besides her extensive experience in management roles, Yolanda is professionally trained as Clinical Psychologist.

Principal Consultants

Karen Twining
Director
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

Ana has worked throughout Southeast Asia with INGOs, international organisations, government and consultancy firms and brings specialist expertise across water and sanitation; education; health; gender promotion; domestic violence; social justice and public financial management.

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.

Researchers

Jamie Philips
Senior Research Associate

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

Maria Grigore
Head of Research

Maria joined us in 2015 after volunteering with Amnesty International and participating in academic programmes in the UK and Mexico. Maria holds a BA in Philosophy and is currently studying for an LLM in International Law, Globalisation and Development.

George Alexandridis
Research Associate

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.

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.

Partners & Accreditations