New UK Charity sector division

Oxford HR, the leading specialist executive recruitment consultancy focused on the international aid and development sector is expanding. From the 1 April 2017 we are proud to announce a new operating division focused exclusively on the UK Charity sector and Board Appointments.

The division will is led by Philip Nelson, Managing Director of Oxford HR, who has now worked as an executive search consultant across the civil society sector for over 12 years. Philip also serves the sector as the founder and chair of the 7/7 Memorial Trust, Vice Chair of Best Beginnings and a trustee of Coram’s Field.

Commenting on his new position, Philip said:

“It’s a real privilege to be heading this new division at Oxford HR, a brand which, since it was established in 1995 has become a key strategic partner for a rapidly growing number of development organisations globally.

I have been successful in leading high profile campaigns with organisations as diverse as: the Big Lottery Fund England Committee; the Centre for Ageing Better; Earthwatch Europe; Forces in Mind Trust; PTA UK; Scout Association; Sue Ryder; The Foyer Federation; UnLtd; University of Sheffield Students Union and Volunteering Matters.

Together with Oxford HR’s unique approach to identifying and appointing global leaders, we represent a powerful new force, providing clients with a highly credible new alternative.

As a serving chair and trustee, I’m a passionate advocate for the sector. It’s particularly thrilling to now be an integral part of Oxford HR’s future success and I’m looking forward to working alongside the existing teams in our offices in Oxford and London.”

David Lale, Chairman, said:

“We’re delighted that Philip will head up our UK Charity and Board Appointments work. Philip brings high levels of expertise and enthusiasm in equal measure, for helping civil society appoint strong, capable and talented senior executives.”

What makes Oxford HR different?

We believe our values and personal pride, combined with the backgrounds and expertise of our consulting team in delivering sustainable results set us apart. We are solutions orientated, innovative, supportive, flexible and the quality of our advice and insight is significant above that which is offered by other executive search firms.

Whatever your requirement, interim or permanent, you’ll receive expert, timely and appropriate advice from a consultant who has an intimate understanding of the market, combining expertise and insight, with a creative and innovative approach.


Oxford HR has unparalleled access to networks of quality candidates at senior levels throughout the commercial, public and civil society sectors, and via our contacts within Government and Parliament. This has resulted in our consultants being regularly invited to speak on matters connected to governance, leadership and diversity by city firms, livery companies, Government and the Civil Service and the national media.


Oxford HR’s recruitment practice, developed over 25 years provides a robust resourcing methodology that delivers auditable evidence of rigour and due diligence. We take time at the outset to gain a deeper, more in-depth understanding of your organisation, your strategic priorities, key challenges, culture and values, building upon the conversations which have already taken place and our own independent research.

We work with you to make sure the role is clearly defined and to develop the role description and person specification to reflect the key aspects of the post and we will agree with you the experience and personal qualities required, clarifying a list of ‘must have’ and ‘nice to have’ criteria against which all applicants will be assessed.


We will help you to promote the opportunity through your own networks and undertake fresh desk based research, making the most of our stakeholder briefings to identify individuals who may be either prospective candidates or potential sources. We will ensure that our search is targeted to be in-depth but broad enough for us to be open to interesting candidates who share your ambitions but who potentially would bring something new to the role. We will also make use of our extensive personal and professional networks to add weight to this campaign.


Successful problem solving relies on an understanding of the environment and context within which our client operates. Working in partnership with you, our innovative and collaborative approach is specifically designed to mitigate your risk by understanding and accounting for your unique situation and requirement.