International Development

Oxford HR has worked with most of the major UK-based INGOs, Foundations and Sustainable Development organisations, as well as those based in the rest of Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas, helping them to find senior managers, Directors, CEOs and technical specialists. Our clients vary from Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan to Fairtrade Labelling Organisation, IDE, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Gatsby Foundation and many others.

Oxford HR has worked with Boards of INGOs to find, Trustees, Chairs and Treasurers for International Tree Foundation, Raleigh International and others.

In addition, we have carried out training, salary reviews, and other consultancy for many of our clients.

UK Charity

Our UK Charity practice has a proven track record of identifying emerging and experienced leaders from all areas of the economy to take up leadership roles in the sector, with all our consulting staff currently serving as trustees or chairs.

We continue to witness an increased flow of talent from the private and public sectors; a trend which expands the available talent pool to the sector. The drive for value-for-money, greater focus on customer-centricity and adopting more commercial approaches, also means that our clients are increasingly receptive to senior executives from other areas of the economy.
Our clients face similar challenges to the private sector in terms of leadership succession, balancing budgets and working effectively. In addition, the nuance of UK and international charity governance can add a degree of additional complexity to leadership assignments.


Governance has changed radically in recent years. Trustees and boards are now expected to meet even higher standards of professionalism and expertise.

Oxford HR brings both local and international expertise to search for outstanding individuals. We work in close collaboration with our clients to ensure that the most experienced and suitable candidates are sourced.

Oxford HR’s specialist board practice is led by Philip Nelson. Over the past two years Philip has been responsible for the appointment of Chairs to the boards of ActionAid UK, Earthwatch Europe, the Parent Teacher Association, The Foyer Federation and Volunteering Matters. He has also found trustees and committee members for the boards of the Big Lottery Fund (England Committee), the Centre for Ageing Better, King’s College London – Students’ Union, Sue Ryder and The Scout Association.

We aim to help our clients build even stronger boards, supporting them with board assessment and evaluation, the appointment process and rigorous succession planning. We look beyond the tools used by our peers and have a successful track record of helping our clients build and achieve diversity by providing short lists which ensure that our clients have real choice and are not presented with just ‘the usual suspects’.