Oxford HR is a specialist executive search and organisational effectiveness firm dedicated to serving the needs of the for-purpose and not-for-profit sectors in a wide variety of practice areas. We identify and promote the leaders, thinkers and doers that can help our clients make a real difference.

We believe in championing people, and that engaging people with the right talent, skill and passion is critical to the growth and success of any enterprise.

Oxford HR not only delivers the results of these core values to its clients, but also embodies them in its own organisation. Every member of our world-class, professional team is hand-picked for their expertise and passion in their field, and their dedication to identifying and appointing transformational leaders who are inspired to help shape society for the better around the globe. Above all, we truly care about the success of the sector, as we come from the sector ourselves.

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Our Vision

A world that puts purpose before profit.

Our Mission

To enable excellence in leadership in the for-purpose sector around the world.

Practice Areas

Board and Advisory

Non-executive, trustee or advisory committee roles that define good governance.

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Charities and Not for Profit

Targeted approaches to understanding the culture and recruitment needs of local and global charities.

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Economic Development

Identifying inspirational talent to address complex social and economic development issues and ensure a positive impact on societies.

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Environment, Climate and Conservation

We support and are passionate about working with organisations seeking sustainable solutions.

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Governmental and International Institutions

Strategic appointments to support and harmonise large scale Government and Institutional intervention.

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Delivering skilled leadership for medical research, health programmes, service delivery and health strategy.

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Higher Education and Research

Visionary leaders to address the bigger questions in Education, Teaching & Research.

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Interim Managers

Growth or change within any organization can cause significant turbulence, which is why it’s key to have the right people on board.

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International Development

Identifying key leadership skills to support our global partners in change.

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Peacebuilding and Conflict Sensitivity

Positive peacebuilding practices are essential to preventing conflict and rebuilding communities after war.

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Philanthropy and Foundations

Strong leadership you can trust to fulfil your mandates for change.

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Our Commitment

Our core commitment is to promoting positive change by ensuring that non-profit and inter-governmental organisations have the people they need to lead and manage them successfully. We strive to embody these values on every level, and pride ourselves on having an excellent track record for ethical, non-discriminatory work practices and transparent and clear communication. We aim to always provide considered feedback to our candidates and clients, and aspire to develop a comprehensive understanding of your needs.

Collective and Personal Expertise

Oxford HR’s strength and uniqueness is defined by the exceptional skills and experience of its staff. We believe that a team performs best when every individual is valued for their knowledge and expertise, and encouraged to work together in a nurturing and supportive environment. We believe that no one person has a monopoly on the right answer and ensure we work collectively on our projects and challenges. We share knowledge and focus on disseminating ideas and expertise across the whole organisation. We hire people who are steeped in the backgrounds they’re delivering services in. People who are professional and resourceful, constantly eager to learn, and committed to their own personal development.


We firmly believe in a culture of care: for our staff, our associates, our clients and candidates, and for the sectors we work in. We work globally, across many different cultures and societies, and constantly strive for a culturally sensitive response in all our projects, and for a deeper understanding of the people we work with. Our culture is non-hierarchical and we regard all staff and associates as equal parts of our Oxford HR family.

Cultural Sensitivity

We recognise the underrepresentation of certain minority groups in leadership roles and want to challenge that wherever we can. We relish having a diverse workforce, and believe fundamentally in the strength that diversity brings.

Value for Money

We enjoy working with clients in the ‘for-purpose sector’ and recognise they are often under severe financial constraints. We want to offer services that are flexibly priced, and we have the ability to be creative in offering bespoke packages to suit both your needs, and your means.

Ethical and Transparent

We uphold principles of ethical recruitment including openness and transparency in our dealings with candidates and clients.

Diversity and Gender

Oxford HR is committed to achieving unbiased gender representation and ethnical diversity in every search assignment.

To fulfil this commitment, we have set our own ambition of presenting at least 50% female and diverse geographical representation at the shortlist phase. In all our recent work, we have successfully promoted roles globally to diverse audiences, and have produced long lists, and shortlists, in line with gender and diversity targets. For example, ensuring the inclusion of targeted percentages of men and women from both developed and developing countries.

With our many years of experience, and our extensive global networks, we have a proven track-record of promoting diversity in its broadest possible sense, whilst still maintaining our focus on identifying suitable and relevant candidates with the necessary managerial and leadership skills, and specific technical expertise. We are, therefore, in a very strong position to support you in the implementing your plans and achieving your objectives in this area.

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