Helen has over 25 years’ experience in international development. Prior to joining Oxford HR Helen was the EA Regional Director for the BOMA project and her previous roles have included senior management positions in Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, AED (FHI360), the Commonwealth Foundation and the International Rescue Commission. Her work has taken her across the globe including Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Thailand, the Republic of Georgia and the UK and she has worked in sectors as diverse as women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods, governance and civil society strengthening, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening and refugee health.
In addition to an extensive international development network, Helen brings a wealth of experience in executive recruitment and organizational development having directly recruited senior staff, built cohesive teams, supported change management and set up NGO boards. She is keenly aware of client needs and is committed to ensuring seamless delivery of accomplished and diverse candidates for Oxford HRs clients. Helen is a citizen of Kenya and has a MPhil degree from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
”It is deeply satisfying to be part of a team that works together to find the leaders that will push the boundaries in the for-purpose sector in the coming years.
View Helen's recent placements
Chief Executive Officer / Kenya
Regional Head of Finance / Kenya
Director of Alliance Programmes / UK
Justin Highstead, Africa Executive
Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Manager Governance, International Board and Council, WWF International
Senior Policy Advisor, AMCOW
Board Chair, Sabre Education
Executive Director, YouthConnekt Africa
I am writing to thank you and the team at Oxford HR for all the work done, and guidance given, on our search for a chief executive for Rwanda Action.
I know that we could not have found such an impressive candidate with such an excellent fit with our organisation, without you and the team at Oxford HR. I also know how much work has gone on behind the scenes to make this appointment possible: the preparation of the initial brief, discussions with candidates, the collating of all the information and the reporting back to the board
Deborah Clayton Hatfield
Chair, Board of Trustees, Rwanda Action
Regional HR Manager, Gatsby Africa
Self Help Africa
Director, Water Witness International
Elizabeth Williams Bassi
Operations Director, Sabre
Self Help Africa