Although Oxford HR does have specialisms in international development and the global NGO sector, our work in the UK charity sector is also growing quickly, having launched in January 2018. Our recent work includes searches for the CEO, Muscular Dystrophy; CEO and Trustees, St Christopher’s Fellowship; Trustees, Earthwatch; CEO, Icon; Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Committee, Heritage Lottery Fund; Overseas Director, Project Trust, and the Chair at Caudwell Children, amongst others.


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Our Team

Lead Consultants

Marc Lambert
BSc (Hons) PhD

Principal Consultant – UK

Marc has now worked in executive search and selection in the UK for 10 years and has completed over 100 assignments. Prior to working for OxfordHR, Marc worked as an executive search consultant and senior researcher for two global executive search organisations.

He led and conducted numerous international searches for Board, Executive and Director level appointments across many areas of science and clinical medicine within the Not for Profit sector, predominantly UK / International universities and medical charities. Over the past 6 years, Marc has continued to work on UK / International senior leadership appointments predominantly within the Not for Profit sector, but also the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical, Consumer (FMCG, Publishing), Technology (IT, Information Management and Social Media), Construction and Plastics sectors.

David Lale
Group CEO

David is the Group CEO 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 Charity People, the specialist UK Charity recruiter, and former 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, is a Fellow of the RSA and currently studying for a Degree in Computing and AI.

Sarah Engerer
Principal Consultant – UK

Sarah has 12 years of experience in executive search within the public sector. Starting at GatenbySanderson, as a researcher; building market research, benchmarking and research intelligence into headhunting campaigns, she progressed to senior consultant positions for Peridot Partners and Hays Executive.

Sarah has led campaigns across the public sector, with a track record of successful appointments of Chief Executives, Directors and Non Executives/ Trustees within Central Government Departments, UK & International Charities, NDPBs and Local Authorities. She has placed senior level fundraising and development professionals within Higher Education; working with Imperial College London, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge amongst others. She has also specialised in recruiting to Children’s Services leadership posts within Trusts and Local Authorities, and volume recruitment campaigns including: 240 Panel Members to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime, The Pensions Regulator and the Ministry of Justice. Sarah also conducts benchmarking reviews for a wide range of public sector organisations.


Maria Grigore
Head of Research

Maria joined us in 2015 after volunteering with Amnesty International Spain. She holds an LLM in International Law, Globalisation and Development. Her master thesis focused on Cities as personalities of international law instead of states, and the duties they would carry.

This was followed by an assignment with UNDP IICPSD in Istanbul, where she worked on gender mainstreaming in skills development with case studies from India and Turkey. Maria has extensive experience in delivering search assignments with multilateral and global international globalisations such as IFAD, GCF, ActionAid, MSF, The Syria Campaign, CARE, BRAC, Action Contre La Faim, Doctors of the World, IWMI/CGIAR and ILEP. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and Romanian, and has lived in Mexico, Turkey, Spain, the UK and Romania.

Razane Cherk
Associate Researcher Europe and MENA

Razane joined Oxford HR in 2018 after completing an assignment with UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University’s campus in Doha, Qatar.

She has lived in four different countries, three of which are in the MENA region (Morocco, Turkey and Qatar), and has travelled extensively. She is also a native English and Arabic speaker. During her time studying in Qatar, most of her research focused on Middle Eastern political affairs, culminating in her thesis on the Western Sahara Conflict upon graduation.

Lisanne Schut

Prior to joining Oxford HR, Lisanne worked within the Security Sector in Stockholm, as Team Leader in a monitoring Centre. She has an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development.

Lisanne’s main areas of interest are: migration, post-war reconstruction and civil society building. Furthermore, she is fluent in four languages and is looking to learn at least two more.

Helena Newton
Project Administrator

Helena joined Oxford HR in 2018. She holds an MA in International Development and has undertaken research in Nepal and a research placement in Sierra Leone, where she collaborated with the University of Makeni (UNIMAK).

She has also volunteered both in the UK for non-profit organisations such as Oxfam and in Uganda for East African Playgrounds. Her main areas of interest include: availability and accessibility of health facilities alongside health promotion and disaster and emergency management.

Ruth Davis
Project Administrator

Ruth joined Oxford HR in 2018 after completing a BA in international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She completed multiple economic development courses, in addition to her dissertation which she wrote on the Anglo-American response to the AIDS epidemic, looking at international relations through a human rights lens.

Ruth has volunteered with Oxfam, Widening Participation and Crisis, and hopes to complete a masters degree in the future. Her main areas of interest are the justice system in the United States and economic inequality.