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Why use executive search?
Executive search provides targeted approaches to identifying and appointing the key, high-level personnel needed to further your organisations’ goals, provide inspirational leadership and deliver tangible results.
It is an approach that seeks out leaders within their specialist discipline and individuals who are most probably passive job seekers – those not actively registered with other search firms and not currently responding to recruitment advertising.
We pride ourselves on taking time to understand your organisation and needs; and we know how to reach the influencers and high achievers in your particular sphere of operations.
Our Executive Search services also enables you to target groups of people who may be under-represented in your organisation’s demography, or to meet specific gender and diversity-based mandates.
Why choose Oxford HR?
Oxford HR was established in 1995, by people who knew exactly how hard it was – and still is – to identify, appoint and retain the best leaders for the global not-for-profit and for-purpose sectors.
Every member of our expert and professional team has been hand-picked for their expertise and rich experience of working in this sector. They draw on their own considerable backgrounds to develop a comprehensive understanding of the needs of your organisation and deliver strategic appointments that contribute to your existing team and their objectives.
Our broader links, through our partner companies, to the charity and corporate sectors provides us unrivalled access to global talent networks.
Our focus is on developing long term relationships with our clients so that we understand your culture, strategy and direction – see what sets you apart from the alternatives out there for potential employees – and produce a compelling message to attract exceptional future leaders.
Our Expertise Areas
In a competitive global environment, the ability of the non-executive Board to steer social impact organisations can make a critical difference. The approach of any organisation to diversity, risk management and good governance can set it apart from its peers, fundamentally affecting its sustainability, effectiveness, funding and employer brand.
At Oxford HR we are experts in finding key, global talent that will protect your reputation, safeguard your future, open up new sources of funding, develop key networks and create a climate of opportunity for both staff and volunteers.Read more
Oxford HR works with medium and large charities across the UK and internationally to identify highly talented individuals from other sectors or stand-out candidates already working within the charity sector. We have worked extensively with social enterprises, education, health and arts organisations and mainstream charities to identify and appoint the key, high-level personnel needed to further the organisations’ goals, provide inspirational leadership and deliver tangible results.Read more
Sustainable and progressive economic development is critical to both the long- and short-term viability of any positive change, and so is an integral part of every not-for-profit and for-purpose organisation’s success. Oxford HR supports not-for-profit, public and private sector organisations in identifying the inspirational talent they need to address these complex social and economic development issues and ensure a positive impact on societies.
Our vision for the sector is aligned with promoting positive change in favour of poor and marginalised people. We believe in inclusive economic growth that creates jobs and equal opportunities for everyone, helping people lift themselves out of poverty, leading to self-reliant communities, and stable and prosperous societies.Read more
The world is changing, and we are collectively seeking new and innovative ways to address the unprecedented challenges we face. We believe this presents a huge opportunity and we are committed to finding talent for the environment, climate and conservation sectors and growing the unique skills required to spearhead system change.Read more
The issues facing modern society can only be addressed effectively through large-scale, harmonised interventions instigated by, or working in close collaboration with, governments and other international institutions. Oxford HR has the necessary skills and experience to provide critical support to these institutions by making strategic HR appointments that ensure positive and mutually beneficial outcomes, as well as clearly measurable successes.
We have an extensive understanding of the geopolitical influences that affect the decision-making process in these organisations, and are able to drawn on our extensive experience to provide sophisticated insights on strategic and operational issues at the highest level.Read more
Health leaders face many challenges in funding and resources across the diverse groups and populations they serve. Developed populations are living longer, and chronic and complex medical conditions need different models of care and treatments. Non-Executives, Chief Executives and Directors across the sector need to embrace these challenges and deliver cost-effective health solutions, making informed, evidence-based clinical, scientific and social decisions, often within highly regulated environments.
Oxford HR’s executive search engages with a global network of leaders to bring you talented individuals who have the knowledge, drive and resilience to continue to shape this sector and the challenges it faces.Read more
Higher education and research institutions now require broad visionary leaders that may have primary expertise in the arts, humanities, engineering or science but can also consider the bigger questions for education, teaching and own research. Institutions need to be forward looking and have an inter-disciplinary approach to their research and educational training, as well as considering the benefits of industrial partnerships, international collaborations and the proposed impact of their research.
At Oxford HR, we excel at identifying and appointing highly skilled Professors and Directors for Universities, Research and related organisations that are global leaders in their fields across a wide range of functional areas.Read more
Growth or change within any organisation can cause significant turbulence, which is why it’s key to have the right people on board. Organisations must ensure they have the adequate talent needed to steer the team and sustain the business. Interim managers play a key role during times of transition and change. Independent, expert and highly skilled, they can help move an organisation through a turbulent period after the loss of a key staff member, help shift an organisation in its strategic direction or indeed help turnaround failing organisations.Read more
Oxford HR specialises in identifying the key leadership skills required to develop new or changing teams and works with our global partners to appoint executive talent to support your wider organisational development change programme. Our extensive networks of contacts and associates at every level right across the sector, and in every country, gives us unparalleled reach to help identify the right talent for your organisation from a wide variety of potential backgrounds.
Our clients range from small NGOs operating in-country, to huge international organisations that operate across continents, and we have provided critical HR support to both niche providers and key global players in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Americas.Read more
Oxford HR have long recognised that conflict is an integral part of any society’s on-going evolution and development. Conflict management and transformation lie at the heart of positive and productive strategic development and change management. We also know through our work with international organisations and in fragile states, that there is a symbiotic relationship between International Development and Peace and Security. Without development there can be no security; and without security there can be no development. Peacebuilding is concerned with strengthening a political settlement to avoid a return to conflict.Read more
Setting up a philanthropic foundation or Trust is one of the ways that business leaders and financial institutions can use their success and influence to make a more developmental contribution to societies and the world. This may come in the form of contributing directly to the societies where they have placed their offices or industries, or with the broader directive of helping those in economic difficulty, championing their education, healthcare and democratic rights.
Oxford HR has the experience, expertise and broad networks to source key personnel that can not only advance the cause and ensure the effective implementation of the philanthropic work, but also build an ongoing relationship of trust with the founders.Read more
Brian Doolan, CEO
Fred Hollows Foundation
Justin Highstead, Africa Executive
Gatsby Charitable Foundation