I founded Oakleaf in 2005. I walked away from a secure job, good salary and career safety but my vision for a new business (as well as a hugely supportive wife!) gave me the courage to take the leap of faith and start on the Oakleaf journey (the Oakleaf is a symbol of courage, after all!).
Today, I could not be prouder of what we have already created as well as our ambitions for the future.
Oakleaf Group’s success is built firmly on our core values, created and owned by us all, and is underpinned by deep, long-lasting customer* relationships, built in 3-dimensions, face to face. We treat everyone in a way we would expect to be treated ourselves. Our culture has helped define our past and will shape our future.
(*we don’t differentiate between “clients” and “candidates” – everyone is a “customer” in our eyes).
As ever, my “door” is always open, so please feel free to contact me direct if you fancy a coffee one day.
Founder & Group CEO
Recent research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), quoted in a recent People Management article, stated a 13.5% rise in HR vacancies last year. The data, based on “algorithm-based analysis of job postings from company websites”, indicated that internal recruiters were the most in demand, accounting for 35% of all HR vacancies so far this year.
Oakleaf Group, comprising the specialist Oakleaf Partnership, Oakleaf Executive, Oakleaf Technology, Change & Transformation (TCT) and Total Rewards Search (TRS) businesses, is delighted to announce that Uma Cresswell has been appointed to its Main Board.
Happy 4th July and a very big welcome to the Oakleaf Group’s 17th birthday update. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 17 years since I embarked on this journey. Today, I have over 90 hugely talented colleagues and ambitious plans for the future. In fact, I started drafting this missive sitting in Bryant Park after a client lunch in New York City. More of that later.
When it comes to HR recruitment, you’re in safe hands with Oakleaf Partnership. Since 2005, we have been successfully placing people into jobs across every HR discipline, in every sector imaginable. Yet we’re still as approachable as ever. For clients and candidates alike, we’re more than just experts. We’re trusted advisors.
Oakleaf Executive was established to serve the increasing demand for outstanding customer service and delivery. We have an unparalleled reach, both UK and globally, across all industry sectors and HR functions.
Total Rewards Search
Understanding and delivering on the unique requirements of each brief in the field of Compensation & Benefits takes both a hands-on and strategic approach. We don’t believe in separating the candidate management and client management aspects of our search.
Technology, Change & Transformation
Oakleaf Technology, Change and Transformation is a specialist recruitment agency, partnering with organisations to provide innovative solutions to finding diverse talent specific to Technology, Change and Transformative agendas. With our deep understanding of the market and passion for finding talent, we are able to provide the right solution both to contract and permanent opportunities.
We care deeply about working collaboratively with our colleagues and customers to build lasting partnerships.
We have the moral courage to always do the right thing, standing by our principles and challenging the status quo.
We embrace individual differences and encourage the freedom to express our opinions and be who we are.
We are professional at all times and our behaviours will always make our colleagues and customers feel welcome and comfortable.
We will always challenge ourselves to deliver our goals with vigour and enthusiasm.