Principal - Executive

Charlotte Henney

Since graduating with a BA in Business Management and Entrepreneurial study, I have continued to enjoy learning what makes up the components of a successful business. Shortly after my studies, I joined a start-up in the Property & Construction industry in London to put the theory to practice and try my hand at designing, developing and nurturing a range of commercial enablers such as HR, business development, finance and marketing. Promoted early on to hold both the Company Secretary and Head of HR positions, I focused on laying the foundations for an agile, flexible and resilient workforce. As part of the senior leadership team, I led the organisational design, recruitment, development, reward and best practice. In addition, I expanded my network and knowledge by contributing to several steering groups and was a speaker at numerous events within the HR profession. During my time in the business, I was delighted to see efforts become award-winning for the approach to people and growth of a vibrant culture.

Progressing my career to become a trusted advisor and partner of multiple clients and to a network of fellow HR professionals was the next step and one that aligns with my interest in all things “people” and “business”. Before joining Oakleaf Executive, I was a Consultant for a London-based niche boutique firm operating across the UK and Europe, specialising in senior HR talent for FTSE 350 businesses. Mandates that I have previously led and delivered include HRD and Senior HR Business Partners; Head of Reward, Global Mobility and Divisional Reward Specialists; Head of OD; Head of D&I and Head of Talent Acquisition.

In 2020, and amidst a pandemic, my husband’s military career relocated our family to the US, and we now call North Carolina home. Living in the States brings many personal and professional benefits. Being fully immersed in society here, learning the culture and interacting with its character helps me deliver my core role at Oakleaf Executive, focusing on the underrepresented reward market. We fulfil mandates for our clients for all senior compensation, benefits and total reward positions.

With so much to see and do, travelling fills much of our free time. When not on the road, I find myself trying to relocate household items that my toddler has placed in unobvious locations… and outside of being “Mom”, I’m always keen for a challenge, and the latest one is golf!

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