Executive HR Jobs

Oakleaf Executive Search 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.


Why Oakleaf Executive Search?

  • With a proven track record of delivery in HR and Reward, going back over 20 years, Oakleaf Executive is the market-leading specialist. Our network is unrivalled and our brand is synonymous with excellence and delivery across all of the HR disciplines.
  • We deliver a wide range of HR, Reward & change solutions via our outstanding network of professional interims.
  • No need for a full-time resource? Our part-time offering can deliver the ideal candidate to suit your business needs.
  • We are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and champion a fair and inclusive search process, sourcing the very best talent irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We put talent before background, challenge bias and always recommend the best person for the role.
  • Our customers range from FTSE100 businesses to private equity-backed startups. We cover all industry sectors, both in the UK and Internationally.
  • We are solely Human Resources focused with a team which has over 75 years’ combined HR executive search experience.


Find out more about Our Approach, explore our Global Network or meet our Dedicated team of professionals. 


News in Executive HR Jobs

Katrina Stewart highlights where we can partner our unique service with your recruitment priorities.

“Without question, there will be challenges ahead but myself, and the team at Oakleaf will be here to help and advise"

A notable trend is that the appetite to move roles at the senior end in reward remains very high.

Across the board, it has been noted that HR is needed now more than ever before.

An interview with Kate Delmi, HR Director by Katrina Stewart

Oakleaf Executive Principal Penny Daniels shares a very brave piece on this all too often overlooked issue, and importantly, the role HR can play both in raising awareness and supporting this in the workplace.

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Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Oakleaf provided an excellent, professional and open response to my request to work together to source and secure a new global Head of HR for Henderson. Excellent in the quality and diverse backgrounds of the candidates that they sourced and the in-depth analysis on each candidate; professional in how they dealt with me, Henderson and the candidates; and open in the ease in which we were able to discuss the profile of the role, the candidates and agree on the shortlist and final selection.

The fact that we recruited the existing interim head of HR is itself a testament to Oakleaf. They presented each candidate equally and fairly, whilst being incredibly helpful in identifying the relative strengths of each candidate, but did not push for a result.

As well as excellent service, I enjoyed working with Oakleaf and would recommend them to others.

Roger Thompson - Finance Director, Henderson Global Investors

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

In relation to a recent senior HR appointment within our organisation I found Oakleaf Partnership to be professional in every way in fulfilling the assignment. They quickly formulated a comprehensive insight into our business and the specific requirements of the role. I have no hesitation in recommending Oakleaf Partnership as a specialist customer focused recruitment partner within the HR and Payroll disciplines.


Adrian Roche - Managing Director, Signature Senior Lifestyle

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I was referred to Katrina Stewart when my organization was looking for a Head of Human Resources. Katrina immediately grasped the role and the complexity. She sourced and presented candidates in line with the recruitment process we discussed at the beginning, showed her ability to identify candidates right for our business.

Lisa Erhle – MD – Capital Dynamics LLP

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

I have worked with Richard and Oakleaf for some years and have complete confidence in all the Oakleaf team. I have valued not only their HR knowledge and expertise but also their business perspective.

Simon Lloyd - Head of HR & Company Secretary, Santander (UK)

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Oakleaf Partnership have been a valuable talent acquisition partner and their service has always been excellent. Their understanding of the business needs and culture of our organisation has enabled them to provide us with high calibre applicants. They have always been professional, honest and reliable and I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone.  In particular, it has been a pleasure working with Katrina who I highly recommend as a professional, diligent and extremely competent senior consultant who helped us find the right talent and identified critical talent for our organization.

Grant King – Head of HR, TD Securities

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Although a new supplier to Centrica, Jade and her team look like they are on target to fill 100% of the external roles that we've given them so far. Jade has been a delight to deal with, she's bright, bubbly and full of enthusiasm. Her subject matter knowledge means that she knows what will work and what won't, especially when it comes to the candidates that she puts forward. Her energy means that she seems to work tirelessly.

Personally, I like the way that Jade is constantly reviewing her position and corralling her colleagues to deliver a joined-up solution across multiple areas within Reward. I have no hesitation in recommending both Jade and Oakleaf as highly trusted partners.

Mark Lawton - Senior Resourcing Business Partner, Centrica

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Oakleaf Partnership did an excellent job for us! They produced a high-quality “long list” of well-qualified candidates in a short period of time in our search for a Global HR Director. From this, I was able to select a strong short list for our final decision. The approach of Oakleaf was professional, thoughtful and responsive, and I would recommend them as a company.

Brian Gosschalk - Ipsos, Head of the Office of the Presidents

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

The Towergate HR Exec and I have been delighted to form a strategic partnership with Oakleaf throughout 2015 & 2016.  Working together we have successfully recruited HR leaders & professionals in Service Delivery, Transformation, Reward and Business Partnering.  Client focus, integrity and constant straightforward communication are the strengths we value most, resulting in great candidates that fit our business and deliver results.

Catherine Lynch – Group HR Director, Towergate Insurance

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

We have used Oakleaf for a number of roles and they have delivered excellent candidates. Their knowledge of the HR market is thorough and they seem to build a great rapport with candidates.

Jim Richardson - Santander UK

Executive HR Jobs testimonials

Having worked with Oakleaf over a number of years, both as a client and a candidate, I can say that their advice and knowledge of the HR profession and the marketplace has given us confidence in the solutions, support and ultimately the candidates they offer.

Candidate experience has been exemplary with careful matching of candidate to organisation and support offered once in post.

From a company perspective, insightful questioning and probing alongside their extensive market database enables successful and confident hiring.

Charlotte Sword - Partner, Global Head of Human Resources

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