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These are just some of the reasons why organisations trust us with their HR hires. Now discover what we can do for you.

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Why choose Oakleaf ?

Boutique HR Specialist

No candidate ownership

Excellent Consultant Tenure & Low Staff Turnover

Core HR

Generalist, L&D, Recruitment, OD, Diversity & Inclusion

Specialist Teams

for Reward, MI, Systems, Payroll, Global Mobility, Immigration, Expat Tax & Pensions

Operate at 3 core levels

Up to 55k / 55k-100k / 100k+

APSCo Membership

All role types covered

Permanent, Temporary & Fixed Term Contracts

Across the UK


All industry sectors covered


Who better to tell you what we’re like than our very own clients? Here’s what some of them have to say about their experiences with Oakleaf.

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I can recommend Emily as an extremely professional, yet human, recruiter both from the candidate and client perspective. Whichever side of the relationship I have been at, Emily has always been personable, professional, and has a great talent for finding the right talent! Quick at both understanding the role and sending appropriate candidates through, Emily is responsive to feedback and maintains the right level of contact. A great recruiter all round.

Rowan Lawrence, Director of People and Talent, Future Worx

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Emily is a professional and talented recruiter who I enjoyed working with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her for a role.

Katie Richardson, CPO, Contino

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"It was a pleasure working with Emily, she understood my needsand specific situation and helped me to secure a role which fit. I would definitely recommend Emily to individuals and companies."

Nichola Rees, Head of People, TiG Data Intelligence

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“It took just 5 weeks from Alan and I first speaking about my job search to me securing an offer, which I think speaks for itself in terms of service, particularly in these unusual times!   Alan was great at fully understanding what I was looking for and making sure that I was well prepared for the unusual virtual interview process.   He also played a key role in keeping me upbeat through the search and managing through to an offer I was happy with.   I have worked with Oakleaf in the past too as a candidate, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend again.”

Nicola Griffiths

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For anyone who is seeking a new job opportunity especially in times like the present I would thoroughly recommend getting in touch with Oakleaf. Not only do they have fantastic contacts in a variety of industries, their consultants offer meaningful guidance It definitely feels like you have someone in your corner.

Satyaki Ghosh

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I have worked with John for a number of years and he assisted me in securing my current role.  John successfully balances both candidate and client desires, ensuring that both are kept fully informed and his transparent communication makes you feel that you are his top priority.  Honest, knowledgeable and driven, it is John’s passion for spotlighting the talent within the industry and his desire to put the right people in the right role, that stands out from other recruiters.  The best evidence of this?   His genuine delight for you once an offer is confirmed.

Keith Baker

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Brittany understood our requirements immediately and within a couple of days I had some excellent candidates, several of whom could have filled the role. I have rarely found an agency as responsive and helpful as I have found Oakleaf - they certainly understand their specialism, which makes it all the easier for the hiring manager.

Alison Knocker, Human Resources Director, Peach

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“Jodie recently helped me find my placement at LSE. The whole experience was excellent, Jodie was professional and kept the lines of communication open at all times. Jodie has been more than helpful and I would highly recommend her services. Thanks again Jodie!!"

Julie Gould, Head of Payroll Services, The London School of Economics

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Katrina has placed me in two HR Director roles in Financial Services over the years. Both roles have been a perfect fit for me – and I would like to think the organisations I became part of have been happy too.  I really don’t think I would have found either of these opportunities or been successful in pursuing them, without Kat’s involvement. Not only is Katrina personable, professional, responsive and easy to work with, she is also extremely focused on getting the right outcome for candidates and firms alike. It is clear that Katrina carefully considers not just skills and experience but also overall fit, when she matches candidates to roles. She has actually put me in front of very few of her clients, but with a very high success rate – this tailored approach makes her unique and an invaluable resource for candidates and firms. Once you have been put forward for a role something that Katrina does extremely well is brief you on what to expect in terms of process and each of the people you are meeting. She also solicits and provides very constructive and productive feedback and is very clear on where one stands in a process.  This means that as a candidate you are able to perform at your best through the assessment process, and also that there are few surprises at offer stage. That is helpful to both candidates and firms and means the process is quicker and smoother at the final stage. In my experience, Katrina represents the client she works for, and the role, incredibly accurately to you as a candidate.  I have also always felt 100% confident that I am well (and accurately) represented by her as a candidate, partly because Katrina really understands the HR space and partly because she builds long term relationships with her candidates and gets to know them very well. Finally, I really admire Katrina’s forthrightness and ability to get to the point quickly and get stuff done,  whilst remaining personable and supportive at the same time.  I regularly recommend Katrina to my peers both from a candidate and a hiring perspective.

Mica Ross, Head of Human Resources, Numis Securities

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I have been an Executive Interim via Oakleaf Executive for over 18 months, and from placement to contract renewals, to helping me navigate IR35, they have been fantastic.

The whole team are always on hand to offer any support when I need it.

Oakleaf Executive values long term relationships, and this is what they have built with me over the period.

They check in with me regularly and are at the end of the phone when I need them, as an interim I couldn’t be in safer hands.

Emma Calvert - Change Management, Organisation Effectiveness & HR Implementation Lead, Old Mutual.

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Jamie has been exceptional throughout the process of my current move.  From the initial approach, through the interview process, to the finalisation of the contractual details, he has been highly professional, demonstrated honesty and integrity at all times and remain constantly engaged. He balanced his relationship between client and candidate very well, which has not always been my experience when dealing with others in this field. He provided good background detail ahead of interviews, & was very supportive to me.  I felt he went the extra mile for me throughout what has been a lengthy process, and I would not hesitate to recommend him to contacts within the industry, and I look forward to continuing to work with both Jamie & Oakleaf going forward in my new role.

Simon Constantine, Managing Director of Regional Compensation, Bank of New York Mellon

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I have been working with Katrina and the team @Oakleaf, both as a candidate and a client, for the last 10 years. As a candidate, Katrina has personally placed me in two roles during that time, both of which were aligned not only to my capability and relevant experience, but to my interests and career ambitions. This was only possible because Katrina took the time to ask the right questions, understand my drivers, think outside the box and get to know "me". I have subsequently recommended Katrina to many ex-colleagues looking for new, and especially, senior level opportunities. As a client, Katrina and her team are highly responsive, communicate effectively, ensure a smooth running process and take the time to present both the candidate profiles I ask for, and the left field options that they instinctively know will work. The latter most recently evidenced by the hire I have recently made to my team @Xceptor. Would highly recommend.

Head of Talent, Xceptor.

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I wanted to first thank you for working on the successful campaign of the role, the candidates that you submitted were all excellent and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of your network during this difficult economic climate.

What stuck out for me was the time and effort you took in listening to what we were looking for and delivering on your promise.

By far the best service we have received in a very long time.

HR Advisor, Insurance Specialist

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Jamie has been a great partner throughout the entire interview and hiring process. There are times when working in different time zones can be challenging but our partnership proves working globally works even during a pandemic.

During the challenging time the world is in, Jamie continued to stay present ensuring I was informed on where BNY Mellon was in the hiring process. This was a great comfort when wondering if the position was moving forward.

Jamie was professional in managing both his relationship with the client and me, as the candidate. I appreciate his honesty, insights and continued support. Jamie is very knowledgeable in the Rewards space and thoroughly prepared me during the interview and contract process. I would recommend Jamie and Oakleaf for anyone looking for the next step in their Rewards career.

Cindy Lukas, Global Head of Benefits, Bank of New York Mellon

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I read your first update where you mentioned that given that a number of your Oakleaf colleagues were on furlough, the Oakleaf service may not be as good as it could be.

I wanted to let you know how impressed I've been by Brittany. Really professional and seems to be working all hours to ensure that I (as the candidate) receive a great service.

I feel very supported and she had kept me up to date on all developments.

She is a real asset to the Oakleaf family.

Sally Worthington

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The team at Oakleaf are a pleasure to work with. 

I worked mainly with John and Linda and have to say that they are both extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  I was recently made redundant in a time where lots of people are losing jobs in a very uncertain environment. 

I did however feel very positive about my prospects as I had confidence in myself but also because John worked diligently to help me secure the right role. 

I'm delighted with my new role and have a plan and can't wait to start thanks to John and team for their advice, support and access to great opportunities. 

I can't recommend them highly enough!

Layla Talbi, EMEA Payroll & Benefits Specialist

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Lucy is my go to recruiter when I am considering a career move.

Not only does she have an excellent network across the Reward and Financial Services industry, but she takes time to understand what I am looking for and filters out anything


She has worked especially hard and applied lateral thinking in securing my next move, in what is a really difficult market.

Lucy has impeccable values as a recruiter and balances the needs of the candidate with those of her clients perfectly. I could not recommend her more.

Olivia Herbert, Group Reward Specialist, Quintet Private Bank

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Needle in a haystack springs to mind when I'm looking for my next opportunity.

I'm one candidate of many so how will I get noticed?

Yet with Georgia and the Oakleaf team it feels like a solid partnership. The support is phenonemal. They truly spend time building a relationship with you, returning your calls and emails and even when it's a no from the client it's handled with dignity, respect and openness.

I've been fortunate to have secured a role through the support of the team and I value their honesty, support and guidance. I know they'll keep me in mind for future opportunities as they recognise the value of long term authentic partnership.

Head of Inclusion & Wellbeing, Professional Services firm

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I have worked with Jodie on a number of occasions whilst looking to place Payroll professionals in my team. I have always found Jodie to be very professional, exceptionally proactive and really easy to work with. Jodie takes the time to understand both you as an individual and your brief, so that she is only putting forward candidates that she believes will be a good team fit and also right for the role in question. In my most recent hire, I wasn't quite comfortable with some of the candidates I had interviewed, and Jodie urged me to meet a candidate she had referred to me, but I had initially rejected. It was clear she was really confident about this candidate, and her instincts were right - we ultimately hired that candidate over all others seen. What I also liked in this process was that when I fed back to Jodie on my comments of candidates seen, she clearly fed this back to the candidates as well, as when they returned for future stage interviews, the candidates were aware of the feedback raised, and had taken it on board in a positive way. I would absolutely recommend Jodie to any company looking to hire HR/Payroll professionals.

Amy Gadsby, HR Director

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Linda Giacomantonio at Oakleaf Partnership is an experienced recruiter who has a clear understanding of the job requirement and candidate expertise. She has been prompt and supportive with her constant update throughout the hiring process.

Maria Monteiro, EMEA Payroll Analyst

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I have been hugely impressed with the professionalism of Katrina Stewart and Jenny Scrivener on search and executive interim placements across Financial Services HR. They were really personable and listened to me. Their market knowledge and intelligence was second to none. Their advice and guidance was amazing and were not afraid to push back on me when my ideas went astray. I am very much indebted to Oakleaf Executive. They are the only consultancy that I have felt actually cared about their candidates as much as their clients. It's a long term relationship to be built on. A huge heartfelt thank you.

Kay Pumfrey, Global HR Director, Financial Services

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Amy has been a breath of fresh air. Having been a bit wary of recruitment consultants in the past, Amy has proven that they are not all alike! Her easy, friendly but professional attitude coupled with her solid advice, guidance and patience has helped me secure a superb HR position. I cannot thank her enough and would not hesitate to recommend her to other HR professionals looking for their next move.

HR Consultant

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Oakleaf take a very human approach to managing you as a candidate or client. As a candidate you feel supported, informed and given honest feedback. From a client perspective this gives great comfort as to how prospective candidates will see your brand.
Consultants provide a thorough brief before interviews, covering off all aspects from approach the interviewer will likely take, to characters involved. They take time to listen to what the client is really looking for in a candidate and carefully match you, rather than sending a stream of CVs that just boost numbers. Oakleaf then sensitively manage the offer and negotiations and provide follow up to both candidates and clients. Outside of the recruitment process Oakleaf maintain close relationships and are always on hand for advice or updates on the market - they are a pleasure to work with.

Amanda Underwood - CPO Rhubarb

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Thank you so much for your continued support. You really stand out as a professional in your field. We had several HR agencies decline to work with us on this, as basically, they thought it would not pay off! Your attitude will mean we work with you again.

Recruiter contact, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Oakleaf are true experts in the HR market. They take a huge amount of time to understand their clients' needs, culture and their environment, ensuring that they always present relevant candidates that are a true fit for the roles they are working on. Few agencies consider all angles, and this sets Oakleaf apart from their competitors.

Hanna Neuborn - Head of Recruitment, Merkle

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I’ve only worked with Rebecca for a short amount of time, but Becky’s professionalism was evident from day one. Becky has made a difficult recruitment process a lot easier with her prompt responses, frequent updates and overall hard work. Becky has maintained a positive, cheerful demeanour throughout the recruitment process. I look forward to working with Becky a lot more in the very near future.

Recruitment Advisor, EY

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“Here at M&S, flexible working is high on the agenda in trying to create a true ‘Smarter Working’ office environment, so it’s critical to us that we challenge perceptions both internally and externally on this subject whilst championing the benefits in our everyday hires. We are delighted that Oakleaf have been forward-thinking enough to embrace this with a part-time recruitment offering, as this is both unique and invaluable in sourcing the best flexible working candidates in the marketplace. A key to their success is undoubtedly their ability to challenge their client’s perception on which roles can be approached from a part-time or flexible basis. Having recently successfully recruited 3 part-time team members into our HR Division, we were impressed with a seamless service from both Jane and Harriet, who together offer a great example of how flexible working can demonstrate great efficiency. We’re excited to be part of this journey alongside Oakleaf and value their expertise in supporting us to take this focus and continue to convert it into tangible examples of great flexible working across the HR team”.  

Jennifer Goldsmith, Corporate Recruitment Manager, M&S

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I have had a great experience with Oakleaf. Initially I met up with John O’Brien and Linda Giacomantonio who were very thorough in their assessment of my skills and very helpful in pointing me in the right direction for my next professional move. I was then contacted by Grant Ward who again matched me with the perfect role for what I was looking for. I will be starting in my new job soon and would definitely recommend Oakleaf to any colleague needing to make their next move. Thank you Oakleaf!

Pilar Rowlands, EMEA Payroll Specialist - Dow Jones

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Service oriented, honest, and highly competent: Gareth Evans epitomises the characteristics of a true professional in the recruitment space. I had the pleasure of working with Gareth as he represented me in my first job search in London. He spent time understanding my value proposition to employers and utilised the skill of his team to think more broadly about roles that might be of interest. I was particularly impressed with Gareth’s commitment to keeping in touch to provide feedback at each stage of the process, to ensure both cultural and skill fit. Gareth comes with my heartfelt recommendation and I wish him every success in his new Associate Partner role – well deserved!

Courtney Weston, Learning and Development Manager - MS Amlin

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I feel very thankful to have found my way to Oakleaf, I've had one of the best experiences I've had with a recruiter and really enjoyed working with Zoe and her colleague Gareth. I will certainly recommend Oakleaf Partnership to my growing HR network in the UK from now on.

Peter Hannabus, Interim Talent & Development Manager - Aspen Insurance

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