Background to Oxen Park

Oxen Park was created in 2006 by Geoff, Ivan and Rick three vastly experienced business and HR leaders who have known each other for nearly 20 years. Our business is named after the small hamlet in the Lake District where we turned an idea into a business plan. Tom and Janice joined our team in 2017, followed by both of our Claire's in 2018. Our team is completed by and complimented by Sarah and Dani who help look after our clients and resources.

We have all had varied careers in organisations of different sizes and sectors; we have each been successful and struggled in equal measure but above all we have learned lots including sticking to our values and our principles; it is these that guide us now.


Geoff Booth

Considered to be independent minded, adaptable and forward thinking; attributes he now carries into his consulting work after 32 years in financial services with successful roles in sales, marketing, project management and customer service. 

Tom Booth

Academic, ‘wanna be’ sportsman, and a part time consultant; Tom holds an MSc and PhD in Organisational Psychology from the Alliance Manchester Business School, and is currently in the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh.

Danielle King

A focus on customer and client experience is undoubtedly the constant thread running through Danielle’s career in various roles in office management and HR.  She is driven by a need to see things done right and naturally succeeded in HR quality & HR customer services settings.

Sarah Findlay

Sarah has always had a fascination with the human mind, what makes people tick and the power of persuasion. This has taken her along a journey that started off with a degree in Psychology which then led to a career in Social Services working with people with physical and mental disabilities. A disenchantment with working in the public sector resulted in her making a life changing leap into private sector, where she entered the agency world of marketing and advertising.  

Claire Burgess

Claire has worked for a number of years in leadership and management development, with an MSc in Occupational Psychology and an ILM Coaching qualification that both drive a desire to help people reach their potential.

Claire Markwick

Claire is a qualified coach with a passion to support business leaders and executives to create high performance cultures where the very best people want to be and can thrive.  Great people need great leadership, no matter what the business challenge is.

Ivan Hickmott

An experienced HR Director (who has fulfilled both Business Partner and COE roles) and who, since 2000, has consulted externally in OD and Change for various business transformation efforts for large/medium sized companies in UK and Europe.


Rick Emslie

An experienced business leader, entrepreneur and expert in Human Asset measurement, he was one of the founding partners of Saratoga, the HR benchmarking and measurement consultancy and, most recently, was Executive Deputy Chairman of AdviserPlus, the UK’s leading provider of manager HR advice solutions.