We have recently collaborated with Oxen Park and Westminster Associates on the delivery of a programme to develop our HR Business Partnering skills, the programme was very engaging and thought provoking, it was fast-paced, highly interactive, participative and enjoyable.
Geoff and Paul were great to work with , they are very professional, extremely knowledgeable and also had the ability to make things fun. Through good conversation and planning they were able to bring together our knowledge of the business, the people and what we were aiming to achieve with their external knowledge and ideas to ensure that both our partnership and the programme itself were very successful and I look forward to working with them again at some point in the future.Rosie McPhee – Senior Director (Talent Development EMEA) at Herbalife
Attending the Future HR Directors Programme enabled me to take stock of what I had achieved and what my personal barriers were to realising my own potential and ability. By allowing the group to choose the agenda, we were able to agree on what our learning priorities were. Networking with guest speakers from other businesses also played a key role in realising achievements and exploring issues further. This programme gave me the confidence and ability to move on in my own career.Rachel Falla – HR Manager at IMI Webber
Excellent opportunity to learn more about self and get open feedback from HR colleaguesTimofei Mezheritsky – Senior HR Business Partner EMEA, DuPont Switzerland
The programme was powerful, unpredictable and be prepared to be taken to places you didn’t think you’d go.Louisa Neale – HR Manager, RCT Homes
Our teams’ understanding of the behavioural and cultural change required to bring a new model for the delivery of HR and OD services to life in a new organisation with an ambitious change and improvement agenda has been developed and enhanced through the Consulting Skills Programme delivered by Oxen Park.Julie Wood – Cornwall Council
Participants are demonstrating in their working practices new insight derived from the programme and we have a sound platform from which to embed an approach that we are confident will increase the value of our contribution to the organisations’ change and improvement agenda.
The HR Diagnostic developed by Oxen Park is a robust and comprehensive instrument for exploring the effectiveness of the HR function in an objective and systematic way. More importantly, it is invaluable for identifying areas for improvement that will have the real impact on enhancing overall business performance. It is easy to make assumptions as to where you think the needs are greatest but this approach ensures all aspects of the HR contribution are assessed. I would not embark on any HR change or transformation programme without first applying this diagnostic.Andrew Wright – Director, Leadership and Partner Development, Ernst &Young
One of my rising stars participated in the Future HR Leaders programme over the last year. She found the content and the networking excellent and the format very effective in terms of timing and duration. I have no hesitation in recommending this programme.Charlie Keeling – Global HR Director at Clyde & Co LLP
Yet another invitation you probably think, but trust me, the ones from Oxen Park are definitely worth reading. Invest the time and allow yourself thinking space on topics relevant to your business, in a forum which is challenging, provocative and yet enjoyable. The group is not large but very well facilitated with great speakers; getting that one new idea makes it worthwhile.Samantha Blackie – People & Corporate Affairs Director, Royal London Group
I arrived towards the end of the first session. The atmosphere struck me immediately as open, warm, safe and friendly. This built as we broke for a drink, another session and dinner. The next day collaborative interactions were sparking for me and for others. A network event that was a real network.Andrew Campbell – Director, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre
At least one or two similar networking invitations arrive in my inbox each day so it’s really difficult to differentiate between them. The reason why I started going to Oxen Park meetings was due to a personal recommendation from a colleague – and this is really reflected in the meetings. People who are attending know each other, the network is of a size that allows the Oxen Park team to know many of their members, and you get the opportunity to gain genuine insight from your peers. The Oxen Park leaders have listened to their members on the subjects they would like covered – the meetings are truly driven by the network membersFiona Regan – HR Director, Grosvenor Casinos, Rank Group
A programme of thought provoking activities to support and challenge your self as a person and as a leader for sustainable results. Both a rewarding and stimulating experience.Javid Jamil – HR Business Partner at Nationwide
I was mesmerized by both speakers…. and impressed by the seniority of the other HR professionals and the broad range of organisations that they came from.Lucy Eldred – HR Business Partner, G4S Risk Management
I have invested in development for many HR&OD teams and individuals over the years with a variety of external providers but my recent experience with Oxen Park has been exemplary. We have recently experienced, as a HR & OD management team, their Consulting Skills Programme; a blend of consulting theory, real work situations, individual skills development and peer coaching through action learning. There’s also a great Workbook resource provided as well.
The formal evaluation scores from all the participants were exceptional but the unsolicited feedback offered to me by my team was the most effusive I have heard for a very long time.
Oxen Park have quickly built a positive relationship with my management team based on openness, honest feedback, trust and flexibility. Where possible they tailor their proposition to a budget, whilst maintaining focus on delivering a quality offer to achieve desired outcomes.Dawn Aunger – Assistant Director for HR and Organisational Development
I cannot speak highly enough of my personal development experience with Oxen Park. Geoff and Ivan were fabulous personable course leaders, coaches and mentors who challenged and encouraged you to take from the learning a new way of thinking. They gave me the confidence to sit back, plan more effectively the client interaction and not just jump in with tailor made solutions “ off the peg” which were not owned by the client.Carolyn Montgomerie – Consultant at Engage Limited
I joined the Oxen Park Future HR Leader Programme in 2014 with expectations of improving my leadership capability, networking with interesting colleagues from different sectors of HR and finding tangible ways forward with business challenges through action learning. It certainly did “what it said on the tin”. I have benefited from all of the above.
What I did not expect that this programme gave me an epiphany moment in my career and with the help of the other delegates and expert facilitators, enabled me to take a huge career jump abroad for my Company. I have never looked back however have sometimes wondered if I would have taken this leap without realising my potential ability and taking courage from the learning I had over the course of the programme.
I can not recommend it enough if you really want to challenge and be challenged to realise what you can do.Keren Taylor – Head of HR at Zurich Insurance Company
A thoroughly thought provoking and interactive workshop from start to finish, Geoff and Tom facilitated the workshop complimenting each other well with their great balance of business experience versus academic application. The workshop examined and questioned traditional reporting methods which typically only scratch the service and promoted the delivery of modelling and true insight to answer business questions.James Cosford – HR Systems, Reporting and Insight Manager
I enjoyed it very much, it was well structured, well run and one of the best peer networking events that I have been to.Daniel Jones – Group HR Director, Tribal
Oxen Park provided experience-based knowledge, as well as a comprehensive and straight forward workshop design, that helped the CallHR team develop its own ideas and plans to improve performance in terms of end-to-end process ownership.Carlos Huerta – EMEA Shared Service Lead at DuPont