Our Team

Our consultants include former HR Directors, HR Managers, business leaders, subject matter experts and the highest qualified academic thought-leaders…

Prof William Scott-Jackson

Prof William Scott-Jackson

Position: Chairman

Professor William Scott-Jackson is Chairman of Oxford Strategic Consulting, a Visiting Academic at Oxford University, a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Circle and a member...

Professor William Scott-Jackson is Chairman of Oxford Strategic Consulting, a Visiting Academic at Oxford University, a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Circle and a member of Pembroke, St Cross and Kellogg Colleges. He and his teams carry out advanced research and advisory work across the Middle East, focusing on the development of national talent whilst retaining national identity and values. William is an adviser for the Arabian Society of Human Resource Management, a member of the CMI Academic Advisory Board and the CIPD Professional Standards Faculty. William also serves as an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Centre at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Scott Druck

Scott Druck

Position: CEO

Scott has led HR organisation and process development programs in a wide range of industries. With a Big 5 Consulting background and mid-cap and start-up...

Scott has led HR organisation and process development programs in a wide range of industries. With a Big 5 Consulting background and mid-cap and start-up experience, he has an excellent combination of global best-practice knowledge and “real world” approaches. He is an expert at translating strategy into effective HR processes and ensuring the needs of the Board and other stakeholders are met throughout the program delivery. Scott has also led numerous capability build, transformation and performance improvement programs.

Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks

Position: Director

Stephen Brooks is expert in people management and organisational development. He has supported clients with people and business strategies, talent management, change management, organisational design...

Stephen Brooks is expert in people management and organisational development. He has supported clients with people and business strategies, talent management, change management, organisational design and post-merger integration. He has worked at board level with clients in the public and private sectors both within the UK and internationally. Recent examples of his work include the merger of three Islamic banks in Bahrain, development of HR policies in Jordan, and the development of a business strategy and plan for a newly formed public body in the UK. Stephen is a regular speaker at conferences and is often quoted in the press. Before becoming a consultant Stephen held senior HR roles in Deutsche Bank, General Electric and Bank of America. He graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Paul Green

Paul Green

Position: Director

Paul is a strategically oriented, corporate finance CFO and NED, with over 25 years professional management experience with Leading Multinationals and pioneering Gulf based businesses,...

Paul is a strategically oriented, corporate finance CFO and NED, with over 25 years professional management experience with Leading Multinationals and pioneering Gulf based businesses, including Sovereign entities and extensive Investment and Real Estate experience, covering Global and Middle East focussed roles. He has extensive track record in building empowered teams to cope with rapid growth in fast moving, diverse situations and jurisdictions. He is a strong team player with well developed operational, financial management, strategic and commercial skills, developed in the FMCG and premium branded media services sectors with core expertise in providing Finance leadership in rapid growth businesses across multiple business units, in multiple territories and establishing robust Governance.

David Burton

David Burton

Position: CEO Qatar

During the last 25 years David has worked to help develop cultural mastery skills and competencies with individuals, teams and companies all around the world....

During the last 25 years David has worked to help develop cultural mastery skills and competencies with individuals, teams and companies all around the world. His other areas of expertise include building effective teams, communication skills and leadership development. He is an accredited cultural coach. His experience gives him the ability to work with people at all levels and from various cultural backgrounds to ensure all stakeholders’ needs are met. He is also a master facilitator, workshop leader and trainer. Born in Brisbane Australia, he has lived in England, Japan, the USA and for the last 10 years in Doha, Qatar. He has spent his career dedicated to adult learning and management development around the world. He has a Graduate Dip. of Education from Griffith University (BCAE), Queensland, Australia; is pursuing his ICF / ILM Coaching certification, is a Certified Cultural Coach with The Cultural Coaching Academy and a Chartered Management Institute - Fellow.

Ann Michelle Burton

Ann Michelle Burton

Position: Managing Consultant

Ann-Michelle has over 20 years working towards effective talent management in a wide variety of settings and organisations. Her specialty lies in learning and development,...

Ann-Michelle has over 20 years working towards effective talent management in a wide variety of settings and organisations. Her specialty lies in learning and development, organisational development and change management. Ann-Michelle has worked with executive teams to implement organisational change required to achieve talent management objectives, and has developed and implemented talent development frameworks with regards to nationalisation programmes, including competency frameworks and graduate development programmes. She is also master facilitator and trainer. She has an MSc in Management – Organisational Development and Training from the University of Denver, is a certified trainer in Leadership Development Curriculum with Achieve Global, a qualified administrator and interpreter of the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) assessment tool and a Chartered Management Institute - Fellow. She has been based Doha, Qatar since 2005.

Dr Najat Benchiba-Savenius

Dr Najat Benchiba-Savenius

Position: Head of Social and Economic Research

Dr Najat Benchiba-Savenius is Head of Social and Economic Research at Oxford Strategic Consulting. Najat is an Oxford University graduate and former McKinsey & Company employee...

Dr Najat Benchiba-Savenius is Head of Social and Economic Research at Oxford Strategic Consulting. Najat is an Oxford University graduate and former McKinsey & Company employee with proven consulting experience across various sectors and industries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Najat completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Durham, a Master's degree at the University of Oxford, and another Master's degree and Doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Najat has published widely in the social sciences where she analyses Arabic code switching in bilingual discourse.

Robert Mogielnicki

Robert Mogielnicki

Position: Head of PR

Robert serves as Head of PR and Senior Analyst for Oxford Strategic Consulting. He is also completing a D.Phil at Magdalen College, University of Oxford,...

Robert serves as Head of PR and Senior Analyst for Oxford Strategic Consulting. He is also completing a D.Phil at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, where he focuses on the political economy of free zones in the GCC. An experienced researcher and fluent Arabic speaker, Robert often travels to GCC countries for projects that focus on HR effectiveness, nationalisation, leadership and maximising local talent. He holds an M.Phil in Oriental Studies from St Antony's College, University of Oxford and a BA in Arabic Language and Political Science from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Before joining OSC, Robert worked as a political analyst and journalist in Tunisia and Egypt.

Scott Owens

Scott Owens

Position: Head of Quantitative Research

Scott is one of Oxford’s lead researchers. Working with our subject matter and technical experts, Scott assists clients with making informed and robust decisions around...

Scott is one of Oxford’s lead researchers. Working with our subject matter and technical experts, Scott assists clients with making informed and robust decisions around strategy, sales and marketing, resourcing and other business critical areas. Scott has spent his career working with global brands and public sector organisations to maximize the insight they achieve from their research activities. He is an expert in quantitative and qualitative research methods and is a full member the of the Market Research Society, UK. Scott holds a degree in Social Science and a postgraduate diploma in Social and Market Research.

Debbie Whitaker

Debbie Whitaker

Position: Managing Consultant

Debbie has performed a variety of senior global human resources (HR) leadership roles at major global companies. Her HR experience also includes the FMCG, oil...

Debbie has performed a variety of senior global human resources (HR) leadership roles at major global companies. Her HR experience also includes the FMCG, oil and gas, and professional services sectors. Debbie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was a member of the CIPD’s Human Capital Panel, shaping standards for human capital measurement. Debbie graduated from the London School of Economics, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma and an MA in HR Management.

Dr Richard Cullen

Dr Richard Cullen

Position: Managing Consultant

Richard Cullen is expert in people management, leadership and organisational development. He began his career in the Metropolitan Police Service and became the Met's Director...

Richard Cullen is expert in people management, leadership and organisational development. He began his career in the Metropolitan Police Service and became the Met's Director of Training and Development responsible for what was the world's largest police training and development agency. On the way he became the person to take two separate organisations to Investors in People status. He then became a Senior Civil Servant working in both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice where he was responsible for strategic HR across the National Probation Service. He wrote the first national people management strategy that was considered 'best in class' in a report for the British Government. Before leaving the Civil Service he wrote a model of OD for the new Probation Trusts that received much acclaim. He lectures extensively on leadership and the management of change. Since becoming a managing consultant in Oxford Strategic Consulting he has managed a major project to design tailored HR policies and procedures and has most recently led a project with one of Saudi Arabia's largest family businesses. He has a MA in HRM and a Doctorate in Management and Leadership Development.

Emma Reddington

Emma Reddington

Position: Managing Consultant

Emma Reddington is a former international Reward and HR Director within a British multinational organisation. She has spent the last 6 years delivering large-scale and...

Emma Reddington is a former international Reward and HR Director within a British multinational organisation. She has spent the last 6 years delivering large-scale and complex HR agendas in a high growth environment across the Middle East and Asia. Emma has lived and worked in the UK, UAE, India and Australia and has rich experience in the design and implementation of HR practices to drive business performance. She is a qualified project manager and a Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Dr Ian Jones

Dr Ian Jones

Position: Managing Consultant

Dr Ian Jones is an expert in organisational behaviour and employee relations and is published on this subject. His research interests include group relations and the management...

Dr Ian Jones is an expert in organisational behaviour and employee relations and is published on this subject. His research interests include group relations and the management of cultural transformation. He has applied this knowledge with 15 years experience as a Human Resources Director within healthcare and held significant senior positions in the private and public sector covering the technology, healthcare and service industries. Dr Ian has led several nationalisation, HR transformation and workforce planning engagements, using his combination of board level experience, extensive HR and change management experience as well as his executive coaching and psychometric assessment experience. He has worked across the UK, Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.

Jennifer Yakub

Jennifer Yakub

Position: Senior Consultant

Jennifer Yakub formerly served as part of the Advisory Team at Ernst and Young, and her core specialisation is Human Capital Development and Organisation Transformation....

Jennifer Yakub formerly served as part of the Advisory Team at Ernst and Young, and her core specialisation is Human Capital Development and Organisation Transformation. During 10 years of professional experience across the GCC, she has worked with organisations in Human Resources, Banking, eGovernment, Ministries, Manufacturing and Telecoms to deliver higher business performance, optimisation and operational excellence through large scale Organisational Development and Business Process Re-engineering projects. This deep experience allows Jennifer to consistently view client opportunities and challenges from the client's point of view, understand best practices in a given market and produce original solutions by thinking outside of the box.

Julian Snell

Julian Snell

Position: Senior Consultant

Following 21 years in the British Army, Julian has spent the last 15 years in a variety of HR roles in the private sector, both...

Following 21 years in the British Army, Julian has spent the last 15 years in a variety of HR roles in the private sector, both large companies and small, with the last eight years working in the Gulf. He has spent five years as an HR Director of a private, and later listed, company in Abu Dhabi, followed by three years as an HR Consultant for a British/Omani JV in Muscat. This has given Julian a substantial understanding of HR in Gulf States. A recently obtained Masters degree in International HR Management has added a level of academic substance to his practical knowledge. As an HR generalist, he has experience of the whole HR process: selection, recruitment, retention, resource planning, total reward, performance management, employee engagement and policy & process writing.

Sumant Sinha

Sumant Sinha

Position: Senior Consultant

With 20 years of HR experience, including the last 10 as an HR Director, Sumant possesses proven expertise in strategic HR, organisation design & change, HR...

With 20 years of HR experience, including the last 10 as an HR Director, Sumant possesses proven expertise in strategic HR, organisation design & change, HR processes, capability development, mentoring and employee relations. In this capacity, he has worked with organisations operating within government, service, hospitality, retail, sales and distribution, travel & tourism and telecom services. His professional experiences draw on extensive KSA capability development, multiple change implementation projects, active representation in board meetings and business strategy forums and managing expectations of key stakeholders.

Amer Alshaheen

Amer Alshaheen

Position: Consultant

Amer is a Saudi National with over 10 years of experience in assessment and development, personal development planning, leadership development, succession planning, talent management, talent...

Amer is a Saudi National with over 10 years of experience in assessment and development, personal development planning, leadership development, succession planning, talent management, talent acquisition, Saudisation, compensation and benefits, employee relations, training & development, performance management and appraisal, organisation development and change management. He combines a commercial focus with a deep understanding of Saudi Labour Law and is an expert in aligning HR best practice with the strategic objectives of organisations.

Thanj Kugananthan

Thanj Kugananthan

Position: Senior Consultant

Thanj has over 10 years HR and Rewards experience gained in both operational and consulting roles. She has developed and implemented rewards programmes and performance...

Thanj has over 10 years HR and Rewards experience gained in both operational and consulting roles. She has developed and implemented rewards programmes and performance management systems in many industries in Europe, Australia and across the GCC, and she is an expert in several pay grading, job evaluation and rewards development methodologies. She is also highly experienced in ERP and HRM systems, including reward and performance management modules. Thanj graduated from a University of London with a BSc in Mathematics.

Michael Green

Michael Green

Position: Business Development Executive

After Leaving the Royal Air Force as an engineer, Michael found employment with an IT recruitment firm and remained in that space for over 25...

After Leaving the Royal Air Force as an engineer, Michael found employment with an IT recruitment firm and remained in that space for over 25 years. He developed good people skills, sound understanding of the technology sector and all aspects of recruitment, executive search, advertising campaigns, and contract management. He was instrumental in setting up and agreeing SLA’s with big 6 consulting firms and blue chip end users. Mike’s engaging attitude makes him an ideal first contact with Oxford Strategic Consulting.

Mike Cole

Mike Cole

Position: L & D Consultant

Mike is a double Masters graduate of the University of Wales and of the University of Georgia (Atlanta) in both Analysing and Managing Human Services...

Mike is a double Masters graduate of the University of Wales and of the University of Georgia (Atlanta) in both Analysing and Managing Human Services and Islamic and Christian Theology, Philosophy History and Culture. Mike has an international reputation as a vocational education/qualifications specialist and has been involved on a national level in the four UK countries in reforming vocational education for the UK workforce. His particular specialisms are in the creation, development, quality assurance and regulation of workforce learning. Mike leads Oxford's Learning and Development courses.

Kiran Matta

Kiran Matta

Position: Consultant

Kiran possesses 10 years of experience in a wide variety of HR roles within the finance, retail and construction sectors. An expert in Recruitment and Performance...

Kiran possesses 10 years of experience in a wide variety of HR roles within the finance, retail and construction sectors. An expert in Recruitment and Performance Management, Kiran has spent most of her career in the Middle East, where she specialises in designing and implementing Nationalisation programmes as well as developing national talent. Kiran holds a MBA in Human Resources Management from the University of Mumbai and has been based in Doha, Qatar since 2006.

Rida Kariem

Rida Kariem

Position: Consultant

Rida leads a large amount of Oxford’s liaison with clients in the Gulf and also has expertise in the area of customer service having worked...

Rida leads a large amount of Oxford’s liaison with clients in the Gulf and also has expertise in the area of customer service having worked in some of the most challenging customer service environments including management roles in the hospitality and airline industries. Rida brings with him a highly practical and experience based approach to providing excellent customer service and also, as a native Arabic speaker, provides on the spot language support if required on Oxford’s development programmes in the Gulf. Rida also manages the relationships with Oxford’s various partner organisations in the Gulf.

Dr Marta Saldana

Dr Marta Saldana

Position: Researcher

Dr Marta Saldaña holds a PhD in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter and Autonoma University of Madrid. At Exeter she also completed...

Dr Marta Saldaña holds a PhD in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter and Autonoma University of Madrid. At Exeter she also completed an MA in Gulf Studies, and she further holds a graduate degree on International Mediterranean Studies and a BA in Arab and Islamic Studies. Marta has conducted extensive research on Gulf politics and social issues, her PhD dissertation being on Rentierism and Political Culture in the United Arab Emirates. Since she joined the Oxford team, she has additionally been doing research on Gulf family businesses, digital and blended learning methods and innovative learning technologies.