Meet our team
We are a British/GCC Consultancy with an enviable track record in helping to build human capital across the GCC and in Europe. We carry out advanced research and work with major global private and government organizations to help them achieve their key strategic objectives.
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 on national talent whilst retaining national identity and values.
William is an advisor for the Arabian Society of Human Resource Management, a member of the CMI Academic Advisory Board and the CIPD Professional Standards Faculty.
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.
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.
John is a specialist HR Consultant, Trainer and Conference Speaker on HR issues with Oxford Strategic Consulting. He specializes in the Middle East with experience gained in virtually all the region’s countries.
John runs a wide range of networking groups with a combined reach of more than 12,000 people. He is a Fellow of the Gulf Talent Advisory Board and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute as well as being an NLP Practitioner.
John has personally delivered training sessions to more than 24,000 people over a career spanning 35 years.
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 OSC's Learning and Development courses.
Rida leads a large amount of OSC’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 OSC’s development programmes in the Gulf. Rida also manages the relationships with OSC’s various partner organisations in the Gulf.
Michelle is an MA-qualified, NCTJ accredited journalist and editor with over ten years of experience of working in the British media industry. She has worked for the Manchester Evening News (Guardian Media Group), Microsoft B2B magazines and has interviewed world-renowned British author Sir Terry Pratchett and many leading executives from the London Stock Exchange, L'Oreal, Dell and IBM.
Michelle's work has won awards and recognition from the UK Press Gazette and the New Statesman Magazine and she currently handles all outgoing PR and media relations for Oxford Strategic Consulting.
Scott is one of OSC’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 organizations 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.
Richard is a highly experienced senior HR process expert who was previously HR Director for the UK Government’s National Probation service and Learning & Development Director for the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard). He has talked extensively on leadership and HR issues both to police and non-police organizations.
As HR Director he raised the Hammersmith Division to Investors in People accreditation, leading to an Institute of Directors’ (London) Award. He has lectured nationally and internationally on contingency planning and the policing of public events and is a qualified Business Coach.
Tim Newham is a leader in the practical implementation of technology to support HR Processes and an expert in Survey design and implementation. Following an education in systems engineering and work with major consultancies in Human Resource strategy, Tim has led multi-disciplinary teams helping large organizations specify, implement and make the best use of HR technology and surveys.
Tim brings to this project an ability to work with business leaders to help them articulate their HR and survey technology strategies, and translate this into practical plans for high impact survey design and the use of technology to enhance HR processes.
Ayah al Zayat is a highly experienced University of Oxford researcher who is currently completing her M.Phil degree in Islamic History from the University of Oxford. She is a fluent speaker in English, Arabic and French.
Ayah has worked on a variety of HR projects to date for Oxford Strategic Consulting including designing a competency framework for public sector organizations in Oman.
She is fully experienced in carrying out detailed and comprehensive research work in both Arabic and English languages and she travels frequently to many countries in the GCC region for research purposes on behalf of Oxford Strategic Consulting.
Robert is an experienced researcher who has worked and traveled throughout the MENA region since receiving his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University as a double major in Arabic and Government. Currently, Robert is completing an M.Phil in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford. In the past, he worked in the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He also worked as a political analyst in Tunisia and Egypt. Before starting his graduate studies at Oxford, Robert worked as a corporate account manager for a digital marketing firm in Cairo.