Background to Oxen Park

Oxen Park was created in 2006 by Geoff with Ivan and Rick (now both retired) - three vastly experienced business and HR leaders who have known each other for nearly 20 years. The business is named after the small hamlet in the Lake District where they turned an idea into a business plan. Tom joined our team in 2017, followed by both of our Claire's in 2018 and Rebecca in 2019. Our team is completed by and complimented by Dani who helps 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 insightful and perceptive, adaptable and forward thinking with an instinct for spotting trends and future developments. All attributes he now carries into his consulting work after successful roles in sales, marketing, project management and customer service.

Geoff was attracted to HR to set up HR Shared Services back in 1996 and ended his corporate life in there in 2006 leading a team of 180, accountable for in-house and outsourced services to 12,000-line managers and 65,000 employees. He was a member of the leadership team and a coach to other senior leaders across the business.

Since then he has been working as an independent consultant now leading the Oxen Park team, which he co-founded with Rick Emslie and Ivan Hickmott, both great role models and mentors.

“Geoff was engaging, great delivery style and pace. Really liked the balance between presentation, personal experience and industry knowledge”

He is well connected and up to date in his field, a Fellow of CIPD, a past Steps Ahead Career mentor, and Princes Trust mentor; he considers himself an educator, coach and consultant. Geoff cares about the development of others.

Geoff is proud to work with both of his children, he’s a member of B.A.S.C and has written 3 children’s books; inspired by his 3 grandsons.

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 Teaching Director, Psychology Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Research Methods at a major university.

Tom's academic work is in the areas of individual differences (personality & intelligence), and the application of these frameworks within the fields of organisational psychology and health. He specialises in quantitative methodology, specifically in psychometrics - their development, evaluation and use in applied settings. He has authored 35+ academic papers, two books, and is starting on his third - Data Analysis in R.

Tom's consultancy activity focuses on the use of quantitative data to answer business challenges, and includes training in core methodologies and in understanding data. In these days of big data and predictive analytics, Tom has a particular focus on the basics, in understanding what you need to measure (or need to question), how best to do it (psychometrics and measurement), how best to use it to answer needs (statistical model), and how to present the data for discussion (data visualisation).

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.

Considered an expert HR advisor and role model in her most recent corporate position serving the HR Advice Line for 15,000 employees of one of the big 4 professional services firms. Danielle is collaborative, flexible and strives to add real value, often working behind the scenes supporting Clients such as with Oxen Park.

Away from Oxen Park, Danielle enjoys family life with her partner and their blended family. In between all of this she runs a fledgling Photography business branded under her maiden name of Dani Salmon, specialising in weddings & relaxed family portraits.

Rebecca Mander

Up until a few years ago, Rebecca was Managing Director of global consumer goods company Smartwares. There, she led the UK subsidiary from a loss situation following the economic crisis into a £14m turnover company with her unique leadership style which has recently gained her a fellowship with the Institute of Leadership and Management. During her time in leadership, as well as professional challenges she also experienced great personal hardship. Motivated by her experiences, she decided in 2014 to retrain at Warwick University and has recently been appointed as a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management, Rebecca now specialises in supporting high calibre leaders during times of personal setback.

Her extensive corporate back ground enables her to focus both on the needs of the business and that of the client- equipping leaders with tools and techniques to build confidence, resilience and drive when otherwise it is at an all-time low.

Rebecca enjoys public speaking which causes great embarrassment to her children, she loves visiting family in Australia, finds any excuse to celebrate and cooks a mean Sunday roast!

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 has recently run a number of successful Women into Leadership programmes and initiatives. Alongside this, Claire’s passion is Positive Psychology and the benefits this approach can bring as a leader as well as on an individual level.

Claire is accredited to deliver and give feedback on the Emotional Intelligence assessment Bar-On EQ-I (individual, teams and 360), on the Team Profiling Tool TMSDI, and also regularly uses the CAPP Strengths Profile with individuals and teams.

Outside of work she is a keen runner with a few half marathons under her belt (favourite being the Great North Run), and has 2 children who also keep her active!

Claire Markwick

Claire is a qualified coach with a passion to support business leaders and executives to make great businesses great places to work.  With a 15-year career in accounting and finance, she knows firsthand what makes a business tick, but also understands that to grow a great business requires growing a great team.

Armed with a Business Economics degree and two suitcases, Claire moved to Australia in 2004 and now calls it home with her husband and two young sons.  She is a member of the International Coach Guild and is an independent partner and licensed practitioner OF Insights Discovery..

Being in Australia, Claire utilises platforms such a Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams to facilitate webinars, virtual workshops, group discussions and 1:1 sessions.

When not working, Claire has a passion for supporting her local business community by running a “Leading Ladies” networking group; hosting a variety of monthly events.  You will also find her cheering from the sidelines watching her boys riding motocross and enjoys all things camping and outdoorsy!