Oakridge is a privately-owned company, founded in 1997 with a mission to establish itself as an invaluable partner to companies who wish to lead and engage others to achieve outstanding business success.
The business – built on values of integrity, outcome focus and excellence – has grown significantly, because we go that extra mile for all our clients and remain focused on enabling them to achieve results.
Simple to say: it is at the heart of what we do.
We provide high-quality Leadership, Coaching, Change and Team Excellence training consistent with our core values.
Our team includes award-winning consultants with extensive experience of bespoke training, consulting, coaching who have also held senior leadership positions in organisations and recognise the demands placed on people in a constantly changing world of work.
We work closely with a number of national and international business schools and leading bodies including the IOD, the CBI, and the ILM as well as facilitate national conferences on key management and leadership issues. To view our Associations and memberships, please click HERE.
In turn we contribute learned articles to professional journals and organise a series of CEO and HR Think-Tanks to stay at the forefront of professional thinking. We know the realities of the workplace, the limitations of time and money, the fallibility as well as the potential of people.
Bringing leading-edge thinking to the practical realities of the workplace is one of our key challenges and key strengths.
To be valued as leading edge, thoroughly practical experts in leadership, coaching, accelerating change, and team excellence.
To deliver outstanding People Development services to executive leaders, senior management and line management of organisations in the public and private sector.
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We live our values – we do not simply express them – and are noted as a “value-driven” organisation by all of our clients. This has led to remarkable rates of repeat business – many of our customers have worked with us over five years, some from the very foundation of our company, continuously for over sixteen years.
Integrity: We are honest, trustworthy and value-driven – delivering to high standards however hard we are tasked. By positioning integrity as a core value, we ensure it is at the forefront of the mind across our team. We only undertake work for which we feel we have leading-edge capability and competence.
Excellence: We strive to excel in our work. The care and attention we deliver is standard, whether it is a large multi-national project or a small assignment, it is replicated in everything we undertake to deliver. Our experience, understanding and professionalism, combined with personal attention, instill confidence and enable us to create supportive yet challenging learning environments. On completion, we measure and evaluate our impact, and thereby ensure your satisfaction.
Outcome Focus: Our definition of outcome-focused is demonstrated in our approach to each relationship. We work hard to understand your needs, and by choosing experts in the field to design and deliver your programme, we create improvements that are sustainable.
Our experience, understanding and professionalism – combined with the utmost personal attention – instill confidence and enable us to create supportive yet challenging learning environments.
Essential to our approach is a move from theory and discussion, to activity and action.
We want every leadership, change, team effectiveness and coaching activity to leave the participant clear, confident and committed to applying what he/she has learned back into the workplace. Our intention is that – instead of seeing programmes as a “one-off event”–participants, think of it as the platform to life-long management development.
Our pride comes from working together, not dropping in as the external experts. We form lasting relationships with companies because of this collaborative approach, recognising the benefits and the strength of working together and offering:
Partnership – we will work in partnership with you, using models and approaches to fit the culture and build on previous learning.
Leading Edge Thinking – we will incorporate the most recent research on leadership and management.
Practical Application – we will use work place examples and focus on practical application.
Behaviour Change – we will encourage powerful and lasting behavioural change by focusing on attitude.
As an Oakridge client you will have access to an enviable wealth of experience and knowledge.
This is based on real life experience as well as the very latest theory and good practice.
We will take the time to get to know you well, to be alongside you, to share our thoughts and time – that most valuable of resources.
Our international and award winning team have worked all over the world with small companies to blue chip clients, in a wide range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, health, leisure, education, motor, construction and the public sector.
Our consultants are your centres of excellence.
We have gathered an outstanding team of consultants who combine experience with enthusiasm for the future; deep knowledge with humility to learn more; great thinking with practical common sense.
We are proud that our work has earned us preferred supplier status with many of our customers.
Learn more about the team based at the Oakridge Centre here:
Deborah Larder-Shaw – Account Director
Eunice Glover – Project Management Support Consultant
Kirstie Weatherley – Business Relationship Manager
Natalie Griffiths – Business Support Manager
Simon Mowat – Head of Apprentice Services
Tracey Crampton – Marketing Consultant
Joanne Clare May