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"We set up The Oxford Group in 1987 to make a difference to business life and business performance through the development of people. Our intention was to work with both leaders and their teams to promote excellence in leadership and management practices - to make working life rewarding and worthwhile, and contribute to outstanding business results. What mattered to us above all, was that as a result of our interactions we delivered real, tangible and measurable improvements to business performance - and improved people's life at work. Today we have more than proven we can make a difference, and we continue working towards this goal through our global team of more than 200 highly skilled facilitators, trainers and coaches."

- Nigel Purse & Sheena Porter, Founders


The Oxford Group is a people-focussed business driven by a passion for helping organizations like yours get the best from their people, unleash hidden talent and successfully manage their business through times of change.

We offer a full curriculum of courses, workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one coaching at all levels of the Leadership Pipeline, through both standard and tailor-made learning solutions.

Our business is based on three pillars which guide all of our decisions:

  • Delivering business impact to our clients
  • Working as a global partner to the world’s leading and most respected organizations
  • Operating as a global business with local understanding

These pillars ensure that we can provide you with the highest levels of service, best quality programmes, and most experienced staff in their fields.

Since 2015 The Oxford Group has been part of The City & Guilds Group, a global leader in skills development, which enables people and organizations develop their skills for personal and economic growth.  The Oxford Group has joined City & Guilds, ILM  (The Institute of Leadership & Management) and City & Guilds Kineo, which work with 200 education providers, businesses and governments in over 80 countries, through 10,000 training centres, providing work-relevant education and training in 26 industries:

  • City & Guilds develops programmes of learning, learning technology, certification and assessment, to support colleges, training providers and governments
  • ILM is the UK’s largest management body, and helps individuals, education providers and businesses to improve the standards of leadership and management
  • City & Guilds Kineo is a global workplace learning company providing e-learning, learning management systems, apprenticeships, qualifications and managed learning services

Together we can provide employees and organisations with a comprehensive range of services to develop the skills they require for long-term financial success and talent development.

All of our work is guided by a strong set of beliefs which underpin everything we do, for our clients and for ourselves. These are:

  • People come to work wanting to do a good job
  • Everyone has huge, untapped reserves of creativity and potential
  • We have a duty to deliver solutions that genuinely achieve the results we have promised to our clients, against the measures we have agreed
  • We should deliver solutions that are in the long-term interests of all stakeholder groups
  • We will strive to conduct ourselves and run our business according to the same principles we promote to others

We believe that in living our values we build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our clients, and attract and retain the most talented consultants, facilitators and coaches to work with us and provide meaningful training courses and team development solutions.

Our values are:

  • Driving great business outcomes
  • Building and nurturing trusted relationships
  • Sharing our love of learning
  • Keeping humanity at the core of our practice
  • Making a positive impact on the lives of others

Our values are tangible in the way our people design and deliver development solutions. While they truly challenge and stretch participants, our people are straightforward, honest and positive in intent and implementation.

In addition, The Oxford Group has a strong ethic of respecting people’s rights, capabilities and potential at work. We take our corporate responsibilities seriously - please click on CSR to read more about our policy on Corporate Social Responsibility.

The Oxford Group has grown from its roots as a British training company specializing in Behavioural Management Skills Training to a global business providing Leadership & Management Development and Executive Coaching.

Key Business Milestones

1987 – ‘Oxford Training’ was set up with a vision to build a business that would make a real difference to clients through inspirational people development solutions

1989 – Moved focus from purely Behavioural Assessment to provide in-house Leadership and Management Development programmes to large businesses

1992 – Opened office in Paris to service the needs of European clients

1995 – Re-branded as ‘The Oxford Group Consulting & Training’ to represent the wider range of services being offered

2002 – Executive Coaching practice established

2010 – Opened registered office in New York to meet the needs of our growing base of North American clients

2012 – Opened office in Hong Kong following increasing growth with our corporate clients in Asia Pacific

2013 – Launched our 5 Conversations programme to improve workplace relationships and employee engagement

2015 – Acquired by the City & Guilds Group, a global skills development organization which operates in more than 80 countries

By expanding our business internationally we have been able to attract and retain long-term relationships with many of the world’s leading organizations such as GE, Société Générale, Tetra Pak, Novartis and Coats.

We continue to work with large organizations, meeting their needs for delivering global solutions wherever their staff are located across the world. Today, we are proud that 80% of our work is through repeat business or referrals from clients delighted with the positive impact that our programmes have made to their business.