Charmaine De Souza appointed as Oxford Health’s Chief People Officer

Charmaine De Souza appointed as Oxford Health’s Chief People Officer

Joining from the Greater London Authority, she is expected to take up executive leadership role on October 4

Charmaine De Souza will be joining Oxford Health from the Greater London Authority, the capital’s unique devolved governance body which supports the Mayor of London and London Assembly.

She is expected to take up her new role as Chief People Officer on October 4.

Charmaine commented: “I am delighted to be joining the National Health Service and particularly an organisation like Oxford Health that has such clear ambitions for excellence with an inclusive ethos and a culture to make people feel truly valued.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the HR team and colleagues throughout the organisation and the wider system so that we can build on work that is already under way to make the Trust a great place to work whatever your role.”

At the GLA, Charmaine has responsibility for leading a high quality, effective and responsive department taking overall leadership on all HR and organisational development issues and oversight of leading key projects and people related activity across the authority.

She also led on the design and delivery of the Mayor’s flagship talent programme for women across the GLA Group –  Our Time – which encourages the progression of women into senior leadership roles to support the ambition to reduce the gender pay gap.

Charmaine has worked across a range of organisations in the public sector, starting her career as a graduate trainee at the BBC where she qualified as an HR professional.

Moving to the Civil Service, Charmaine undertook policy and delivery roles working on police reform (Home Office), youth crime and antisocial behaviour (Department for Education).  Charmaine then returned to the HR profession, rising to be a senior civil servant undertaking an HR Director role at HM Revenue and Customs before doing a spell at the Cabinet Office on senior leadership talent.

Charmaine holds a MSc in Organizational Behaviour from Birkbeck College and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Oxford Health Chief Executive, Dr Nick Broughton commented: “I am truly delighted that we have attracted such an experienced, skilled and driven HR professional to the Oxford Health family.

“Charmaine was a very impressive candidate and the unanimous choice of both the interview panel and our three focus groups. Like all executive colleagues, I look forward to welcoming her in early October and am in no doubt that she will be a fantastic addition to the Trust.”

Published: 19 July 2021