GENERAL MANAGER, OXYGEN HOUSE LIMITED
Oxygen House Group
General Manager, Oxygen House Limited
Candidate Pack – June 2021
Oxygen House Group is a family of privately-owned businesses, based in Exeter. It is mobilising
financial, scientific, mathematical and engineering expertise in order to address the climate emergency
and to overhaul educational standards through shrewd, patient investment in radical data technology.
In addition to its six revenue-generating companies, the Group also includes Oxygen House Limited, a
certified B Corporation. Oxygen House Limited acts as a knowledge base and service provider for the
other companies, as well as a ‘family office’ function for the Group’s founder, Dr Mark Dixon. The
Group’s Board of Directors is looking to appoint a General Manager of Oxygen House Limited for the
first time. Reporting to the Board, this individual will provide Oxygen House Limited with overall
leadership and direction in order to deliver the next phase of the Group’s development. They will help
to define Oxygen House’s future agenda, and then inspire the wider team to make it a reality.
Embedding sustainability across all areas of Group activity will be of particular importance.
The successful candidate must be a values-driven individual with a track record of developing great
teams to learn, push boundaries, and achieve excellence. A deep understanding of climate change and
sustainability will be vital. This is a permanent, full-time role, based in Exeter.
Applications can be made via Oxygen House’s executive search partners, Society. The deadline for
receipt of applications is midday on Monday, 5 July 2021.
About Oxygen House
The Oxygen House Group is a family of privately-owned businesses headquartered in Exeter. Its
constituent companies are involved in the areas of education technology, data analytics, sustainable
property development, impact investment, renewable energy, and city planning.
The Group’s business model mobilises financial, scientific, mathematical and engineering expertise to
address the following urgent goals:
• achieving a carbon-neutral society;
• overhauling educational standards through shrewd, patient investment in radical data technology.
By pursuing these twin objectives, Oxygen House seeks to create the conditions for future prosperity.
The Oxygen House Group is a dynamic mix of established companies and start-ups, all of which
operate with significant autonomy. Each company is expected to demonstrate purpose and profit in
equal measure. But Oxygen House is patient in its commercial expectations. By allowing investments
time to grow and succeed, it is able to ensure that they remain meaningful and impactful, with an eye on
the bigger picture.
The origins of the Oxygen House Group go back to the founding of ATASS Sports in 2003 by the
statistician Dr Mark Dixon. Through a series of investments and new ventures, a family of businesses
was gradually created. In 2012, they moved into a new building also named ‘Oxygen House’ – a
purpose-built 40,000 square foot office on Exeter Business Park. This impressive and highly sustainable
building provides a space where the Group’s companies and their staff can develop and flourish.
Literally speaking, it’s a shared physical space. Conceptually, it’s a mutually supportive value system.
Emotionally, it’s a family of likeminded companies and individuals.
The Oxygen House Group is led by a Board of Directors consisting of the following four individuals:
Dr Mark Dixon David Williamson Roy Bedlow Glenn Woodcock
The Board members ensure that major strategic decisions across the Group support its shared ethos
and that the family of companies complement each other in delivering sustainable and ethical projects.
For more information, visit www.oxygenhouse.com
There are currently six revenue-generating companies within the Oxygen House Group, although the
Group is on the verge of launching a new land management business called Oxygen Conservation.
ATASS Sports is a research consultancy that delivers incisive statistical
modelling and forecasting services. Its commercial statistical research team
is among Europe’s largest and brightest. The firm’s researchers, IT
professionals and data managers have created, and continue to develop, an
array of precision data models, enabling the prediction of sporting outcomes
with unmatched accuracy.
Global City Futures designs and delivers innovative, profitable and
sustainable developments for 21 st Century cities. It partners with public and
private sector organisations to help cities take action for a sustainable future;
offering change management, innovation in procurement, financial
structuring and professional services which take the complex challenges of
urbanisation and deliver tailored, effective, people-centric solutions.
Grenadier pushes the boundaries of sustainability to deliver projects that not
only benefit homeowners and the community, but also the wider
environment. With an extensive and successful portfolio of high-quality and
sustainable commercial and residential projects, Grenadier is well versed in
delivering buildings which are not only beautiful, but which incorporate
modern technology to maximise environmental benefits.
Low Carbon confronts the causes of climate change by investing in and
operating an international portfolio of renewable energy assets. Its team
oversees ~1GW of operational assets on balance sheet and for third parties
(unlisted and listed). To date, Low Carbon’s renewable energy investments
have generated sufficient clean energy to power more than 427,000 homes,
saving in excess of 750,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Sideshore is a sustainable Community Interest Company developed by
Grenadier. It offers visitors and residents of Exmouth unrivalled access to
two miles of waterfront, alongside space to eat, meet and enjoy the beach.
Facilities include watersport tuition and equipment from Edge Watersports,
food offerings from the award-winning celebrity chef Michael Caines, and
retail options including Ella’s Studio and Second Wave Clothing.
Sparx is a socially focused education technology company that is
reimagining the way maths is taught and learnt in schools. Sparx’s aim is to
improve numeracy, and therefore life opportunities, for over five million
learners by 2030. It collaborates closely with educators to provide worldclass
maths content that increases student attainment, and acts as a catalyst
for transformational change in schools.
Oxygen House Limited
In addition to its six revenue-generating companies, the Group also includes Oxygen House Limited.
Oxygen House Limited acts as a knowledge base and service provider for the other companies, as well
as a ‘family office’ function for the Group’s founder, Dr Mark Dixon. Its core functions are:
Legal, Marketing, HR,
A shared pool of
expertise on areas
such as impact
sustainability, food, and
All technical and soft
facilities associated with
the Oxygen House
building, including IT,
cleaning, and onsite
Oxygen House Limited is a certified B Corporation, meaning that it has been independently shown to
uphold rigorous social and environmental standards. The nearly 4,000 B Corporations around the
world – including brands like Patagonia, Innocent Smoothies, and Ella’s Kitchen – represent a new kind
of business that balance purpose and profit. B Corps are legally required to consider the impact of their
decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.
The company employs 44 staff. Like the wider Group, the growth of this team has been organic, with
additional headcount, resources and specialisms added gradually in order to support emerging needs.
The current structure is as follows:
Marketing Sustainability Sideshore
HR Team (HR
The Board now wishes to appoint a General Manager for Oxygen House Limited to lead the company’s
activities, develop its expertise, and help the wider Group achieve its ambitions of further growth and
best-in-class service delivery. In this next phase, embedding sustainability across all areas of Group
activity is going to be of particular importance. Oxygen House has set an ambition to reach Net Zero
Greenhouse Gas emissions by 2030.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the newly created position of General Manager will provide
Oxygen House Limited with overall leadership and direction. They will help to define Oxygen House’s
future agenda, and then inspire the wider team to make it a reality.
Key priorities for the role will include:
• creating a clear overarching sustainability strategy for the Group, applying rigorous and consistent
criteria that cover everything from what the building offers in its canteen through to employee
• positioning and cultivating the Oxygen House brand as a thought leader and influencer in
sustainability and ethical business practice and investment;
• developing an expert and progressive knowledge base about sustainability within the team and across
the Group’s businesses;
• continually expanding the company’s insight and capability in this area;
• acting as a key influencer in championing the sustainability journey, both within the Group and
People and Culture
• ensuring the structure and resourcing of the company is designed to both achieve its ambition and
create opportunity for its people;
• creating an organisational culture that
• “cares, about our mission and about each other”
• “creates a framework for our people to achieve best in class”
• “is always learning”
• “is diverse”
• “has pace”
• “is adaptive and agile”
• “encourages ownership, initiative, collaboration, openness and trust”
• “is engaging”
• “provides effective succession planning at all levels”
• working with the Board and the team to review the company’s strategic and operational position;
• creating a long-term Strategic Plan;
• ensuring strategic planning encompasses the Group’s impact and people ambitions, as well as its
commercial, operational and financial objectives.
• identifying and agreeing key deliverables and timelines for each aspect of the Strategic Plan;
• ensuring key deliverables are embedded in appropriate objectives for teams and individuals;
• assigning clear responsibilities within the team to encourage continual progress;
• ensuring sound governance and financial management;
• creating and maintaining centres of excellence in all key areas;
• ensuring appropriate resources and processes are in place for compliance with all relevant
legislation, statutory requirements, regulations and standards, and that risk is appropriately managed
across the company.
• identifying creative, engaging and data-driven metrics in all areas of delivery;
• cataloguing the Group’s sustainability journey, and using data to push this forward;
• monitoring progress and working with the team to ensure objectives and overall strategic ambitions
are being met;
• report regularly to the Board with appropriate, timely and quality information.
• providing leadership in communication within the company to ensure clarity of purpose,
engagement, clear focus, and high levels of commitment across the team;
• acting as key point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, maintaining an engaging and
effective dialogue with the Board and others;
• informing and consulting the Board where required on matters of significance;
• manage key external relationships and being a public face for the company.
Oxygen House’s ethos centres around its impact and its people. The successful candidate must
therefore be a values-driven individual with a track record developing great teams to learn, push
boundaries, and achieve excellence. A deep understanding of climate change and sustainability (both
environmentally and commercially) will also be vital.
The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate evidence of the following skills, capabilities
• a deep understanding of the challenge and urgency around climate change, and a proven ability to
drive positive change in the area of sustainability;
• experience in an environment where sustainability and impact have been core concerns;
• established leadership and management skills gained at a Managing Director or senior executive
level, ideally in a forward-thinking, high quality, service-led organisation;
• high levels of intellectual rigour and curiosity, and the ability to take a logical, rigorous and scientific
approach to problem solving;
• the emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills required to navigate nuanced relationships with
passionate stakeholders and partners;
• sound financial and governance ability, coupled with an entrepreneurial spirit;
• the ability to think strategically and long-term, but underpinned by a ‘sleeves-rolled-up’ mentality;
• excellent, authentic communication skills;
• the ability to enthuse, inspire, and motivate colleagues, with a positive energy;
• a track record of building strong, high-performing and highly-engaged teams;
• a customer service focus, but with the added sophistication to influence the behaviours of service
• the highest standard of personal ethics.
Candidates must be willing to live within 20 miles or a 45-minute commute of Oxygen House itself.
Appointment Details and How to Apply
Oxygen House is being assisted in this appointment process by an executive search firm, Society.
Applications should consist of:
1 a concise covering letter (ideally no longer than two pages), addressing the criteria in the Person
2 an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
3 names and contact details of three referees (although referees will only be approached at the final
stage of the process, and only with your express permission).
General advice on how to write a strong CV and a strong covering letter can be found on our website.
To upload your documents via Society’s website, click here.
The deadline for receipt of applications is midday on Monday, 5 July 2021.
Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Society during the middle of July. A final shortlist
will then be taken forward to interview with Oxygen House.
An appointment will be made subject to receipt of satisfactory references. The appointed candidate will
be offered a salary that is commensurate with their experience and the seniority of their new role.
Additional benefits will include pension, family private health insurance, dental insurance, life
assurance, the opportunity to take part in an electric-car-only company vehicle salary sacrifice scheme,
and a contribution towards any relocation costs.