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GENERAL MANAGER, OXYGEN HOUSE LIMITED

CANDIDATE PACK


Oxygen House Group

General Manager, Oxygen House Limited

Candidate Pack – June 2021

Executive Summary

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.

www.atass-sports.co.uk

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.

www.globalcityfutures.com

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.

www.grenadierestates.co.uk

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.

www.lowcarbon.com

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.

www.sideshore.co.uk

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.

www.sparx.co.uk


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:

Professional

Services

Shared Group-wide

functions including

Sustainability, Finance,

Legal, Marketing, HR,

Recruitment, Payroll,

Food, Events

Thought

Leadership

A shared pool of

expertise on areas

such as impact

investment,

sustainability, food, and

ethical

sourcing

Building

Management

All technical and soft

facilities associated with

the Oxygen House

building, including IT,

reception services,

cleaning, and onsite

catering

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:

Board

Finance

General

Counsel

People/

Operations

Marketing Sustainability Sideshore

Finance

Team

Legal

Operations Team

(Facilities, IT,

and Catering)

GDPR

HR Team (HR

and Recruitment)

Events and

Wellbeing


Role Description

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:

Sustainability

• 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

commuting;

• 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

externally.

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”

Strategic Direction

• 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.


Delivery

• 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.

Measurement

• 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.

Communication

• 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.


Person Specification

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

and experience:

• 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

recipients;

• 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

Specification;

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.

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