Oakwood's UK Team

Meet the team that runs our UK Head Office

Janine Bunning - Managing Director

Janine has spent a lifetime working in HRM, HRD and Management Consultancy. Janine is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of the ILM, and a founding director of Oakwood International. Janine has held Senior HR positions in the private and public sector prior to establishing Oakwood International in 2001.  Her passion for quality and excellence in management practice and in all her business dealings has not diminished over the years, indeed it has probably increased! Janine has built her reputation and the Oakwood team on her strongly-held personal and business core values.

Dennis O’Donnell - Chief Executive Officer

Dennis has a background in business and finance. He has held a variety of senior management positions in industry and possesses a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Management Development and Leadership. He has a Masters from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management.  Dennis’ key strengths lie in his ability to get to grips with business challenges quickly, and come up with practical, workable and added-value solutions. He has merged his business acumen with his knowledge and skills in the people arena to offer consultancy and real help to all levels of staff and management alike. He is proud to be a founding director of The Oakwood Team. 

Carrie Baghurst - Chief Operating Officer

Carrie joined the team in 2002 having previously worked for several large organisations such as American Express, Lloyds TSB and a commercial broker for Lloyd's of London. Carrie has been a vital part of building the Oakwood success from when the company first started.  Since joining Oakwood, Carrie has risen to the challenges of being an integral part of a fast expanding international business.

Fleur Blanford - Head of International Studies

Fleur is the Head of International Studies at Oakwood International. She and her team look after in excess of 1000 students at any one time – ensuring that each and every one receives the support they need in order to achieve success in their chosen route of study. The quality assurance of the qualification suite is her direct responsibility and she safeguards the Oakwood ‘exemplary Centre’ status with the CIPD. Educated to Post Graduate degree level, Fleur is also a qualified NVQ assessor and internal verifier having over ten years’ experience in Further and Higher Education. She brings valuable insight to the needs of International students studying at all levels; many of whom are undertaking their learning in a second language. Fleur holds professional CIPD qualifications, is an Associate Member of the CIPD and a Fellow of the ILM.

Emily Carroll - Chief Business Analyst

Emily is Oakwood International's Chief Business Analyst. She ensures that Oakwood delivers the best possible value, service and quality to our students. Emily previously worked as a Project Manager within the International Development Team at City & Guilds. She managed the development of qualifications to suit international markets across the world. Emily is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and is a PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Lin Whelan - Financial Controller

Lin heads up the Finance Department within Oakwood. Lin has been a vital member of the Oakwood team since 2003.  Before that she spent 23 years as an office and administration manager for a multi-airport booking service and has a career spanning 35 years.

Jackie Bishop - Qualifications Assessor

Before joining Oakwood, Jackie spent 12 years with a college, where she taught Business and Accounts to post-16 students; was an Internal Verifier for NVQ programmes in Retail, Business, Customer Service and Administration; and was Assessor for GNVQ Business programmes. She has spent time as a Personnel Manager in the NHS and was an External Examiner for Edexcel between 2001 and 2005. Jackie brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to her role in the Student Support Team.

Jennifer Thompson - Business Support Executive 

Jennifer brings over 25 years’ experience in Student Support and Customer Care to the Oakwood team.  Previous roles to date have been gained through working for a University in Higher Education coordinating and mapping Nursing and Midwifery students through their 3 year Clinical Practice Placements. She possesses the ability to successfully network with key stakeholders with great attention to detail. She enjoys creating good positive student pathways and assisting students to ensure they receive the highest level of support.

Kerry Lantsbury - Business Support Executive 

Kerry joined Oakwood recently with experience in Management, HR and training. Kerry worked for Lloyds TSB Private Banking for 20 years where she was an integral part of the training team with the responsibility of developing and delivering Induction training. Kerry also invigilated and marked Threshold Competency testing for customer facing staff. Kerry was a core member of the HR team having the ability to unlock blind spots, enhancing self awareness using powerful and practical techniques. Kerry's last role was for a mailing and communications company AM&M where she supported the management team in recruitment and administrative duties. 

Jane Bradshaw – Qualifications Assessor

Jane has recently joined the Oakwood team and her role is to assess student course work at Oakwood with the Student Support Team. Jane has background in HR and Learning and Development, having worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years with Barclays Bank Plc, Yorkshire Building Society and Just Retirement. Jane has gained extensive Learning and development experience training senior managers, mortgage advisers and latterly managing transformational projects at Just Retirement. Whilst at Just Retirement Jane was responsible for the Induction course for new equity release advisers which included assessing their skills and knowledge.  Jane also provided student guidance and coaching to those who wanted to embark on Industry qualifications.

Vicci Morris-Porton - Qualifications Assessor

Victoria has a 20 year background in education, teaching English Literature and ESOL to a range of post 16 students and adults. She was lead curriculum designer for teaching engineering students from the UAE for their IELTS university entrance exams. She has also taught Access courses for adults wishing to start degrees. She was lead IV for OCR’s vocational qualifications in Key Skills and Functional Skills responsible for overseeing 1500 yearly qualifications. Victoria has been an examiner for Edexcel A level qualifications and a PGCE mentor for students studying to become teachers. She was an Advanced Practitioner, involved in training teachers and ensuring good practice as part of the quality team linked to managing Ofsted Inspections. She has an MA in Literary Criticism.

Janine Bunning
Dennis O'Donnell
Carrie Baghurst
Fleur Blanford
Emily Carroll
Lin Whelan
Jackie Bishop
Jennifer Thompson
Kerry Lantsbury
Jane Bradshaw
Vicci Morris-Porton