Jo Oakley


Director of people

8billionideas | Europe

Jo Oakley is director of people at 8billionideas, where she is building a culture “that amazing talent wants to be part of”, a colleague said. “Because of her, the company has become a more empathetic and effective organisation.”

Taking a personal approach, Jo runs leadership development sessions for women within the business and is described as “an incredible role model”.

She has been able to bring together the right team for the business and fill “very specific and hard-to-define roles” and is the reason the company is “able to do what we do with over 100 schools”.

She is inspiring her colleagues when it comes to how she deals with people. “She has guided me personally through tough situations in management and tricky ‘people issues’. To me, personally, this has been massively beneficial at this early part of my career.”

Jo is a chartered member of the CIPD with 17 years’ experience in talent and culture. Starting out in large corporations in the hospitality and retail sector, Jo found her passion helping SMEs and start-ups establish their People function and develop their workplace cultures and employer identities.

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