David Garman


David has 35 years executive management experience plus 15 years as a non-executive director and business advisor.

After graduating from London University in 1973, he spent 20 years with United Biscuits, where he was latterly manufacturing and supply chain director of Ross Young’s and then managing director of KP Snacks.

In 1993 he joined the board of Associated British Foods as chief executive of Allied Bakeries, where he prioritised the growth of Kingsmill as a leading brand in the bakery market.

In 1999 he was appointed chief executive of TDG plc, which he developed into a specialised logistics business before its sale to a financial purchaser in 2008.

Since then he has developed a variety of business interests. He was the senior independent director of Carillion plc between 2004-2011, Phoenix IT and Mouchel. He has also served as a non executive director at St Modwen, Kewill and Victoria Carpets.

He is currently the senior independent director at John Menzies plc, the aviation  services business. He is also the Senior Independent Director at Speedy Hire plc and a Director of The Troy Income and Growth Trust.

In the private equity sector he is Chairman of Babble in the technology sector, which specialises in unified communications and hosted telephony.

He is an associate of Duke CE and has supported projects with clients both in the UK and internationally, including Enterprise Ireland, Balfour Beatty, Aircel, Roche and Google.

In 2010 he formed the Oakwood Partnership which provides advisory and coaching services to senior executive teams. The business specialises in strategy, the alignment of business and operating models, performance improvement, process development and leadership coaching. In this capacity he has facilitated growth strategy projects for clients such as Barclays Ventures, Kewill Plc and a number of privately owned businesses.


Benjamin has 17 years business experience across a range of disciplines. After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Mathematics and Physics he has worked in a number of commercial and operational management positions including as Business Development Manager for a boutique consultancy.

Having gained diploma in accounting Benjamin has run his own business for 10 years providing consultancy to small and medium enterprises in effective management of finance, analytical elements of commercial performance and driving business growth.

Benjamin brings to the team a breadth of skill and experience including commercial acumen, financial reporting and analysis, financial forecasting, modelling and budgeting, development of sales in B2B and B2C markets, business development and pipeline management, creation of business plans and employee recruitment, management and development.


James has over 20 years business experience across a range of disciplines including sales, marketing, operations, supply chain, leadership and strategy. He has worked for organisations such as Associated British Foods, CHEP (part of Brambles), Nielsen and Coeliac UK.

Since joining The Oakwood Partnership, James’ main focus has been supporting and enhancing the areas of business development, acquisition and investment, providing strategy development and execution advice to SME’s.

James Garman
Jaynie Smith The Oakwood Partnership


Jaynie has 10 years experience in marketing and business development predominantly within the services industry.

Jaynie graduated from Bucks University with a degree in Business Studies with Marketing.

Responsibilities at Oakwood include market and product research, independent employee and customer interviews, contribution to strategy creation, added value initiatives and integrated marketing communications.