You’re a CEO or leader who is responsible for a small to medium sized workforce.

Your job involves dealing with crises, navigating change, hiring great people and staying ahead of your competitors.

One of your best traits is your emotional intelligence which means you’re passionate about the wellbeing of your staff.

You want to be close to the types of challenges that affect your workforce but recognise you might need the help of an expert to turn good intentions into a reality.

You want to foster a culture where your staff feel supported and engaged to do their best work. You need someone who sits in your management team who will drive your ‘People Agenda’ and help you create your legacy.


Hi, we’re Peeq… We build exceptional HR and people teams for leaders who are passionate about creating amazing places to work.

We partner with CEOs and business leaders to recruit HR professionals aligned to their purpose, to take ownership of employee wellbeing and to enable them to achieve their business goals.

Where it all began

In 2004 Peeq’s Co-Founder, Mark Barnicoat, launched Oasis HR with his former business partner. Mark had previously spent five years working in the world of recruitment and, driven by a desire to build an agency where relationships were central to success, found his spiritual recruiting home in the world of HR.

Initially focused on hiring Talent Acquisition professionals, it wasn’t long before Oasis HR transitioned to recruiting across the full spectrum of HR. Over the 15 years the business traded, Mark built a strong network within the HR space, helped Oasis HR win numerous awards, chaired many HR events and enjoyed honing his recruitment skills. Key amongst these achievements was placing numerous HR professionals into great roles – many of which are still with the same businesses today!

In 2011 Mark made Oasis HR’s first Marketing hire, Katie Barr, with whom he Co-Founded Peeq and shares his life with outside of work. Together they co-parent their four children in a blended family dynamic and spend much of their free time chasing after their energetic springer spaniel, Barley.

Over Katie’s nine years with Oasis HR, she progressed into a Communications Director role, overseeing all things marketing and ops. Most notably, Katie was instrumental in running Oasis’ well regarded HR Think Tank Series community.

“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”

In 2020, the pandemic stretched Oasis HR to breaking point and despite the best efforts of all on the ground, the business folded in November of that year. Both Katie and Mark, along with Oasis’ remaining employees, lost their jobs and faced the daunting prospect of providing for their family with both their incomes wiped out simultaneously.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

With the support of loved ones, an incredibly loyal client base, invaluable advice from key industry contacts and some rockstar Associates, Peeq was born.

December 2020 marked Peeq’s first placement and the start of what’s been an amazing journey. A hybrid recruitment model that focuses entirely on output rather than input. 

No employed recruiters, no KPIs, no cold calling, no unnecessary meetings and no pointless data entry.

A business built on equality, partnerships, trust and respect. 

An HR recruitment agency minus the bulls**t.

You’re twice as likely to make an HR hire if you choose Peeq

Yes you read that right.

Why? Two reasons. Firstly, we only partner with our clients on an exclusive basis so we ‘own the problem’. Secondly, we don’t employ recruiters.

What we do is work with highly experienced freelance HR recruiters, our Associates, to hire for our clients. We give them the tools and infrastructure to be successful, and the rest is down to their magic and expertise. 

Our Associates are not employed by us and only get paid for making a successful hire. This makes them incredibly tenacious and committed to finding the best talent. It’s for this reason that our fill rate sits above 90%, compared to the industry average of 46%.

If you’re ready to hire into your HR team and you like the sound of our approach, then we’d love to hear from you.

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