Our story

We own our business, so we care that much more

Entrusted to find tomorrow’s leaders today

With a 30 year track record of finding successful leaders, we have been pioneers in research-intensive executive search from the outset. In this business, we know that nothing is more important than relationships and can sum up who we are, and what we do, in one simple idea: The right people. The right people in our organisation, finding the right people for yours. 

We work with some of the world’s most dynamic and significant organisations, from blue-chip multinationals to heritage brands, and government departments to public sector bodies and regulators – we combine strength and depth. We build powerful long-term partnerships with our clients, applying that in-depth knowledge both to specific assignments, and to wider strategic issues like workforce development, talent mapping, succession management, and diversity planning.

We approach every search process with the same commitment to open communications, full trust, and absolute confidentiality.  

A very different organisation

Recognised as the leading search firm for values

Saxton Bampfylde was founded by Anthony Saxton and Stephen Bampfylde in 1986, with the mission of delivering a new approach to executive search and creating a unique working environment and culture. This remains reflected in our mission statement to this day. 

In 2014, Saxton Bampfylde became employee-owned. In what we believe is a first in the executive search industry, we have an elected trustee body who have oversight of the strategic objectives and values of our business and have been recognised as the leading search firm for values. Academic research has shown, employee owned businesses tend to outperform in their sector, are resilient in lean times and are more likely to innovate than other ownership structures.

Our Team





Aidan Kennedy

Aidan Kennedy

Consulting team

aidan.kennedy@saxbam.com

Aidan joined Saxton Bampfylde in January 2015 with 16 years experience in Executive Search. He most recently spent eight years as a Partner in the London office of CTPartners, the global executive search firm. Aidan has particular experience in advising organisations on management change in times of transition and has worked on a wide range of leadership and executive mandates for Financial Services, Public Sector and Corporate clients across established EMEA business centres and in emerging markets.

Aidan is a former Global Chair and Executive Committee member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants which represents over 75% of the leading search firms and over 7000 consultants across EMEA, APAC and the Americas and remains a Director on its Global Board. As a firm advocate of research led executive search, Aidan previously led the Research division of Armstrong International, before becoming a Partner of the firm and its Chief Operating Officer.

A graduate of University College Dublin, Aidan earned his Master's degree in Politics from St. Antony's College at Oxford University and undertook further Executive Education at Harvard Business School.





Alex Stewart

Alex Stewart

Consulting team

alex.stewart@saxbam.com

Alex is head of the global Saxton Bampfylde education practice. She has advised on all senior higher education and related appointments in the last ten years including vice chancellors, principals, DVC/PVCs and professional directors. She joined the company after a career in the civil service, latterly as Director of Arts and Culture in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, where she worked closely with government ministers on all aspects of arts and cultural policy. Alex read English at the University of Durham.





Alice Hopkins

Alice Hopkins

Consulting team

alice.hopkins@saxbam.com

Alice joined Saxton Bampfylde initially as a researcher, specialising in education searches as well as working with a range of public and private-sector clients. Alice has been an Associate Consultant since 2014, first working in our Regulation Practice before moving into our Education Practice. She has worked a range of appointments including Chelsea Academy and St Malachy’s College, Belfast. Alice studied Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh.





Ann Bourne

Ann Bourne

Consulting team

ann.bourne@saxbam.com

Ann has over 20 years’ experience in executive search in the UK after an earlier career in HR and training for international banks in both the USA and the UK. Since joining Saxton Bampfylde, Ann has advised on a range of executive and non-executive board appointments in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She leads the firm’s health practice group, and has worked on every NHS assignment that Saxton Bampfylde has undertaken in the past 9 years.  Ann has a BA in History and English from Denison University in the USA.





Cynthia Hall

Cynthia Hall

Consulting team

cynthia.hall@saxbam.com

Cynthia joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2013. She has over 20 years of working in education, having been Headmistress of St Helen and St Katharine in Oxfordshire and most recently Wycombe Abbey School. She has served as a Governor of three independent schools and is a Trustee of a state community school, giving her a breadth of experience of schools governance. Previously President of the Girls’ School Association, Cynthia was an advisor to over 200 girls’ schools. She has also helped to build bridges between the independent and state sectors as a member of the Independent and State School Partnerships Forum. Cynthia holds an MA in English and English Literature from St Anne’s College, Oxford.





David Munns

David Munns

Consulting team

david.munns@saxbam.com

David joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2012 and leads the firm’s Finance practice. He had previously been Chief Financial Officer of the Financial Times Publishing Group, Group Finance Director of Rocco Forte Hotels and Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer of Kaplan Europe. He is a former Non-Executive Director of Colliers CRE and was a founder, and until recently Chair of The Educational Frontier Trust which launched and funded Kisima Secondary School, Nyahururu, Kenya. David read law at UCL, has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a chartered accountant.





Deborah Loudon

Deborah Loudon

Consulting team

deborah.loudon@saxbam.com

Deborah Loudon joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2008 after a career which started in policy, particularly on policing and criminal justice, and included being HR Director in the Home Office from 2000 to 2003. She finished her civil service career as Director Civilian Personnel in MoD. She now heads the Government practice where she has recently worked on several senior appointments including the Permanent Secretary, Scotland role and a wide range of appointments with BIS and the Research Councils. Deborah has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford.





Ed Bampfylde

Ed Bampfylde

Consulting team

ed.bampfylde@saxbam.com

Ed has over ten years’ experience in executive search including time spent leading Saxton Bampfylde’s research team.  His main focus is on work in the arts & culture and education sectors.  Ed has worked on a variety of appointments, both executive and non-executive, with a range of arts and heritage organisations as well as on a number of senior leadership roles in the higher education and the wider not-for-profit sectors.  Ed has a BA in Sociology from the University of Leeds and an MA from University College London.





Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Consulting team

gareth.jones@saxbam.com

Gareth is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist.  He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Nottingham, an MSc from University College London and an MBA from the University of Westminster.  He was a Senior Civil Servant and headed the Home Office’s Assessment and Consultancy Unit.  He then joined the management consultancy arm of KPMG, before moving to Saxton Bampfylde in 2007.  He works widely across the private and public sectors, and the breadth and depth of his experience informs his approach.  He brings acuity, objectivity and rigour to the assessment process.





Hamish Laing

Hamish Laing

Consulting team

hamish.laing@saxbam.com

Hamish is a senior member of the education practice at Saxton Bampfylde with a track record of success at Chief Executive, Vice-Chancellor, Principal, Provost, Head and Chair level, working with universities, schools, FE colleges and groups, and commercial education-related organisations. He is a graduate from the University of York and he completed his MBA in 2003. Hamish has been responsible for over 300 search assignments covering a range of senior executive and non-executive appointments, many of them with an international dimension.





Hannah Scarisbrick

Hannah Scarisbrick

Consulting team

hannah.scarisbrick@saxbam.com

Before joining Saxton Bampfylde in February 2010, Hannah spent just over 7 years as a Recruitment Consultant specialising in the not for profit sector.  Having previously led the research department at Saxton Bampfylde, Hannah now works on assignments across the public and not for profit sectors.  She has an MA in English from the University of St Andrews. 





Hatty Cadman

Hatty Cadman

Consulting team

hatty.cadman@saxbam.com

Hatty Cadman joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2013. Her career in search began with a boutique search firm and she later moved to Russell Reynolds. She now has over 12 years’ experience in executive search, principally advising clients in the public and non-profit sectors on senior executive and non-executive appointments. She has a particular expertise in health, and in working at the interface of the public and commercial sectors in public service delivery. Hatty has a BA in History from the University of Oxford, and is a Governor of Millbank Academy.





Imelda Napier

Imelda Napier

Consulting team

imelda.napier@saxbam.com

Imelda joined Saxton Bampfylde in 1999. After initially working for Edelman, the global PR consultancy, she moved to Bird & Co, a boutique search firm, specialising in the media and communications sectors. At Saxton Bampfylde she works across a wide range of areas including media, retail, leisure as well as not-for-profit. Imelda also worked as Chief Operating Officer for three years where she had responsibility for research, project coordination, international strategy and the marketing communications for the firm. Imelda has an MA in Modern History from Edinburgh University.





Jamie Wesley

Jamie Wesley

Consulting team

jamie.wesley@saxbam.com

Jamie has been with Saxton Bampfylde for four years.  He joined the firm as a researcher specialising in higher education and healthcare searches, and was then an associate consultant in our higher education and regulation practices for two years.   Jamie is now a consultant working across our education, government and health practices.  Jamie graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music from Durham University and the University of Oxford respectively.





Jennie Wood

Jennie Wood

Consulting team

jennie.wood@saxbam.com

Jennie has been with Saxton Bampfylde since 2013, initially in the research team, focussing in particular on appointments to the non-profit and arts and culture sectors. She spent a year on secondment to Saxton Bampfylde’s partner firm in New Zealand in 2014 where she worked across sectors and is now an Associate Consultant in the Social Impact Practice. Jennie graduated with a degree in Classics and English from Oxford University. 





Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes

Consulting team

jennifer.barnes@saxbam.com

Dr. Jennifer Barnes has held leadership roles in higher education, business and the arts. From 2010-15, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International Strategy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, developing the University’s global engagement through strategic partnerships. From 2008 – 2012 she was President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New Hall, in the University of Cambridge. From 2005 – 2007 Dr Barnes was BP’s first Global Director of Education, building partnerships with governments, universities and industry. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Vestd, a high-tech company, as a Director of the University of Suffolk, and as a member of the International Board, University of Oman.

Jennifer has a BA [delete UG] from Smith College in the USA, attended the Britten International Opera School and was awarded her MMus from the Royal College of Music, and her PhD from the University of London. She is an authority on the history of opera and media, and has contributed to the field of neuroscience through research on the impact of pressure on performance





Jo Ogilvy

Jo Ogilvy

Consulting team

jo.ogilvy@saxbam.com

Jo Ogilvy joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2003, and since that time has been part of our education practice, with a particular focus on school appointments and those in organisations which have children and young people at their heart. She has led on a number of assignments over recent years, including our work on the appointments of the bursars for Bradfield College, Bloxham and Eltham College.  Jo’s work with other children-centric organisations, across the education, not for profit and commercial sectors includes Ofsted, ACS International and The Children’s Society. Jo was, until recently, a Governor of Bruton School for Girls and before that was a Governor of Burlington Danes Academy.  She has a degree in Classics from Oxford University.





Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

Consulting team

jonathan.morgan@saxbam.com

Jonathan has worked in search for over 10 years and heads our regulation and government affairs practice. He joined the consulting team at Saxton Bampfylde after heading our education research. He has advised on board level appointments across the private, public and not for profit sectors; he also leads our competition practice. Jonathan read Chinese at Edinburgh University, has a diploma in management from Cambridge, and is an alumnus of Kellogg School of Management. Jonathan is a governor of Purley Nursery and Children's Centre.





Karen Frizzell

Karen Frizzell

Consulting team

karen.frizzell@saxbam.com

Karen Frizzell  leads the firm’s HR, Financial Services & Professional Services practice areas. She also coordinates all corporate officer work across the firm. Karen brings a long track record of executive search experience, including more than a decade advising on cross-sector HR leadership appointments. In addition to HR, her sector expertise spans retail/consumer, financial services and the convergent consumer/media and technology arena.

She previously led the HR practice of JD Haspel where she had a global focus. Karen’s earlier search career includes six years at Russell Reynolds, leading the HR practice, as well as delivering search work in the consumer/retail practice.  Karen holds an MA in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen. 





Kate Ludlow

Kate Ludlow

Consulting team

kate.ludlow@saxbam.com

Kate brings over seven years experience in executive search: on joining Saxton Bampfylde she spent five years in our research team, completing a secondment with our Vancouver partners before leading the research department for a year. Kate spent one year as executive assistant to our government and regulation practice, before working with the Executive Chairman Stephen Bampfylde as his Chief of Staff. Kate brings extensive experience in the commercial sector supporting clients with executive and non executive appointments, she has worked with Karen on a number of senior HR appointments.  Kate has a degree in Music from Cambridge University.





Lisa James

Lisa James

Consulting team

lisa.james@saxbam.com

Lisa joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2009 and initially worked in our research function, working on senior executive and non-executive appointments across the private, public and third sectors. She spent 18 months as Executive Assistant to our government and regulation practice, before working closely with the Executive Chairman Stephen Bampfylde as his Chief of Staff. Lisa currently works in our government and regulation practice. Lisa has a BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge.





Nick Hastings

Nick Hastings

Consulting team

nick.hastings@saxbam.com

Nick is Head of Saxton Bampfylde’s Executive Assessment and Coaching Practice. He has  assessed and coached over 1000 leaders from organisations such as Ashurst, Aviva, British Board of Film Classification, BP, British Airways, Cadbury, Diageo, The King’s Fund, Sustrans, Terence Higgins Trust, Taylor Wessing, Telefonica and UNICEF. He has a background in sport psychology and golf, coaching Michael Campbell to his historic US Open win at Pinehurst. He is known for his insight and candour in designing bespoke leadership development programmes and in challenging his clients to think about the styles, strengths and weaknesses of their potential hires. He has a Masters in Performance Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, both from Edinburgh University. 





Peta Hay

Peta Hay

Consulting team

peta.hay@saxbam.com

Peta leads the Consumer and Retail practice. She came to the firm with over 20 years retail experience across Store Operations, Human Resources and international Recruitment and Development. She joined Tesco PLC as a graduate and held a number of senior roles including Store Director, with P&L accountability and the operational development and growth of the hypermarket format in Scotland and North England. She then developed her career reporting to the Executive Board as Group Talent Director, accountable for the recruitment and leadership development of Functional & Country COO’s and CEO’s. In 2012 she was approached by Asda Walmart to join as their Group Talent & Diversity Director reporting to the Executive Board, accountable for executive and board recruitment, professional development, diversity strategy, colleague training & development strategy and advisor to Walmart for the international Talent strategy.

Peta has a BAHons degree in Business studies and Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management from Napier University in Edinburgh. She is a member of the Red Cross committee for Edinburgh and the Lothians.





Rachel Hubbard

Rachel Hubbard

Consulting team

rachel.hubbard@saxbam.com

Rachel leads the the non-profit practice. She joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2000 starting in research, and ran the 20 strong research team before specialising in Board appointments across the, charity, arts, higher education, commercial and public sectors. She is a Trustee for Five Talents, an international microfinance charity. Prior to joining Saxton Bampfylde, Rachel ran an event and catering business and also worked as a Business Manager for a networking events and research company focused on Britain's top private companies. Rachel has a degree in Theology.





Sarah Magnell

Sarah Magnell

Consulting team

sarah.magnell@saxbam.com

Sarah Magnell has been in professional services for more than a decade with the bulk of that in executive search in Australia and the UK, following working for a successful law firm. She initially worked as a researcher before taking her current role. She has significant experience across senior executive level and board appointments across the private sector and specialises in retail and consumer clients.  Prior to Saxton Bampfylde, she worked as a Research Associate for Watermark Search International in Sydney. Sarah has a BA in History from University of New South Wales, Sydney and also studied at Lund University, Sweden as part of her degree. She returns to Saxton Bampfylde from completing her MBA at IE Business School in Madrid. 





Sarah Orwin

Sarah Orwin

Consulting team

sarah.orwin@saxbam.com

Sarah Orwin joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2002 after five years as Group Talent Director for Barclays Bank. Sarah’s main focus is financial and professional services, but she also works across other sectors on assignments where her commercial, international or functional expertise adds value. The majority of Sarah’s work is for general managers or heads of function. Before joining Saxton Bampfylde, Sarah worked for Ernst & Young for 12 years, initially as a management consultant and latterly as Director of their executive search business. Her career started with Citigroup, where she worked first in London and then for three years in Brazil. Sarah has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University. 





Stephen Bampfylde

Stephen Bampfylde

Consulting team

stephen.bampfylde@saxbam.com

Stephen is co-founder and Chairman of Saxton Bampfylde. He began his career working for IBM and Whitehall, where he spent nearly 10 years before moving into top level executive search. For 32 years he has been involved in the recruitment of executives to senior positions across all sectors. He helped establish the worldwide professional association AESC in Europe and was its international director for a number of years. Outside executive search, he has been involved with the advisory boards of the Business Schools at Cambridge and City Universities, is a Trustee of the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, and was Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School.





Virginia Eastman

Virginia Eastman

Consulting team

virginia.eastman@saxbam.com 

Virginia leads Saxton Bampfylde’s media, marketing and communications practice.  She has many years of experience in the media industry including fifteen years at the BBC as a Business Correspondent and Presenter for both television and radio.  Interviewing daily most of the senior management of the FTSE 100 and captains of industry, Virginia also made many long form programs such as The Money Programme and Trouble at the Top, winning several awards.  Prior to joining the BBC she spent several years with management consultants Bain & Company. She came to executive search when Heidrick and Struggles hired her in 2006 to lead Media, establish a communications practice and expand digital. Educated in Australia, Virginia holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania.

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