About

Recognised as the leading search and leadership advisory firm for values.
We own our business, so we care that much more

Executive Search and Leadership Advisors

Saxton Bampfylde has built a trusted reputation over 30 years for finding and nurturing leadership talent right across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and internationally.

In true partnership we have championed leadership, working hard to identify, nurture and place the most talented, innovative and strategic individuals to a huge variety of organisations and groups. Our work stretches across the executive and board level, with a dedicated level of consultant expertise and experience across every area in which we specialise.

We value long-standing relationships and the continued success of an organisation; we don’t just help to find leaders, we support our clients by helping both individuals and their teams to develop and realise their full potential. Through our Leadership Services offering, our aim is to provide a service to executive and board teams based on insight, challenge and support. This service is bespoke and tailored to every organisation through evidence-based approaches

A very different organisation

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.

The company was originally founded on Christian principles and welcomes in all we do individuals of different religious beliefs or none.

Our Values

What we do is part of who we are We strive to make our working lives full of learning, enjoyment and accomplishment.

Respectful We value each other as individuals worthy of respect and care.

Fair We behave towards everyone with honesty, discretion, tolerance and fair-mindedness.

Inspiring We work hard to delight our clients and inspire our colleagues.

Ambitious We each have the autonomy, as well as a collective ambition, to do the best possible work.

Fun We enjoy and are interested in each others’ company and have fun together.

Supportive We celebrate successes, achievements and joys, and we support each other when we are in need.

Charitable We believe in contributing our time, energy, money and expertise to causes which are important to us.

Celebratory What we do is part of who we are. We strive to make our working lives full of learning, enjoyment and accomplishment.

 

Our Team

Brett Anderson

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Brett Anderson

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Brett Anderson has been with Saxton Bampfylde since 2013 and is a Consultant in both the Healthcare and Higher Education Practices. Prior to joining Saxton Bampfylde, she worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Aberdeen. Brett graduated with an MA International Relations and an MSc Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

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Ed Bampfylde

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Ed Bampfylde

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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.

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Stephen Bampfylde

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Stephen Bampfylde

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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 27 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 is former Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School..

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Millie Bardsley

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Millie Bardsley

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Millie is the Associate Consultant for our global health practice. She has worked closely with the health and collaborative commercial practice on multiple executive and non-executive appointments as well as business development, marketing and thought leadership. As Research Representative for Panorama, the group of international search firms, Millie went on a secondment to work with our partners in Atlanta translating ways of working across teams. She joined Saxton Bampfylde as a Researcher after graduating from UCL with a BA in Modern Languages.

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Dr Jennifer Barnes

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Dr Jennifer Barnes

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Dr Jennifer Barnes joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2016. Following four years in the consulting team, advising on board-level roles in the high education and arts and culture sectors, she is now an Executive Coach, regulated by the EMCA, and a Senior Advisor. Jennifer works with individuals who are navigating leadership roles, creating a confidential space to reflect, plan, solve issues and expand perspectives and capabilities. Jennifer’s interest in the relationship between coaching and performance started as a competitive swimmer and associate coach. Years later, seeing parallels in exceptional sporting and musical performance, she designed a programme based at the Royal College of Music that brought together physiology, psychology and neuroscience to enhance performance by approaching musicians as athletes, with the same challenges technically and psychologically. Leaders must be soloists as well as a defining member of a wider team, and that duality provokes dynamics that coaching can address to enhance performance. Jennifer's background was initially performance driven in sports and music,  followed by leadership experiences in industry and higher education. From 2010-15, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and President of Murray Edwards College (2008-2012). Prior to that, she worked as an academic leader in conservatoires, and was BP’s first Global Director of Education, working with governments, universities and industry.

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Alice Brent-Smith

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Alice Brent-Smith

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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.

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Augusta Bunting

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Augusta Bunting

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Augusta has worked in executive search in the UK and Australasia and is now part of the consulting team at Saxton Bampfylde where she works predominantly on board level appointments. Augusta has led on numerous executive and non-executive assignments across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors and is part of the team here partnering with organisations to carry out board and governance reviews. She is interested in the transfer of skills across sectors and how good governance can drive success in organisations that make a difference to society. She has a first class Masters from the University of Auckland.

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Hatty Cadman

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Hatty Cadman

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Hatty Cadman joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2013. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in executive search, advising clients across the private, public and non-profit sectors on senior executive and non-executive appointments. She has a particular expertise in health and care, and in working at the interface of the public and commercial sectors with service delivery and innovation organisations. Hatty has a BA in History from the University of Oxford, and is a Governor of The Queen’s School. She was elected onto Saxton Bampfylde’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

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Sian Carnegy-Arbuthnott

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Sian Carnegy-Arbuthnott

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Sian Carnegy-Arbuthnott joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2018 as a member of the consulting team based in the Edinburgh office. She joined from a leading global executive search firm based in the firm’s London office where she was a member of the CEO & Board practice with a focus on main board and direct-report appointments across a broad range of sectors, including retail, consumer and industrial. Sian holds an MA in History of Art from the University of St Andrews.

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Rosanna Cundall

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Rosanna Cundall

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Rosanna joined Saxton Bampfylde’s consulting team after spending 10 years working in executive search with a focus on the art world. As a consultant in the Arts and Culture Practice, she advises on executive and board appointments across the industry. Rosanna also works in the commercial sector, across luxury and consumer markets. She has a degree in Art History and sits on the Development Committee of Hospital Rooms, an arts and mental health charity that commissions artwork for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.

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Jenny Dwyer

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Jenny Dwyer

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Jenny joined Saxton Bampfylde's schools practice in September 2018. Jenny brings 30 years of working in education, having spent the last twelve years in Dorset, as Head of Sherborne Girls, a full boarding school. She began her career at Benenden teaching mathematics and running a Boarding House. She moved to Queen Anne's in Caversham as Pastoral Deputy and then became Headmistress of Prior's Field School, a day and boarding school, in Godalming, Surrey. Jenny has been on Governing body of a number of independent prep and senior schools as well as a local multi academy trust, and has been a team inspector for ISI for a number of years.

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Mary Few

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Mary Few

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Mary joined the Saxton Bampfylde Scotland office in 2017. She recently moved back to the UK following two years in Myanmar working for a boutique Executive Search firm based in Yangon, working across multiple sectors. Mary began her career working for a leading sector specialist Executive Search firm in the insurance industry focusing on executive and non executive roles in the UK and Europe. Mary graduated with a BA in Russian & Spanish from Trinity College Dublin.

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Rachel Hubbard

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Rachel Hubbard

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Rachel leads Saxton Bampfylde's Social Impact practice and has advised on Board level leadership appointments from iconic large organisations, to smaller, regional and start-up charities. She joined the firm 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 was a Trustee for Five Talents, an international microfinance charity and is a Vice-Chair of council for the University of Surrey. Prior to joining Saxton Bampfylde, Rachel an events business and also worked as a Business Manager for a networking research company focused on Britain's top private companies. Rachel has a degree in Theology.

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Andrew Hunter

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Andrew Hunter

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Andrew Hunter has experience of working in schools for 37 years, he was a Housemaster at both Worksop College, Nottinghamshire and Bradfield College, Berkshire.  In August 2018, he retired from the Headship of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, having led the school for twenty years. Andrew has a simple educational philosophy with a three-part focus: academic inspiration through passionate subject teachers, co-curricular enrichment through activities and societies, and pupil support through individual pastoral care that gives every child a chance. Governorship roles have included Kilgraston School, Perth, Newcastle School for Boys and Ardvreck Prep School, Crieff. At present, he sits on the Board of Trustees of The Laidlaw Schools Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust in Newcastle. Andrew is trained as a mentor and appraiser for new HMC headteachers. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation. He acts as an educational advisor for Merchiston International School, (MIS), Shenzhen, China, which opened in August 2018 and he is a governor of MIS. Andrew was born in Kenya; he was educated at Kenton, Nairobi before completing his education within the UK at Aldenham School, Elstree and the University of Manchester where he read English, Theology and Biblical Studies.

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Aidan Kennedy

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Aidan Kennedy

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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.

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Jessica Kenny

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Jessica Kenny

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Jessica joined Saxton Bampfylde as a Researcher working across all sector areas before becoming the Head of Research, leading our 30 strong in-house research team. Jessica now works as the Associate Consultant in our Public Sector practice, advising on appointments across government and regulation. She has an MA in International Security and Terrorism and a BA in Politics, both from the University of Nottingham.

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Pamela Leonce

Diversity and Governance Advisor

Pamela Leonce

Diversity and Governance Advisor

Pamela is an Advisor on diversity and governance at Saxton Bampfylde. She has extensive leadership experience having been an Executive Director across housing, health, social care and the criminal justice sector. As the Chair of Inquilab Housing association and a board member of Green Park Housing she brings a wealth of experience in company culture, governance and diversity. Her non-executive roles include: Barclays Foundation Bank, Westfield Shopping Centre and Advisor to Mayor of London Pamela is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a qualified English as a Second Language teacher.

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Kate Ludlow

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Kate Ludlow

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Kate is one of four executive directors of the firm and works on both executive and board appointments in the commercial sector. She leads our Family Owned and Employee Owned Practices, which are a rapidly growing part of our business.  During her nine years with the firm she has twice been elected by all the partners of the firm as a Trustee; she has also worked overseas for a year with our partner firm in Vancouver.  Kate has a degree in Music from Cambridge University.

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Hebe Miller

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Hebe Miller

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Hebe has been working in executive search since 2016 after graduating from St Andrews University with a Classics and Classical Languages Degree. Hebe spent the last year in Australia working for our Panorama partner, Cordier King, who specialise exclusively in Higher Education and Government sectors. Hebe now works exclusively within the Higher Education practice at Saxton Bampfylde as Associate Consultant to the Head of the Practice, Hamish Laing.

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Jonathan Morgan

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Jonathan Morgan

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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.

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David Munns

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David Munns

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David has led the firm’s Finance Practice since 2012.  He has led over fifty CFO, Audit Committee Chair and direct reports to the CFO searches in the commercial, public and charity sectors.   Our Finance Practice is a market leader in University CFO/FD and school/college bursar searches. David also specialises in Chair and CEO searches in the education sector for commercial and not for profit sectors. Before joining Saxton Bampfylde David was CFO of three organisations: the Financial Times Publishing Group, Rocco Forte Hotels and Kaplan Europe.   He was also a non executive director of Colliers CRE plc.   He read Law at UCL, has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a chartered accountant.

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Matthew Noyes

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Matthew Noyes

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Matthew joined Saxton Bampfylde as a Researcher in 2015, leading the research phase of over 50 executive and non-executive searches across the private, public and third sectors. He then became Co-Head of Research in 2017, where he headed internal researcher recruitment, growing the team from 22 to over 30. Matthew now works as an Associate Consultant across the firm’s private sector practice, including family-owned and employee-owned companies, and particularly enjoys working with clients whose businesses are values-driven and underpinned by a strong culture. Matthew read French at the University of Oxford.

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Charlotte Penn

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Charlotte Penn

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Charlotte currently works in the consulting team on projects across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. As Stephen’s Chief of Staff she plays a key role in our Board Practice and has worked on over thirty non-executive searches including roles for the Children’s Society, Clarion Housing Group, Channel 4, and the University of Birmingham. Prior to being a consultant, Charlotte was Head of the Research Team and has worked in Vancouver on secondment to our partner office. Charlotte has a first class honours from the University of Bristol in French and Politics.

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Alex Richmond

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Alex Richmond

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Alex Richmond joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2013, having previously worked for an education charity. As a member of our consulting team, Alex advises on board-level appointments across sectors, with a particular focus on government and healthcare, and on commercial and non-profit organisations that face into the public sector. Alex has a BA in History from the University of Cambridge, and previous to returning to the UK for university he grew up overseas in Hong Kong and Indonesia.

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Hannah Scarisbrick

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Hannah Scarisbrick

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Hannah has over 15 years’ experience in search and works on Chair, Non-Executive, CEO and Director level searches and on board reviews. She works a lot with our clients in housing and property as well as with a broader range of organisations across different sectors. She has an MA in English from the University of St Andrews.

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Sophie Tredinnick

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Sophie Tredinnick

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Sophie Tredinnick joined Saxton Bampfylde’s consulting team in 2018 as head of the Government Practice having spent over 10 years working in Government and the Civil Service in policy, strategy and operational roles including managing a £500m government grant scheme, developing policy and strategy for electric vehicles, the environment and EU Exit. She also worked on increasing diversity in recruitment and on multifaceted organisational design and transformation. Sophie set up the REACH programme in collaboration with the Cabinet Office – a programme to support talented disabled people in 2019.

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Connie Vincent

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Connie Vincent

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Connie joined Saxton Bampfylde as a Researcher in 2014 and was subsequently appointed as Head of Research, leading Saxton Bampfylde’s thirty-strong research team. In her current role she works supports our Social Impact practice as an Associate Consultant. She has worked on numerous executive and board-level assignments across the non-profit, commercial and public sectors. Connie read Italian at UCL and spent a year abroad studying in Siena.

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Jamie Wesley

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Jamie Wesley

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Jamie leads our higher education practice having joined the firm in 2012. He has advised and supported university and research-focussed clients on appointments at executive and non-executive level, primarily Chair, CEO, Vice-Chancellor, Provost, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean positions.  Jamie also works with organisations at the intersection of industry, academia and government such as research funders, R&D businesses, independent research institutes, learned societies, membership bodies and commercial subsidiaries.  Jamie graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the universities of Durham and Oxford respectively.

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Cassandra Woolgar

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Cassandra Woolgar

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Cassandra is a Business Psychologist who takes an evidenced-based approach to her work and describes Business Psychology as 'helping individuals and organisations to get the best out of each other, to reach their potential and to perform highly while maintaining wellbeing'. Before joining Saxton Bampfylde in 2018 she was a consultant in Business Psychology and Human Resources, working with a range of corporate clients and NGOs for recruitment, talent identification and leadership development. Cassandra has helped clients to identify the competencies required in roles, assess candidates and explore their strengths, weaknesses and fit to the role and company. She has also helped to identify internal talent, identify areas for development and develop leaders. Previously Cassandra has held research roles at the University of Oxford and Local Council Education Departments and management positions in charities and within the NHS. She has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath, an MSc from Birkbeck, University of London.

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