What We Do

Refining the search experience

People who can lead, shape and direct organisations of importance are not easy to find – and harder still to appoint. The stakes are undeniably high, for this is often a time of stress and uncertainty for organisations – even one of unfounded speculation. So we’ve created processes that are efficient, analytical, open and informative, yet which recognise the role relationships must always play in building understanding and confidence.

Executive Search

Psychological Assessment

Talent Mapping

Board Review

Executive Search

With a team of just over 70 people, Saxton Bampfylde isn’t the biggest search organisation in the UK but we certainly punch above our weight. We always have. We’re able to do this because we approach every assignment as a unique challenge, harnessing our experience but also challenging our own and our client’s expectations each and every time. With a 27 year track record of finding successful leaders, we have been pioneers in research-intensive executive search from the outset and believe that our approach delivers results time and again. We know what it takes to work effectively in complex and unique organisations and we are dedicated to ensuring our clients get the very best result, every time. Our client and candidate relationships are central to our work. We work hard to build and develop strong and long term working relationships so that organisations come back to us again and again. 

Our experience, combined with the depth of our network and 98% success rate means our clients experience an unparalleled search that delivers. We offer 24/7 global search around the world, working with only hand picked partners. 

With a hugely diverse range of clients across multiple sectors and geographies, Saxton Bampfylde has a unique track record in navigating the leadership landscape and knows what it takes to find, attract and secure talent at the very highest levels. From global blue-chip organisations such to innovative young start-ups, the world’s most prestigious academic institutions to small charities. We are entrusted to find tomorrow’s leaders today. 

When you work with us, one thing you’ll notice is that our team is hugely passionate about what we do. At every level we are committed to finding great leaders for great organisations. 

Psychological Assessment

Our executive assessment team have assessed more than 1,000 senior management candidates for roles in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

To have the edge when hiring and succession planning, we believe that it pays to know all you can about a candidate.  How do they benchmark against the market? How are they likely to perform today and in the future? What culture they will prosper in?  And what culture they will bring with them?  Using the latest psychometric technologies and broad and deep behavioural interviews, our experienced team of business psychologists help get behind the CV of external hires, as well as assessing the potential of your internal talent.  

Talent Mapping

We are often asked by our clients to use our research expertise to map the market for outstanding talent or to benchmark their own capability.  We have worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from a global supply chain mapping exercise undertaken for a global FTSE commodity business, through to finding the next layer of talent in the commissioning function for a leading media company.  Our approach is bespoke and we will map the universe to provide outstanding market intelligence for our clients.

Board Review

Corporate governance is now firmly in the spotlight with shareholders and the general public keen to ensure that Boards operate effectively. Meeting public and regulatory requirements can put significant pressure on ensuring that Boards are delivering.

Based on years of experience in assessing senior executives and organisations of all sizes and shapes, we have developed a corporate Board Review which give chairs the objective information they need to run an effective board – with the lowest possible intrusion. Our Board Review is structured around detailed discussions with all Board members about how their Board can best develop its collective performance.

All discussions are conducted under 'Chatham House Rule' so that responses can be summarised for oral and written reports but not attributed to a specific individual.  The individual discussions focus on a select number of key areas including board composition, committees, agendas, culture and information, amongst others.  The objective of the exercise is to provide board chairs with useful, relevant information to assess the workings of the board and to identify opportunities to improve the board’s effectiveness.  All without creating undue fuss and any sense of divisiveness.

We conduct individual discussions with each board member, and produce a report summarising both the results of our conversations and our suggestions and recommendations arising from them. Parallel reports on board committees are also produced.

The final reports are ultimately used to facilitate debate amongst the board and agree on any actions required to improve performance.