Dr Ian Campbell appointed Innovate UK interim Executive Chair

Dr Ian Campbell appointed Innovate UK interim Executive Chair

Dr Ian Campbell has been appointed as interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK. He will take up the role from 4 May 2018.

Dr Campbell will take over from Dr Ruth McKernan who is stepping down after three years as Chief Executive and, since 1 April, Executive Chair of Innovate UK.

Dr Campbell will move from his role as Director for Ageing Society, Health and Nutrition in Innovate UK. He joined Innovate UK from his previous position as CEO of Arquer Diagnostics in October 2016. Over the past 20 years he has held a number of executive and leadership roles within the life sciences, medical devices and diagnostic sectors.

During his time at Innovate UK, Dr Campbell has strengthened the Health and Life Sciences team, piloted the Investment Accelerator programme, enhanced the Biomedical Catalyst programme and initiated co-funding activities with the medical research charities.

Prof Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, said: "I am delighted that Dr Ian Campbell will be the interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK. Ian brings to the role a combination of detailed understanding of Innovate UK with a strong background in business leadership, making him ideally suited for the role during these early stages of UK Research and Innovation. 

"I would once again like to thank Dr Ruth McKernan for leading Innovate UK over the last three years, and in particularly her vision and leadership in developing and delivering new approaches, such as innovation loans and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund."

Dr Ian Campbell said: "I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK. Our role as the business-facing arm of UK Research and Innovation is more important than ever as we seek to meet the target of spending 2.4% of our GDP on research and development. Innovate UK, working together with all the research councils has a key role to play in realising that ambition through flagship programmes such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. I am really looking forward to working with and leading our fantastic team to make sure that businesses have the support they need."

Dr Campbell will lead Innovate UK within UK Research and Innovation while a recruitment campaign is conducted for a permanent Executive Chair.

Mind the Gap - Our latest Insight on Leadership and Succession Planning in the UK's Arts and Culture Sector

Mind the Gap - Our latest Insight on Leadership and Succession Planning in the UK's Arts and Culture Sector

Saxton Bampfylde has been engaged in finding the leaders to drive forward the UK’s thriving arts and culture scene for the past 30 years. This work has involved advising and partnering with a huge cross-section of organisations and institutions, from the iconic and world leading to the small and distinctive. It is with this in-depth knowledge of the sector and a keen eye on its future and those people who will lead the way forward that we have undertaken this research into leadership and succession planning in arts and culture.

This sector is thriving, both domestically and internationally, and subsequently its leaders are increasingly placed on a world stage. In a time of global uncertainty however, the sector is facing a myriad of challenges. Financial, political and social pressures are mounting, bringing with them a stronger desire for change to the sector than has been seen previously.

With challenge there comes opportunity, particularly for those emerging into leadership roles. Our aim with this report was to gather the opinions of those who are currently driving the sector forward, asking them to consider where the future leaders will come from, the skills and attributes they will need to bring to the role, and what challenges and opportunities they will be faced with.

We are passionate about continuing to support arts and culture organisations into the next generations. The issue of finding the leaders of the future is fundamental to the sector’s success and that is why we have chosen to explore the topic through this piece of research.

We hope that you will find this insight piece thought-provoking and an initiator of conversation. We have thoroughly enjoyed conducting this piece of work and would warmly welcome any feedback on this fascinating subject.


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English National Opera appoints new Chief Executive

English National Opera appoints new Chief Executive

Stuart Murphy, former Director of Sky Entertainment Channels, has been appointed Chief Executive of English National Opera (ENO). He will take up the post on the 3 April, joining Daniel Kramer and Martyn Brabbins on ENO’s leadership team. He succeeds Cressida Pollock who announced in September last year that she would be stepping down from the role this summer.

In 2013 Stuart took charge of all Entertainment Channels at Sky, including Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic. Under his tenure Sky won its first Emmy Awards and Oscar nominations as well as multiple BAFTA’s, British Comedy Awards and Royal Television Society Awards. He oversaw the substantial expansion of Sky Arts, increasing the channel’s commissioning budget by more than 40% and turning it into the biggest on-demand library of arts and cultural content in Europe. Stuart spearheaded Sky’s huge increase in investment in original productions, the budget for which tripled during his tenure.

In senior management positions at both Sky and the BBC, Stuart has brought to the screen some of the UK’s best-loved titles, from Penny DreadfulSky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year Competition and Torchwoodthrough to Little Britain and Game of Thrones.  He was on the board of BBC TV, the Executive of Sky and was made a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2016.

Dr Harry Brunjes, Chairman of ENO, said:

“I have been thrilled by the calibre of the candidates who applied for this position, and know that Stuart’s history of enabling great creativity alongside his commercial acumen will perfectly complement ENO’s artistic and musical excellence. We were impressed by the significant growth in both Sky’s audience and output under Stuart’s direction, and by his proven ability to unite and motivate his teams through a clear and inspiring vision. Under the leadership of Cressida Pollock, and through the hard work of every single member of the company, ENO has regained its financial stability and position in Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. I look forward to seeing the company continue to prosper and grow with Stuart at the helm.”

Speaking of his appointment, Stuart Murphy said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of English National Opera. For a long time now I have wanted to pursue my passion for classical music and opera in a professional capacity, and so it is a privilege to lead an organisation that is so committed to world-class artistic, musical and technical excellence. I very much look forward to joining Daniel, Martyn and the whole ENO team. I am personally committed to ensuring that ENO continues to develop new audiences, new partnerships and on new platforms in order to ensure that the company remains as thrilling and vital now as it was when it was first founded.”

Daniel Kramer, Artistic Director of ENO, said:

“I am very excited that Stuart will be joining ENO. His decades of experience working with award-winning creative teams and enabling world-class work against a background of challenging financial realities will be hugely valuable at ENO. I look forward to working with him from April.”

Martyn Brabbins, Music Director of ENO, said:

“Stuart Murphy impressed me as a man of great integrity. He has the confidence borne of being a highly successful leader, while at the same time he displays a refreshing humility in his willingness to listen and learn from all those around him. We are looking forward to the new dynamism he will bring to ENO at this time of renewed energy within the company.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said:

“Stuart will bring a wealth of experience and energy to the role, building on all the dedication and hard work of Cressida and the team which has enabled English National Opera to return to our National Portfolio.”

Stuart grew up in Leeds, where his passion for classical music was sparked by playing the clarinet in Leeds Youth Orchestra and Leeds Youth Opera. He began his career at BBC Manchester, worked in Africa on the BBC’s Great Railway Journeys with Professor Henry Louis Gates Junior, and became the country’s youngest TV Channel Controller at the age of 26, running comedy and music channel UK Play.

Stuart subsequently became Channel Controller of BBC Choice, then devised, launched and ran BBC Three in 2003. While at BBC Three he commissioned shows from Gavin and Stacey to Bodies and developed a reputation for developing new talent as well as for commissioning innovative, award-winning programming.  Particularly notable was Flashmob The Opera, a live opera from Paddington Station in October 2004, which brought together opera choruses from across the country with the BBC Concert Orchestra and was watched live by almost 100,000 viewers. This was followed, in April 2005, with Flashmob The Opera: Meadowhall , a specially adapted version of the Faust legend, again bringing opera to new audiences in an unexpected setting. BBC Three went on to win both Channel of the Year and Best Entertainment Channel.

After two years as Creative Director at Two Four Productions, Stuart joined Sky in 2009 to run family channel Sky One.  At Sky One Stuart brought to the screen numerous award-winning shows from Stan Lee’s Lucky Man to Mad Dogs, from An Idiot Abroad to Stella and from Modern Family to Flash. After two years of Stuart’s leadership, Sky 1 was named Channel of the Year for the first time in its 20-year history.

In 2011 Stuart devised, launched and ran Sky Atlantic, bringing, among others, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, The Affair, Big Little Lies and Fortitude to UK screens. Under his tenure, he attracted many individuals to work with Sky for the first time, including Sir David Attenborough, Joanna Lumley, Dawn French, Idris Elba, Meera Syal, Matthew Perry, Kim Cattrall, Jon Hamm, Davina McCall, Melvyn Bragg, John Ridley and Sally Wainwright and numerous others.

Stuart has sat on the board for A&E Networks International and Jaunt Virtual Reality Company.

Margaret Casely-Hayford appointed as Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe

Margaret Casely-Hayford appointed as Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe

Saxton Bampfylde are delighted to have worked with Shakespeare’s Globe on the appointment of the new Chair Margaret Casely-Hayford.

Chair of international development agency ActionAid and Chancellor of Coventry University, Margaret brings a wealth of non-executive experience in diverse organisations. In her executive career she was previously a Partner in the City law firm Dentons for twenty years before becoming Director of Legal Services for the John Lewis Partnership. Margaret now advises boards and promotes board diversity and is joint-manager of a rap artist and digital media entrepreneur. She succeeds Lord Michael Bichard who is stepping down this year having served as Chair since 2015. Further information about the appointment can be found in the attached document. 

Read the full press release here                                                                                                             

Saxton Bampfylde has a long track record of working with some of the most high profile cultural institutions helping to identify and place their senior leaders and boards. Most recently we have successfully worked on key theatre appointments which include Kwame-Kwei Armah as Artistic Director of the Young Vic.

If you would like to talk to us about our work or learn more about how we can help you, we would love to hear from you.

Which? appoints Charlotte Cool as Group Communications Director

Which? appoints Charlotte Cool as Group Communications Director

Which? has announced the appointment of Charlotte Cool to the newly created post of Group Communications Director.

Charlotte will lead external and internal communications across the Which? group, continuing to build its membership and its impact in making consumers’ lives easier, safer and fairer.

Charlotte joins Which? from ASDA where she was Vice President of Corporate Affairs, and prior to that was Group Head of Corporate Affairs at John Lewis Partnership, a post she held for 10 years. She joins Which? on 19 February 2018.

Charlotte replaces Laura Osborne, who has successfully led the communications function in an interim capacity since March 2017.

Which? Chief Executive, Peter Vicary Smith, said of the appointment: “I’m delighted to welcome Charlotte to Which? at such a pivotal time for the organisation. Charlotte brings a wealth of experience and will play a critical role in shaping Which?’s future as a consumer champion.”

Charlotte said: “I’m delighted to be joining Which? as it celebrates its 60th anniversary, to help deliver its ambitious commercial and campaigning goals, and to empower consumers in new and diverse ways.”

Saxton Bampfylde welcomes Cassandra Woolgar to the consulting team

Saxton Bampfylde welcomes Cassandra Woolgar to the consulting team

Saxton Bampfylde is delighted to welcome psychologist Cassandra Woolgar to the firm.

Cassandra joins the consulting team in the role of business psychologist. She will focus on helping clients implement talent strategy programmes through the delivery of leadership development, executive assessment and coaching services.

Cassandra brings a wealth of business psychology and HR consulting experience and has worked with a broad range of corporate clients and NGOs in her previous roles.  Her key skills and experience have included helping clients when recruiting internally and externally. This has included identifying the competencies required in roles; assessing candidates’ strengths, weaknesses and fit to specific roles and organisational culture; mentoring and talent development.

Cassandra prefers an evidenced-based approach and describes her work as 'helping individuals and organisations to get the best out of each other, to reach their potential and to perform highly while maintaining wellbeing'. 

Prior to joining the firm, Cassandra held roles at the University of Oxford and local council education departments, and management positions within charities and the NHS. Cassandra holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath and an MSc from Birkbeck, University of London.

Dr Kori Schake appointed as Deputy Director-General for the International Institute for Strategic Studies

Dr Kori Schake appointed as Deputy Director-General for the International Institute for Strategic Studies

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has announced the appointment of Dr Kori Schake as Deputy Director-General. Dr Schake is a leading defence expert who during her career has worked dynamically and creatively at the nexus of government, academia and think tanks.

Kori will join the IISS in February 2018 from the Hoover Institute at Stanford University where she is a Distinguished Research Fellow. As Deputy Director-General, she will oversee the Institute’s world-class research programme and act as a driving force behind initiatives to enhance the Institute's work and profile, including developing new funding opportunities and deepening links with governments, the private sector, and the expert and opinion-forming communities internationally on strategic issues. Kori’s appointment comes as the IISS prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary year and underlines its commitment to expanding its research programme and widening its policy impact.

During her illustrious career, Kori has held policy positions across government, academia and think tanks, including working with both the military and civilian staffs of the Pentagon, in the White House at the National Security Council, and at the US State Department as Deputy Head of Policy Planning. She served as a senior policy adviser to Senator John McCain when he ran for president in 2008 as the Republican nominee. Her academic career includes appointments at the US Military Academy, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland teaching strategy, war and European security.

As a prominent commentator on foreign policy, Kori has written widely on strategy and international relations for leading US and international publications, including Foreign AffairsSurvival and The Atlantic. She is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy’s ‘Editor’s Roundtable’ podcast. She has authored a number of books, most recently Safe Passage, an account of the transition from UK to US power on the global stage, published by Harvard University Press in November 2017, which is described by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman as having a ‘compelling thesis, engagingly written and sharply argued’.

Dr John Chipman, IISS Director-General and Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted to welcome Kori Schake to the IISS in London as Deputy Director-General. She brings with her a wealth of policy and strategic experience at the highest level and will be an energetic, imaginative and inspiring IISS colleague as we expand our research programme and global reach."

Dr Kori Schake said: "The exceptionally talented IISS team has been at the forefront of defence and security thought leadership for 60 years, and I’m eager to contribute to its work at this critical time of challenges to and reconsideration of the international order."

If you would like a conversation to learn more about our leadership advisory work or understand how we could help you with your next leadership appointment, we would be delighted to speak with you. Contact a Partner at Saxton Bampfylde on 020 7227 0800 or email contact@saxbam.com

Dr. Juliette Fritsch, new Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience at the Natural History Museum of Denmark

Dr. Juliette Fritsch, new Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience at the Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark has announced that Dr. Juliette Fritsch has been appointed as the new Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience. Juliette comes from a similar position at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, just north of Boston. Previously she has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At both museums, she worked on major institutional transformation projects creating new galleries and experiences for the audience. Dr. Juliette Fritsch has over twenty years’ experience in the international cultural sector. She will be part of the Museum Leadership and takes a seat at the Board of Directors.

Prior to her hiring, Juliette served as Chief of Interpretive Experiences and Creative Partnerships at the Peabody Essex Museum working closely with curators, designers and artists to deliver exciting and imaginative exhibitions and associated education programs. Her extensive experience makes her a natural fit to meet the dynamic needs of a modern-day museum and she will play an important role in the journey toward the new natural history museum. 

"I am proud of welcoming an internationally strong professional like Juliette Fritsch. I am greatly looking forward to working with her and I am extremely pleased that the Museum and the University of Copenhagen stand to benefit from her long-term experience and visionary approaches" says Professor Peter C. Kjærgaard, Director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He adds: 

"The Museum used an international recruitment agency to find the right candidate and the recruitment of Juliette Fritsch is an outstanding chance to bring the highest international level of museum exhibitions and visitor design to Denmark."

Photo: Anders Drud, Natural History Museum of Denmark.

Marie Curie appoints Vindi Banga as new Chair

Marie Curie appoints Vindi Banga as new Chair

Marie Curie has announced the appointment of Vindi Banga as their new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Vindi Banga is currently a partner at private equity firm Clayton Dubilier and Rice, Chair of Kalle GMBH, Senior Independent Director at Glaxo Smith Kline and Marks and Spencer. He is also on the Board at the CBI.

Previously Vindi Banga spent 33 years at Unilever as Chairman and Chief Executive Hindustan Lever Ltd and then as President of the Global Foods, Home and Personal Care Division. He is currently Chair of the Karta Initiative, an organisation which supports improving access to world class higher education for students in developing countries. His wife and he have founded their own charity – The Kamini and Vindi Banga Foundation.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Jane Collins, Chief Executive at Marie Curie said: “I am delighted to welcome Vindi as our new Chair. He brings with him invaluable experience and insights from the worlds of business, education and philanthropy. I am looking forward to working closely with him over the following months and years.”

Vindi Banga said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to be the next Chair of this great charity and as Marie Curie prepares to embark on a new strategic period of growth.  I look forward to working with Dr Collins and the Trustees and to make my own contribution to such an important cause."

Clarie Middleton Appointed New Principal of Rose Bruford College

Clarie Middleton Appointed New Principal of Rose Bruford College

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance announced the appointment of Clarie Middleton, currently Chief Executive of the Hackney Empire, as its new Principal and Chief Executive Officer. Clarie Middleton will take up her new post in February 2018. She is the first woman since Rose Bruford to be appointed to the role.

Clarie has over 25 years’ experience as an arts and cultural leader. She began her career working for Welsh National Opera before joining the Arts Council’s Touring Department.  This was followed by the formation of Clear Day Productions which commissioned and staged co-productions with Bristol Old Vic and Plymouth Theatre Royal. She went on to work with Thelma Holt Ltd for five years, touring large scale theatre productions and working with major international artists including Yukio Ninagawa, Vanessa Redgrave and Alan Rickman.

In recent years, Clarie has worked as a change management consultant for a range of institutions including the Hereford Courtyard Arts Centre and Watford Palace Theatre. She has also held interim Chief Executive roles at the Bristol Old Vic, Adzido Dance, and Exeter Northcott Theatre. In 2008, she served as the interim Chief Executive of the Students' Union at the University of Bristol, where she developed an operational model that could sustain the Students’ Union’s aspirations to support, represent and develop all of its members.

Since 2009 Clarie has been Chief Executive of Hackney Empire. Under her leadership the Empire has grown audiences, achieved a firmer financial footing and enhanced resilience (including the establishment of diverse income streams and Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status through to 2022), and developed an inspirational artistic vision with diversity and inclusion at its heart.

She has also enabled key collaborations with, among others, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Northampton Theatres, Opera Philadelphia, the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Armel Festival in Budapest, Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble, the Royal Opera House and English National Opera – as well as with Sony Europe/Hawkeye exploring new technology for digital capture.

Clarie has been a trainer for the British Council on their Creative Economy programme, an associate of CiDaCo in Leeds to deliver the Arts Council’s Developing Cultural Resilience programme, and a member of the International Jury for the annual Armel Opera Festival in Budapest since 2016. Clarie is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

When accepting the role of Principal of Rose Bruford College, Clarie Middleton said;

“Rose Bruford College is a truly distinctive specialist Higher Education institution and a creative community with a radical heritage and a history of innovation. I was hugely attracted by its values and aspirations around excellence and collaboration, transparency and empowerment, internationalism and partnerships – all of which are underpinned by real commitment to diversity and widening participation.”

The appointment of Ms Middleton comes at the end of a successful year for the Sidcup based college following the awarding of its own Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) and a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Rose Bruford College Chair of Governors, Monisha Shah said;

“On behalf of the Governors, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Clarie Middleton as Principal and CEO of Rose Bruford College. The Governors and I know that Clarie has the vision, experience and stature to lead Rose Bruford College into the exciting next phase of its development and build on its recent successes, including TDAP and TEF Gold. We welcome her warmly to the team and look forward to working with her as she does so.”

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