New Partner News

New Partner News

Global executive search and leadership advisory firm Saxton Bampfylde is delighted to announce the appointment of Mary Few as Partner.

Mary joined the Edinburgh team of the employee-owned business in April.

Originally from Aberdeenshire, Mary has recently returned from three years in Burma, where she set up and ran the operations for West Indochina, a leading search business in Myanmar. Prior to that Mary worked for a City executive search firm, specialising in insurance search.

Peta Hay, Managing Director for Saxton Bampfylde in Scotland commented: “We are very delighted to welcome Mary to the Scottish team, as we expand our connections and network right across the country.

“The market in Scotland continues to demand the very highest calibre of senior candidates from an increasingly wider pool at a national and international level. Having Mary on board to help enhance our search capabilities and service offering is a very positive move for us as we continue to grow the business.”

Stephen Bampfylde, founder and Chairman of Saxton Bampfylde said of Mary’s appointment: “Mary’s track record speaks for itself. We are delighted to have her on board as she returns home to Scotland with her family. With her experience at a national and international level. We believe she will bring a very interesting perspective to search in the Scottish market.”

Saxton Bampfylde has been working across many sectors in Scotland and globally for the past 30 years and opened its first dedicated Scottish operation in 2014. Most recently the team successfully placed leadership roles for Standard Life, George Heriot's School, Scottish Government, National Trust for Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland and University of Aberdeen.


Arts: leading into the future

Arts: leading into the future

The Arts and Culture sector in the UK continues to maintain its place on the world stage, preserving centuries of tradition whilst looking to evolve in the 21st Century and beyond. It is a sector that continues to experience a number of challenges, particularly in face of greater austerity and huge pressure to engage and excite audiences time and time again. Flair and creativity are still centre stage, but entrepreneurialism, digital knowledge and commercial acumen are getting more of the spotlight. With less public funding available and unlikely to return at the same level, many arts and cultural organisations are looking at alternative means of generating financial and commercial support. A huge part of this also is dependent on still engaging with audiences and preserving the autonomy and artistic licence necessary.

The pressure to perform has never been greater right across the sector. At the very heart of these issues is the question of leadership and the style and approach needed to succeed and nurture talent today.

In our latest issue of CANVAS (Arts and Culture edition) Roger Wright, CEO of Snape Maltings (formerly Aldeburgh Music) provides his perspective on what leadership needs to deliver, and what can and should be ‘let go of’ to drive the sector forward.

Read it here


Brexit - in search of a road map

Brexit - in search of a road map

The past months have been characterised by change and uncertainty. One thing has remained constant throughout: the UK’s exit from, and the development of a new relationship with, the EU are critical issues for institutions and organisations across all sectors. In the aftermath of the referendum, industry leaders, not-for-profit, arts and higher education directors, politicians and civil servants have begun to outline its impact. The path ahead is a long and dangerous one; the map is, at best, unclear.

While the intentions of the various fellowtravellers have started to become clearer in recent weeks, there are still many more questions than answers. Even what emerging clarity exists is subject to constitutional, practical and political challenge. However, the effects of the Brexit vote are already being felt, and organisations are understandably keen to understand, respond to, and influence the debate. The UK Government is already consulting with key players such as trade bodies and leaders in each sector to find out what their priorities are.

While Saxton Bampfylde cannot begin to formulate answers to the questions that lie ahead, we are advising our clients in developing their capacity in critical areas: identifying individuals who can help organisations understand the issues and lead in the formulation of strategies and responses as this journey gets underway.

Download our Brochure: Brexit: in search of a road map

If you would call with our team to discuss how Saxton Bampfylde can help your organisation we would be delighted to speak with you - contact Kate Ludlow.



Beyond the stock market: Prosperity of the family and alternatively-owned business

Beyond the stock market: Prosperity of the family and alternatively-owned business

The rate of change in today’s working environment is phenomenal. Mass digitalisation, increased globalisation and an ostensibly fragmented political and economic backdrop necessitate it. One of the most obvious products of this change, is also one of the fundamental drivers in moving it forward – the ‘millennial’ generation workforce. A highly educated, talented and more questioning generation than has gone before them, they look for greater meaning in their work, what it can do for them and how to create a life beyond their jobs.

This presents a real challenge to business. It requires employers to think more effectively and creatively about how to harness the energy and drive that this generation brings to the marketplace, and consider how to sustain that in the long term to benefit both people and organisations.

Alternative models of business, such as employee and family owned, partnerships or shared enterprises can greatly enhance an employee’s sense of ownership and helps to promote an harmonious and beneficial relationship. These models typically offer an opportunity to take a longer-term view in contrast to those constrained by shareholder reporting in the stock market. The millennial generation has much value to add, but is also keen to be recognised and to reap benefit in the long term.

In our latest issue of CANVAS (Family and Alternatively-owned business edition), we provide insight from an event which recently took place at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and involved three champions of employee owned business, including Saxton Bampfylde. The topic for the panel-led event was ‘Partnership, Purpose and Productivity’.

We will consider what is the key to productivity and prosperity and how to engage the current and future generations of employees to deliver and strive on a daily basis.

The alternatively owned business sector is demonstrating real innovation and flexibility and delivering impressive results. For this, it is attracting interest at an unprecedented level. 
 

Read it here


EOA Conference 2016 - An update

EOA Conference 2016 - An update

Saxton Bampfylde Partners spent an enjoyable two days at the EOA's largest ever annual conference, joining over 600 delegates in Birmingham. It was great to see such a broad range of organisations, some of which are considering making the transition to employee ownership and others that are already on that journey. It was a good reminder of the cross sector appeal of this structure as attendees included leading social services providers, public sector mutuals, professional services, manufacturing, and retail and consumer market leaders.

While speakers agreed that we were approaching the end of what has been a tumultuous year politically and economically, they remained upbeat. Members were energised by the belief that the Employee Ownership model offered a strong solution to challenges around work force engagement, ethical business, innovation and long term success.

Trustee Andy King joined a panel exploring the roles and responsibility of the trustees and elected representatives. He shared our experience of establishing our governance structure and learning from the ongoing development of the trustee’s role as we continue on our journey as an EOB. 


Partnership, Purpose and Productivity

Partnership, Purpose and Productivity

The nature of work and employment is changing rapidly. In the face of an uncertain economic future, what steps do we need to take, and what new models do we need to build in order to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to engage in work that has meaning and value?

Stephen Bampfylde was delighted to join Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership, and Sacha Romanovitch, CEO, Grant Thornton UK LLP, on a panel chaired by Matthew Taylor at the RSA this week.

Over the course of the evening, the panel explored the rise of employee ownership and its potential to offer a more stable, sustainable and inclusive form of productivity and prosperity. The discussion ranged across themes of employee engagement, organisational culture and the evolving role and expectation of leaders at the helm of these new models. Questions explored the importance of mission and purpose for the millennial generation; the impact and rate of change that technology continues to impose on the work forces across many sectors; and the continued need for leaders to horizon scan and plan for the future where possible.

There was clear consensus that new business models, such as employee ownership, provide leaders with an opportunity to encourage innovation and increased productivity within their work forces.


Universities: the engine room of the UK economy?

Universities: the engine room of the UK economy?

Higher education in the UK continues to develop significantly, while simultaneously facing a number of specific and recent challenges. With an uncertain European landscape, increased scrutiny from government and growing competition, both at home and internationally, the sector is under pressure to demonstrate its ability to navigate a complex set of issues.

Higher Education has history and experience on its side and an ability to evolve, adapt and thrive across the centuries. The institutions in the UK, both old and young, have shown repeatedly that they can survive, but will they thrive during the next decade?

In our latest issue of CANVAS (higher Education edition), and within this context, we talk to Dr Jennifer Barnes about how the Higher Education sector is evolving. Its value, success and reputation is premised on change, both incremental and disruptive. She discusses why a strong cross-sector approach is fundamental for UK Higher Education, while maintaining its academic excellence, for which it is recognised worldwide.

Read it here


SAXTON BAMPFYLDE INCREASES GLOBAL CAPACITY WITH NEW US PARTNER

SAXTON BAMPFYLDE INCREASES GLOBAL CAPACITY WITH NEW US PARTNER

Panorama, the global group of leading independent executive search firms, of which Saxton Bampfylde is a founding member, is delighted to announce the addition of new member, The Hunter Group LLC.

The Hunter Group, with headquarters in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, was founded in 1995 and is a leading independent U.S. executive search firm. With its diversified executive retained search practice and global corporate and social impact relationships across the U.S., The Hunter Group fits well into Panorama with its focus on advanced manufacturing and industrials, financial and professional services, social impact, higher education and board searches. The Hunter Group also joins as member of the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), the leading global executive search association which represents 300 search firms worldwide.

Craig Buffkin, Former Board Member of the Americas Council for the AESC and current Global Chairman of Panorama comments:

"We are impressed by The Hunter Group and the quality of the business they have built since 1995. I am personally delighted to welcome them into the AESC membership and Panorama. We will all benefit from their experience, presence and reputation in their markets which will complement the work of our Panorama partners in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany, Brazil, India, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

The Hunter Group Partner, Blaire Miller, adds, "It is an honor to join these two prestigious organizations.  AESC provides the global thought leadership on best practices for executive recruiting and leadership consulting. Panorama offers our clients an incredible global talent research capability and local talent and leadership recruiting expertise. We look forward to continued collaboration with this dynamic group of global search firms."

About Panorama

Operating across the world's major time zones, Panorama is an international group of 15 independent firms who are leading players in their respective markets. While representing a diverse range of local markets and areas of expertise, Panorama members share a strategic commitment to excellence along with similar values and ethics. Through its global reach, Panorama offers clients an ever-expanding global executive search force with a wide variety of sector expertise.  www.panoramasearch.com

About The Hunter Group LLC

The Hunter Group LLC, the Midwestern U.S.-Based Premier National Executive Search Firm, was established in 1995 to serve the executive search needs of a variety of industries and is committed to identifying and attracting high caliber leadership and managerial expertise for its global client base through its international delivery network.  For more information, visit www.huntergroup.com, Tel: +1. 248.645.1551.

 

About the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants

Since 1959, AESC has set the standard for quality and ethics in executive search and leadership consulting worldwide. Because AESC members must commit and adhere to the AESC's industry and government recognized Code of Professional Practice and Standards of Excellence, clients can be assured that AESC members are able to serve as trusted advisors for their most important engagements. As the voice for executive search and leadership consultants worldwide, today AESC is comprised of more than 300 member firms, representing 9,000 executive search professionals in 70+ countries. To learn more about AESC and its membership, visit www.aesc.org. For information about AESC's career service for executive-level professionals, visit www.bluesteps.com.


Impact of Brexit: Dinner with Guest Speaker Sir Philip Lowe

Impact of Brexit: Dinner with Guest Speaker Sir Philip Lowe

Saxton Bampfylde were delighted to host a dinner for chairs and chief executives of regulators, to discuss the likely impact of Brexit on their work. We were very pleased to be joined by Sir Philip Lowe, Senior Advisor to FTI and former Director General for Competition and Energy at the European Commission, who offered some initial thoughts, leading to a fascinating discussion around the table about this very complex and uncertain issue.


An evening at Lambeth Palace

An evening at Lambeth Palace

The Partners of Saxton Bampfylde recently hosted a drinks reception at the beautiful surroundings of Lambeth Palace. Together with 25 of our Partners from around the world, we welcomed over 100 guests from many interesting organisations and walks of life and were delighted to have the Prior address the evening. 

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