Arts & Culture 

Our dedicated practice is proud to have advised some of the world’s most iconic performing arts institutions, museums and galleries.

Overview

Saxton Bampfylde has a long standing arts and culture practice and we are proud to advise on the appointments of senior leaders at many of the world’s most recognised museums, galleries, performing arts institutions and heritage bodies.  Our work includes the appointments of directors and chief executives, functional directors, curatorial, artistic and content leaders as well as non-executive chair and trustee appointments.  This is an international community and the majority of our executive searches are global in reach. Ensuring an organisation’s top teams are of the highest possible calibre is now more critical than ever as cultural institutions strive to fulfil their ambitions in the context of a challenging financial climate.

Our Clients

Consulting Team





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.





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 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.





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 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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