Barriers to Entry: Diversity in Regulation

By Aidan Kennedy

Aidan Kennedy

Consulting Team

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.


Regulators must address many roles and challenges. It is perhaps inevitable that people concentrate on their external, market-facing tasks, but there are equally difficult and pressing internal issues for them to address, whether regarding quality, focus or the effective marshalling of scarce resources, or diversity.

Diversity and inclusion are important and increasingly high-profile subjects for all organisations, regardless of sector. Regulators have unusually visible roles to play; they have a unique opportunity to embrace diversity for their own benefit and to have a much wider-reaching influence on the markets in which they act.

Understanding, embracing and increasing diversity is not an easy task. Saxton Bampfylde has been proud to work with many of the UK’s leading regulators to help address this challenge and has advised on over 75 senior appointments in the last three years.

We recently spoke to twelve economic and professional regulators on a ‘Chatham House rule’ basis, asking each about their diversity makeup, policies and strategies, as well as looking at published data more broadly. This short report gives an overview of the challenges people are facing and what they are finding most helpful in tackling those.


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