Building Back Better: Going from Social Distancing to Social Mobility

As we come out of lockdown and seek to build back better, Saxton Bampfylde is in the forefront of boosting social mobility. We do this both individually – for example through our STEP coaching offer; and for organisations through our unparalleled commitment to research.

We convened this online conversation to dig deeper: into the personal experiences of Jonathan Morgan (Partner at Saxton Bampfylde), Rory Campbell (STEP coach, Co-Founder at New Vantage Consulting), Jo Hill (a career regulator) and Douglas Board (STEP coach, former deputy chair of the firm and author).

We took the opportunity to hear about the new analysis of ‘glass ceilings’ in Douglas’s book ‘Elites: can you rise to the top without losing your soul?’ – and the book’s connections to Saxton Bampfylde’s history.


Video contents:

00.00 Coming out of lockdown with anxiety and hope …
02.30 Four personal experiences of social mobility
07.58 Glass ceilings and breaking through them
16.10 … or not breaking through them: hidden heroes
19.50 Choosing what we aspire to; role models; and moving on
33.15 Holding senior leaders to account; getting all voices heard
39.15 Being a human leader
49.20 A piece of Saxton Bampfylde history

Elites: can you rise to the top without losing your soul? 

Available at Eye Books



We have a pivotal role to play in the development of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background leaders, and particularly those at a point of transition to executive leadership or board level. Building on the success of our REACH mentoring programme for high-potential civil servants with a disability, we are proud to launch STEP, a holistic coaching, development and career development programme offering for individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

We seek to build long term partnerships with our clients, helping nurture their upcoming diverse talent, and supporting them in their self-development, interviewing and presentation skills, and networking with like-minded professionals across a range of sectors to which they would not normally be exposed.

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