Take a closer glimpse into the Saxton Bampfylde team with our regular View from the River team insight feature. The company’s London office is based next to the iconic Thames. We are proud of our team and enjoy this opportunity to share a closer glimpse into our Partner community at Saxton Bampfylde. Corrie Cowlard is an Associate Consultant in our Government and Regulation practices.
Past, Present and Future – how you came to be at Saxton Bampfylde
I previously worked in New York in Executive Search at the start of my career. I was introduced to Stephen Bampfylde by my then boss as I was moving back to the UK in 2010. Saxton Bampfylde is values-led with a deep-rooted social conscience that prioritises people and purpose. I find that the company is a happy place to work; the people are fun and really care about each other. This, and the fact that it does genuinely interesting and impactful work, was what drew me to the firm.
What is your role and focus in the regulation practice group?
My role is varied, but the main thrust of it is taking, shaping and delivering on briefs for our clients. The best part of my job is working with some of the most topical and significant organisations at the heart of government, which in turn means that I have the privilege of working with some of the most influential leaders in the UK.
What in your view makes the best leader?
The future of our society demands exceptional and diverse leaders who can demonstrate purpose and sustain change. At Saxton Bampfylde, our mission is to “change the world by changing leaders in interesting and important organisations.” We therefore have high-expectations and maintain a very high bar when looking for ‘the best’ leaders. In my view, a first-class leader is someone who is dynamic and inspiring, able to distil often really complicated messages into a more palatable format. Communication is key: they must be able to listen to their team, engage with them and make them feel part of the journey.
Cost of living crisis – what role do the regulators have?
The core purpose of regulators is to protect and benefit the consumers – which is more important now than ever. They do need to support organisations and economic growth, but I do believe the cost of living crisis is putting their role into sharp focus in terms of the consumer, and this is their opportunity to show how they can really effect positive change for them.
What are your passions outside of work?
I have three small children so some of my passions are on hold at the moment! Spending quality time with the family for me is really important. I also enjoy a glass of wine and catching up with my friends – that is one of my favourite things to do!
With the choice – pop on a podcast or bury your nose in a book? And please share any good recommendations…
With three kids aged 6, 4 and 2 I don’t get much time to myself! I have always loved books and I read every day, even if just a paragraph before I go to sleep. The one book that I can read over and over again is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott; it reminds me of growing up with my own sisters.
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