Diversity & Inclusion

We put diversity at the heart of our practices to build a more inclusive leadership culture.

Successfully diversifying the leadership landscape

Organisations large and small represent and interact with multiple and diverse communities every day. The need to adequately represent those communities with the leaders they choose and the people they employ is appropriately important.

Our people are committed to seeking out, supporting and developing senior leadership talent from all backgrounds of life. Our diversity initiatives are proven to offer clear and results-based approaches to help our clients find, keep and enhance their leaders of tomorrow.

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Diverse executive appointments in 2022
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Diverse board appointments in 2022
AESC outstanding contribution to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in leadership award 2020
RIDI 'Making a Difference' Award 2020

No stone unturned

For our clients we know how important it is to support and expand an inclusive organisational culture which values diversity in all its forms. We have designed our strategic approach to Executive Search and Leadership Advisory to help them achieve this. Whether it is challenging and removing bias; sharing our learning and shaping theirs; devising effective strategies to reach, attract and secure diverse talent from many different backgrounds; or in mentoring and nurturing leader development, we partner our clients through the whole process.

Our intensive research method is central to our candidate selection process and is always undertaken with an inclusive approach.

Discover how we bring forward diverse leadership

Diversity First

Diversity and Inclusion is embedded in our business and our people. We can always better ourselves by thinking and acting differently, and we are so passionate about this that we have a dedicated group of engaged individuals to help drive this approach. This group promotes internal and external initiatives to inform and develop our colleagues and clients, as well as prompt discussion around diversity issues.

As a diverse group we like to acknowledge communities of our own and others around the world. Each year we all come together to celebrate many key events including Pride, Black History Month, International Women’s Day, Ramadan and St Patrick’s Day as well as taking part in workshops to learn more about mental health.

It’s about time: Learning the lessons of Covid in breaking down workplace disability barriers

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Striving for better representation of black talent through the 10,000 Black Interns programme

We are delighted to announce our participation in the 10,000 Black Interns programme. 10,000 Black Interns is an initiative to help transform the horizons and prospects of young Black students in the United Kingdom. Read more

Celebrating the Contribution of Trustees from Underrepresented Backgrounds to the Arts: Launch Event

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

As a firm that’s made up of 77% extraordinary women, we’re incredibly proud to be a company that lives through its value of responsibility, celebrating talented women from all backgrounds for their work and achievements,

Talk with Sir Stephen Wall to celebrate Pride 2023

This week, Saxton Bampfylde kicked off its Pride Month 2023 celebrations and we were honoured to be joined by Sir Stephen Wall, former member of the British Diplomatic Service and former Chair of UCL, as

OnBoard Programme broadens the horizon for board membership

The work that OnBoard Programme Founders, Kenny Imafidon and Liz Mohr, do is essential in ensuring that the diversity of boards is broadened and that they are reflective of the organisations they guide. OnBoard has

Inclusion & Allyship:
Our Opportunity

Our thought piece explores how to be a good ally with practical tips on how to develop an inclusive organisation.

The reflections emerged from a webinar discussion held between Althea Efunshile CBE, Chair of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and Non-Executive Director of Channel 4, and Pamela Leonce, Diversity Advisor at Saxton Bampfylde. Althea and Pamela spoke with honesty and openness about the challenges they had faced in organisations and in society.

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The REACH Programme has been created in partnership with the Civil Service to help support colleagues with disabilities to maximise their career potential.

Together, we aim to provide mentoring partners exclusively for colleagues with either a mental health or physical disability. Each mentor is an executive level leader in their own right from outside the Civil Service, who either has a lived experience of disability or who has been involved in shifting the dial on improving development opportunities, career progression and the wider workplace environment for people with any form of disability.

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OnBoard Progamme

The path to a Board position is not always an accessible and inclusive one. We are proud to be part of OnBoard, a new non-profit mentoring programme designed to support talented individuals from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds to begin the journey to becoming Board members.

We have a broad range of interests across our Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. We have showcased a few of these and would be happy to share more. Please get in touch.

Gender Diversity

Since our beginnings Saxton Bampfylde has consistently championed gender diversity. We are well-known for our track record of placing women on to boards and in to senior executive roles – which includes the first ever female FTSE100 CEO (Dame Marjorie Scardino at Pearson in 1997). Today we are proud to report that since 2020, 51% of our placed executive candidates and 48% of our placed board appointments have been women. We remain committed to playing our part in bringing forward ambitious, innovative and inspiring women into leadership roles.

We are a signatory to the Voluntary Code of Conduct for Executive Search Firms which addresses gender diversity on corporate boards as well as best practice for the related search processes.




Being part of a firm that is committed to finding diverse and brilliant leaders is refreshing and exciting, so I am proud to be part of the Saxton Bampfylde family and really making a difference.

Pamela Leonce, Partner & Consultant


We are proud of the work we do and the diversity of leaders we find who make a difference in all they do. When we are recognised for this work with award wins, it makes us even more proud.

In 2020 REACH won the ‘Making a Difference’ category at the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative Awards (RIDI). In that same year REACH was also the first recipient of the ‘IDEA Award’ by the global Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC). The recognition came for Saxton Bampfylde’s outstanding contribution to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA).

The RIDI awards bring together leading change makers in the recruitment sector to celebrate the very best of disability confident recruitment. The Making a Difference Award highlights those who have excelled in levelling the playing field for disabled candidates in the recruitment process. It identifies those who are implementing appropriate reasonable adjustments at every stage and working hard to swiftly remove any barriers.

The AESC IDEA Award was established in 2020 to support the goals of the AESC Diversity Pledge, signed by more than 100 CEOs of leading executive search and leadership consulting firms. The award recognises initiatives within the executive search and leadership consulting profession that demonstrate an exemplary and excellent commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access.