Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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

14 %
of all our appointments in 2023 were black, Asian and other minority ethnicities
48 %
of all our appointments in 2023 were women
54 %
of our board appointments in 2023 were women
4 %
of our appointments in 2023 declared a disability

Our figures shown are based on candidates that chose to answer during application

Inclusivity embedded

Our commitment to the highest quality research means we take the time and guarantee the individual attention each appointment needs. This allows us to think more holistically and produce an inclusive and broad candidate list which really makes a real impact. Our approach delivers the results needed and we are very proud of this, growing diversity of boards and executive teams across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors.

We maximise our research-based activity with additional strategies:

Maximising our reach

We look beyond the obvious candidates to ensure a deeper and more diverse list of candidates. Part of our process is to continuously monitor the composition of our call lists and the direct correlation between those contacted from diverse professional and personal backgrounds and the number of eventual candidates is clear in our results.

Expanding into diversity-led networks

We frequently engage with diversity-led professional networks and their executive teams to identify active members or alumni who we can talk to and enhance our candidate lists.

Addressing concerns and supporting diverse candidates

When there is a relatively small number of individuals with diverse backgrounds we spend more time supporting them, discussing challenges. We consider how their skills and motivations fit well for the opportunity to encourage greater motivation to participate as a leadership candidate.

Personalised and purposeful follow-up whether successful candidate or not

We always ensure we provide robust and informed feedback to each candidate, offering advice and consideration for future opportunities. This respectful and supportive approach is acknowledged by individuals across a range of backgrounds who trust our confidentiality, discretion and professionalism and are happy to engage with us about future roles.

Partners advocating diversity and inclusion

Our consultants speak regularly on the theme of diversity and inclusion and the challenges and opportunities it brings at events and initiatives across the sectors in which we work. We host events for under-represented leaders and a Saxton Bampfylde Director sits on the diversity committee of our membership body, the AESC.

Championing 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.

REACH Programme

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.

Latest related news

Social Mobility Day 2024

June 13th 2024 is Social Mobility Day, and to raise awareness, Saxton Bampfylde’s Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion committee hosted a Talk and Q&A session for our partners where we were joined by Vicki Hopkins from Read more

Do the right thing: ESG in 2024 – Interview with Lisa Hart Shepherd, CEO of Lamp House Strategy

We were delighted to speak with Lamp House CEO, Lisa Hart Shepherd, who shares her insights on how can leadership teams ensure that ESG is top of the agenda for 2024. Lisa Hart Shepherd is Read more

An evening for current and aspiring non-executives with Kenny Imafidon

Saxton Bampfylde were delighted to host an evening for current and aspiring non-executives. This was in partnership with OnBoard, a programme which supports people from underrepresented backgrounds to build their board level capabilities and confidence. Read more


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.

Commitment to the AESC pledge

We are proud to commit ourselves to the AESC pledge alongside professional peer organisations and communities in executive search and leadership consulting. Together we are dedicated to strengthening leadership worldwide and believe in the power of diverse talent and inclusive cultures.

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