Leadership Services

Board Review

Corporate governance is now firmly in the spotlight with shareholders and the general public keen to ensure that Boards operate effectively. Meeting public and regulatory requirements can put significant pressure on ensuring that Boards are delivering. Based on years of experience in assessing senior executives and organisations of all sizes and shapes, we have developed a corporate Board Review which give chairs the objective information they need to run an effective board – with the lowest possible intrusion. Our Board Review is structured around detailed discussions with all Board members about how their Board can best develop its collective performance.

Executive Assessment

Our goal in offering executive assessment is to help clients make an informed choice by providing deeper, objective information on shortlisted candidates: how they think, how they approach their work, how they act under stress what motivates them and how they influence and lead. This significantly mitigates the risk of a placed candidate jumping ship, micro-managing, being territorial or not bringing people with them. Our occupational psychologists assess each candidate using a combination of biographical interview and psychometric data. We provide a tailored written report on each candidate and are able to brief the selection panel in person.

Coaching & Onboarding

When a new leader is appointed, it is important to give them the best possible start, to help them understand the organisation, the culture and the factors for success in their new job. Such support helps to create maximum impact, to encourage success quickly and to help retention. We and our specialist coach partners (Praesta) provide a range of services to assist with this process, helping to develop an individual’s knowledge of the organisation and themselves, their performance, and how they are perceived by others. Our onboarding services are bespoke and are designed around an individual or a teams’ needs, they include:

  • Executive Profiling
  • Self-Awareness and Impact Session
  • One-to-one coaching
  • 360° Feedback
  • Team coaching

Talent Mapping

We are often asked by our clients to use our in-house research expertise to map the market for outstanding talent or to benchmark their own capability. We have worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from a global supply chain mapping exercise undertaken for a global FTSE commodity business, through to finding the next layer of talent in the commissioning function for a leading media company. Our approach is bespoke and we will map the universe to provide outstanding market intelligence for our clients.

Team Development

When the going is good, teams operate in harmony. New teams, or teams with several new members, may take some time to find their feet. Under pressure, relations can be strained or even fractious. This is seldom to do with any individual. Rather, it usually occurs because teams confuse difference for weakness. Quieter, newer or more challenging viewpoints may be ignored or inadequately listened to rather than integrated as something to celebrate. Teams need to critically evaluate their dynamics, not in terms of competence, but in terms of behaviour. We can support your Executive Team or your Board to take full advantage of the range of personalities within it.

Mike McManamon

Mike McManamon is a registered occupational psychologist. He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Manchester and an MSc from the University of Nottingham. He previously worked at the BBC where he led the Assessment & Development team before joining a consultancy firm where he oversaw executive assessments for the Civil Service as well as leadership development interventions ranging from coaching to leadership development programmes. He has worked across both the public and private sectors and his work with professional services has included solicitors for the BBC, investment managers for Barclays, as well as being a lead consultant for the NAO. At Saxton Bampfylde Mike works across the public and private sectors designing and delivering executive assessment and leadership development.


Cassandra Woolgar

Cassandra is a Business Psychologist who takes an evidenced-based approach to her work and describes Business Psychology as 'helping individuals and organisations to get the best out of each other, to reach their potential and to perform highly while maintaining wellbeing'. Before joining Saxton Bampfylde in 2018 she was a consultant in Business Psychology and Human Resources, working with a range of corporate clients and NGOs for recruitment, talent identification and leadership development. Cassandra has helped clients to identify the competencies required in roles, assess candidates and explore their strengths, weaknesses and fit to the role and company. She has also helped to identify internal talent, identify areas for development and develop leaders. Previously Cassandra has held research roles at the University of Oxford and Local Council Education Departments and management positions in charities and within the NHS. She has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath, an MSc from Birkbeck, University of London.


Sarah Orwin

Sarah Orwin has spent the majority of her career in executive search.  She has been at Saxton Bampfylde for the past 15 years, and works across a wide range of sectors on both executive and non-executive appointments.  Prior to this, Sarah spent five years as Group Talent Director for Barclays plc, having started her career with Citi, working for them initially in London and then for three years in Brazil.  In between, Sarah spent 12 years as a management consultant with EY, latterly as the director responsible for their executive search and interim business.  Sarah’s recent clients include Sellafield Ltd, Arup, Prudential, HSBC and BP, for whom Sarah has worked continuously for more than 10 years. Sarah has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University.



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