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.
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
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.
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.
Leadership Services Team
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 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 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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HR Leadership: Sharing Experiences through COVID-19
Executive leaders are working hard to respond to uncertain timelines and arguably a lack of clear direction. Our most recent webinars with HR leaders have explored ways to navigate a gradual return to work, supporting employees as a new, and quite different, “normal” establishes itself. Collective learning from our conversations are highlighted below. Reflect on […]Continue Reading
Family businesses demonstrating innovation and leadership during time of crisis
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The virtual interview: what you need to know
With the impact of lockdown and the ban on all but ‘essential travel’, most organisations find themselves having to rely on video call / conferencing technology in order to meet candidates and carry out interviews. Although the current level of uncertainty has impacted many organisation’s appetite for making senior executive or non-executive appointments, many find […]Continue Reading
A Portfolio with Purpose: interview with Benny Higgins
We were delighted to have the chance to talk to Benny Higgins and hear about his self-identified chameleon-like approach to his differing non-executive roles. As he emerges from a very successful and high profile career in financial services, most recently as inaugural CEO of Tesco Bank, Benny’s non-executive portfolio now encompasses public, not-for-profit and commercial […]Continue Reading
Leading with James Ashton Podcast launches second series supported by Saxton Bampfylde
We are delighted to announce our support for the second series of ‘Leading with James Ashton’, a leadership podcast that speaks to people at the top of their game in business, charity, the arts and beyond. Each episode features two leaders from very different organisations discussing their take on leading vital causes, famous brand names […]Continue Reading
Double (no) Trouble: Taking the stress out of multiple appointments
Adding a new face to a senior leadership team can have a huge impact on the diversity of thought, range of skills and approaches to work, the team dynamics and the culture. These elements can, of course, have a significant knock-on impact for the rest of the organisation. It is essential that you are armed […]Continue Reading
Saxton Bampfylde partners with Civil Service to launch new disability mentoring programme REACH
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A winning combination: Saxton Bampfylde partners with Praesta to deliver bespoke executive coaching
Global executive search and leadership consulting firm, Saxton Bampfylde, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Praesta, a leading firm of expert executive coaches. The innovative partnership is part of continuing work by Saxton Bampfylde and our global partners across Panorama Search to expand our leadership services offering, which includes board review, executive assessment, […]Continue Reading
Tomorrow’s Legacy: succeeding in family business
Saxton Bampfylde has worked with the UK’s leading family businesses for more than 20 years, nurturing senior leaders and identifying and supporting external non-family talent when needed. The firm’s own transition to an employee-owned business has provided personal insight into the stewardship of a legacy business, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunity when […]Continue Reading
Authenticity at the core: how to optimise internal communications
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Talk the talk, walk the walk
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We Own This: The Employee-Ownership Advantage
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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace
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Interview with Tim Wates, Director, Wates Group
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Brexit – in search of a road map
The past months have been characterised by change and uncertainty. One thing has remained constant throughout: the UK’s exit from, and the development of a new relationship with, the EU are critical issues for institutions and organisations across all sectors. In the aftermath of the referendum, industry leaders, not-for-profit, arts and higher education directors, politicians and civil servants have begun to outline its impact. The […]Continue Reading
Beyond the Stock Market – prosperity of the family and alternatively owned business
The rate of change in today’s working environment is phenomenal. Mass digitalisation, increased globalisation and an ostensibly fragmented political and economic backdrop necessitate it. One of the most obvious products of this change, is also one of the fundamental drivers in moving it forward – the ‘millennial’ generation workforce. A highly educated, talented and more […]Continue Reading
Partnership, Purpose and Productivity
The nature of work and employment is changing rapidly. In the face of an uncertain economic future, what steps do we need to take, and what new models do we need to build in order to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to engage in work that has meaning and value? Stephen Bampfylde was delighted […]Continue Reading