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12 Days of Canvas: A celebration of leadership interviews from 2018

As 2018 draws to an end and the spirit of Christmas is upon us, at Saxton Bampfylde we have collated our own special series The 12 Days of CANVAS. This is a celebration of leadership from those we have had the honour of interviewing in 2018 for our insights publication, CANVAS. The open and honest thoughts […]

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Saxton Bampfylde welcomes Sian Carnegy-Arbuthnott to the Consulting team in Scotland

Saxton Bampfylde has appointed Sian Carnegy-Arbuthnott as a member of the consulting team based in the Edinburgh office. Sian joins from another leading global executive search firm where she was a member of the CEO & Board practice with a focus on main board and direct-report appointments across a broad range of sectors, including retail, […]

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First board members appointed to lead Ada Lovelace Institute

The Nuffield Foundation has appointed the first board members to lead the strategic development of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) work for people and society. The appointments follow an open recruitment process overseen by the Executive Chair of the Ada […]

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NHS Blood and Transplant appoints new Chief Executive

NHS Blood and Transplant has appointed Betsy Bassis as its new Chief Executive. Betsy has been working as the Chief Operating Officer at Defra for the past four years and has managed wide-ranging and complex transformation programmes, including large scale IT programmes. Prior to joining Defra, Betsy spent twelve years at Centrica/British Gas. Announcing the […]

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University of Roehampton appoints new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard has been appointed by the University of Roehampton as its new Vice-Chancellor. He will join the University on 1 May 2019. Professor Ezingeard is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), where he plays a leading role in ensuring the successful strategic functioning of the University and in internal and external […]

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Gambling Commission appoints Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board

The Gambling Commission has appointed Dr Anna van der Gaag as Chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board Dr Anna van der Gaag CBE has been appointed as the new Chair for the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) – the Gambling Commission’s expert advisors on the research, education and treatment required to reduce gambling-related harms. […]

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Live Breathe Data: Why leaders in healthcare must embrace data to thrive

Saxton Bampfylde has built a strong reputation over 20 years for finding and nurturing leadership talent in the UK’s health and care sector. As trusted partners in this area, we have championed bringing the most talented, innovative and strategic leaders to the public and private organisations and groups that provide health and care in the […]

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Benny Higgins named new Chair of Sistema

Sistema Scotland, the charity which runs the Big Noise programme for children living in disadvantaged areas, today announced the appointment of Benny Higgins as its new Chair. Benny, who grew up in Govanhill, where one of the charity’s Big Noise centres is based, will succeed Richard Holloway, Sistema Scotland’s founder, who will retire as Chair […]

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Citizens Theatre appoints new Executive Director / Joint CEO

The Citizens Theatre has announced that Alex McGowan has been appointed as the new Executive Director to work alongside Artistic Director Dominic Hill as joint Chief Executive from 2019. Alex has been Executive Director and joint Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company in Edinburgh for the last eight years. During that time he has […]

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Interview with Ken Olisa OBE

Can you share with us an insight into why you choose the non-executive work that you do? Or does more of it choose you? I have reluctantly reached the conclusion that there are very few advantages of late middle-age: being able to limit my roles to things which interest me is one of the few […]

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Panorama continues global expansion with new European Partners

Leading international executive search and leadership advisory partnerships, Panorama and TGCL, agree to merge. Panorama and TGCL consolidate their international networks into one, offering executive search and leadership advisory services across 5 continents. Saxton Bampfylde is a founder member of the group, established in 2009. Leading international executive search and leadership advisory partnerships, Panorama and TGCL, join […]

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Matthew Reed appointed Chief Executive of Marie Curie

Marie Curie has announced the appointment of Matthew Reed as its new Chief Executive. Matthew joins the charity from The Children’s Society where he has been Chief Executive for the last seven years. Previously he was Chief Executive of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Marketing Director at Christian Aid. From 2015 to 2016 Matthew was the independent […]

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Saxton Bampfylde welcomes Mike Hounsell to the consulting team

Saxton Bampfylde is delighted to welcome Mike Hounsell as consultant. Mike joins the growing commercial and public sector practice groups to lead on the firms’ Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs appointments. Mike brings with him 30 years’ marketing, communications and general management experience within leading international and national businesses in the consumer goods, financial services, […]

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The Magic of Ministry: A first timer’s guide to the public sector non-executive role

As one of the leading executive search firms advising on public appointments for over 30 years, Saxton Bampfylde has developed a strong interest in how people who have developed their careers outside of government find the process of being appointed to, and then the experience of holding, non-executive roles in the public sector. This year […]

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University of Aberdeen appoints new Senior Vice-Principal

The University of Aberdeen has announced the appointment of Professor Karl Leydecker as its new Senior Vice-Principal early next year. Professor Leydecker is currently Vice-Principal (Learning & Teaching) and Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Dundee.  He represents the University of Dundee on a number of external bodies including the Universities […]

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National Housing Federation Summit 2018: a summary

This year’s National Housing Federation conference had been rebranded as a “summit”.  As the BBC’s Mark Easton – who Chaired the Summit’s first day – suggested, that word is rather over-used, yet this really did feel at points like a particularly important gathering of both established and emerging leaders in social housing. The surprise announcement that […]

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New leadership for STV News

Steven Ladurantaye has been appointed Head of News and Current Affairs of STV to lead the news organisation and deliver the transformation programme designed to ensure STV News secures its leading position across all platforms in future. Ladurantaye’s significant experience in news media spans print, radio, digital and social, and television. Ladurantaye joins STV from […]

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Appointment of Amerjit Chohan as CEO of St George’s Hospital Charity

On 1 October 2018 St George’s Hospital Charity is delighted to welcome Amerjit Chohan to the role of Chief Executive Officer.  Amerjit will take over from Paul Sarfaty, who has been in the role of Interim CEO at the Charity for the last 6 months. Amerjit most recently served as Director of Development and Communications […]

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Lucy Casot named new CEO of Museum Galleries Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) has announced the appointment of Lucy Casot as CEO. With a strong background in Scotland’s cultural sector Lucy brings extensive knowledge and experience to the role. Lucy leaves her post as Head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Scotland where she has overseen a great variety of grants to Scotland’s museums and […]

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People Moves in International Development – 12 month review

Welcome to Saxton Bampfylde’s latest review of People Moves in the international development and humanitarian sector in the past year. Clearly it has been a period of extraordinary change. Beyond the strategic and operational challenges facing organisations seeking to maintain momentum to the SDGs or addressing burgeoning civil and environmental crises, the wider geopolitical climate […]

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Proudly sponsoring ‘Ladies of Quality & Distinction’ at the Foundling Museum

Saxton Bampfylde are delighted to be principal sponsors of the ‘Ladies of Quality and Distinction’ exhibition at The Foundling Museum, London. The exhibition uncovers and celebrates the untold stories of the women throughout history who have been the unacknowledged driving forces behind schemes including the establishment of the original Foundling Hospital. The message of this […]

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University of Edinburgh appoints new Director of Finance

The University of Edinburgh has appointed a new Director of Finance. Lee Hamill, currently deputy director of finance, will step up to succeed Phil McNaull on 1 January 2019. Hamill joined the University of Edinburgh in 2015 having previously worked for BT and PwC. Hugh Edmiston, University of Edinburgh director of corporate services, said: “Lee takes over […]

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University of Bath appoints new Vice-Chancellor

University of Bath has announced the appointment of Professor Ian H White FREng as the next Vice-Chancellor and President. Professor White is currently van Eck Professor of Engineering and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and Master of Jesus College. He is actively involved in academic research as Head of the Centre of […]

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Building a Creativity and Innovation Culture

Creativity and innovation are terms that are frequently thrown about when organisations are discussing change and development. But how often do leaders take a proper step back and consider what really needs to be done to support their employees, their most important assets, to think more creatively and come up with innovative solutions? Too often, […]

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Airport Coordination Limited appoints new Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Airport Coordination Limited has appointed Edmond Rose to become its Chief Executive Officer. A graduate of the University of Birmingham, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Edmond has extensive national and international experience, including senior positions at the […]

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Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre appoints new Theatre Director

Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is excited to announce that Joanna Read has been appointed as the venue’s Chief Executive and Theatre Director. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Chairman, Julian Bird said: “From a list of outstanding applicants, Joanna shone through with her experience, her knowledge of the sector, her passion for regional theatre and her vision for […]

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London Calling: Interview with Garrett Emmerson, CEO London Ambulance Service

As he takes on his new role as Chief Executive of the UK’s busiest ambulance service, Garrett Emmerson talks about his transition from the transport to the health sector, how his skills and experience have helped him in making this change, and ultimately why London is his calling.   How would you describe your transition from […]

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Sparking the Creative Flame: Interview with Professor Bashir Makhoul

Looking back at his formative years in Palestine, Professor Bashir Makhoul reflects on what experiences, attitudes and outside influences have contributed to his remarkable journey from work on a building site aged 13 in Galilee to becoming Vice-Chancellor of a specialist arts institution in the UK. An artist and an academic, his joined-up vision of […]

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Professor Andrew Atherton appointed Principal & Vice-Chancellor of University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has appointed Professor Andrew Atherton as its new Principal and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Atherton is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Enterprise at Lancaster University and is an expert in SME policy and China. At Lancaster he is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the overall academic development of the University, and oversees […]

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Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE appointed as 9th President of Lucy Cavendish College

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, has announced the election of Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, FAcSS as its ninth President, from October 2018. The seven-year appointment will allow Professor Atkins to lead the College in its mission to provide an excellent academic education within the University of Cambridge to talented women over 21 at a […]

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A time of change: Interview with Richard Pennycook

We are delighted to talk to Richard Pennycook, former CEO of the Co-operative Group, and now Chairman of the British Retail Consortium and family-owned independent department store chain, Fenwick. As one of the UK’s seminal retail figures, our interview coincided with his announcement as Chairman of the Retail Sector Council, a joint initiative between the […]

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We Own This: The Employee-Ownership Advantage

Business ownership has seen a gradual revolution over recent decades, with founders increasingly seeing the advantages that employee-ownership can bring for business growth, resilience and success. Employee-ownership is now the fastest growing form of business ownership in the UK, delivering 4 per cent of UK GDP annually. Giving greater power to a larger number of […]

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Kate Henderson appointed as Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation

Saxton Bampfylde are delighted to share the news that Kate Henderson has been appointed as Chief Executive of the National Housing Federation. She succeeds David Orr CBE whose immense contribution to the sector over the last 35 years and to the federation for the last 12 were widely remarked upon during our search. Kate joins from […]

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Goodenough College announces new Director

Goodenough College appointment of Rebecca Matthews to succeed Andrew Ritchie as Director in October 2018 Rebecca is currently the Managing Director of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, a role she has held with great distinction for five years. Her previous roles include being the British Council’s Director for New York and Global Partnerships, […]

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Mind the Gap – Our latest Insight on Leadership and Succession Planning in the UK’s Arts and Culture Sector

Saxton Bampfylde has been engaged in finding the leaders to drive forward the UK’s thriving arts and culture scene for the past 30 years. This work has involved advising and partnering with a huge cross-section of organisations and institutions, from the iconic and world leading to the small and distinctive. It is with this in-depth […]

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The Creative Pulse: Interview with John Kampfner

We talk to John Kampfner about the evolution of the Creative Industries Federation, what is driving it and how it is making a difference for its members. John looks at the challenges and opportunities the sector is facing and why its fearless approach is making an impact at home and internationally. Since the Creative Industries […]

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Royal Holloway Appoints New Senior Vice-Principal

Professor Ken Badcock has been appointed as Royal Holloway’s Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Strategy, Partnerships and Resources) and he will join the College in October 2018. As part of the College Executive team, reporting to the Principal, Ken will be responsible for developing and disseminating our academic strategy, renewing our commitment to academic excellence and inspiring […]

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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a topic that is permeating virtually every area of our lives, both personal and professional, and features regularly in the news. Whilst fans and sceptics abound, we asked Catalina Schveninger, Global Head of Learning at Vodafone, to talk at a recent HR Leadership Breakfast and tell us why she believes it […]

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National Museums Liverpool names Laura Pye as its new director

Laura Pye, the head of culture for Bristol City Council, has been appointed the Director of National Museums Liverpool (NML). She will take up the role in August, replacing David Fleming who retired as the head of the service in March and has taken up a role at Liverpool Hope University. Pye, who was born […]

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Regulation Leadership Insight: Canvas – Out Now

We live in times of widespread uncertainty and change. Long and widely-accepted principles of how economies, societies and their governments should interact are facing challenges unprecedented in recent times. Regulators of all kinds reside in the eye of this storm. As independent actors, they have a unique responsibility to oversee the way in which sectors […]

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Neil Mendoza to be Elected as Oriel’s Next Provost

Oriel College Oxford has announced that Neil Mendoza is to be elected as the College’s next Provost, to take over when Moira Wallace OBE reaches the end of her term in August of this year. Neil has a breadth of experience spanning the commercial, charitable and public sectors. Neil read Geography at Oriel and matriculated in 1978. […]

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Genomics England appoints global genomics champion as first CEO

Genomics England announces the appointment of its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today. Global genomics pioneer Professor John Mattick will join Genomics England in June. He will lead the organisation as work done in the 100,000 Genomes Project provides the foundation for the systems NHS England is mobilising in its ground breaking Genomic Medicine Service. […]

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Health Leadership Insight: Canvas – Out Now

We’re delighted to share our latest Health edition of CANVAS, the sectoral insight update from Saxton Bampfylde. CANVAS is a platform to share interesting thoughts and perspectives on topics and issues that are relevant and current in your sector. We very much welcome any thoughts, comments, or inputs you would like to share. Please enjoy this […]

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English National Opera appoints new Chief Executive

Stuart Murphy, former Director of Sky Entertainment Channels, has been appointed Chief Executive of English National Opera (ENO). He will take up the post on the 3 April, joining Daniel Kramer and Martyn Brabbins on ENO’s leadership team. He succeeds Cressida Pollock who announced in September last year that she would be stepping down from […]

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Schools Leadership Insight: Canvas – Spring Edition Out Now

In our latest edition of CANVAS we bring thoughts from Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School – one of the leading co-educational boarding schools in the UK – as she talks about leadership in the schools’ sector, the challenges being faced and how to stay real and relevant in the 21st century; Lesley Franklin, the […]

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Margaret Casely-Hayford appointed as Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe

Saxton Bampfylde are delighted to have worked with Shakespeare’s Globe on the appointment of the new Chair Margaret Casely-Hayford. Chair of international development agency ActionAid and Chancellor of Coventry University, Margaret brings a wealth of non-executive experience in diverse organisations. In her executive career she was previously a Partner in the City law firm Dentons for twenty […]

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Which? appoints Charlotte Cool as Group Communications Director

Which? has announced the appointment of Charlotte Cool to the newly created post of Group Communications Director. Charlotte will lead external and internal communications across the Which? group, continuing to build its membership and its impact in making consumers’ lives easier, safer and fairer. Charlotte joins Which? from ASDA where she was Vice President of Corporate […]

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Saxton Bampfylde welcomes Cassandra Woolgar to the consulting team

Saxton Bampfylde is delighted to welcome psychologist Cassandra Woolgar to the firm. Cassandra joins the consulting team in the role of business psychologist. She will focus on helping clients implement talent strategy programmes through the delivery of leadership development, executive assessment and coaching services. Cassandra brings a wealth of business psychology and HR consulting experience […]

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Dr Kori Schake appointed as Deputy Director-General for the International Institute for Strategic Studies

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has announced the appointment of Dr Kori Schake as Deputy Director-General. Dr Schake is a leading defence expert who during her career has worked dynamically and creatively at the nexus of government, academia and think tanks. Kori will join the IISS in February 2018 from the Hoover Institute at Stanford […]

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Dr. Juliette Fritsch, new Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience at the Natural History Museum of Denmark

The Natural History Museum of Denmark has announced that Dr. Juliette Fritsch has been appointed as the new Head of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience. Juliette comes from a similar position at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, just north of Boston. Previously she has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At […]

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Marie Curie Appoints Vindi Banga as New Chair

Marie Curie has announced the appointment of Vindi Banga as their new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Vindi Banga is currently a partner at private equity firm Clayton Dubilier and Rice, Chair of Kalle GMBH, Senior Independent Director at Glaxo Smith Kline and Marks and Spencer. He is also on the Board at the […]

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Dovecot Studios appoints new Director

Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh announces the appointment of Celia Joicey as its new Director, succeeding David Weir after his 17-year leadership. Celia Joicey comments; “I am delighted to have been appointed to succeed David Weir as Director of Dovecot from September. This is an enormous privilege, given the 105-year history of the Studio and I […]

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The Constant Gardener: How to keep the family business blooming

The family business sector is a vital cog in the UK’s economic machine. A very significant employer of approximately 12 million people, a major contributor to the Chancellor’s coffers and the country’s overall GDP annually; its importance cannot be underestimated. However, it is not just nationally, or even economically, where the sector plays, arguably, its […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Barriers to Entry: Diversity in Regulation

Regulators must address many roles and challenges. It is perhaps inevitable that people concentrate on their external, market-facing tasks, but there are equally difficult and pressing internal issues for them to address, whether regarding quality, focus or the effective marshalling of scarce resources, or diversity. Diversity and inclusion are important and increasingly high-profile subjects for […]

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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 […]

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Saxton Bampfylde increases global capacity with new US partner

Panorama, the global group of leading independent executive search firms, of which Saxton Bampfylde is a founding member, is delighted to announce the addition of new member, The Hunter Group LLC. The Hunter Group, with headquarters in Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, was founded in 1995 and is a leading independent U.S. executive search firm. With its diversified executive retained […]

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Barriers to entry: Diversity in Regulation

Regulators must address many roles and challenges. It is perhaps inevitable that people concentrate on their external, market-facing tasks, but there are equally difficult and pressing internal issues for them to address, whether regarding quality, focus or the effective marshalling of scarce resources, or diversity. Diversity and inclusion are important and increasingly high-profile subjects for […]

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Evolve or Die: A view from the chair on the changing face of the university council

Following the vote on the Higher Education Governance (Scotland) Bill in early 2016, we wanted to share our observations on its potential consequences for both search processes and on the higher education sector more generally. The Bill comes at a significant time for us as a firm as we have been closely considering the changing […]

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The End Game

You’ve spent all that money to find the right person; now you need to get them aboard. As veterans of many hundreds of appointments in many fields and in most every part of the world, we have seen how often attempts to bring an important new person into the organisation go wrong at exactly the time when […]

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From the Outside In: A New Perspective from NHS Leaders

The question of leadership has never been more important in the NHS, or more hotly debated. The scale of the current challenges are huge, and some parts of the system are looking to leaders who can bring commercial experience to provide different approaches to address these challenges. Is this the right approach? If so, what […]

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If you see SID, tell him

Ever since we were founded in 1986 we’ve always had a passion for issues relating to corporate governance. The Higgs report may have recommended that all Boards should have a SID, and that recommendation may now be part of The UK Corporate Governance Code, and so we were interested to learn more about the role […]

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Going Plural

For thirty years, clients have asked us to find non-executive directors who can add real value. And the demand for part-timers with firepower keeps on growing, driven not only by corporate governance concerns but also by the need for wide ranging strategic acumen in both commercial and non-commercial organisations from aero-engines to government and charities. Today there are […]

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