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The triumph of virtual classrooms

Jenny Dwyer, Head of Schools Practice At Saxton Bampfylde we have been privileged to host discussions with many leaders from the schools sector during this period, in the hope of facing challenges together and to share learnings. The future of virtual learning has been a topic avidly discussed; will it continue in some form in […]

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Board Perspectives: Webinar with Patrick Dunne

We were delighted to host a couple of webinars through May with Patrick Dunne who recently published ‘Boards: A Practical Perspective’ which has been shortlisted for the Business Book Awards 2020. This provided a forum for Chairs, across the commercial, public, not-for-profit and education sectors, to discuss the impact of the crisis on governance and […]

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Leading like never before: what the pandemic paradigm means for leaders

Saxton Bampfylde’s Leadership Services team works as an extension of organisations across the UK to help them appoint and develop the very best leaders. With the benefit of many years of industry experience, Partner and Consultant in the Leadership Services practice Mike McManamon, considers the impacts of the recent COVID-19 pandemic and the traits of leadership […]

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Shifting Sands: The role of the board in a crisis

Stephen Bampfylde shares his insights and observations specifically focused on the role of the Board and its evolution in the time of crisis.

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Harnessing the Potential: Regulation and digital innovation

Our latest edition of CANVAS for the regulation sector is out now. 

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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 […]

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Family business: Future proofing beyond the crisis

We were delighted to host a webinar this week (13 May) with Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin and Sandy Manson Chair of Johnston Carmichael. Honest and thoughtful discussions provided an opportunity to explore the various ways in which leaders could look beyond the immediate crisis, and work to future proofing their business. We hope […]

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Board Priorities through and beyond the pandemic: insights from non-executive NHS leaders

Clarity of Purpose, Pace In the past weeks, NHS colleagues have shown huge agility which has re-framed previous working practices. Changes to service provision and operating models have been made quickly, benefiting from a lighter regulatory regime and the removal of bureaucracy. Clarity around purpose and pace has been energising for colleagues, and particularly empowering […]

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Leaning through leadership

Our latest edition of Canvas for the Arts, Culture and the Creative Industries is out now

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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 […]

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Leading through COVID-19: 8 key learnings so far

Over the past month, organisations will have required HR Directors, and executive colleagues to have responded to a variety of new challenges. COVID-19’s indiscriminate reach across all sectors and geographies, combined with its impact across all elements of our work and daily lives, means that we are in challenging and uncharted waters. As we begin […]

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The Constant of Change: Embracing the Skills Evolution

An award-winning Scottish business leader, Nora Senior joined us to share her view on the fears that often surround the implementation of technology and innovation, and the leadership skills required to ensure businesses are primed and ready for the economic environment of the future – whatever that may look like. Your leadership experience in executive and […]

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An evening for leaders with Clarissa Farr

In the Autumn term we were delighted to partner with Clarissa Farr in hosting two thought-provoking and stimulating events. These events created a forum in which to discuss Clarissa’s new publication, “The Making of Her”, whilst bringing together leaders across the education sector to reflect on the developments of the past year. As former High […]

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Cultivating Culture: An Innovative Approach to People Strategy

In her role as Group HR Director for CYBG, we welcome Kate Guthrie who talks to us as the organisation prepares to transform four diverse banking brands into a digital first bank. She shares her thoughts on the benefits of integrating technology into HR functions and the challenges of creating a cohesive culture while maintaining the integrity […]

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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 […]

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Paving the Way: The purposeful board approach for the housing sector

Saxton Bampfylde has worked with housing providers in the UK for many years, supporting and identifying senior leaders in executive and non-executive positions to help drive the sector forward. For this report we aim to examine the role of the board in the social housing sector, including the part it plays in delivering for current […]

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CANVAS – Housing Edition 2019

Our latest edition of CANVAS for the Housing Sector is out now – featuring interviews with Gina Amoh, Chief Executive of Inquilab Housing Association and Betsy Bassis, Non-Executive Director of L&Q and CEO of NHS Blood and Transplant.

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Walk the Line – Government & Regulatory Affairs in a Changing Landscape

Over the past 30 years Saxton Bampfylde has been working alongside some of the most successful businesses in the UK, and has developed a strong reputation for our work in the public affairs space. We recognise that in an ever more complex political and economic climate, particularly the regulation and government affairs function across these […]

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Partnership in the DNA: Interview with Dame Jackie Daniel

Leading one of the most successful NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, we are very grateful to Dame Jackie Daniel for finding the time to share her insights and experiences from her time at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT and previous organisations. With a strong emphasis on the importance of partnership and the potential this brings […]

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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 […]

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From Head to Headhunter

Jenny Dwyer is the newest face in Saxton Bampfylde’s Schools team, having joined the company as Partner and Consultant in September 2018.

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Navigating the path to success

Saxton Bampfylde’s Leadership Services team works as an extension of organisations across the UK to help them recruit and develop the very best leadership talent.

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Authenticity at the core: how to optimise internal communications

Interview with Siobhan Newmarch, Portland Communications

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Strength of the Rock: Interview with Samantha Barrass

For Gibraltar, the relationship it has with the UK as an overseas territory is critical to its identity. It is also vitally important to the operational and regulatory approach of its commercial and public organisations. In this interview we talk to Samantha Barrass about her achievements as CEO of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission over the past […]

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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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Talk the talk, walk the walk

Interview with Sir Ken Olisa

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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