Stephen is co-Founder and Executive Chair of Saxton Bampfylde. He began his career working for IBM and Whitehall, where he spent nearly 10 years before moving into top level executive search. For 35 years he has been involved in the recruitment of executives to senior positions across all sectors. In 2021 Stephen was recognised by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) for his long standing contribution to the executive search industry and was awarded the AESC’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Outside executive search, he has been involved with the advisory boards of the Business Schools at Cambridge and City Universities, is Chair of the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, and is former Chair of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School.