Arts & Culture

Our dedicated practice is proud to have advised some of the world’s most iconic performing arts institutions, museums and galleries.

Overview

Saxton Bampfylde has a long standing arts and culture practice and we are proud to advise on the appointments of senior leaders at many of the world’s most recognised museums, galleries, performing arts institutions and heritage bodies. Our work includes the appointments of directors and chief executives, functional directors, curatorial, artistic and content leaders as well as non-executive chair and trustee appointments. This is an international community and the majority of our executive searches are global in reach. Ensuring an organisation’s top teams are of the highest possible calibre is now more critical than ever as cultural institutions strive to fulfil their ambitions in the context of a challenging financial climate.

Mike Hounsell

Consulting Team

Mike Hounsell joined Saxton Bampfylde from the University of Surrey where he held the role of Vice President Marketing, Communications, Recruitment and Admissions. Prior to this, he had a successful career in the private sector working across multiple sectors including; consumer goods (Diageo, Allied Domecq), telecommunications (NTL), and financial services (American Express and Norwich and Peterborough Building Society), in senior marketing and general management board positions. He was also a Trustee for 4 years for East Anglia Childrens’ Hospices. He is a Business Studies alumnus of the University of West London, and attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School in 2008.

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Ed Bampfylde

Consulting Team

Ed has over ten years’ experience in executive search including time spent leading Saxton Bampfylde’s research team. His main focus is on work in the arts & culture and education sectors. Ed has worked on a variety of appointments, both executive and non-executive, with a range of arts and heritage organisations as well as on a number of senior leadership roles in the higher education and the wider not-for-profit sectors. Ed has a BA in Sociology from the University of Leeds and an MA from University College London.

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Dr Jennifer Barnes

Consulting Team

Dr Jennifer has held significant senior leadership roles in higher education, business and the arts. From 2010-15, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International Strategy and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge and President of Murray Edwards College (2008-2012). Prior to that, she was BP’s first Global Director of Education, building partnerships with governments, universities and industry. A graduate of Smith College (USA), she moved to the UK and trained as an opera singer. She holds a MMus from the Royal College of Music, a PhD from the University of London and an Honorary Fellowship from Trinity Laban conservatoire of music and dance. She is on the Advisory Board of Vestd, a digital equity distribution platform, the International Advisory Panel for the University of Oman, a Director of the University of Suffolk and member of the Supervisory Board of the University of Maastricht.

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Jamie Wesley

Consulting Team

Jamie has been with Saxton Bampfylde for four years. He joined the firm as a researcher specialising in higher education and healthcare searches, and was then an associate consultant in our higher education and regulation practices for two years. Jamie is now a consultant working across our education, government and health practices. Jamie graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Music from Durham University and the University of Oxford respectively.

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Stephen Bampfylde

Consulting Team

Stephen is co-founder and Chairman 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 27 years he has been involved in the recruitment of executives to senior positions across all sectors. He helped establish the worldwide professional association AESC in Europe and was its international director for a number of years. Outside executive search, he has been involved with the advisory boards of the Business Schools at Cambridge and City Universities, is a Trustee of the Yvonne Arnaud theatre, and is former Chairman of the Guildford Cathedral Council. Stephen read Economics at Jesus College, Cambridge and studied corporate finance at London Business School..

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust

Chief Executive

Closing date:
Saturday 13 Apr 2019

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National Trust for Scotland

General Manager

Closing date:
Monday 8 Apr 2019

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Head of Visitor Programmes and Exhibitions, Kew Gardens

Closing date:
Wednesday 10 Apr 2019

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Royal Society

Chief Science Policy Officer

Closing date:
Tuesday 9 Apr 2019

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V&A Dundee

Chair

Closing date:
Monday 25 Mar 2019

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Royal Collection Trust

Commercial Director

Closing date:
Tuesday 2 Apr 2019

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Royal Museums Greenwich

Director

Closing date:
Wednesday 27 Mar 2019

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CANVAS is a regular insights update from Saxton Bampfylde.We aim to share interesting thoughts and perspectives on topics and issues that are relevant and current across sectors.

Arts & Culture – Spring 2019