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 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.
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.
Dr Jennifer Barnes
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.
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.
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..
LAMDA appoints Royal Exchange’s Sarah Frankcom to lead as new Director
LAMDA has announced the appointment of acclaimed theatre director Sarah Frankcom as its new Director. Bringing world class industry experience, Frankcom joins from the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester where she has been Artistic Director for the last five years. Speaking on her appointment, Sarah Frankcom said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as LAMDA’s new Director. […]Continue Reading
Axel Rϋger appointed as new Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of the Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) announced that Axel Rϋger has been appointed as the new Secretary and Chief Executive. He replaces Sir Charles Saumarez Smith who stepped down at the end of 2018. Rϋger is currently the Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Rüger spent his early career in museums in the […]Continue Reading
Carlos Acosta CBE appointed as new Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet
Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced that internationally renowned Carlos Acosta CBE has been appointed as its new Director. He will take up his appointment in January 2020. The appointment follows an open competition and extensive international search by Birmingham Royal Ballet Board, supported by an expert panel of leading figures in the dance world. It […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust
Saturday 13 Apr 2019
National Trust for Scotland
Monday 8 Apr 2019
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Head of Visitor Programmes and Exhibitions, Kew Gardens
Wednesday 10 Apr 2019
Chief Science Policy Officer
Tuesday 9 Apr 2019
Monday 25 Mar 2019
Royal Collection Trust
Tuesday 2 Apr 2019
Royal Museums Greenwich
Wednesday 27 Mar 2019