Creativity, ingenuity, transformation
In a period of substantial turmoil the ability to innovate and demonstrate resilience has been remarkable in the Arts, Culture and Creative industries space. It is testament to a sector which is eternally transforming itself to sustain audience and visitor appeal. With a growing emphasis on accessibility, challenged by an ever-increasing pressure to compete and remain financially viable, the complexity of the leadership role within this sector has become manifest. Leaders must be multi-faceted, commercial, strategic and still retain a creative edge. To find and support such diversified talent requires deep knowledge and international reach to bring the best candidates forward.
Specialist leadership advisors to:
- Architecture and Design
- Commercial arts organisations
- Creative organisations
- Festivals and fairs
- Film and television
- Museums and galleries
- Dance, opera and ballet
- Theatre and performing arts
We are well known for our experience and specialism in the Arts and Creative Industries and have supported a huge array of organisations and their senior leaders over the past 30 years. We support local, national and international leadership talent, always with an inclusive approach to our search and advisory work. Whether publicly funded or commercially backed, world-leading to small and emerging, we are very proud to say we have worked alongside them.
Ensuring an organisation’s top teams are of the highest possible calibre is now more critical than ever. We remain passionate about finding and nurturing exactly the right leaders, executive and non-executive, creative and managerial who can continue to transform and inspire.
Bringing forward passionate and diverse Board Leaders
Senior board appointments require a highly targeted, personalised search to identify appropriately qualified senior leaders, and it is essential that each of them is then approached by an articulate and well-informed advisor. Through our dedicated board practice, we appoint over 250 chair and non-executive roles every year: our networks give us extensive reach across sectors, and deep insights into the challenges – and opportunities – faced by boards today.
Developing high-performing boards
Saxton Bampfylde has the expertise and experience to provide chairs with the comprehensive insight they need to run an effective board, having led governance reviews at both executive and non-executive level. Our review process is designed to be relatively light-touch, allowing boards to comply fully with governance recommended practice and providing data and practical recommendations that can be used to improve board/team effectiveness, maximise strengths, and tackle weaknesses. Our view is structured around a tried and tested model, but can be adapted to specific organisational needs.
Our recent appointments
British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust
The Reel Store (Coventry City of Culture Trust)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
The Bowes Museum
Royal Albert Hall
Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Royal & Derngate
Centre for the Moving Image
The Old Vic
Manchester International Festival
British School at Rome
City of London Sinfonia
New Art Exchange
Manchester International Festival
Mind the Gap – Our latest Insight on Leadership and Succession Planning in the UK’s Arts and Culture Sector
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Meet our team
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Three Independent Governors
Closing date: Tuesday 20 Jun 2023
Tate announced today (29th April 2023) that Karin Hindsbo, Director of The National Museum, Oslo, has been appointed the new Director of Tate Modern. Hindsbo has been Director of The National Museum since 2017. TheFind out more
BBC News has announced two new senior appointments. After a successful interim period as Chief Operating Officer, Sam Taylor takes on the role permanently, based in Salford. Claude Sarfo will join as Finance Director inFind out more
Saxton Bampfylde had a thoroughly brilliant and fun week hosting our global Researchers here in London for this year’s Panorama Research Conference! With a packed agenda, our focus was all about shared learning across global executiveFind out more
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