Arts and Creative Industries

We are proud of our position as specialists in the arts and creative industries, bringing forward and supporting leadership talent on a global stage.

Executive Search for the Arts & Creative Industries

We advise across the whole spectrum of arts and culture organisations in various forms - publicly funded or commercial, world leading to small and emerging. Our dedicated team is passionate about finding and nurturing the right talent, executive and non-executive, creative and managerial who can tackle the demands placed on the leaders of arts organisations, today. Through our work we support them to innovate and drive greater opportunity and engagement for their local and international audiences and clients in the future.

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. We are proud to have worked with a number of the world’s leading creative industries organisations, placing hundreds of outstanding leaders. We work with: Auction Houses, Architecture, Galleries, Festivals and Fairs, Film and Television, Theatre, Publishing and many more.

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Thought Leadership

Mind the Gap
Leadership and succession planning in the UK’s arts and culture sector

The issue of finding the leaders of the future is fundamental to the Arts sector’s success and that is why we have chosen to explore the topic through this piece of research. Our aim with this report was to gather the opinions of those who are currently driving the sector forward, asking them to consider where the future leaders will come from, the skills and attributes they will need to bring to the role, and what challenges and opportunities they will be faced with.

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Rosanna Cundall

Consulting Team

Rosanna joined Saxton Bampfylde’s consulting team after spending 10 years working in executive search with a focus on the art world. As a consultant in the Arts and Culture Practice, she advises on executive and board appointments across the industry. Rosanna also works in the commercial sector, across luxury and consumer markets. She has a degree in Art History and sits on the Development Committee of Hospital Rooms, an arts and mental health charity that commissions artwork for NHS mental health inpatient units across the UK.


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.


Augusta Bunting

Consulting Team

Augusta has worked in executive search in the UK and Australasia and is now part of the consulting team at Saxton Bampfylde where she works predominantly on board level appointments. Augusta has led on numerous executive and non-executive assignments across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors and is part of the team here partnering with organisations to carry out board and governance reviews. She is interested in the transfer of skills across sectors and how good governance can drive success in organisations that make a difference to society. She has a first class Masters from the University of Auckland.


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.


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.


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..


Chineke! Foundation

Chair of Trustees

Closing date:
Monday 5 Oct 2020

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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 & Creative Industries – Summer 2020