The consumer and retail sectors have always been part of our firm's DNA. We have consistently worked with some of the world’s leading multinationals and start-up consumer businesses through to leading luxury brands.


From working with global retailer chains through to advising SMEs on leadership appointments, we understand the pace and constant pressure faced by our clients to maintain and grow market share in an increasingly crowded market; demonstrating unique USPs to customers; balancing the dominance of brand vs own label.

The operating environment is shifting: digital and social media have become increasingly important when interacting with customers and employees; the rise in the minimum wage has had a dramatic impact on operating costs; whilst opportunities to harness technology in store and online continue to present themselves. While discounters place increasing pressure on established retail brands, the diversification of online disrupter brands and the battle for dominance between click vs brick pose further challenges.

Our Experience

Consumer products

Digital &


Travel, hospitality & leisure


Luxury brands

Family-owned businesses



Corporate Officers

We recognise that functional leaders must be able to partner with the CEO, the board and each other, anticipating strategic issues and proactively maximising opportunities for the organisation within their domain. Increasingly, they must do so on a global stage, working across boundaries, cultures and regulatory regimes. Furthermore, they are expected to oversee the development of their own talent pipeline, developing a bench of leaders beneath them. With our well-established Corporate Officer Practice we are known in the market for advising on senior appointments.

What Our Clients Say

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.


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..


Kate Ludlow

Consulting Team

Kate is on the board of Directors at Saxton Bampfylde and has twice been elected by partners as a member of the firm’s trustee board. Kate works as a consultant in our commercial practice, partnering with organisations on executive and non-executive appointments at board level. Kate joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2009, working as a member our research team for five years. She completed a secondment with our Vancouver partners for a year, before leading the research department on here return to the UK. Kate worked in our government and regulation practice as an Associate Consultant, before working with the Executive Chairman Stephen Bampfylde as his Chief of Staff.  Kate has a degree in Music from Cambridge University.


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.

Retail & Consumer Edition 2018