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

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 one of four executive directors of the firm and works on both executive and board appointments in the commercial sector. She leads our Family Owned and Employee Owned Practices, which are a rapidly growing part of our business.  During her nine years with the firm she has twice been elected by all the partners of the firm as a Trustee; she has also worked overseas for a year with our partner firm in Vancouver.  Kate has a degree in Music from Cambridge University.


Matthew Noyes

Consulting Team

Matthew joined Saxton Bampfylde as a Researcher in 2015, leading the research phase of over 50 executive and non-executive searches across the private, public and third sectors. He then became Co-Head of Research in 2017, where he headed internal researcher recruitment, growing the team from 22 to over 30. Matthew now works as an Associate Consultant across the firm’s private sector practice, including family-owned and employee-owned companies, and particularly enjoys working with clients whose businesses are values-driven and underpinned by a strong culture. Matthew read French at the University of Oxford.


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