Consumer & Retail

Executive search & leadership advisory

Ahead of the curve

Consumer and retail markets have been at the forefront of digital transformation, affecting how we all interact and consume. Renowned for pace and innovation, the ever shifting trends and needs of consumer markets demand a level of agility and forward thinking from its leaders. This has provided learnings and example to multiple sectors and leaders across the world who have looked to these organisations to learn, evolve and integrate proven digital practices and people strategies into their own businesses and markets.

Specialist leadership advisors to:

  • Retail
  • FMCG
  • Luxury brands
  • Online consumer
  • Consumer products
  • Travel, leisure and hospitality
  • Sports
  • Family-owned businesses

Our approach

Championing diversity, equity and inclusion

Our experience

Our Partners have deep industry experience and understand the pace and breadth of change and innovation necessary in these types of leaders. We work with a broad range of clients from global retailer chains, high end luxury brands to embedded family businesses and emerging SMEs to find and coach executive and non executive leaders, as well as supporting the transition of experienced consumer and retail leaders into other sectors.

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.

Our Board practice


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.

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Evolution or revolution?
Board capability in a post-COVID world

The impact of COVID on boards has been far reaching, altering working practices, operations and governance in the short to medium term. At the start of this year and with the beginning of the great vaccine roll out, we noticed an opportunity to focus on the Board view, what has been learnt and how organisations might be looking to the future. We have seen fundamental shifts in both the way boards operate and how they need to be structured to be fit for purpose in the future.

Since early 2021, we have asked various leaders of the FTSE 250 their thoughts and we are delighted to share our research and insights into what future board leadership requires.

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