What Our Clients Say
“It was their ability to find candidates just outside the edge of the box and having a compelling reason to go with them.”MD, Global Media Business
“They are always prepared and know the market. I can trust them, we have a relationship and they will work hard.”Director of People, Global Publishing Company
“They really understood what the client was looking for and that sets them apart.”Candidate, Luxury Brand
“They really work with you to understand the requirements for the post, the candidate pool, they keep you updated, you never have to chase them, their information is good quality, and their candidates are good quality.”Global HRD, Financial Services Business
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.
David has led the firm’s Finance Practice since 2012. He has led over fifty CFO, Audit Committee Chair and direct reports to the CFO searches in the commercial, public and charity sectors. Our Finance Practice is a market leader in University CFO/FD and school/college bursar searches. David also specialises in Chair and CEO searches in the education sector for commercial and not for profit sectors. Before joining Saxton Bampfylde David was CFO of three organisations: the Financial Times Publishing Group, Rocco Forte Hotels and Kaplan Europe. He was also a non executive director of Colliers CRE plc. He read Law at UCL, has an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a chartered accountant.
Sarah Orwin has spent the majority of her career in executive search. She has been at Saxton Bampfylde for the past 15 years, and works across a wide range of sectors on both executive and non-executive appointments. Prior to this, Sarah spent five years as Group Talent Director for Barclays plc, having started her career with Citi, working for them initially in London and then for three years in Brazil. In between, Sarah spent 12 years as a management consultant with EY, latterly as the director responsible for their executive search and interim business. Sarah’s recent clients include Sellafield Ltd, Arup, Prudential, HSBC and BP, for whom Sarah has worked continuously for more than 10 years. Sarah has an MA in Modern History from Oxford University.
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 has 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.
HR Leadership: Sharing Experiences through COVID-19
Executive leaders are working hard to respond to uncertain timelines and arguably a lack of clear direction. Our most recent webinars with HR leaders have explored ways to navigate a gradual return to work, supporting employees as a new, and quite different, “normal” establishes itself. Collective learning from our conversations are highlighted below. Reflect on […]Continue Reading
The virtual interview: what you need to know
With the impact of lockdown and the ban on all but ‘essential travel’, most organisations find themselves having to rely on video call / conferencing technology in order to meet candidates and carry out interviews. Although the current level of uncertainty has impacted many organisation’s appetite for making senior executive or non-executive appointments, many find […]Continue Reading
The Constant of Change: Embracing the Skills Evolution
An award-winning Scottish business leader, Nora Senior joined us to share her view on the fears that often surround the implementation of technology and innovation, and the leadership skills required to ensure businesses are primed and ready for the economic environment of the future – whatever that may look like. Your leadership experience in executive and […]Continue Reading
A Portfolio with Purpose: interview with Benny Higgins
We were delighted to have the chance to talk to Benny Higgins and hear about his self-identified chameleon-like approach to his differing non-executive roles. As he emerges from a very successful and high profile career in financial services, most recently as inaugural CEO of Tesco Bank, Benny’s non-executive portfolio now encompasses public, not-for-profit and commercial […]Continue Reading
Cultivating Culture: An Innovative Approach to People Strategy
In her role as Group HR Director for CYBG, we welcome Kate Guthrie who talks to us as the organisation prepares to transform four diverse banking brands into a digital first bank. She shares her thoughts on the benefits of integrating technology into HR functions and the challenges of creating a cohesive culture while maintaining the integrity […]Continue Reading
Leading with James Ashton Podcast launches second series supported by Saxton Bampfylde
We are delighted to announce our support for the second series of ‘Leading with James Ashton’, a leadership podcast that speaks to people at the top of their game in business, charity, the arts and beyond. Each episode features two leaders from very different organisations discussing their take on leading vital causes, famous brand names […]Continue Reading
A winning combination: Saxton Bampfylde partners with Praesta to deliver bespoke executive coaching
Global executive search and leadership consulting firm, Saxton Bampfylde, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Praesta, a leading firm of expert executive coaches. The innovative partnership is part of continuing work by Saxton Bampfylde and our global partners across Panorama Search to expand our leadership services offering, which includes board review, executive assessment, […]Continue Reading
Walk the Line – Government & Regulatory Affairs in a Changing Landscape
Over the past 30 years Saxton Bampfylde has been working alongside some of the most successful businesses in the UK, and has developed a strong reputation for our work in the public affairs space. We recognise that in an ever more complex political and economic climate, particularly the regulation and government affairs function across these […]Continue Reading
Tomorrow’s Legacy: succeeding in family business
Saxton Bampfylde has worked with the UK’s leading family businesses for more than 20 years, nurturing senior leaders and identifying and supporting external non-family talent when needed. The firm’s own transition to an employee-owned business has provided personal insight into the stewardship of a legacy business, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunity when […]Continue Reading
Authenticity at the core: how to optimise internal communications
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The Rise of Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a topic that is permeating virtually every area of our lives, both personal and professional, and features regularly in the news. Whilst fans and sceptics abound, we asked Catalina Schveninger, Global Head of Learning at Vodafone, to talk at a recent HR Leadership Breakfast and tell us why she believes it […]Continue Reading