Financial & Professional Services

Executive search & leadership advisory

Purposeful leadership making bold steps forward

The COVID pandemic has brought significant challenges there is no doubt, but it has also provided opportunity for the financial and professional services sectors. Indeed, the level of innovation and evolution across these sectors as a result has been manifest in many areas and driven particularly by senior Executive and Board leaders.  With a deeper and necessary focus on people and purpose, the senior leaders of today must demonstrate resilience and an aptitude for complexity, whilst championing culture and clear communication.

More than ever financial and professional services organisations must separate mere reputation from proven performance when looking for leaders. Saxton Bampfylde provides this level of scrutiny and assessment at the earliest stages to present a diverse and dedicated talent pool of senior leaders for every search. Our deep functional expertise, knowledge and global perspective is also instrumental in the Leadership Advisory and Board Review work we offer across the financial and professional services sectors from FTSE 100 companies to leading Asian, US and European businesses.

Specialist leadership advisors to:

  • Accounting firms
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Business services
  • Diversified Financial Services
  • Fintech
  • Law firms
  • Management consulting firms
  • Real estate
  • Regulators

Our approach

Championing diversity, equity and inclusion

Our experience

Finding and guiding global talent while keeping the local perspective

Across the world the financial and professional services sectors face increasingly complex and differentiated regulatory and risk management models at national and international levels. A global view and local market access are hugely important as organisations must look far and wide to bring the best leadership talent to the table. The ability to guide and help develop senior leaders at Executive and Board level is enhanced with a collective global approach and methodologies. Saxton Bampfylde is part of the Panorama community which operates in over 26 countries across the world representing diverse perspectives and access to multiple markets.

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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