The predictability of change
The pace of change is about one of the few things that has been predictable in the Government sector in recent years. Leadership can, and does, change at the ballot box and brings with it significant impacts on society and the economy in national and international arenas. The profile of the public sector is far higher than it ever was and leaders with a broader skill set and extra-sectoral experience is increasingly important.
A global pandemic and the hugely wide-ranging effects of the Brexit separation have demanded much time and effort from Government, and its leaders especially. However, the ability to manage these extraordinary levels of change has been facilitated by increased digitisation, technological interaction and a greater appetite for innovation.
Specialist leadership advisors to:
- Ministerial departments
- Non-ministerial departments
- Public bodies
- Public corporations
- Devolved administrations
For decades our team has operated at the interface between government and other sectors, bringing our expertise across the commercial, education, research, health and cultural sectors to bear on senior executive and non-executive appointments. Our established UK expertise is reinforced through our global partnerships providing in-depth knowledge of public sector practice in other regions and a greater access to international talent.
Our experience ranges from the highest-profile and most heavily-scrutinised roles to the most unusual and specialist. In a competitive market for talent, we are ideally positioned to identify and attract leading individuals, in the UK and beyond.
The REACH Programme has been created in partnership with the Civil Service to help support colleagues with disabilities to maximise their career potential.
Together, we aim to provide mentoring partners exclusively for colleagues with either a mental health or physical disability. Each mentor is an executive level leader in their own right from outside the Civil Service, who either has a lived experience of disability or who has been involved in shifting the dial on improving development opportunities, career progression and the wider workplace environment for people with any form of disability.
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.
An inclusive approach to diversifying leadership
We are proud to play a role in supporting our clients in their equality, diversity and inclusion agendas. Over the last 12 months 63% of all our public sector appointments and 58% of our board appointments have come from underrepresented backgrounds at senior levels. And of our appointments to regulators, 66% of all appointments and 82% of our board appointments were from underrepresented backgrounds.
The public sector is rapidly changing. It is often poorly understood by those outside it: opportunities are underestimated, stereotypes outdated. In a competitive market for talent, we are ideally positioned to identify and attract leading individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, in the UK and beyond.
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House of Lords
External Member of the House of Lords Commission and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
Closing date: Wednesday 14 Jun 2023
The PSC has announced the former head of the UK Civil Service, Lord Bob Kerslake, as its Chair. Lord Kerslake was previously a senior strategic advisor to The PSC from 2020 to 2023 and succeedsFind out more
Jonathan Morgan, Consultant in Saxon Bampfylde’s regulation practice is this month’s guest on the The Regulation Podcast by the Institute of Regulation. Having advised on some of the biggest regulation leadership appointments over the lastFind out more
Professor Julia Sutcliffe has been appointed as the Department for Business and Trade’s Chief Scientific Adviser, following a competitive recruitment process run by the Civil Service Commission. In her new role, Professor Sutcliffe will provideFind out more
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