Higher Education

For over 20 years we have been recognised leaders in the global higher education sector and have appointed hundreds of heads of institutions. Over the last fifteen years, our work has extended across the broader educational sector. 

Overview

In an increasingly inter-connected world, academia no longer operates in its own ivory tower, and as a multidisciplinary firm we bring a creative and holistic approach to identifying leaders – whether for universities, research institutes, business schools, think tanks, governments, private providers, or at the nexus of these sectors. Traditional dividing lines become blurred as organisations seek to integrate, to innovate and to work in partnership on an increasingly global platform. Strong leadership in this context is critical, as is the ability to contextualise higher education within the broader fabric of industry, policy and research. We bring a thoughtful, intelligent and creative approach to finding talent for our clients in this sector.

At an international level, we work closely with our global partners in Panorama, sharing experience and knowledge to support our clients’ needs, enabling us all to address overseas markets in a way that meets the demands of each individual search.

OUR GLOBAL REACH

Through our global partnership, our international search capacity enables us to replicate Saxton Bampfylde’s research model around the world’s time zones and to seek out and engage pro-actively with leaders in relevant markets. 

This means that the unique features of an organisation can be interpreted in a number of relevant international contexts, and markets approached accordingly – all within the single relationship with our consulting team.

Hebe Miller

Consulting Team

Hebe has been working in executive search since 2016 after graduating from St Andrews University with a Classics and Classical Languages Degree. Hebe spent the last year in Australia working for our Panorama partner, Cordier King, who specialise exclusively in Higher Education and Government sectors. Hebe now works exclusively within the Higher Education practice at Saxton Bampfylde as Associate Consultant to the Head of the Practice, Hamish Laing.

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Brett Anderson

Consulting Team

Brett Anderson has been with Saxton Bampfylde since 2013 and is a Consultant in both the Healthcare and Higher Education Practices. Prior to joining Saxton Bampfylde, she worked as a Research Assistant with the University of Aberdeen. Brett graduated with an MA International Relations and an MSc Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

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Jamie Wesley

Consulting Team

Jamie leads our higher education practice having joined the firm in 2012. He has advised and supported university and research-focussed clients on appointments at executive and non-executive level, primarily Chair, CEO, Vice-Chancellor, Provost, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean positions.  Jamie also works with organisations at the intersection of industry, academia and government such as research funders, R&D businesses, independent research institutes, learned societies, membership bodies and commercial subsidiaries.  Jamie graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the universities of Durham and Oxford respectively.

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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..

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David Munns

Consulting Team

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.

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Loughborough University

Vice-Chancellor

Closing date:
Monday 8 Feb 2021

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers

CEO

Closing date:
Monday 1 Feb 2021

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University College London

Dean, Faculty of Population Health Sciences

Closing date:
Monday 8 Feb 2021

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University of Nottingham

Council Members

Closing date:
Monday 25 Jan 2021

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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.

Higher Education Summer 2020