Leisure & Luxury

We bring a deep understanding of both traditional and emerging roles in this ever evolving sector and we have worked with iconic and leading brands in leisure and luxury.


These sectors are continually changing and evolving as consumer appetites change and brand and customer choice widens. Organisations need to adapt and develop to this changing market now more than ever require executive talent with both leadership skills, digital nous and new ways of thinking. We enjoy a long track record of advising organisations across all these areas and have partnered with clients as they evolve and develop their consumer reach.

Our Experience







Corporate Officers

We recognise that functional leaders must be able to partner with the CEO, the board and each other, anticipating strategic issues and proactively maximising opportunities for the organisation within their domain. Increasingly, they must do so on a global stage, working across boundaries, cultures and regulatory regimes. Furthermore, they are expected to oversee the development of their own talent pipeline, developing a bench of leaders beneath them. With our well-established Corporate Officer Practice we are known in the market for advising on senior appointments.

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.


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..


Kate Ludlow

Consulting Team

Kate is on the board of Directors at Saxton Bampfylde and has twice been elected by partners as a member of the firm’s trustee board. Kate works as a consultant in our commercial practice, partnering with organisations on executive and non-executive appointments at board level. Kate joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2009, working as a member our research team for five years. She completed a secondment with our Vancouver partners for a year, before leading the research department on here return to the UK. Kate worked in our government and regulation practice as an Associate Consultant, before working with the Executive Chairman Stephen Bampfylde as his Chief of Staff.  Kate has a degree in Music from Cambridge University.