Professional Services

We are experts in the professional services sector and offer an in-depth understanding of the culture, leadership style, structure and challenges of today's global firms. 

Overview

Our combination of broad functional expertise and deep understanding of global professional services, means we are well-qualified to find exceptional candidates who bring international leadership skills. Our clients have ranged from leading multinationals to specialist boutique firms across law, IT, human capital, strategy and accountancy. Many of our consultants have backgrounds in management consulting and professional services and understand the complex challenges and opportunities that clients face. The importance of attracting and retaining talent with the experience, competencies, and culture fit needed to thrive in this highly dynamic market has never been greater.

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.

What Our Clients Say

Mike Hounsell

Consulting Team

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 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.

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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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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.

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Sarah Orwin

Consulting Team

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. 

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