Saxton Bampfylde Advisory

We work closely with our clients to understand their needs, their culture and the context, providing bespoke advisory services and help them make informed decisions on strategic leadership issues.

Our Advisory Services

Board Review

Corporate governance is now firmly in the spotlight with shareholders and the general public keen to ensure that Boards operate effectively. Meeting public and regulatory requirements can put significant pressure on ensuring that Boards are delivering. Based on years of experience in assessing senior executives and organisations of all sizes and shapes, we have developed a corporate Board Review which give chairs the objective information they need to run an effective board – with the lowest possible intrusion. Our Board Review is structured around detailed discussions with all Board members about how their Board can best develop its collective performance.

Executive Assessment

Our goal in offering executive assessment is to help clients make an informed choice by providing deeper, objective information on shortlisted candidates: how they think, how they approach their work, how they act under stress what motivates them and how they influence and lead. This significantly mitigates the risk of a placed candidate jumping ship, micro-managing, being territorial or not bringing people with them. Our occupational psychologists assess each candidate using a combination of biographical interview and psychometric data. We provide a tailored written report on each candidate and are able to brief the selection panel in person.


Our coaching sessions provide a reflective, supportive, challenging - and safe - space in which individuals can talk about what is on their mind, share insights, think the unthinkable, come up with alternatives and rehearse their next steps. It is intended to be a stimulating, enriching and enjoyable experience which supports individuals stepping up into a new role, moving into a new organisation or moving sector.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to the identification, attraction, retention and development of diverse leadership talent and work closely with our clients to help the design the best strategies to help them achieve this. Whether it is in challenging and removing bias; in sharing our learning; in designing effective strategies to reach, attract and secure diverse leadership talent or in aiding their development, we can work closely with you to help you develop a truly inclusive, organisational culture.

STEP Programme

We seek to build long term partnerships with our clients, helping nurture their upcoming diverse talent, and supporting them in their self-development, interviewing and presentation skills, and networking with like-minded professionals across a range of sectors to which they would not normally be exposed. Recognising that have a pivotal role to play in the development of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background leaders, and particularly those at a point of transition to executive leadership or board level we are proud to launch STEP, a holistic coaching, development and career development programme offering for individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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We also offer remuneration benchmarking for clients across sectors and at both executive and non-executive level. This gives our clients valuable insight into where they stand against the market and ensures they remain competitive to attract the best talent. Beyond the data, which allows for easy comparison, we are also able to offer insights into any market trends we are observing in the structure of salary and benefits.



Saxton Bampfylde Advisory Team

Cassandra Woolgar

Consulting Team

Cassandra is a Business Psychologist who takes an evidenced-based approach to her work and describes Business Psychology as 'helping individuals and organisations to get the best out of each other, to reach their potential and to perform highly while maintaining wellbeing'. Before joining Saxton Bampfylde in 2018 she was a consultant in Business Psychology and Human Resources, working with a range of corporate clients and NGOs for recruitment, talent identification and leadership development. Cassandra has helped clients to identify the competencies required in roles, assess candidates and explore their strengths, weaknesses and fit to the role and company. She has also helped to identify internal talent, identify areas for development and develop leaders. Previously Cassandra has held research roles at the University of Oxford and Local Council Education Departments and management positions in charities and within the NHS. She has a BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath, an MSc from Birkbeck, University of London.


Dr Jennifer Barnes

Consulting Team

Dr Jennifer Barnes joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2016. Following four years in the consulting team, advising on board-level roles in the high education and arts and culture sectors, she is now an Executive Coach, regulated by the EMCA, and a Senior Advisor. Jennifer works with individuals who are navigating leadership roles, creating a confidential space to reflect, plan, solve issues and expand perspectives and capabilities. Jennifer’s interest in the relationship between coaching and performance started as a competitive swimmer and associate coach. Years later, seeing parallels in exceptional sporting and musical performance, she designed a programme based at the Royal College of Music that brought together physiology, psychology and neuroscience to enhance performance by approaching musicians as athletes, with the same challenges technically and psychologically. Leaders must be soloists as well as a defining member of a wider team, and that duality provokes dynamics that coaching can address to enhance performance. Jennifer's background was initially performance driven in sports and music,  followed by leadership experiences in industry and higher education. From 2010-15, she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, and President of Murray Edwards College (2008-2012). Prior to that, she worked as an academic leader in conservatoires, and was BP’s first Global Director of Education, working with governments, universities and industry.


Pamela Leonce

Diversity and Governance Advisor

Pamela is an Advisor on diversity and governance at Saxton Bampfylde. She has extensive leadership experience having been an Executive Director across housing, health, social care and the criminal justice sector. As the Chair of Inquilab Housing association and a board member of Green Park Housing she brings a wealth of experience in company culture, governance and diversity. Her non-executive roles include: Barclays Foundation Bank, Westfield Shopping Centre and Advisor to Mayor of London Pamela is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a qualified English as a Second Language teacher.


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..


Augusta Bunting

Consulting Team

Augusta has worked in executive search in the UK and Australasia and is now part of the consulting team at Saxton Bampfylde where she works predominantly on board level appointments. Augusta has led on numerous executive and non-executive assignments across the commercial, public and not for profit sectors and is part of the team here partnering with organisations to carry out board and governance reviews. She is interested in the transfer of skills across sectors and how good governance can drive success in organisations that make a difference to society. She has a first class Masters from the University of Auckland.


Eva Beazley

Saxton Bampfylde Advisory

Eva has over 25 years’ experience as a business and leadership consultant, coaching and advising senior individuals and teams across the commercial and public sectors including the NHS. Eva’s expertise is in individual and team effectiveness at the most senior level. She acts as a business confidante to Chairs and Chief Executives, providing advice and candid feedback based on observation of them and their team: a constructive and critical friend. Eva started her career in investment banking before moving into leadership consulting with a strong focus on sustainable business transformation. She most recently established Weva to focus on her particular interest in board and executive level support and advice in three main areas: board effectiveness, coaching for leaders and executive team development.