Education is a key and thriving cornerstone of our business. From educational groups and academy trusts through to individual schools, we have worked with a vast range of educational institutions. Our team are recognised as leaders in school related recruitment, having been active in the sector for over 15 years. Our clients include some of the most prestigious organisations in the UK and internationally, as well as smaller but no less important organisations across the commercial, not for profit and educational sectors.
Working with schools and related education groups requires a particular type of service. It is critical to ensure we understand our client from the outset, both those with whom we are working closely, but also the wider community. We therefore invest significant consultant time in our briefings, and in ensuring that throughout the process we are on hand to help guide the process to a successful outcome. There are a wide range of factors that can derail a process, and we are there at every step of the process to ensure things run smoothly and successfully.
In the past two years we have advised on over 30 Heads and Principals, and over 15 Bursars and other senior management positions across our schools sector
Jenny joined Saxton Bampfylde's schools practice in September 2018. Jenny brings 30 years of working in education, having spent the last twelve years in Dorset, as Head of Sherborne Girls, a full boarding school. She began her career at Benenden teaching mathematics and running a Boarding House. She moved to Queen Anne's in Caversham as Pastoral Deputy and then became Headmistress of Prior's Field School, a day and boarding school, in Godalming, Surrey. Jenny has been on Governing body of a number of independent prep and senior schools as well as a local multi academy trust, and has been a team inspector for ISI for a number of years.
Alice joined Saxton Bampfylde initially as a researcher, specialising in education searches as well as working with a range of public and private-sector clients. Alice has been an Associate Consultant since 2014, first working in our Regulation Practice before moving into our Education Practice. She has worked a range of appointments including Chelsea Academy and St Malachy’s College, Belfast. Alice studied Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh.
Katie has worked on over one hundred appointments, across a range of executive and non-executive capacities. Since joining Saxton Bampfylde as a researcher in 2015, she now specialises in searches across the education sector. Katie has also worked on a variety of commercial, public and not-for-profit assignments. She has a particular interest in leadership services, including team development, executive development and succession planning. As part of Saxton Bampfylde’s charitable working scheme, Katie volunteers for a public service charity with a keen focus on female empowerment. She has a first class Masters in English Literature from the University of Exeter.
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..
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.
Andrew Hunter has experience of working in schools for 37 years, he was a Housemaster at both Worksop College, Nottinghamshire and Bradfield College, Berkshire. In August 2018, he retired from the Headship of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, having led the school for twenty years. Andrew has a simple educational philosophy with a three-part focus: academic inspiration through passionate subject teachers, co-curricular enrichment through activities and societies, and pupil support through individual pastoral care that gives every child a chance. Governorship roles have included Kilgraston School, Perth, Newcastle School for Boys and Ardvreck Prep School, Crieff. At present, he sits on the Board of Trustees of The Laidlaw Schools Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust in Newcastle. Andrew is trained as a mentor and appraiser for new HMC headteachers. He also sits on the Advisory Board of the Royal National Children’s Springboard Foundation. He acts as an educational advisor for Merchiston International School, (MIS), Shenzhen, China, which opened in August 2018 and he is a governor of MIS. Andrew was born in Kenya; he was educated at Kenton, Nairobi before completing his education within the UK at Aldenham School, Elstree and the University of Manchester where he read English, Theology and Biblical Studies.
The triumph of virtual classrooms
Jenny Dwyer, Head of Schools Practice At Saxton Bampfylde we have been privileged to host discussions with many leaders from the schools sector during this period, in the hope of facing challenges together and to share learnings. The future of virtual learning has been a topic avidly discussed; will it continue in some form in […]Continue Reading
King’s College School Wimbledon announces new Junior School Headmaster
The Chair of Governors of King’s College School Wimbledon, Lord Deighton, has announced the appointment of Mr Ted Lougher as Headmaster of King’s College Junior School, with effect from 1st September 2021, following the retirement of Dr Gerard Silverlock. Mr Lougher was Assistant Head of the Junior School, where he was also head of modern languages. […]Continue Reading
Shifting Sands: The role of the board in a crisis
Stephen Bampfylde shares his insights and observations specifically focused on the role of the Board and its evolution in the time of crisis.Continue Reading
The virtual interview: what you need to know
With the impact of lockdown and the ban on all but ‘essential travel’, most organisations find themselves having to rely on video call / conferencing technology in order to meet candidates and carry out interviews. Although the current level of uncertainty has impacted many organisation’s appetite for making senior executive or non-executive appointments, many find […]Continue Reading
Rowena Hackwood appointed as Chief Executive of Astrea Academy Trust
The Board of Trustees of Astrea Academy Trust has announced the appointment of Rowena Hackwood as the new Chief Executive. Rowena will take up position from the Summer. Currently Chief Executive of the David Ross Education Trust, Rowena will head up the 27-strong academy trust that is based in South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. Astrea was […]Continue Reading
New CEO appointed at The British School in the Netherlands
The British School in the Netherlands has announced the appointment of its new CEO. Heath Monk, currently serving as Executive Director of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham in the UK, will take up the role in August. Heath was appointed following a robust selection procedure, including interviews with students and staff at […]Continue Reading
Redmaids’ High School announces Paul Dwyer as New Head
The Chair of Governors of Redmaids’ High School, Mr Andrew Hillman, has announced the appointment of a new Headteacher. From September 2020 Paul Dwyer will be taking the reins from Isabel Tobias who has led Redmaids’ High School to huge successes in her 19-year tenure as Headmistress. Mr Dwyer, who will be leaving his current […]Continue Reading
An evening for leaders with Clarissa Farr
In the Autumn term we were delighted to partner with Clarissa Farr in hosting two thought-provoking and stimulating events. These events created a forum in which to discuss Clarissa’s new publication, “The Making of Her”, whilst bringing together leaders across the education sector to reflect on the developments of the past year. As former High […]Continue Reading
Reach Disability Mentoring Programme – Round table event
We enjoyed a great first round-table event in the REACH disability mentoring programme. A lively discussion with an inspiring group from a range of organisations, discussing the importance of being open about disability. Our core agenda was about empowering disabled talent, specifically addressing stigma, celebrating what works, looking at blockers and generating ideas. We were […]Continue Reading
Leading with James Ashton Podcast launches second series supported by Saxton Bampfylde
We are delighted to announce our support for the second series of ‘Leading with James Ashton’, a leadership podcast that speaks to people at the top of their game in business, charity, the arts and beyond. Each episode features two leaders from very different organisations discussing their take on leading vital causes, famous brand names […]Continue Reading
World Mental Health Day 2019
World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but each year, 10 October is set aside as a day for everyone to show their support for better mental health and to encourage […]Continue Reading
Double (no) Trouble: Taking the stress out of multiple appointments
Adding a new face to a senior leadership team can have a huge impact on the diversity of thought, range of skills and approaches to work, the team dynamics and the culture. These elements can, of course, have a significant knock-on impact for the rest of the organisation. It is essential that you are armed […]Continue Reading
Saxton Bampfylde partners with Civil Service to launch new disability mentoring programme REACH
Saxton Bampfylde has teamed with the Civil Service to launch a new mentoring programme designed to help support Civil Service employees with disabilities to maximise their career potential. Mentors participating in the programme are executive level leaders from outside the Civil Service who have either a lived experience of disability or have been involved in […]Continue Reading
A winning combination: Saxton Bampfylde partners with Praesta to deliver bespoke executive coaching
Global executive search and leadership consulting firm, Saxton Bampfylde, is delighted to announce a new partnership with Praesta, a leading firm of expert executive coaches. The innovative partnership is part of continuing work by Saxton Bampfylde and our global partners across Panorama Search to expand our leadership services offering, which includes board review, executive assessment, […]Continue Reading
St Paul’s School appoints new High Master
St Paul’s School has announced it has appointed Sally-Anne Huang to be the next High Master of the school from September 2020. Sally-Anne will be the first female Head in the school’s 510-year history. She will replace Professor Mark Bailey who has been on indefinite leave of absence from the University of East Anglia since […]Continue Reading
From Head to Headhunter
Jenny Dwyer is the newest face in Saxton Bampfylde’s Schools team, having joined the company as Partner and Consultant in September 2018.Continue Reading
Navigating the path to success
Saxton Bampfylde’s Leadership Services team works as an extension of organisations across the UK to help them recruit and develop the very best leadership talent.Continue Reading
Hymers College appoints new Headmaster
Hymers College has appointed a new Headmaster to take one of the leading private schools in the North of England into a new era. Justin Stanley joins Hymers from Hereford Cathedral School where he is Deputy Headmaster (Academic). He will take up the reins at the Hull co-educational day school at the beginning of the […]Continue Reading
Luke Tryl announced as Director of New Schools Network
The New Schools Network has announced that Luke Tryl has been appointed as the Director of the organisation and will join NSN in March. Luke is currently Head of Corporate Strategy at Ofsted, where he is a member of the inspectorate’s executive board as well as managing Ofsted’s strategy, external relations and research teams. Before joining […]Continue Reading
Schools Leadership Insight: Canvas – Spring Edition Out Now
In our latest edition of CANVAS we bring thoughts from Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School – one of the leading co-educational boarding schools in the UK – as she talks about leadership in the schools’ sector, the challenges being faced and how to stay real and relevant in the 21st century; Lesley Franklin, the […]Continue Reading