Schools

Our Schools Practice forms an integral part of our wider Education Team. We have advised on hundreds of leadership appointments for leading independent schools across the UK and worldwide.

Overview

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 Dwyer

Consulting Team

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.

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Alice Brent-Smith

Consulting Team

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.

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Katie Morum

Consulting Team

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.

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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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Andrew Hunter

Consulting Team

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.

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Queen Elizabeth's School Barnet

Deputy Head (Operations)/Chief Operating Officer

Closing date:
Tuesday 14 Apr 2020

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Shaw Education Trust

Chair

Closing date:
Monday 13 Apr 2020

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Merchiston International School

Head, Shenzhen

Closing date:
Friday 3 Apr 2020

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Cheltenham Ladies' College

Director for the Creative Arts

Closing date:
Tuesday 7 Apr 2020

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Schools – Spring 2019