Leadership Services

Executive Assessment

To have the edge when hiring and succession planning, we believe that it pays to know all you can about a candidate. How do they benchmark against the market? How are they likely to perform today and in the future? What culture they will prosper in? And what culture they will bring with them? Using the latest psychometric technologies and in-depth behavioral interviews, our experienced business psychologists help get behind the CV when hiring externally or assessing the potential of your internal talent. Our goal is to help you make an informed choice by providing deeper, objective information on shortlisted candidates: how they think, 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.

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.

Promoting Diversity

It is important to organisations, and is important to us

In our minds, diversity covers not only the six strands of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, faith and sexuality, but – in a broader sense – can also refer to other elements important for the constitution of the candidate pool: clients may have regional requirements, need candidates to possess specific skill sets, or have a particular sectoral bias.

We are an established advocate for diversity and are committed to do all we can to promote diversity in senior appointments and boards. Our intensive research method is the keystone of our approach to diversity. We search widely and creatively, addressing and monitoring diversity throughout our searches and prompting our sources to think beyond the most obvious candidates. The percentages of women, individuals from a BAME background and people with disabilities typically increase from longlist to shortlist, showing that we identify and approach viable, credible candidates who demand consideration on their own merits. Over recent years, 40% of our non-executive appointments have been of women, BAME or disabled candidates. We are proud to have signed up as a firm to the new National Equality Standard, which was developed with the CBI and Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Mike McManamon

Mike McManamon is a registered occupational psychologist. He holds a BSc (Hons) from the University of Manchester and an MSc from the University of Nottingham. He previously worked at the BBC where he led the Assessment & Development team before joining a consultancy firm where he oversaw executive assessments for the Civil Service as well as leadership development interventions ranging from coaching to leadership development programmes. He has worked across both the public and private sectors and his work with professional services has included solicitors for the BBC, investment managers for Barclays, as well as being a lead consultant for the NAO. At Saxton Bampfylde Mike works across the public and private sectors designing and delivering executive assessment and leadership development.


Cassandra Woolgar

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.


Sarah Orwin

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.