Putting purpose front and centre

As the social impact sector continues to evolve, the demand for diverse leadership with the vision and skill to put social purpose at the centre of organisational success has never been higher. Charities and civil society organisations need to demonstrate the impact of and need for their work more than ever, requiring optimum leadership with the appropriate resources and clear passion to be as effective as possible.

In response to changing public attitudes, progressively minded businesses are moving past rhetoric to genuinely engage with the social purpose they can deliver while the public sector and growing philanthropic initiatives are learning how to improve their roles in catalysing and propagating these efforts. Partnership and collaboration, shared learning and co-operation, joined up thought leadership and impact measurement are all in the ascendency as we seek to address our social, environmental and economic challenges.

Specialist leadership advisors to:

  • Charities and Not-for-profit Organisations
  • International Development & Humanitarian
  • Membership & Trade organisations
  • Social Housing
  • Trusts & Foundations

Our approach

Championing diversity, equity and inclusion

Our experience

Navigating the intersection to find the right leaders

We are inclusion specialists, exceptionally proud of our industry-recognised and evidence-based track record of diversifying boards and senior teams.

Saxton Bampfylde has decades of experience advising clients and finding leaders in the intersection between the civil society, private and public sectors. We work with the Boards and senior executive leadership of charitable and wider not-for-profit organisations whether broadly focused and specialised, UK or international, large and start up; foundations and grant giving organisations; purpose driven commercial organisations; social enterprises; and the many organisations that provide thought leadership, advisory services and support in this space.

Bringing forward passionate and diverse Board Leaders

Senior board appointments require a highly targeted, personalised search to identify appropriately qualified senior leaders, and it is essential that each of them is then approached by an articulate and well-informed advisor. Through our dedicated board practice, we appoint over 250 chair and non-executive roles every year: our networks give us extensive reach across sectors, and deep insights into the challenges – and opportunities – faced by boards today.

Our Board practice

Developing high-performing boards

Saxton Bampfylde has the expertise and experience to provide chairs with the comprehensive insight they need to run an effective board, having led governance reviews at both executive and non-executive level. Our review process is designed to be relatively light-touch, allowing boards to comply fully with governance recommended practice and providing data and practical recommendations that can be used to improve board/team effectiveness, maximise strengths, and tackle weaknesses. Our view is structured around a tried and tested model, but can be adapted to specific organisational needs.

Find out more about our Board Review

Meet our team

Candidate Opportunities


President and Chair of the Board of Trustees

Closing date: Thursday 4 Jul 2024

Stroke Association

Executive Director, Customer Experience

Closing date: Wednesday 3 Jul 2024

Chelsea Physic Garden


Closing date: Monday 1 Jul 2024

Affinity Trust

Finance Director

Closing date: Friday 5 Jul 2024

Rhodes Trust

Deputy Warden Operations & Finance

Closing date: Friday 28 Jun 2024

John Whitgift Foundation

Chief Executive

Closing date: Wednesday 26 Jun 2024


Chair of Trustees

Closing date: Friday 21 Jun 2024

Canal & River Trust


Closing date: Friday 21 Jun 2024

Motability Foundation


Closing date: Friday 14 Jun 2024


Chief Executive

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Society of Chemical Industry

Director of Stakeholder Engagement

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Housing 21

Board Members

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Young Enterprise

Chief Executive

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Society of Chemical Industry


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In Kind Direct

Chief Executive

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Assistant Director of Organisational Design and Development

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Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) UK

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

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Chief Executive Officer

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Director of Digital Data & Technology

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Let’s take it from here


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