Tomorrow’s Legacy: Succeeding in Family Business


Saxton Bampfylde has worked with a broad range of the UK’s leading family businesses for more than 20 years, nurturing senior leaders and identifying and supporting external non-family talent when needed.

Our own history and transition to an employee-owned business gives us a genuine and personal insight into the creation and stewardship of a legacy business, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunity when transitioning between generations.

Our aim in developing this report was to gain a broad perspective across the family business world, about future leadership, succession planning, how leadership roles are evolving and the skills and attitudes required as they move forward. We were delighted to talk to executive and non-executive leaders from family businesses across many different sectors and geographies who all shared their thoughts and insights to feed into this report. Through these conversations we have explored the different approaches to leadership and succession planning, particularly the way in which the integration of non-family leaders has been undertaken and look at the challenges and opportunities leaders and their businesses face as they look to future generations.

We hope that you will find this piece a stimulus for thought and would love to hear from you.

Please get in touch with Kate Ludlow, Partner and Head of Family Business practice on +44 (0)20 7227 0827.

"A healthy economy needs a family business."

"Everyone family and non-family needs to be sensitive to the heritage of the business." 

"There must be an alignment of values between family and non-family. That is fundamental"

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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.


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..


Kate Ludlow

Consulting Team

Kate is one of four executive directors of the firm and works on both executive and board appointments in the commercial sector. She leads our Family Owned and Employee Owned Practices, which are a rapidly growing part of our business.  During her nine years with the firm she has twice been elected by all the partners of the firm as a Trustee; she has also worked overseas for a year with our partner firm in Vancouver.  Kate has a degree in Music from Cambridge University.


Mary Few

Consulting Team

Mary joined the Saxton Bampfylde Scotland office in 2017. She recently moved back to the UK following two years in Myanmar working for a boutique Executive Search firm based in Yangon, working across multiple sectors. Mary began her career working for a leading sector specialist Executive Search firm in the insurance industry focusing on executive and non executive roles in the UK and Europe. Mary graduated with a BA in Russian & Spanish from Trinity College Dublin.


Matthew Noyes

Consulting Team

Matthew joined Saxton Bampfylde as a Researcher in 2015, leading the research phase of over 50 executive and non-executive searches across the private, public and third sectors. He then became Co-Head of Research in 2017, where he headed internal researcher recruitment, growing the team from 22 to over 30. Matthew now works as an Associate Consultant across the firm’s private sector practice, including family-owned and employee-owned companies, and particularly enjoys working with clients whose businesses are values-driven and underpinned by a strong culture. Matthew read French at the University of Oxford.