Creativity, ingenuity, transformation

In a period of substantial turmoil the ability to innovate and demonstrate resilience has been remarkable in the Arts, Culture and Creative industries space. It is testament to a sector which is eternally transforming itself to sustain audience and visitor appeal. With a growing emphasis on accessibility, challenged by an ever-increasing pressure to compete and remain financially viable, the complexity of the leadership role within this sector has become manifest. Leaders must be multi-faceted, commercial, strategic and still retain a creative edge. To find and support such diversified talent requires deep knowledge and international reach to bring the best candidates forward.

Specialist leadership advisors to:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Commercial arts organisations
  • Creative organisations
  • Festivals and fairs
  • Film and television
  • Heritage
  • Museums and galleries
  • Dance, opera and ballet
  • Publishing
  • Theatre and performing arts

Our approach

Delivering diversity

Our experience

We are well known for our experience and specialism in the Arts and Creative Industries and have supported a huge array of organisations and their senior leaders over the past 30 years. We support local, national and international leadership talent, always with an inclusive approach to our search and advisory work. Whether publicly funded or commercially backed, world-leading to small and emerging, we are very proud to say we have worked alongside them. Ensuring an organisation’s top teams are of the highest possible calibre is now more critical than ever. We remain passionate about finding and nurturing exactly the right leaders, executive and non-executive, creative and managerial who can continue to transform and inspire.

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

Mind the Gap

Our insight explores leadership and succession planning in the UK’s Arts and Culture Sector

In a time of global uncertainty, the Arts and Culture sector is facing a myriad of challenges. Financial, political and social pressures are mounting, bringing with them a stronger desire for change to the sector than has been seen previously. With challenge there comes opportunity, particularly for those emerging into leadership roles. Our aim with this report was to gather the opinions of those who are currently driving the sector forward, asking them to consider where the future leaders will come from, the skills and attributes they will need to bring to the role, and what challenges and opportunities they will be faced with.

Download Mind the Gap

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