Corporate affairs leadership coaching

Birchwood Knight have partnered with leadership coach and mentor, Maxine Taylor, to support recently appointed corporate affairs directors and other senior communications leaders both when they start their new roles and when they would appreciate support within them.  Everyone placed by Birchwood Knight will have the opportunity to meet with Maxine and see how she can support them as they prepare and settle into their new role, or to discuss progress within their current role.

Maxine’s career includes leading the corporate affairs function as an executive committee member at King’s College London, Nationwide, Eli Lilly (UK), British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Maxine is a graduate of Meyler Campbell, the leading executive coach training and leadership development community, which is accredited by the Association for Coaching.  Outcome-focused, Maxine has an empathetic, driven and motivating approach, which she has put to good use over the last eight years with clients including BT, Primark and Virgin Media O2.

Wayne Reynolds, founder and Managing Director of Birchwood Knight commented: “We first got to know Maxine in 2018 when we helped her to appoint one of her eventual successors at King’s.  Since switching to coaching full time, Maxine has helped a number of people whose judgement we trust and without exception, they have all praised the positive impact she has had on their careers.  When we decided to extend support to our clients and candidates further by partnering with a leadership coach, Maxine was the obvious choice.”

Maxine commented: “I have real passion for the work we all do within Corporate Affairs honed over years of experience within the field in both leadership and senior management.  These roles are highly challenging and can feel quite lonely at times and I believe that the support of a business coach who understands our world can really help.”

Andrew Brown, a senior adviser to Birchwood Knight who has worked directly with Maxine and used her for his teams commented: “Having someone you trust to help you identify your blind spots will make you become more effective and ultimately a better colleague and leader.  Maxine’s blend of coaching, mentoring and corporate affairs has proved invaluable for myself and colleagues in my teams.”

Interested in finding out how Maxine can help you or your team?  Please contact us:

Birchwood Knight is a specialist executive search firm for communications leaders.  We connect our clients with the best corporate affairs professionals globally on a permanent and interim basis, helping CEOs to hire their Chief Communications Officers and CCOs to build successful teams.


10th October 2023

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