MY NAME IS Catherine May.

Strategic counsel and coaching from an experienced business leader and company director. Catherine May has advised chairmen, CEOs and boards on key business issues for more than 25 years

Catherine May is an experienced non-executive director, committee chair and corporate leader. She has been working and advising the boards and leadership teams of leading multinational businesses for more than 25 years. She is an expert in reputation management, corporate governance, building winning corporate culture and stakeholder communications.

My areas of expertise

A leader in a wide range of management and board level activities

Reputation Management

Catherine is a leader in the field of reputation management and influencing. She is an expert in assessing reputation risk for brands and organisations and in developing strategies and campaigns to build and protect reputation.

Boards and Governance

Experience as a Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chair of Audit, coupled with her executive knowledge of corporate and financial reporting, Catherine has a wealth of expertise in corporate governance.

Executive leadership coaching

Catherine works with senior business leaders to support their growth and development, helping them reach the highest possible levels of performance, and inspire through their leadership.

Executive leadership coaching

  • Her experience as an active Non-Executive Director and past experience as an Executive Committee member enables her to guide her coachees in their efforts to build effective and high impact working relationships with executive colleagues, board members and their teams. Business leaders working with Catherine to increase their performance, effectiveness and impact will be guided through a goal setting process driven by their own aspirations and career goals. During their coaching programme they will be encouraged to recognise and value their key strengths and build on these to deliver the best results. They explore techniques to maintain confidence in their performance and gain recognition for their achievements. Many coachees also choose to work with Catherine on career planning, work-life balance or mindfulness exercises, all of which can be drivers for a happier, more successful way of working.

    Catherine works largely with individuals who are in senior leadership roles in large blue-chip corporations. She is particularly in demand to work with newly promoted individuals, taking on additional responsibilities and building new relationships at board level. Ultimately, Catherine's aim in her coaching is to help leaders be as true to their own personal beliefs as possible, while making a positive impact in their corporate environment. Catherine has a professional certificate in executive coaching and leadership behaviours from Henley Business School and is a certificated practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Progamming (NLP). She has been accredited as a coach by Henley, and the NLP School, and is also a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Contact Catherine if you would like to know more about her professional approach, or see more testimonials about the effect of her programmes. She can be reached via email at

Professional Qualifications and Associations

  • Professional Certificate in Leadership and Executive Coaching.

    Henley Business School, 2015

  • Professional Certification as a Coach Practitioner in NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP).

    NLP School, 2017

    Accredited Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) from 2016.

    Member of the Henley Centre for Coaching since 2015.

What my Beloved Clients Say

“I can’t recommend Catherine highly enough. She came in to support a high potential colleague - a subject matter expert, but having difficulty with presence and gravitas whilst dealing with key c-suite stakeholders. Catherine’s highly personalised, nurturing programme did not shy away from having tough conversations where necessary. The end result is transformative. Our colleague’s confidence in their own ability has grown significantly. Performance in key meetings is poised, messages and counsel delivered with gravitas and has been noted positively by my ExCo colleagues.”

Board Director, FTSE 250 plc

“Working closely with Catherine meant I got to spend quality time working through the things which helped me grow as a leader. Catherine supported me to identify areas of focus and prompted me to grow in style and personal leadership approach; ultimately she supported me in confidence and clarity in growing into a challenging new role with ever increasing demands.”

Functional director, FTSE 10 plc

“Catherine coached me over a one-year period in my role as leader in a start-up business. She helped me to navigate through the difficult and changing environment of a young, fast-growing technology company. And whilst doing this assisted me to find my strengths and utilise them to maximise my value to the business. As a result of Catherine’s coaching I gained in confidence and became more strategic in my role. Our work together helped to develop me from being a middle manager to being a competent Director.”

Director, tech start-up

Contacting me

To discuss strategic advisory services or executive coaching please use the form below.


Catherine May is based in central London.


  • 16 Star Street
    London, W2 1QD
  • +44 (0)7776 221 110