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.
A leader in a wide range of management and board level activities
Having won many awards for my work in delivering reputation management and sustainability programmes as an executive I am an expert adviser in these fields, helping organisations shape their strategies in building positive profile and creating a purpose beyond profit.
My experience as a board Chair, non-executive director and board committee chair, coupled with the insight gained during my years as a successful executive leader have helped me become a valued non-executive director.
I work with senior business executives and teams to support their growth and development, helping them achieve the best possible performance and be inspiring leaders.
As a coach, I bring my experience as a business leader and non-executive to my coaching work, helping executives create highly effective strategies that make them more effective in their roles. I work with leaders and teams in large organisations, using a goals driven approach with my clients that focuses on their priorities. Goals are driven by the needs of my clients, and often include creating strategies to increase performance, effectiveness and impact. I work with individuals to recognise and value their key strengths and values and build on these to deliver the best results.
I have been working as a coach for more than eight years, and have worked with executives in senior roles in a wide variety of sectors including financial services, aerospace and defence, entertainment, publishing, media, FMCG, energy, utilities and professional advisory businesses. As well as working with individuals, I work with teams that want to build more collaborative and productive connections and working practices, set strategic direction a new project or find new and more effective ways of working together.
In the last few years I’ve worked extensively with newly promoted leaders who are growing into their wider responsibilities as part of an executive committee or senior leadership team. Ultimately, my aim is to help the leaders I work with to be as true to their own personal beliefs as possible, while making a positive impact in their professional environment.
I have a professional certificate in executive coaching and leadership behaviours from Henley Business School, am a qualified Neuroleader and Neurolinguistics Practitioner (NLP) and have studied under Nancy Kline, founder of the Time to Think movement. I’m an affiliated member of the International Coaching Federation and a member of the Henley Centre for Coaching.
Do contact me if you’d like to know more about my work. You can reach me via email at email@example.com
I’m an experienced non-executive director, having held board seats with a range of commercial, charitable and not-for-profit organisations since 2011. Having served on the executive committees of three FTSE 30 PLCs, each of which was outperforming in its sector, I have a deep experience to draw on to support and advise the businesses I work with as a NED.
I bring my board work a robust working knowledge of corporate governance and strategy and have insights and experience in diversity and inclusion, investor relations, reputation and stakeholder management, crisis management, business transformation, transnational businesses and operating in highly regulated sectors. I’m particularly experienced in ESG and sustainability, a discipline I led as an executive and am an active member of Chapter Zero.
Currently I serve as Chair of the ENO Trust, Senior Independent Director of South Staffs Water /Cambridge Water plc, where I am also a member of our ARC, ReNCo and ESG committees, Senior Independent Director of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Assocation (PLSA), where I chair our ReNCo, and as an Independent Non-Executive Director and member of the AFC on the board of Shoreham Port.
Neuroleadership Institute, 2020
Henley Business School, 2015
NLP School, 2017
“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
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Catherine May is based in central London.