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Maria Banks, CPCC

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Executive Coach and Facilitator

Strategic Business & Leadership Coach   |   Mentor   |   Coaching Skills Trainer   |  L&D Practitioner   |    Leadership and Management  | Career Transition


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Nominated as the UK Business Hero 2020 by the British Chamber of Commerce and featured in esteemed national newspapers such as The Sunday Telegraph and The Times in 2020, Maria's professional journey has been marked by a profound dedication to leadership development.

Throughout her career, Maria has consistently demonstrated a positive attitude and an enthusiastic drive to thrive in challenging environments. Her expertise lies in aligning company brands with the values and principles of organisations and their people.

Having taken the stage in both the UK and Europe, Maria passionately advocates for transforming the landscape for women, particularly in the workplace.

thy recent projects include:
  • Maria designed and delivered a 'Leadership Development' 1-day workshop in Brussels for the Director General and Senior team of the EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceuticals Industry Association), representing the biopharmaceutical industry in Europe.
  • Collaborating with GSK global pharmaceuticals, Maria delivered an online 'Women Leadership Development' program for identified talent development individuals, along with facilitating online Dialogue Workshops.
  • Maria conducted a 2-day workshop for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising in London.

Corporate Experience

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Maria boasts over a decade of experience in the corporate energy sector, where she has excelled in developing and implementing highly successful change management and performance management strategies across Europe.

Specialising in "Leadership & Talent Development," Maria brings extensive expertise in managing change, streamlining organisational processes, and cultivating teams to meet evolving requirements. Her strengths lie in the evaluation and implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing business processes and eliminating barriers to effective performance.

Maria thrives in geographically diverse environments and embraces the challenge of working in various cultures, countries, and organisations. She has collaborated with both global corporations and SMEs, catering to a clientele spread nationally and internationally.

Notably, Maria has shared her insights on leadership and her passion for transforming the workplace for women on stages in the UK and across Europe.

Professional Development

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Graduate of the Institute with Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) USA

Graduate of the 10-month CTI Leadership Programme - Sitges, Barcelona. 

Executive Coaching 2-day workshop led by CTI, London

Emotional Intelligence (EI) Practitioner

ITER Systems Engineering Certificate: (including: Communication Skills, Conflict Management, Customer Interface, Interpersonal Skills & Leadership Skills held at the HQ in Perpignon, France

Kaisen certified coach trainer 

Certified BQF/EFQM Performance Management Assessor 


Outside of Work

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Currently residing in Cornwall, Maria takes pleasure in exploring the picturesque county alongside her rescue dog, Missy. She looks forward to embracing new challenges this year, including learning how to paddleboard and body surf.

Rooted in her Italian heritage, Maria finds joy in preparing traditional recipes passed down from her mama and aunties, savoring the flavors of her cultural background.

A fan of Yogalates—a blend of Yoga and Pilates—Maria also recently discovered and has grown fond of "Ecstatic Dancing," adding a vibrant and energetic dimension to her interests outside of work.


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There is vitality in Maria that people find infectious. Extremely intuitive and ‘tuned in’, Maria is ‘a natural optimist but a realist at the same time’. Blessed with a warm heart, a positive attitude and with an enthusiastic drive to deliver in a demanding environment, her style is impactful, powerful and shifting. Passionate about coaching, mentoring and training, she is deeply committed to her family and values freedom, harmony and integrity in her work and in her life.” 

Jonelle Naude – International coach, trainer and change facilitator. Head of nniDialogue Institute.

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