Dr Maeve Lankford

Dr Maeve Lankford

Maeve has over 25 years’ experience of working in human potential and development, mostly in Higher Education where she both commissioned and lead leadership development programmes for all categories of staff from porter to President. Maeve is a hugely experienced and highly regarded motivational speaker, workshop leader, facilitator and coach.

Maeve’s signature strengths include leadership and team development, resilience and equality. Having set up her own consultancy in 2015, she has hugely enhanced her own capabilities around self-leadership and self-mastery, themes she now includes in many of her workshops. She believes in making her workshops experiential opportunities for development and growth, knowing that we learn best through experience and that knowledge is most relevant when it is applied, embodied and lived.

Maeve is particularly passionate about supporting and challenging women to realise their full potential.  In this capacity, until she stepped down from the role in April 2019, she was a key member of the team who deliver the Aurora Women in Leadership programme in the higher education sector in the UK and Ireland: almost 6,000 women have completed Aurora in the past 6 years.

Maeve specialises in facilitating individuals and teams in clarifying their vision for the future and taking the steps that are in alignment with that outcome.  She is particularly skilled in using the tools of appreciative inquiry to help teams develop clarity and consensus and create forward momentum. 

Maeve compliments the training and facilitation work she does with transformational coaching on a one-to-one level with clients.  As a Life Mastery Consultant, she is proud to also offer a number of proprietary coaching programmes to support clients in developing mastery in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.  Programmes include Dream Builder, the 6-month Life Mastery Programme and a four-week programme based on the Hero’s Journey.

Maeve is family oriented and loves to spend down time with her husband and their three teenage sons.  She is never without a good book, always seeking new ways of understanding the world and how we can be our best selves within it, whether that is through the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, or through fiction and poetry. 

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