Maria Darby-Walker

Professional Communications Coach & Former Senior Director, Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Biography

Maria has over 25 years’ experience advising Boards and senior executives on strategic, reputational and risk management issues. Her experience has included advising the Board of the UK’s city regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, international mining group Rio Tinto, frozen foods company Iglo / Birds Eye and playing a key role in the Cadbury defence team against the hostile takeover from Kraft. She has also worked in house as PR Director for Barclays and Rolls-Royce plc.

Fluent French speaker Maria also has broad international experience; she directed the stakeholder communications programme for Outer Mongolia’s biggest mining project, Oyu Tolgoi, as well as communications programmes across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australia for Cadbury and across Europe for Iglo Group during the horse-meat scandal.

Her experience includes coaching executives to build their communication skills – to improve their impact, minimise reputational risk and enable them to engage effectively with investors and analysts, government and regulatory stakeholders, NGOs, local communities and employees.

She joined leading financial PR and communications agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson in February 2016.

In recent times Maria has been a Non-Executive Director at Aim listed oil and gas firm Gulf Keystone Petroleum and is currently a Trustee of the charity Hostage UK and on the Board of the University of Central Lancashire.

Maria is from Nelson in Lancashire and studied French and Spanish at Nottingham University. She splits her time between London and the South of France where her other half lives.

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