Maria Stanford

Head of Board Practice, Consumer

I'm pleased to work in a client-centric environment where we offer quality advice and support to ensure their leadership teams are set up to succeed and drive business growth


Maria joined Green Park in 2016 as Head of Board Practice, Consumer. In this role she focuses on organisational effectiveness with particular emphasis on organisational design, executive performance and change.

With extensive experience in building and managing HR teams within the UK consumer industry, Maria helps her clients embed senior executives successfully into their teams whilst advising on board level appointments. She also works with clients to create bespoke strategies and interventions to maximise performance and contribution in leadership teams that are experiencing transformation and change.

Prior to joining Green Park, Maria spent 11 years at Selfridges Group in a series of senior management and executive level positions including HR Director for Selfridges & Co., HR Director UK & Ireland and Group HR Director across Selfridges & Co, Brown Thomas, Holt Renfrew and de Bijenkorf. Prior to this she held senior HR roles at both Marks & Spencer and Pret A Manger. Maria brings over a decade of experience in building effective leadership teams in successful businesses to Green Park and its clients.

Maria is also a Pro-Chancellor at the University of Essex.