Who is behind Bayleaf? And What do they do?

Co-Founder, Mike McKie

“My early career as a senior executive with global corporations in emerging and developing markets allowed me to experience cultures across Europe, US, Latin America & Asia.
In external-facing roles working with suppliers, governments and media, the resulting global perspective helped me to appreciate that often the only differences between success and failure are credibility & exposure. The ability to have the wider business community see, understand and recognise outstanding work – and the individuals delivering it – can provide the impetus for further success.
I decided to use my specialist skills and work with an exceptional team of writers and journalists to craft profiles and tell stories to ensure these innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs are recognized and celebrated. Now, we work with hundreds of people and organisations to gain the recognition they deserve by sharing their narratives in the right places, with the right people.

Mike’s Role in Bayleaf

“I work personally with every one of our clients; from local charity founders, community leaders, to high-profile individuals and international businesses. Each client receives the same level of skill, discretion and attention – no matter the scale of the contribution and impact. For reasons of confidentiality and consistency, I maintain full and singular contact with potential clients and clients from beginning to end of the process.

Whilst our full team is focused on each nomination, no client will ever need to deal with anybody other than myself. That is vital to confidentiality and is behind our track record of client service excellence.

We believe reputation is best built slowly and authentically over time. My team look at the whole picture from digital presence (like personal websites and social media) to traditional placements like awards and press. And when it comes to recognition, we make sure that no stone is unturned in finding the facts or the angles which might make the difference to any award nomination.
Our network today involves supporting the best innovators, leaders and philanthropists with a range of legacy-building interventions like executive CVs, business awards, personal honours and reputation management services.”

Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Maria Gomes

“I have always enjoyed the challenge of bringing complex situations and difficult problems from chaos to order. From my corporate career working across multi-functional and multi-geographic teams to running Bayleaf, those organisational skills have been key.”

Maria is responsible for all the day-to-day elements of the Bayleaf operation, from external outreach programmes to obtain letters of support and items of evidence to create nominations for our clients, to maintaining our unique cloud-based system to allow clients to track progress of our work in real time.

Her skill set in working between the writing group, the client-facing team and the external supporters to ensure confidentiality, quality of content in letters and timely submission is a vital part of the Bayleaf success story and our peerless results and client experience.

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Crafting Compelling Nominations For Deserved Rewards

Bayleaf As Featured In The Media

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