Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Maddie Cordes as the new director to help grow and enhance the reputation and brand of its company secretarial and governance business.

Cordes has joined the firm’s company secretary business with more than 30 years’ experience and is based at their London hub but will work with clients nationally. She will be sharing her knowledge with the team, as well as Shakespeare Martineau’s existing and new clients.

Prior to her new role, Cordes worked across both professional practice, including Capita, EY and TMF Group, and in-house as a company secretary for a range of listed and unlisted companies across all sectors. She also spent three years as head of corporate services at law firms offshore. Cordes was responsible for a team of 50 across four jurisdictions, supporting over 13,000 legal entities and delivering board support for investor funds.

Cordes said: “In particular, I am looking forward to developing new services and offering mentoring and training within the team and for our clients.”

“I enjoy finding new opportunities and forging client relationships, so my top priorities in my new role are to raise awareness of the business in the marketplace generally and how we can help Shakespeare Martineau’s wider client base and businesses, while also growing my own client base.” She added.

Cordes concluded: “There are always new ways to support our clients and the wider company secretarial marketplace with thought leadership and practical advice in carrying out the role.”

Maddie Cordes is experienced in governance, business development, training and operational management, specialising in board and shareholder meeting support, company law, staff development, and change and performance management.

For more than ten years, she has been the co-editor of Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings and is also a mentor and examiner with the professional body for company secretaries, the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland.

“We are delighted to welcome Maddie to our team. Her experience across both professional practice and in-house means she has an in-depth understanding of our clients’ challenges.” Said Ben Harber, partner who heads up Shakespeare Martineau’s London-based company secretarial team.

He added: “I am looking forward to working with Maddie and to see her bring her deep knowledge and expertise to help strengthen and grow the team, as well as our overall client base.”

Shakespeare Martineau is actively looking for talented people to join the firm on its growth journey, including team recruitment, mergers and lateral hires nationally.