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Melissa Baxter

Managing Partner – Charities

Melissa Baxter is the Director of Executive Search for Russam.

Melissa has over 15 years’ senior level recruitment and consultancy experience.

Before joining Russam, she was an Associate Director within a private sector recruitment business recruiting to permanent and interim positions.

Prior to this, she was a Founding Director of an executive search firm working on high profile executive and non-executive roles in the not for profit and public sector.

Melissa has a wide range of experience recruiting to and advising boards across all sectors and she has a particular skill in identifying talent and working with individuals and organisations to ensure that the most successful appointments are made. She has led searches which have resulted in the successful appointments of Chairs, Chief Executives and Directors within the not for profit and private sector.

Melissa is also a qualified and accredited Executive Coach who creates robust, strong and confidence-building working partnerships which are underpinned by sound coaching principles and well validated techniques. Melissa adopts an integrated approach, drawing on a variety of methodologies to support her clients, build their confidence and help them maximise their career potential. She works with organisations to support them in the delivery of well-designed and integrated executive coaching programmes to ensure outstanding results that provide maximum returns on investment.

Her earlier career was within the private sector where Melissa operated at a senior management level in the UK and internationally.

Outside of work Melissa has lots of varied interests, she is a keen runner, enjoys yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

Heidi Jokinen, Chair of the World Board, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
I wanted to take this opportunity Melissa to thank you for your wonderful support throughout the process and in finding us a skilled new CEO. Given the historical context of the search with COVID-19, this is one to remember. What a Spring we had. And yet we’re so pleased with the outcome. Thank you.

Stuart Roden, Chair, Unlocking Potential

Excellent personal service and attention to detail. Highly responsive to requests. Would definitely recommend and will use Russam again.

Stephen Unwin, Chair, KIDS

I was delighted to work with Russam on the search for the new Chief Executive of KIDS and found them thorough, professional and personable throughout.