In this series, we are interviewing members of our club, so that you can get to know each other a bit better. Today we talk with Calum Maxwell about his life and work in the region.
What brought you to the French Riviera? How long have you been here?
I always loved coming to the French Riviera for holidays. And several years ago I bought an apartment here so that I could spend as much time as possible in Nice.
Being Scottish I’m used to a lot of rain. So the South of France is perfect for me! The climate, the sea and the interesting places to explore.
Cars and driving is a life long passion for me. As well as driving around in an old classic car. It’s fantastic to see so many unusual and rare cars as you travel around the Riviera.
Nice is also perfect for me in terms of commuting to so many parts of the UK with frequent flights being available. I can hop on a flight in the UK, be there in a few hours and then hop on the tram direct from the airport and be home in 20 mins.
Could you tell us about your professional career? What do or did you do for work?
I have worked in Scottish Education for 30 years. Started my career as a teacher, becoming an Head Teacher before working as an education government in local government.
This has included many areas of work including digital learning, the expansion of early learning and childcare and leadership development for senior leaders.
In recent years I have developed my own executive coaching business and as well as working with individual clients. I collaborate with several leadership consultancy companies.
What does the company that you work for do?
As an experienced and professional Executive Coach, I have developed a coaching process that can be customised to each client based on their specific needs.
I encourage and supports high achievers to get to the heart of the matter. Enabling them to break through the barriers to their continued success.
Some examples of powerful conversations I have supported:
Developing a high performing culture of innovation, creativity and positive change to bring projects in on time and below budget.
Homing in on strengths and abilities leading to successful career progression.
Thinking differently in complex organisational systems to bring about efficiencies.
Courageous conversations in conflict management to build strong, high performing teams.
Utilising design thinking to respond to challenges in the business environment.
Finding work/life balance whilst maintaining focus, achievement and performance.
I specialise in coaching senior leaders in education and corporate services. This creates a supportive and secure space to allow those I works with to realise personal, professional and organisational goals. My primary motivation is to offer bespoke coaching for those who work in a high-performance environment to improve their individual and organisational performance.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
After 30 years in education, I decided that I wanted to continue my passion for working and helping others achieve their goals, particularly those that may seem impossible.
Fun facts about Calum Maxwell!
Since when do you live on the French Riviera?
I’ve had a place in Nice since 2017 and split my time between here and Glasgow.
Where are you originally from?
Born in Dumfries in South West Scotland but have lived in Glasgow for 30 years.
What is your favourite wine?
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
I am passionate about classic cars! And have spent my life buying, selling and enjoying them.
In Nice I currently have a 1975 Citroen Mehari and a very rare 1972 Mini 1275GT which you will see me zooming about in when I’m over in Nice.
I’m looking to meet new friends as I spend more and more time in Nice but also to make great business connections at the same time.