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Max Fyfe

United Kingdom

‘I used to think that to create the kind of change our world needs, it was the leader at the top, that held the power – and if only we could help them to realise. I started on a mission and was inspired by the power of people, on the ground that were building community movements. Ultimately though, the story that I had to reconsider was how it is up to all of us, at every level from young people to CEOs to connect with what brings us alive, discover what kind of change is meaningful to us and to act within the systems we’re a part of. It is up to each of us, wherever we are, to meet the great challenges of the 21st Century. And I love that line, “do what you can, with what you have, where you are”.

I am a learning design consultant and facilitator with a keen passion for the learning experience developed through 15 years of learning programmes for young people and adults. After an early career deep dive into music production, business development in the private sector and as a co-director for a community arts organisation in Bristol, I began exploring how I might bring my full self to create change in the world. I simultaneously started to explore complexity approaches to change making and found a natural flair for youth work. I worked with every youth organisation that would have me, including students on the fringes of society, the at-risk, ‘gifted and talented’, teenage boys and residential and social action programmes. This naturally led to stepping into programme development and delivery at a senior level resulting in leading on the British Councils flagship youth programme for the MENA region supporting 16,000+ young people through a personal and professional development programme in partnership with multiple schools, community groups and businesses across nine countries. With skills forged in the fires of personal and professional development for young people, I’ve developed a creative, holistic thinking, versatile skill set and made a pivot to utilise these skills and approaches to support organisational development and learning.

“Max is one of the most energetic, creative, confident and collaborative facilitators I have ever worked with. He knows how to mix approaches and is always full of energy and passion for the learning experience”

Heba Essameldeen, Project Manager, British Council, Qatar

Specialties & Passions

  • Enhancing the learning experience for participants at all levels
  • Programme design and development of transformational learning experiences
  • Group facilitation and programme delivery
  • Initiating peer-led approaches to learning

Work Experience

  • 2 years senior leadership in community organisation including as co-director
  • 5 years business development in the private sector
  • 10+ years at multiple youth and community organisations working with young people and adults including at senior levels training and managing teams of youth workers, facilitators and managers
  • 5 years leading in the development, delivery and expansion of British Councils flagship youth programme for the MENA region in partnership with HSBC


  • Systemic Mapping & Constellations Training Modules 1, 2 & 3 with Jenny Mackewn in partnership with International Coaching Federation
  • Co-Creating the Emerging Future (formerly Ecological Leadership and Facilitation), Certificate in Leadership & Facilitation, Schumacher College
  • Sustainability Toolkit, Schumacher Institute, (Post- Graduate Certificate at MSc level)
  • I have a strong working technical proficiency in media technology, online digital platforms, hardware and software packages including Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Photoshop and InDesign developed from Diploma in Higher Education – Music Technology Specialist, University of West London and self-taught.
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