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Maxine Mawhinney

Maxine Mawhinney is a former BBC News Anchor who brings with her an incredible 40 years of world class journalism and broadcasting experience. She is a fine and hugely motivating speaker, event and awards host, conference facilitator and panel moderator.


About Maxine Mawhinney

Moreover she is an extremely skilled interviewer making her an excellent moderator across a myriad of topics. Combining that rare combination of warmth, knowledge, authority and experience Maxine is also an excellent event and conference host. In addition, she is also an extremely sought after keynote speaker on a wide range of topics and has delivered a Tedx talk.




Maxine Mawhinney began her broadcasting career at BBC Northern Ireland in radio and television before moving to Ulster Television and then on to ITN in London.  When Sky News began in 1988, she was appointed Ireland Correspondent returning to Northern Ireland during a turbulent period in The Troubles.

She reported on the violence of bombings and shootings, as well as political and economic progress north and south of the Irish border.  Maxine then spent two years in Tokyo as the Asian News Editor for Reuters TV. During this time she covered the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, elections in India, Pakistan and Malaysia and the first Asian Games in China, She also reported from the Falkland Islands

In October 1992 she became Washington Correspondent for the British breakfast television station ‘GMTV’ when it launched.  Reporting from the United States for four years, Maxine covered some of the biggest stories of the 90’s.

Waco siege, the Oklahoma Bomb, OJ Simpson’s trial and the Clinton Presidency

On returning to the BBC in 1996 Maxine became a presenter on BBC World TV in London. It was during this time, she anchored single handed throughout the night when Princess Diana died. This was broadcast live across the world.

Later Maxine moved to BBC News 24 (the BBC continuous new channel) when it launched. She then became one of the main presenters on BBC News. She also presented the BBC One national news bulletins at weekends and Dateline London, a live current affairs discussion programme for BBC World TV.

Award winning Journalist

Maxine was also heavily involved in the training of the next generation of journalists and broadcasters. She was the leading trainer of presenters and reporters for the BBC College of Journalism. She continues to work with other leading broadcasters throughout Europe.  The recipient of several awards for her work these include two from the ‘American Committee for Excellence in Journalism’. They also include one from’ Lincoln University School of Journalism’, USA, for foreign coverage of American affairs.

In 2017 Maxine was confirmed as a senior faculty member at The Karoninska Institute in Stockholm on the Leadership and Communications programme.

Her speeches incorporate reflections from 20 years as a top BBC journalist and news anchor covering global events. Furthermore Maxine’s inspirational and empowering speeches are suitable for a wide range of audiences.

She is also extremely passionate about inclusive education and is a committed supporter of the IEF – Integrated Education Fund in Northern Ireland.

Speech Topics

Ever wondered what it is like to be a top TV news anchor?  Journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney takes you behind the scenes to show you want goes into making a BBC News programme. See the studio from the other side, peek into the control gallery, try your hand at reading the autocue and have a go at interviewing. This is a fun hands-on talk with video and lots of audience interaction.

Talk and Q&A

Journalist and broadcaster Maxine Mawhinney has had an amazing career which took her from the back streets of Belfast during the Troubles, all over the world as a foreign correspondent and to the top of the BBC as a senior TV news anchor. Covering everything from bombs to Royal deaths and births and the presidency of Bill Clinton. Maxine reported live from many locations.  These included Belfast, London, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Washington DC.. TV companies she worked for include Sky News, ITN, GMTV, Reuters, BBC  But many ask is such a glittering career path ever smooth?  Hear about the obstacles and choices and how her path over 40 years as a journalist was defined by a series of phone calls and the choices that they presented.

Booking Information


"Maxine have been a delight to work with and I hear from all involved in the evening that her speech was ideal for the group and context. It got our course off to a great start and all group members have sent very positive evaluations of the evening – each citing Maxine’s input as a “what went well” feature."

Leadership East

"Maxine was a brilliant host for our corporate event – it was a refreshing change to have a strong female leading the day! From start to finish, Maxine ensured the event ran smoothly and to time. Her experience as a live TV news anchor shone through when she facilitated the expert panel debate, asking the questions that the audience were all thinking. The audience feedback has been glowing and we look forward to rebooking Maxine for future events. Thanks so much once again!"

Hollie Shenton, Inenco

"Maxine helped us to develop a media day for the athletes on our Equestrian World Class Programme who are preparing for Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024. Maxine delivered a number of interactive media skill sessions throughout the day that gave the athletes more confidence to prepare and present themselves on camera. Her extensive knowledge and experience in broadcasting was delivered in an enthusiastic and very ‘user friendly’ style that really delivered key messages whilst maintaining the attention of her audience."

British Equestrian Federation

"Maxine has the unique ability to engage the audience allowing them to feel part of the debate. She is also a genius at ensuring the debate flows, is comprehensible and relevant. She is a thoroughly delightful professional and one of the best brains in the business."

Liesel Smith, Federation of Small Businesses Policy conference

"She comes with a glowing reputation as a BBC journalist and anchor and it is well earned. She has displayed at all times the probing journalistic instincts and absolute impartiality which would be expected of a senior BBC journalist. She is thorough, polite, professional and a pleasure to work with"

Riina Luik, EPIO.

"Thank you for bringing such dynamism to the panel discussion in particular. You ensured this was one of the most appreciated sessions of our meeting."

Martin Price, Janssen

"Thank you so much we couldn’t have wished for a better or more inspirational session. Your talk was hugely appreciated by the audience."

Fran Acheson, Event co-ordinator Coventry Storytelling Festival,

"It was obvious how much the group enjoyed your speech. You inspired and made each person feel the most important in the room. The feedback was glowing. Thank you for being the perfect guest."

James Porter, Journalism Foundation

"There was a real buzz in the room and everyone was thrilled to bits by your speech."

Baroness May Blood

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