Cathy’s style is to work supportively but also to be challenging in the relationships with her clients, to offer honest feedback and to challenge the status quo; to facilitate learning beyond the superficial; and to seek ways forward to produce real and lasting change.
She has extensive experience of working as a coach, facilitator, mediator and developer in organisations. She has designed and delivered a wealth of leadership, management, organisational development and executive coaching programmes tailored to meet the individual requirements of the public, private or not-for-profit sector client. She has also helped develop the effectiveness of many senior teams and Boards.
Cathy began her career working for the Probation Service before taking learning and development roles in the Milk Marketing Board, United Biscuits, Mars and Assistant Director at Roffey Park Institute, where she was a core member of the delivery team for Roffey Park's long-running flagship programmes: 'Interpersonal Relationships in Organisations' and 'Personal Effectiveness and Power'. She left to start up her own consultancy business which she has run for over 25 years. She continues as an Associate of Roffey Park.
Experience and expertise
A key focus for Cathy is building the leadership capability of her clients. Highly skilled in developing and empowering individuals, facilitating organisational change and resolving conflict between groups and individuals, she has a strong sense of personal integrity contributing to a model of true partnership working with clients and colleagues. She is highly skilled at noticing what is going on beneath the surface in leadership teams, sharing her observations and encouraging team members to be curious about their own processes.
Recently delivered programmes have included those to:
The senior leadership teams of a range of highly regulated organisations including in health and social care, utilities, pharmaceuticals, train operating companies, financial services and government departments to support them in leading their organisations to manage significant change and uncertainty
Senior Civil Servants in a range of government departments (incl. CPS, DWP, DfID, House of Commons and FCO, up to Perm. Sec. level) to develop their collective and individual leadership capability and support them in developing an effective leadership community, engaging their people to achieve high levels of performance against a backdrop of resource cuts and organisational change
A main contractor working on the HS2 rail project, where she worked part-time as a Collaboration Partner, leading them in establishing effective leadership and a culture of collaboration across the supply chain
NHS Consultants and senior managers in a Health Board under special measures, to enable them to review their ways of working, develop a ‘whole team’ ethos, and establish an effective service for the future
Qualifications, Accreditations and Memberships
Member of the Assoc. for Coaching and a Principal Member of the Association of Business Psychologists
Member of the Occupational Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society
Accredited Workplace and Commercial Mediator (SPC 2007)
A bit more about Cathy...
Cathy lives with her husband Paul in South Wales and loves walking in the hills around the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains. She has developed something of a passion for up-cycling furniture - in their house, if something can be painted in chalk paint, then it probably will be (or has been)!