Leadership Development Consultant
Catherine is a leadership development consultant with experience in coaching and facilitating learning interventions to CEO level. She is an engaging, thoughtful and challenging developer of people.
With an operational background in the gas and electricity industry and experience of managing remote and office based teams, Catherine has been involved with identifying, designing and implementing learning and development solutions to a wide range of clients over the last 25 years. Catherine has successfully managed large scale change programmes, designed assessment and induction programmes and has designed and facilitated leadership programmes around relationships, communications, inclusion, change and personal impact.
Catherine has worked in partnership with coaching experts to deliver coaching programmes, coaches on a 1:1 and small group basis and favours experiential learning, where the application to workplace is followed through. Catherine bases her development ideas on real scenarios and has a wide experience of developing competency frameworks and training strategies for new business. Catherine is passionate about developing others and providing accessible and memorable learning and has mentored graduates, high potential managers and women throughout their career path, as well as designing specific mentoring training to meet diversity needs.
Catherine has an honours degree in Sociology, an NVQ in Learning & Development and a Coaching Diploma, is MBTi and SDI accredited and specialises in helping others raise their self-awareness and supporting choices and development to change behaviour through coaching and facilitation.
Catherine’s business development success includes:
Programme managed and drove a new global inclusion and diversity strategy and embedding inclusive leadership throughout the organisation, so that recruitment, succession and retention were improved and a range of external recognition awards achieved.
Designed and managed the rollout of a behavioural change programme to drive performance and focus equally on behaviour as the achievement of task.
Catherine’s Personal Success includes:
Won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Learning & Development – in recognition of her initiation and development of: two in-house women’s development programmes, a Women’s Network, specific Mentoring training and a Co Coaching programme.
Catherine was a judge for the BiTC Opportunity Now Inclusive Culture Award and Agility Award and was a finalist in the ORC Equality Award. She is also a business mentor for entrepreneurs and small start-ups.
Outside of work she helps run a community gospel choir, leads a junior church group for teenagers, facilitates marriage preparation workshops and takes an active leadership role at a local community centre. She also runs a local women’s business network group, inspiring and building confidence in new business owners.
Catherine’s key areas of expertise include:
- Behavioural awareness and impact
- Change Management
- Coaching and mentoring
- Competency development
- Inclusion and diversity
- Leadership and management development
- Personal effectiveness and time management
- Team development
- Unconscious Bias
“The delivery style of the facilitator was excellent. So engaging and interesting, such a fantastic role model and example of how to be a great facilitator”. Facilitation Skills Workshop, BiTC Manager
“Through your continuous support, encouragement, praise and genuine recognition of my efforts I feel I’ve grown and leant so much in a profession I have come to love, enjoy and be passionate about. I’ll never forget the value and difference you’ve made to me as a person and to my working life”. Female Mentee in the workplace
“I attended Catherine’s workshop on Inclusive Leadership at the Equality ACTion conference. I found the workshop dynamic and full of useful information and it really made me think. Catherine encouraged all members of the group to voice their opinions and share their experiences and she presented the information in a format which was easy to understand and which kept everybody engaged throughout.” PR Manager, Equal Approach Limited
“Catherine is a great facilitator and works well with all different types of groups. She is very professional, whilst creating good relationships with all those who work with her.” Relationship Manager
“Catherine made the exercises and sessions fun and relevant and kept the whole group engaged throughout.”High Performance Teams Workshop, Communications Business Partner
“I worked with Catherine as she guided a small group of three delegates through a series of fairly intensive experiential exercises. She paced the session perfectly and established a level of safety and trust which enabled people to work through some difficult personal work situations and end the session feeling much better equipped to deal with them on their return to the workplace. As well as these specific personal learnings, there was a high degree of quality reflection which I believe will allow participants to broaden their learning and apply it to a wide range of situations. I really hope to work with Catherine again in the near future.” Business Actor, Management Trainer, Workshop Designer
“Her passion, sustained commitment to the cause and tenacity in the face of obstacles are an inspiration to the rest of the team”.Transformation Director, National Grid
“Catherine has real passion for diversity issues, combined with a focus on action and results. She is clear about what she wants and uses her broader learning and development experience to great effect. A good partner to work with.”
Director, Global Inclusion and Diversity, Schneider-Ross
“I have worked with Catherine over a number of years across a range of L&D and I&D programmes. She is a consummate professional, performance driven and thorough. She has a real expertise in the I&D arena and thought leadership in professional / employee skills development. An asset to any organisation.” Senior Manager, Business Capability & Skills