• Business Coach in Bristol

Executive & business coaching & training


For leaders & managers in business & organisations.

I am an experienced, fully qualified  executive and business coach (University of the West of England Business School). All my work is confidential, insured and  I adhere to the European Coaching and Mentoring Council’s code of ethics. I work with individuals, SMEs and organisations in a range of fields (for example sustainability, energy, finance, recruitment, property, marketing & creative, retail, legal in the private, public & third sectors.

Coach as sounding board and critical friend

Working with a coach provides a sounding board, a critical friend who enables you to work through what works, what doesn’t and create a clear plan. Coaching acts as a catalyst that gets you thinking differently and from another perspective, challenging long held, unhelpful beliefs and patterns.  Coaching is a process of focused conversations which lead to clear plans for action and change.

Whether it’s for developing professionally, your business or people, coaching is a proven method for changing behaviours that lasts.

The coaching process is fascinating and hugely rewarding.

If you’d like to discuss how you, your business or organisation could benefit from coaching, please email or call 07785 996917.

Training for your team

I design creative, interesting, original material that creates and embeds changes to behaviour and thinking that last back in the workplace. All the material is derived from real life situations and the experiences of people I’ve worked with. I am a certified resilience practitioner and have studied positive psychology and use this knowledge in the training.

  • MANTRA – managing well – enhancing people management skills and reducing stress for managers & increasing wellbeing. Instead of considering superficial management, this course is designed to address the obstacles that get in the way of managing effectively.
  • “Hear! hear – getting good at listening”- Developing effective and deeper listening skills to establish greater rapport
  • Clear communication – strong communication skills are pivotal to establishing strong relationships.
  • Creative thinking – our work patterns often don’t allow for any original thinking.  Taking time to look at things differently and create space for innovation can transform business and organisations.
  • Resilience boost – strategies for your teams to take the knocks & find ways to learn and move on.
  • Clarity day – to ensure your team is clear on purpose – theirs and the organisation’s.
  • Coaching skills – improve listening skills, identify goals and planning, gaining perspectives

Delivered in a facilitative, coaching style, courses are designed to work with the knowledge in the room and encourages the sharing of individual experiences and best practice, which in turns promotes engagement and buy in.

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Contact me to discuss a coaching or training programme.  All my work is confidential and as a professionally trained and accredited coach, I am a member of a coaching supervision group, adhere to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council code of ethics and am fully insured. I ensure I keep up with developments in the theory and application of coaching through CPD, as required by the EMCC.

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Testimonials from coaching clients

“My time with you has equipped with me a whole handbook of tools to support my development and wellbeing – ways of thinking, tricks to get me thinking and acting differently. I am much more consistent in my ability to keep “wellbeing” as an active part of my inner dialogue and also in my conversations with my team and manager. You’ve helped me not only to survive but to begin to thrive again.”

Alex Allen Strategy and Governance Director, Sustrans.


“I have worked with Catrin over a couple of years. She is hugely skilful
and able to ask insightful questions to help bring clarity of thought to
complex business issues and relationships. This clarity of thought has
enabled focused actions on my part, which have in turn led to amazing
business results.”

Ben Cosh, Managing Director, TGC Renewables.

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Bristol business coach

Coaching for leaders & senior executives

When you’re at the top, getting an honest view from the outside can be a challenge. A Managing Director of a large media firm said recently “you’re the only one I can tell this to”. Gain an outside perspective to bring clarity, reduce stress and enable you to make better decisions. Few successful people are without a coach who acts as a sounding board where you can discuss confidentially your plans.

Boost your business with coaching

As a growing business, you may want to consolidate and consider your next move.  Working with a business coach will help you identify what you want for the business and what you need to make that happen.  Growth is so much more successful if you have a clear plan, and can ensure staff are clear about the plan, too. Coaching is an investment that is worth making, saving you time and money in the longer term.

Management & team training

Listening carefully to so many clients and businesses, I have designed original training modules and courses that are engaging and bring real change in thinking and behaviours.  For new managers and those who need a boost, ask about The Mantra of Management. Transform your teams with Resilience techniques and improve communication.  A course in coaching skills and language is vital for many organisations who want to improve communication and support.

Sign up for insight into a variety of topics e.g., resilience skills, goal setting, effective leadership and management skills.

I read a lot of books, attend a number of workshops in the world of coaching, positive psychology, resilience, business growth etc.  I also observe what works for clients and what doesn’t.  I write about what I’ve learnt, in the hope that it might be useful for you.  I hope you like what I write.  If you don’t, you can always unsubscribe – I won’t be offended!

Want to know more about working with a coach?

If you are looking for coaching or want to know more about training for your team, email me with an outline of what you’re looking for and any questions that you may have. We can then set up a no obligation call or meeting to discuss.

You may have reservations about speaking to a coach.  Perhaps you think it will be like therapy.  It’s not. Perhaps you think you will have to do things you don’t want to? You won’t – you’re in charge.   Consider how changing some aspects of how you do things could transform you and your work or business. Coaching does often invite you to step out of your comfort zone, but you’ll be glad you did.

I look forward to hearing from you.

info@catrinmacdonnell.co.uk 07785 996917.