• Business Coach in Bristol

Leadership, executive & business coaching & training

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive: and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.  “

Maya Angelou


Could you benefit from working with a coach who will hold you accountable and support and challenge you to achieve your potential?

I am an experienced, qualified executive and business coach. I work with individuals, SMEs and organisations (UK & Welsh government, NHS, sustainability, energy, finance, recruitment, property, marketing & creative, retail, legal in the private, public & third sectors.)

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 a different perspective, challenging long held, unhelpful beliefs and patterns which will be holding you and your team or business back. It works brilliantly for personal, professional and business growth and development.

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 and I work hard to make it enjoyable! Through the use of considered questions and the use of thoroughly researched tools and models, we will find ways that work for you to establish new behaviours that will move you forward successfully.

I work in Bristol, the South West, South Wales and London and am happy to arrange Skype coaching sessions.

Would you like to know what clients say? Read coaching testimonials here.

Read about the logistics of coaching here.

I am a member of and adhere to the European Coaching and Mentoring Council’s code of ethics. I am a member of a supervision group and attend regular training and CPD events. I am committed to ensuring I keep up with the latest coaching research and theory in order to deliver the best coaching programmes possible.

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

Training & workshops

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.

I have run courses for businesses, consultancies and public sector organisations. I am currently working with Academi Wales, the Welsh Government’s training arm, to deliver masterclasses on listening skills for leaders in the public sector.

  • 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! – the power of listening”- Developing effective and deeper listening skills to establish greater rapport and engagement.
  • “From Here to Civility” – uncivil behaviours cost business and organisations time and money, through stress, low productivity, attrition.  It’s a growing concern and something needs to be done about it.
  • 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. I am a certified resilience practitioner and have a wealth of tools to help.
  • Clarity day – to ensure your team is clear on purpose – theirs and the organisation’s.
  • Coaching skills at work – implementing basic coaching skills to enable better communication through listening and respect, quality questioning, enabling others to help themselves and find their own solutions.

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. Commitments are made at the end to ensure the learning continues and steps are taken to change behaviours.

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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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CEO National Charity

“(Coaching) was a process of developing greater self-awareness, emotional resilience and focus. This was achieved through being consistently challenged about my self-limiting beliefs, proactively exploring options for growth and development and practicing new behaviours between sessions. 

I transitioned from feeling helpless and worthless to a confident and productive leader with greater self-awareness about the value I bring.

A year later,  my productivity had increased significantly and this had made an impact to the strategic performance of the charity.  I had personally agreed five major corporate sponsorships and the overall financial outcome for the charity at the end of 2018 had changed from a forecasted deficit to a surplus.”

CEO, National Charity

Director, Articulate Communications.

“Catrin has challenged me to think differently, given me more confidence in my abilities and encouraged me to set my sights higher.

With her guidance I’ve made small, sustainable changes to the way I work that have very quickly delivered benefits. And she’s helped me become more focused, working towards long-term goals that are aligned with my professional and personal ambitions.

This was my first experience of coaching, and I wish I’d done it sooner. I plan to work with Catrin regularly over the coming months and years.”

Mary Hamblyn, Director, Articulate.

CFO, Global tech/engineering firm.

“Discussing confidential thoughts to someone completely independent was so useful.

Your approach allowed me to talk openly without being judged. You have a knack of eeking out the answer that lies within.  I always felt very positive about myself afterwards.

Will you recommend coaching to others?

Definitely. It’s always good to talk to someone impartial, who allows you to talk and knows when and how to ask the right questions.

CFO, global tech & engineering.

Owner, Planning Ventures

“We were singing your praises again today to some work colleagues and saying that you were the best decision we made this year. So thank you so much for all your help, guidance and support.

Not sure how we managed before we found you.”

Julie Lamming, Co-owner, Planning Ventures.

Strategy & Governance Director, Sustrans.

“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.

MD, TGC Renewables

“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

The more successful you are, very often, the more isolated you feel.  Making good decisions is vital and having a sounding board, a critical friend, in the form of a coach really helps.  Totally confidential, you can discuss weaknesses, dilemmas and plan a successful path ahead.  Coaching provides space for you to find clarity, focus, an outside, independent view which supports and challenges you to be your best. Whether you want more time, better productivity, communication, less stress, confidence in your own voice, coaching works.

I work with CEOs, CFOs and the senior people in a range of organisations as well as Managing Directors and Directors in business. Get in touch to ask about coaching programmes.

Business growth coaching

As a growing business, you may want to consolidate and consider your next move.  You may be considering plans for exit, however near or far time wise. Working with a business coach will help you identify what you want for the business and what you need to make that happen.  Having scheduled meetings to address planning means that you don’t get distracted by the day to day.

Growth is so much more successful if you have a clear plan, and can ensure staff are clear about the plan, too. I have worked with so many different types of business and seen what works and what doesn’t and this insight can prove hugely useful for growth.  Get in touch to discuss a coaching programme.

Management & team training

Listening carefully to so many clients and businesses, I have designed original training courses that are engaging and bring real change in thinking and behaviours.  My courses are facilitative in style and enable participants to really engage and make changes to the way they work and interact.  From communication styles to managing others and themselves, adopting a coaching style of managing people or transforming uncivil behaviours; investing in training is always money well spent.

From SMEs to large organisations, UK and Welsh Government, I can tailor make a course for your team.

Get in touch to ask me about training courses for your teams.

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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.