Coaching & training consultancy

Catrin MacDonnell coach

I am non judgmental. a great listener and love helping people develop their potential. I am a creative thinker and encourage clients to try out new ways of communicating and behaving, as I firmly believe that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” as Einstein said.
We can control our own reactions and choose how to react, which in turn can influence others and how they behave.
I have a great deal of experience in my own businesses and working with many senior leaders and business owners across many sectors from finance, creative, recruitment, property, retail, government and this has given me immense insight into what works and what doesn’t.
I am honest and appreciate honesty.
Get in touch if you’d like to talk about coaching and training.

Qualifications & training

  • Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching, Bristol Business School (University of the West of England ILM Level 5)
  • Member of Critical Coaching Research Group, with the purpose to refine and improve practice.
  • Coaching Core Competencies certificate
  • Positive Psychology for Coaching Professionals with Dr.Chris Johnstone
  • Resilience Practitioner certificate, The College of Wellbeing, September to November 2016
  • Nominated Entrepreneur Ambassador in the South West New Entrepreneur Scholarship
  • Awarded scholarship to study “Entrepreneurship” at Babson College, Massachussetts 2005
  • Established award winning food business, Papadeli 2002 (most recently nominated Best Independent Retailer in the South West by Observer Food Monthly readers (2014, 2015 & 2016)

What I bring as a coach and trainer

  • business acumen: I have been involved in running my own business and coaching leaders in businesses for over 15 years.
  • focus: I work hard to listen to what you say and maintain a focus on what’s important.
  • clarity: I strive to clear my mind so that I can ask questions to help you find clarity around your issues.
  • decision making: a coach can ask the questions to challenge and stretch your thinking, bringing about well thought through decisions
  • a different perspective: coaching enables you to step out of your day to day and see things differently. Seeing things from the perspective of others can bring new insights.
  • stress reduction: doing the same thing over and over without stopping to work out what could change – stress helps no-one and is toxic. Coaching helps you identify how you want to be and put steps in place to maintain or increase productivity, reducing stress levels.
  • better relationships: with stress, misunderstandings etc relationships can suffer.  This is bad for you and for business.  Coaching brings tools for improving relationships and communication.
  • a plan for you and your business: we rush through life without stopping to think what we really want – for ourselves and work/business.  Coaching gives you the time to really identify what you want and holds you accountable to ensure you get there.
  • A sense of humour: last but not least, I think it’s vital that we all maintain a sense of humour (where appropriate, of course!)


  • The Bristol and Bath Coaching Network
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Critical Coaching group
  • Peer supervision for coaches

I have full professional indemnity insurance.