Qualifications and Affiliations
• Diploma in Life and Business Coaching with The Irish Life
Coach Institute, Dublin (2008).
• Member of BACP Coaching Division
• Professional Qualification for Headship PQHNI (2004)
• Master of Business Studies(MBS) in Human Resource
Management (University College, Dublin) (Scholarship 1994)
• Master of Education (Educational Management and
Administration) (University of Manchester (1992)
• Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy PCI College Dublin (in
association with Middlesex University (2011)
• Accredited member of BACP
• Certificate in Interpersonal Communication (Dr. Tony
Humphreys) University College Cork (2018)
•Advanced Diploma in Mental Health & Wellbeing Coaching from Kingston College
Experience in one to one coaching
My experience as a school Principal in the Primary sector for seventeen years coupled with a valuable secondment to The Education Authority has motivated me to work full-time as a Wellbeing Consultant, Trainer & Leadership Coach within the Education sector.
• Leadership and Wellbeing Coach for Principals (2017-present)
I have been a leadership coach with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) since its inception in 2017. I am also a Coach with the Education Authority in NI.
My coaching approach is warm, focused and supportively challenging grounded in a relationship of trust and friendliness.
My specialist area is Leadership Resilience and I work with school leaders to help them manage the pressures and demands of a deeply rewarding but increasingly complex and challenging role. I have been privileged to witness significant transformations in the professional lives of school leaders who have prioritised their own wellbeing as a key part of the coaching process. These benefits also carry over into their personal lives.
Recurring coaching themes include: - Negotiating challenging relationships, time & energy management, improving work/life balance & creating a personalised resilience toolkit.
• Regular Contributor to EA Conferences for School Leaders
I frequently deliver presentations and workshops on the topics of Wellbeing and Resilience for a range of Educational Bodies.
Lead facilitator and Wellbeing Coach on Inspire Training Programmes ‘The Resilient Leader’ - (2015-2016).
I co-facilitated these bespoke wellbeing training programmes with an integrated coaching element, providing school leaders with a regular supportive space to reflect on and build upon their current resilience levels.
• Coach/Mentor for Newly Appointed Principals (2010-2015).
I was a coach/mentor for The Regional Training Unit over a two-year period agreeing, supporting and evaluating progress on Principal priorities such as: - School development planning, Performance management & Raising Standards. I also delivered Middle and Senior Leadership Programmes during my secondment.