Cath draws on her careers as an Olympic rower and conflict diplomat, combined with her experience of working with a wide range of organisations across sectors to raise performance, transform cultures and develop effective leadership and teams.
As an Olympic rower, Cath competed at three Olympic Games. Highlights include winning the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. As a diplomat for over a decade, Cath specialised in conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq, as well as leading in Whitehall on the UK civilian contribution to stabilising conflicts around the world. These experiences equipped her with leadership, negotiating skills, resilience, and the ability to deliver outstanding performance under extremely challenging circumstances.
Cath is currently working on a book, 'The Long Win' that challenges the often narrow lens we have on what winning means, and sets out a new way of thinking and reframing success across business, sport and education.
Underpinned by the latest research from business schools, leadership theory and organisational psychology, Cath brings insights as a speaker, facilitator, consultant and writer into how organisations can develop a clarity of purpose, a constant learning mindset and genuine collaboration to achieve success. Cath’s expertise lies in building effective leaders, developing resilience and high performing teams, and Cath has a passionate interest in helping women to reach their leadership potential.
Cath continues to be active in supporting the next generation of sporting talent, including through support of the Youth Sport Trust, the Women’s Sport Trust and the Executive Committee of Cambridge University’s Women’s Boat Club. Cath has commentated for Henley Royal Regatta and the BBC Boat Races and been invited to review the newspapers on Radio 4’s Broadcasting House. Cath is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.
Cath worked with me on a programme for senior leaders from an investment company approaching a time of rapid change. Her insights into excellence, collaboration and communication were memorable for the participants due to her credibility, experience and stories from both Olympic sport as well as international diplomacy which illustrated well the critical factors for successful leadership and high performance from not just one exciting world, but two.
Ashridge Executive Education