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Cath Bishop

Olympic Medalist, Diplomat
    Topics & Types
    Inspiration & MotivationPeak PerformanceTeamworkAthletes & CommentatorsFemale Speakers

    Cath is a speaker and leadership consultant, drawing on her practical experience from two high pressure careers as an Olympic rower and a senior diplomat specialising in conflict stabilisation. 

    Despite a non-sporty start at school, Cath went on in her rowing career to compete at three Olympic Games, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, with highlights including winning the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. As a diplomat specialising in conflict issues, Cath was posted to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Basra, Iraq, as well as leading in Whitehall on the UK civilian contribution to conflicts around the world.

    Drawing on her unique combination of experience, Cath understands the resilience and leadership required to manage complex challenges that come from exceptionally high pressure demands in the workplace, sporting arena and at home.  Both rowing and international diplomacy offer relevant analogies for the interdependency and collaboration that is essential to business success, and with her experience at the top end of both fields, Cath has also developed practical strategies for getting both individuals and teams to focus on delivering exceptional results under the toughest of circumstances. 

    Cath has an MA in Modern Languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge, an MPhil in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a PhD in contemporary German literature from the University of Reading.  She is the mother of two young children, and is also the Chair of the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club which made history in April 2015 when, for the first time ever, the women’s Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race took place on the same course and on the same global stage as the men’s 187 year old iconic Boat race.  Her speaking work includes companies, such as Coca Cola Enterprises, GE Healthcare and Microsoft, and Cath has led workshops and seminars for business schools, including the Said Business School, Imperial College Business School, Ashridge Business School and the Leadership Trust on topics including resilience, leadership, high performing teams, peak performance and dealing with pressure. 

    Cath has a Certificate in Executive Coaching (Academy of Executive Coaching) alongside experience of Civil Service coaching programmes and sports coaching experience.  Cath is also Strengthscope accredited and has recently written for the leading executive coaching magazine and been a panelist on the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking series, and is always looking to combine her unique multiple perspectives with the latest research to develop effective, practical high performance strategies.

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