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Catherine Thornley

Your Leadership and Personal Performance Coach

My raison d'etre is to help you get out of the weeds and grow the business you really want - without breaking yourself in the process. 

I've been developing talented people into great leaders for over 20 years and it’s never just been about boosting work performance.  A beautiful side effect has been witnessing the transformative impact on lives beyond work.

I'm a warm-hearted, open, curious and deep thinker who loves nothing more than helping you tune out the noise and trust yourself as you confidently choose your next steps.  And keeping you focussed and flourishing while you take action to get results in a way that works for YOU makes me really happy.

Drawing on years of leadership and people development programme design and delivery, I know what works and have a ton of effective tools and mental models in my kit bag. But you won't get fire-hosed with information overload or prescriptive formulas, just the right tools for the job at the right time for you.

And if you work with me, we'll be paying attention to your being as much as the doing and achieving.

Keep reading if you're curious about why I do the work I do ...


Want to know if I can help you?

I'm inviting you to join me for a virtual cuppa to see if I'm the right coach for you, 


You'll get a taste of my coaching style for free, ask me all the questions you need and I'll get to learn more about you and your business.  It'll take around 45 minutes (or less) and you'll leave the call knowing exactly how you want to  move forward.


Got questions before booking a call?

Drop me a message using my Contact Form


My Story

Being hit by a chronic illness rocked my world. It left me bed bound with my hair falling out and it challenged my identity as a strong, independent go-getter.  During my long recovery,, a little chink of something inside grew bigger than my fear.   So what was I going to do with this utterly unwelcome but life changing 'gift'?

I decided to change my default future and redirect myself towards what I truly wanted.


After hiding in shame that I was no longer the goal smashing wonder woman I'd once been (yep I actually did that for a while) I chose to tap into my strengths and find my focus based on what I really care about - And then , importantly, I let go of the rest and got started.


As a high achiever with perfectionist and people pleasing tendencies, it wasn't easy, let me tell ya! But, having thought my way through most of my life, I knew it was time to let my heart have its way.

This profound personal experience is what drives my passion to support overwhelmed and almost-over-it-all business owners to regain their power, prioritise their wellbeing and reignite their energy and confidence  - so they can get out of their head and into action and go after what truly matters to them. To choose their unique path to the freedom and truth that exists for all of us.  To succeed and achieve without sacrificing themselves for their work.

I've combined that passion and drive with over 20 years of professional training, coaching and consultancy expertise, gained in global, blue chip organisations - focusing on leadership and personal skills development.  I've run global projects, led remote teams and am CIPD and MBTI qualified.  I also know what it takes to run a small business too - this is my second and I let the first one go because i had the wisdom to know what was good for me!

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