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Catherine Williamson

Catherine Thompson


Over the last ten years, I have changed practically every aspect of my life. Corporate director to self-employed, retraining and launching a successful new career as an executive coach, whilst as a single parent juggling the demands of a young family with my own ambitions for personal happiness.

I have been coached throughout this process and it has been the defining aspect that catapulted me forward at times when I became stuck, alternatively slowed me down when in my mania for distraction I was spinning a million plates.

What being coached has taught me is there is no replacement for getting out there and ‘feeling the fear’. Nothing of worth I have achieved over the last decade has come from taking the easy or comfy option or trying to circumvent the tough bits.

The humility, humour and acquired wisdom of this journey are what I bring to my clients. Sometimes they are executives who live in the constant fear of being tapped on the shoulder and exposed 'as a fraud' other times leaders who want to spend more time with their partners not their PC!


Paul McClenaghan ~ Commercial Director Halfords

I have found my time with Catherine to be invaluable. She is incredibly insightful and our sessions together have been both enjoyable and challenging. She has helped me gain real perspective and personal introspection from which I, and the organisation, have benefitted.

I have been impressed with her experience, methods and approach and would recommend her for future senior coaching.

Ben Kalus ~ Retail Operations Manager at Halfords

To recommend Catherine as a coach is to hugely undervalue the skill she has and the value I have personally got from our time together. Over the last year, I have not only grown in my understanding of how I appear to others, but also in my own understanding of who I am and how I have come to be.

Catherine is extremely agile minded and has a wealth of life experience to draw on - this makes time together always challenging, always fast paced and always a huge amount of fun. Catherine"s greatest quality is that her heart is in everything she does - whatever the focus of time together - Catherine is there in the room with you and you are on that journey as one.

My greatest fear when I embarked upon our time together was that I would be required to become someone that I am not. Instead Catherine helped me to find and understand the greatest gifts already inside me and brought me huge personal peace in being who I really am. The last year with Catherine has given me lessons and learnings that I will continue to revisit and remember for the rest of my life. I can only recommend time with Catherine as genuinely life changing and I will always feel deeply grateful for our time together.

Martin Mason ~ Wolseley - Head of Learning and Development

This is by far the hardest recommendation I have ever written, largely because it is hard to do this amazing woman justice in such few words. Catherine is a rare and extraordinary person who possesses the gifts of warmth, intellect, experience and charm. Having had the privilege to work with Catherine in her Coaching capacity, I was blown away at her skill and ability to skilfully manage the growth and transition of her clients. A rare find and a true friend!

Julie Taylor ~ Water Asset Performance Director at United Utilities

I thought I knew myself and all about life in the "corporate world" until I met Cath. Through our regular coaching sessions not only did I learn a great deal about my own personal beliefs, fears and ambition, I also learnt how to approach and best apply myself in the work and business environment. What use to feel like an uphill struggle to be effective in my role now comes easy, like second nature and the job is so much more enjoyable.

Cath has quite literally taught me how to be the best I can be, both in my personal life and in the working environment. She helped unlock my full potential by "flicking a switch in my mind" she  opened up a whole new world where I'm not frightened of failing, relish the challenges faced and love to succeed. She is a defining moment in my life's journey and I will always be enormously grateful to her. She is a special person with a very special gift.  When you have a gift that helps people fulfil their dreams and potential, then to give it others is the greatest gift of all.

Thank you Cath

Clare Cairns ~ Director of Finance ~ Campden BRI

Catherine challenges, encourages and supports in equal measure - giving you the space to find your own solutions to your own problems and dilemmas.

My sessions with Catherine have not always been comfortable. Her ability to put me on the spot and give me no hiding places from my own excuses was exactly what I need, although I might not have known it at the time! She creates a trusting and safe environment, which encourages honesty and reflection.

Catherine's big personality, sense of humour and straight talking make her like no other Coach I had met before, and I have met a few, but that is what makes her so great.


I am a Coach known to be prepared to ‘slay dragons with compassion’. My clients have experienced considerable personal growth, improved self-esteem and personal effectiveness because I come from a place of integrity and therefore the courage to challenge. Combined with an understanding that embarking on the path of change can be frightening, disorientating and most importantly exhilarating.

I have had my fair share of media exposure. Done my bit on GMTV and The Simon Mayo show. I have been featured in the likes of SHE, Psychologies magazine, The Times and The Daily Mail. I am also a regular columnist and professional speaker.

I am President of the Amateur Association of Speakers ASC for Stratford and South Warwickshire.


Julian Walker ~ Chief Engineer
Head of Mechanical Engineering at Atkins Nuclear

Thanks, your coaching over the past 6 months has been transformational for me.  You have helped me understand my strengths and how to play to them, given me the tools I need to understand complex interpersonal situations, and provided me with confidence to simply be myself.  You’ve helped me go from trying to understand where I fit in the business to knowing where I want to take the business.

It’s been a pleasure working with you.

Malcolm Keat ~ Operations Director ~ Warburton's

As part of our Leadership Development Programme I realised that if I was to "improve" my effectiveness as a Business Leader then I would need the support of an Executive Coach.

This decision resulted in me working with Catherine for just over six months and gaining many insights of what was important for me as an individual and how I might use this to my advantage. It has allowed me to let go many business decisions and also my direct reports to take more responsibility. In particular it made me much more aware of the needs of others in both my business life and my non business life and resulted in many improved relationships. At times it was very challenging as Catherine ensured that I confronted the issues that were causing me to behave in certain ways and also introduced me to techniques that helped my personal understanding. Giving and receiving feedback is a very rewarding part of the programme and I was delighted, surprisingly delighted, with the outcomes. A very rewarding experience.


Executive Coaching

‘Getting out of Your Own Way.’

Are you revered by your colleagues? In control of your career? Blissing out with your soul mate? Doing the dream job that makes a real difference? Living off the royalties from the bestselling book you got round to write? Oh yes, and emerging from the gym twice a week fit and well?

If it were that simple, you would not need Coaches like me.

So what stops us from being, doing and having it all? And why don’t we spend more time with our partners and less with our PCs?

Because … we don’t have a big enough WHY.

And most of us “lead lives of quiet desperation” (Thoreau)

Well not after this Executive Coaching programme, you won’t!

A typical programme lasts for six months, meeting once a month for two hours. At the beginning, we meet to set objectives, preferably with the line manager. Then after the third and final session, there is a review of progress in conjunction with the line manager. This is in order for integration of any new behaviour to take place and to obtain feedback. Embedding new behaviours and ways of thinking requires fresh insight coupled with the repetition of new habits.

Included in a typical Executive Coaching Programme:

  • Preparation for coaching programme based on structured client self assessment, including motivational strategy, skills and resources.
  • Personality profiling assessment
  • Strengths evaluation using Strengths Finder a tool developed by Marcus Buckingham
  • Assessment of self-defeating beliefs derived from the work of Carl Yung
  • Development of personal brand statement
  • Value elicitation and life purpose exploration
  • Preparation for each session by the coach.
  • Unlimited e-mail and telephone access, if issues and questions arise between sessions.

Life Coaching Workshops

I am also available for professional speaking engagements.


  • BSc Hons Kings College London
  • Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Mid Warwickshire
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis One Year Berne Institute
  • NLP Practitioner Sensory Systems
  • Executive College of Coaching
  • Peter Haddon Top Achievers BSI accredited Coaching programme
  • Lift Int Coaching accreditation
  • City and Guilds in Digital Photography Mid Warwickshire
  • Certificate in Journalism Warwick University

Contact me

If you are interested in my coaching, workshops, or as a speaker –
you can contact me by: catherine@jofish.co.uk

or call me on: 07710 442 652

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