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 has published, The Long Win: The search for a better way to succeed - 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.
Cath continues to be active in supporting the next generation of sporting talent, including through support of the Youth Sport Trust, the True Athlete Project and as Chair of Love Rowing (British Rowing's Charitable Foundation).
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.
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Who is Cath
Working in the world of leadership, development and culture
Being an Olympian and working as a diplomat
Her new book - The Long Win: The search for a better way to succeed
Her early years growing up
Not being sporty!
Getting into a rowing boat for the first time
Having fun on the water
Being willing to try new things
Having no pressure or expectations
Being in the Olympics and dealing with the pressure and the stress
Writing about long win thinking
Moving away from short narrow definitions of success
Winning the silver media at the Olympics - success or failure?
What does success look like?
Framing success in your own terms
Focusing on the journey
The power of clarifying what matters
Resilience and how people can develop it
Why progress is not always in a straight line
Reframing and moving forward
Working with a sports psychologist
Encouraging women to say yes to new challenges
Why doubts can be a good things
Fitness and exercise and how it plays a part of her life now
How to connect with Cath
Keep exploring what’s possible, together with others
Future plans for 2023
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