Kate FirthPartner

What’s she like?

Pragmatic and creative, Kate has the dedication, insight, flexibility and skill to enable clients to bridge the gap between who they are now, their vision of who they could be, and the steps and skills needed to fulfil their potential.

Insightful and intuitive, she grasps core issues quickly. She’s unafraid to challenge others with honest, concise feedback and provocative questions. She’s imaginative. She’s sparkly and humorous. She encourages others to think outside the box. she’s empathic and supportive, responsive to the meaning behind your words. Her priority is to enable you to identify and draw on your own, strategic, creative and practical resources. She’s pragmatic and will encourage you to develop new skills and confidence in applying them.

She brings her whole self to her work and expects you commit to ‘showing up’, too. She’ll challenge you to stand by your values, speak up for what you believe in and put insight into action.

She’s a poet, writer, performer, meditator, and international adventurer. She speaks Spanish. She loves her work.

Why does she bother?

Because you matter. Because how you show up in the world makes a difference. Because now more than ever the world needs visionary, inspiring, purpose-led leaders. Leaders with integrity and courage who are open, present and impactful, willing to build a better, sustainable future for themselves, their team, their world.

What’s she done?

Passionate about the importance of values, voice, the spoken word and skilful relationships in leadership, Kate has been working as an executive coach and facilitator for more than 25 years. Her broad background in transpersonal psychology and counselling, voice and speech, linguistics and performance gives her a unique ability to provide coaching interventions in a variety of ways.

As a voice and personal impact coach she has worked with a confidential list of top politicians, high profile public figures, CEOs in blue chip companies and leaders in the public sector. She’s worked in the film, theatre and radio industries, and taught voice and speech to international performing arts students in Barcelona.

Moreover, qualified in transpersonal psychology, Kate has provided leadership coaching for senior leaders in the NHS, the corporate and third sectorsFor 8 years she designed and delivered training courses for the Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital Trust, including designing and delivering the Diverse Directions programme for middle managers seeking promotion.

She has delivered courses in coaching for managers, assertiveness, influence and impact and persuasive presentations for companies such as BT, Unipart, Financial Ombudsmen, Aviva and Santander. Earlier in her career, she’s worked as a family planning counsellor and managed a busy women’s clinic in San Diego California. She’s taught academic writing to international undergraduates.

From 2013-2014 she worked as a consultant to Values Quest, a combined project with Alliance for Religion and Conservation and the Club of Rome.

She has lived in Nigeria, the USA and Spain and has worked all over the world.

Is she qualified?

In a nutshell, yes! She’s curious about what makes people tick and what motivates them. The more she worked with language, voice and speech, performance and psychology, the more she wanted to understand how these aspects of body feelings mind, spirit and speech all join up.

Qualifications:

  • MA Psychosynthesis Psychology
  • PG Cert Therapeutic Counselling
  • PG Dip Voice Studies
  • Diplomas NLP, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Diploma Teaching English as a Second Language,
  • 2 years MA studies in Applied Linguistics, (focusing on phonetics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and language of power)
  • BA Hons Drama and Spanish

 

Quotes to know her by

‘There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”   Martha Graham

‘…are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?’ Mary Oliver.

‘Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.’ W.B Yeats.

I mean, it’s sort of exciting isn’t it? Breaking the rules?’ Harry Potter