About Kate

I work worldwide by video link to help high-impact, high-potential people find the zest and self-awareness to press forwards into leadership positions that matter.

From my first job at age 21 where I led 50 people in a gritty, male-dominated environment, my career has been exciting and varied. Along the 20+ years since then I’ve routinely led teams from all walks of life; developed and trained people to go beyond what they thought they could do; and generally had a colourful life!

The bad leaders taught me as much as the good ones, and I became passionate about learning the latest in neuro and bio psychology to discover what makes people operate at their best, and flourish while doing it.

The wisdom of using traits like vulnerability and courage to develop inspiring (rather than forceful) leaders that are equipped to thrive in the modern volatile and uncertain world resonates strongly with me. So in 2017 I took the plunge and trained as a Positive Psychologist and Coaching Psychologist, conducting my own research at Masters level into Resilience training for people in high-risk occupations.

I now offer my lifelong enthusiasm for bringing human flourishing to life, underpinned by the latest evidence-based science, and delivered in my own gritty, no-nonsense way!

MSc with Distinction in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) from University of East London (course accredited by the European Coaching and Mentoring Council)

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My research paper “Can resilience training improve wellbeing for people in high-risk occupations? A systematic review through a multidimensional lens” Published in the Journal of Positive Psychology April 2020. 

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Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (to verify click HERE)

Connected Kids ™ Mindfulness and Meditation tutor (to verify click HERE)

Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)

Currently completing the only ICF-accredited Trauma-Informed Coaching Certificate (more details here)

Member of the British Psychological Society Special Interest Group for Coaches

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (full L7 HRM qualified)

I operate under the International Coaching Federation Code of Ethics, and accordingly work under supervision. For more on how this protects you and me, please read here.

Professional insurance: Oxygen.

Basic Police Check (reference number available on request).

Zest Coaching is the trading name of Zest: Positive Psychology Coaching & Consulting Ltd ref NI659704

Zest is defined as having physical and mental vigour which gives the courage and motivation to complete challenging tasks and situations[1], and this shows up as both the light, and the shadow side, of life. Kate uses evidence-based theories and techniques identified from rigorous research. Key influences at present are:

  • Somatic Coaching – working with the neuroscience of the body-mind connection using trauma-sensitive (not trauma-focussed) practices. Old patterns of stuckness may well have developed as protection or survival during a wide range of traumatic experiences – childbirth; aquired disability or illness; loss of a loved one; divorce; bullying;  harassment (on any protected grounds including caring responsibilities, gender, sexual preference, race, religion etc); events such as car crashes or on the battlefield; intense workplace stress and burnout (the list goes on). These gentle practices aim to work towards a new future within the ethical boundaries of coaching, and do not require therapy-style investigations of what happened in the past (Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Babette Rothschild, Franz Ruppert, David Treleaven, Deb Dana);
  • Applied theories of grit, resilience, growth mindset, and positive existential leadership to find your purpose and meaning in (and of) your life (Angela Duckworth, Yannick Jacob, Carol Dweck, Monica Hanaway, Tim Lomas, Itai Ivtzan, Richard Jacobs);
  • Connected Kids ™ meditation and mindfulness tutor (accreditation coming soon) using fun and creative meditation and mindfulness techniques to unfreeze anxious minds (exams, promotions, performance, relationship issues, life dilemmas) and regain your power no matter what life throws up (Lorraine Murray).

[1] Snyder, C. R.; Lopez, S. J. (2007). Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths. California: Sage.