Catherine Fitzsimons

I’m very pleased that you have taken an interest in reading more about me.

I’m very passionate about people development and unlike most coaches I take a lot of experience from my turbulent personal history that adds value to the work I do. I always enjoy a challenge and helping people and businesses refine their current strategies is very rewarding.

I have recently completed an MSc in Business and Management (HRM) which is obviously a new high for me since I had no interest in learning during my formal school years and grew up considering myself a dunce though I did complete my leaving certificate. Following that I took a secretarial course which is what most girls did in the 80’s. By the 90's, I found myself very interested in human development and the world of psychology which led me to an award in counselling from Maynooth. In the early noughties I became interested in the internet and the online world of cyberspace, this interest led me to pursue more awards from Microsoft and a teaching dip in IT. In tandem I was still pursuing human development, which led to awards in both human resources and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), I studied with the IINLP (Irish Institute of NLP) and became an accredited coach. Over the last few years I have used my skills in mediation and am currently a member of the Mediation Institute of Ireland.

On a personal level I am a mother of two sons and currently have three grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter. Life has been quite a rollercoaster for me like most people’s lives however the glass half full notion is my mantra which has helped me survive some tough knocks and emerge stronger. I am currently testing my abilities as a radio host on Radio Active Ireland – a charity supporting radio station. I work part-time as a business lecturer and balance that with building the Fresh Thinking brand…. Please visit or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Whether you think you can, or you can't; you're absolutely right.
~ Henry Ford