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After many years coaching business leaders informally, I am now pleased to offer formal coaching to business and charity leaders, through the completion of the Institute of Leadership and Management Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring.

I create a bespoke programme of coaching for each client, tailored to your unique circumstances and goals, so that you can be sure that each session delivers value to you and your business. Contact me to discuss your goals and how I can help you achieve them.

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Small business leader

Running, or launching, your own business is both exciting and daunting. You have to think of everything, and often do everything until you get your business to the stage when you can afford to hire experts. And even then you are juggling multiple and conflicting priorities every day

I help start ups and small business owners to step out of the day to day operation and look at the longer term direction of their organisation.  I have created a 10 point business strategy framework which helps you to consider all aspects of your business and set realistic objectives for the future. In this way, we create achievable objectives that help you make progress and take your business forward in the way you want.

I run one day immersive workshops that enable you to complete a full 360 degree plan to your business and give you a clear path for future success.

Charity CEO

Being the Chief Executive of a charity can be pretty lonely. Your team look to you for leadership, vision and answers – as do your board of trustees. Sometimes, its useful to have someone outside the organisation to help you.

I work with many charity CEOs, from those new to the role or the charity to seasoned leaders, in two ways

  • Strategy creation – I help CEOs lead their teams through a creative  collaborative process to create new strategies and strategic plans, which bring stakeholders together to deliver.
  • Coaching – I give CEOs a safe space to explore issues they are grappling with, and help them find solutions to increase their effectiveness as leaders.
Helping you, to find your focus.
What we can offer you

Leadership Development

I work with my associate Mark Hughes to create and deliver leadership and staff development training, through training days and courses on topics such as influencing and persuasion skills… Read more.


Having coached CEOs and business leaders informally for years, I am delighted to offer coaching more formally as a service. To consolidate my experience and ensure I follow best practice, I have completed an ILM Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring at the University of the West of England Business School. Read More.

Business planning

You may be a successful SME looking to create a plan to scale up and grow your business. Or you may be thinking about launching a new business and need a business plan to cement your goals and next steps, or to seek funding and support. Read More..


The literal definition of facilitation is “to make something easier” – that’s what I do when I facilitate a meeting or create a workshop for you.

It could be a strategy Away Day with your Board to look ahead for the next three years. Or it could be an operational meeting to work out priorities with your team for the next 3 months, or discuss how to progress a particularly tricky project. Read More.

Organisation strategy and development

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?” Every organisation needs a strategy – a good strategy enables you to make decisions now and in the future, provides a road map for everyone to follow and a motivation for everyone to share. Read More.

What our clients say about us

I have worked with Catharine for over 8 years now. In every project she’s helped me with, she’s been professional, committed and knowledgeable. Her approach is thorough, driven by the need for clear outcomes, yet inclusive and relaxed. She’s bright, enthusiastic and, above all, good fun!”

Tenovus Cancer Care, Claudia McVie, Chief Executive

Catharine’s expertise has helped us in so many ways.  She has been a great support in helping us learn new skills and is always ready to share her experiences.  Her strategic thinking has produced an exciting new 5 year plan for us and her thorough approach and enthusiastic style have made the whole process enjoyable too.


National Osteoporosis Society, Ann Tate, Former Director of Fundraising and Communications

We engaged Catharine recently to facilitate a workshop exploring a key aspect of our fundraising strategy. She was highly effective in helping us plan time and use it best, with strong preparation, useful provocations and expert navigation of the conversation to ensure everyone felt able to contribute in a supportive environment.

Mentoring Plus, Ruth Keily, Deputy Director

Catharine expertly facilitated our trustee planning meeting. She managed to balance time for free flowing discussion with delivering clear, actionable outcomes, and I’ve had trustees contact me since the meeting to ask when we can work with her again!


Prospect Hospice, Angela Jordan, Chief Executive

Catharine’s research and strategic advice have been so useful to Triodos. Her work has been shared throughout the organisation and is frequently used as a source of valuable market intelligence and ideas for future development.

Triodos Bank, Charles Middleton, Former Managing Director

Catharine worked with Teachit on a variety of projects over a couple of years. She became an integral member of the team and her marketing and strategic insights were invaluable. At a time of transformation she also provided support and advice to the management team which was done in a very sensitive manner. Catharine is very collaborative and always positive.


Teachit, Victoria Humphries, Managing Director

Meet the team

Catharine Brown

Hello and welcome to WhittakerBrown. My associates and I have many years’ experience of helping leaders transform their businesses and charities. You can find out more about us here and do get in touch if you’d like to find out more.


Whittaker Brown is a leading business and strategic planning consultants based in Bath.


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