Our Coaches | Kathryn



Career Kathryn.

Kathryn graduated with a first class honours degree from the University of Stirling (Scotland) and Texas A&M University (USA) specialising in workplace motivation. To follow this, she subsequently completed an MA in Human Resources Management. Kathryn has worked across a variety of roles including graduate recruitment, HR consulting, project management and personal learning.

Her corporate career has included work with the former international accounting/consulting firm Andersens, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Throughout her career, she’s designed and delivered a number of development initiatives including; career development frameworks, extensive people management initiatives, senior executive coaching and CV and interview training programmes across the UK and New Zealand.

Kathryn is passionate about her own personal development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and officially qualified with the Oxford School of Coach-Mentoring in 2005, a programme recognised by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. She has also completed training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and is accredited to use the DISC behavioural profiling system and 360 degree appraisal tool.

Kathryn is the South Island Associate for Career Analysts; an occupational psychologist and career coaching business based in Auckland. The careerbalance Online Career Centre is provided as a direct result of this business alignment.

Balanced Kathryn.

Kathryn grew up moving home frequently – a factor which has played a major part in her continued love of travelling and meeting new people.

She has been lucky enough to live in and travel around the world, including the USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong/Asia, South Africa and Europe.

Kathryn enjoys a rural life in North Canterbury with her family. She also delights in several ‘furry children’ including Kali the cat, Shiva the border collie, Angus McTavish a rather splendid horse found wild in the hills, Buttons the Shetland and Quin the newest member of the pony family ….and of course the chickens; Rhubarb, Crumble and Custard.

They enjoy regularly indulging their love of the NZ outdoors with friends, sharing good food and enjoying great local wines!

The idea for the careerbalance range of programmes has been developing for several years. Bringing them together combines Kathryn’s academic study, business experience, networks and personal passions to enable others to take responsibility for what their future career holds.

Kathryn also has a great passion for writing and has contributed significantly to various publications including Essence Magazine, NZ Business Magazine and HerBusiness Magazine. She is a Careers Expert for the Press in the South Island and the Sunday News in the North Island.

She published her first book in 2009. ‘How to Keep Your Cool if You Lose Your Job – a workbook for surviving redundancy’ has received rave reviews, and has featured across a variety of NZ media including the Good Morning show, popular magazines and over 20 radio stations. Kathryn also featured on a BBC Radio Scotland show providing advice to people who have lost their jobs. In 2011 she released her first eBook which is being officially endorsed by an internationally renowned coach called Graham Alexander. The eBook is aimed at helping managers to have great coaching conversations with their teams at work.

Her next book is already in the pipeline...