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Ailbhe Harrington


“Coaching is a thought provoking and creative process that inspires transformation”


As a coach I provide a reflective, thinking space where clients gain clarity and become aware of their beliefs, thinking, behaviours and mind-set. With this awareness they move to a place of choice and are inspired to create the necessary changes to achieve their goals and improve performance. 


Coaching Experience


My work with individuals and teams involves promoting change, increasing competence and improving performance in the workplace. I have a wide and diverse client base both nationally and internationally. I work with organisations to support enhanced performance through effective relationships and offer clients robust models to support their learning. I am careful to leave space for reflection, review, renewal and

new possibilities.


I am committed to life-long learning and as a coach supervisor thoroughly enjoy helping coaches at all levels of experience to go on a journey of engaging, discovering and growing both personally and professionally. I bring clarity, creativity and an ethical approach to how I work. I work with coaches in Ireland the UK completing sessions by Skype, face time or phone.

I am skilled in threading emerging themes, noticing the dynamics operating in relationships and offering feedback in the here and now coaching relationship to enhance awareness for clients of how they might be impacting others. I utilise psychometric and 360 feedback tools to enable the client identify strengths, areas for development and strategies for change.

I believe that clients have within themselves the resources for self understanding and change and with the right conditions they can tap into their own answers and access their full potential. I build a working partnership and alliance with my clients with a clear focus on outcomes and the necessary steps to enable them to be effective in their operating environments.


Areas of expertise: 

•  Leadership Transformation – supporting clients to develop self-awareness in relation to how they impact others. Being a thinking partner with

them so as to enable change in behaviours, mind-set and skills so that they are experienced as effective leaders;

•  Transition - supporting Partners to develop a high impact strategy when transitioning into senior leadership roles and in turn build

confidence and credibility;


•  Leading Teams – facilitating and coaching teams to work effectively with difference and to create clear values and behavioural contracts to             support working together and achieving high performance;


•  Strengthening Resilience – developing resilience and coping with change in the face of adversity. Influencing, building and managing critical           relationships where there is conflict and challenge.

Embedding learning as part of a leadership programme


As an executive coach to a College Manager in the College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork: “Under Ailbhe’s expert coaching we created a work-plan to explore aspects of my leadership ability that I had not developed in the past. This was not just talking about leadership; this was an active, engaged, customised process with practical exercises which gave me insight into my preferences and which built on my strengths. More than that, Ailbhe has enabled me to sustain this new way of working. Don’t hesitate. Go see Ailbhe”


Enabling a leader to gain insights and behaviour change to enable further growth and development in his career


Coaching a Senior Sales Director in a Global Pharmaceutical Organisaiton: “Stepping out of day to day activities is a challenge at the best of times.  However from a short investment in time I reaped the benefits from coaching with Ailbhe.  In a safe, but challenging environment, I worked on behavioural areas key to a successful career ahead.  The learning’s/improvements are sustainable with the ability to grow & flex whatever the working/home environment I find myself in. Thank you Ailbhe” 


Developing insight and empowerment of a leader 


Coach to a senior team manager in a Global Organisation: “I was lucky enough to have chosen Ailbhe as my coach. She really helped me as a coach by listening, by challenging me to achieve my full potential. I opened up to her easily and soon it was not just work related issues but also my whole self-efficacy as an individual that we were working on. Where I am now to where I was before I started is immeasurable. Everything I learned I utilize in some way every day in both my working and personal life. Most importantly she taught me that the resources an individual needs in order to effect change are already within them, and just need to be unlocked. If I had the opportunity to do this again I would jump at it!”


Professional Background


I have coached leaders and teams since 2003 and I have worked with people in a range of businesses, professional services and public sector organisations.


I have over 25 years experience in the field of learning and development working as the director of a UK enterprise organisation, leadership/management training specialist and third level lecturer in personal development and group dynamics.


I currently design and deliver leadership and personal development programmes that incorporate 1:1 coaching. I also work as an associate trainer with Coaching Development training professionals to become accredited coaches with the International Federation in Ireland and the UK. Alongside my coaching and training business I work as a coaching supervisor. I was awarded the International Federation “Coach of the Year” for

Ireland in 2016.


•  EY, Beazley Group, Certus, Susquehanna Int. Group

•  University College Cork & University of Limerick

•  GSK, Alexion, Teleflex, Promed, Eurofins, ICON

•  Amazon, Actavo, Trendmicro, Workday, Sage

•  Environmental Protection Agency, HSE, Tusla, OSF




•  Professional Masters in Coaching, i-coach, Middlesex University

•  Diploma in Professional Coaching Skills leading to a Professional Certified Coach Credential (PCC) with the International Coach Federation

•  Qualified in Psychodynamic Coaching, Positive Neuro Plasticity, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Stress Management & Diploma

Integrative Arts Counselling/Therapy

•  PCC member of The International Coach Federation

•  Certified to use MBTI Step 1, Emotional Intelligence (Individual and team effectiveness, EQi-360)


Supporting a leader through transition and career choices


As an Executive coach to the Director of Global business Operations: “Ailbhe was my executive coach for nearly 6 months.   My coaching sessions came at a point in time where I was at a crossroads in both my professional and personal life. Ailbhe immediately gained my trust by demonstrating that she wanted the best for me not just from a work perspective but also form a personal perspective. Ailbhe has the ability to ask powerful, probing questions that helped me to identify my core values, my strengths and to understand what drives me. Ailbhe gave me the tools to succeed in the demanding and fast paced work environment of the tech industry and ultimately Ailbhe’s guidance helped me to make the right decisions for

my future.”


Coaching a Managing Director to effectively lead his people and the business. 


From the Managing Director of a Pharmaceutical Company: “I became aware of the benefits of coaching through a leadership training programme and subsequently engaged with Ailbhe. Coaching is so powerful and Ailbhe is excellent with the way she develops your thinking to enable you to formulate the options and evaluate and select the most appropriate action. My coaching sessions have enabled me to develop my leadership skills and ultimately everyone else in the business such that Promed was awarded the Best Small Workplace in 2015 and there is no doubt Ailbhe’s coaching played a big part in enabling me to support the team in earning this award.”


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