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suzy mcathy

Suzy’s career began in professional acting with an interlude as a freelance TV Production Manager (Channel 4, Discovery, National Geographic, Travel Channel) delivering documentaries for a global audience and gaining first hand managerial experience.

Drawing on this dual industry background, in the training room Suzy facilitates learning through role-play, self-reflection and coaching to promote real behavioural change and drive business success. Alongside bespoke role-play, she delivers skills sessions focusing on all aspects of performance management such as coaching, effective feedback, delivering difficult messages, and other areas of personal development including assertiveness, creating an impact and storytelling. Suzy’s aim is to both maximise existing talents and provide a ‘tool kit’ for delegates’ immediate use in the workplace.

Her clients range from GB Olympic teams and ‘magic circle’ law firms to A-level pupils and top consultancy firms. Suzy believes that the key to her success over the last 13 years has been her ability to quickly identify the crux of a challenging conversation and give honest feedback in a safe and supportive environment.

Last book you read?
‘Oi Cat’ – a worthy sequel to ‘Oi Frog’ and ‘Oi Dog’. What it lacks in literary mastery it makes up for in comic rhyme (particularly thrilling if you’re under 5 years old).

Your heroes include …?
Jaime Thurston the founder of ‘52 Lives’. The charity aims to change someone’s life every week of the year and spread kindness. It’s based on the premise that people are fundamentally good. ‘52 Lives’ has grown from a Facebook page to a charity with over 100,000 regular supporters with Jaime’s altruistic nature at its heart.

Favourite line from a film?
"We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all” – The Breakfast Club

Best day at work (so far)?
With a Vodafone graduate with a severe stutter. We were working on presentation skills and his progress was both swift and emotional. A really courageous and inspiring guy.

Who makes you laugh?
My sons with their interpretive dance routines complete with disco lighting.

Last journey you took?
To an Airbnb near Oxford, via a country pub and a comedy club with a much cherished uni pal.

What’s on your desk?
Too much! Work notes, random currency from around the world, toy trains waiting for new batteries, paper-plates made into aliens with googly eyes and wool hair, a mountain of forms all screaming urgent and always a mug of roiboos tea.

How do you deal with stress?
With a long run through the Chiltern hills or a thorough house tidy!

3 people you’d like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
My husband Mart (a documentary film maker) Agatha Christie (in my mind a genius of the light detective crime novel) and Aphra Behn (arguably the first female professional writer). I would have high hopes for a creative explosion.

Favourite place?
The highest point of any country walk – tired muscles, great views and the knowledge that it’s downhill all the way.