"I think it’s hugely important that women continue to support each other, build each other up and inspire each other "
Cat is now a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming coaching; a business she set up when she stepped back from a career in banking to follow her dream. She combines her passions for helping others with her love of the outdoors and takes people into nature to help them work out their life path. She invests in her skills and this has included qualifying as one of just a few women in Scotland who are Mountain Leaders. She has led an expedition to the Arctic as the only female leader on the trip; and more recently led a solo expedition of 14 to Everest Base Camp via an extended route over 3 passes. She shares her skills supporting Duke of Edinburgh work with children. Alongside all of this Cat lives continuously with Crohn's disease and takes the approach of focussing on what she can do rather than what she can't. Cat is a great inspiration.
Please describe what the company does
Reach the Peak combines executive and career coaching with the great outdoors. In additional to one-to-one coaching, we run Transformational Treks, a 5-day walking-coaching intensive aimed at women in career transition. This could be women going through redundancy, starting their own business, contemplating a radical career change, returning after maternity leave, or wanting a better work-life balance.
Please describe what your current role within the company is
I am the business owner and sole trader. Therefore I am everything including CEO, Managing Director, Finance Director, Marketing Director, Chief of Ideas, Coach, Leader, flapjack maker and tea-girl.
I am also a qualified NLP Master Practitioner, mBIT coach, Winter Mountain Leader and expedition leader.
Please tell us about what inspires you, and what this award means to you
I find lots of other women inspiring and have a number of mentors who are slightly further down the path of their own business, both in similar fields and totally different industries, who feel like a guiding light for me. I think it’s hugely important that women continue to support each other, build each other up and inspire each other and I very much hope I can be a small part of that in winning this award.