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Pat Barsby



As an Executive Coach, Pat works relationally with her clients, which means she puts her clients, their context and their presenting issues at the heart of the coaching conversation and relationship.

Using a range of models and techniques in her work as a coach, Pat adopts a mix of practical, traditional and innovative approaches to help her clients develop a process of reflective and experimental learning. This helps them to realise their potential in a way that is both challenging and realistic. In coaching individuals and teams in finance at Diageo, specifically in Africa, Pat's work led to changes in the business model of sending expensive expats to the region and led to the development and then promotion of local talent to the roles, resulting in significant cost savings.

Finally, as Pat has worked in fast-paced organisations, she understands the expected speed of change required and is able to offer her clients alternative approaches to support them to achieve a variety of goals and outcomes.

Her coaching strengths are:

  • Assisting senior executives attain a higher quality of decision making through reframing and incorporating risk analysis while considering personal values and organisational impacts.
  • Supporting senior women in their career management and development
  • Supporting executives during their own career transition.

Recent coaching clients include Directors in Finance, Marketing, Risk Management, Financial Control and HR. I also have experience in supporting Entrepreneurs as well as Team Coaching in a global environment.

Project experience

Some recent coaching assignments, along with their outcomes, include supporting:

  • a newly appointed Finance Director to transition into his role and in doing so he created his unique personal brand of leadership
  • a Marketing Director grapple with relationship conflicts between herself and members of her team. Through personal reflection on her own behaviour with Pat, she found a way to successfully resolve the conflict
  • a Finance Director to develop his leadership presence with his Executive Team; consequently he established a new paradigm of leadership and improved the value of his contribution to the top team
  • a Chief Risk Officer as his mentor in the delivery of his role which he then took up with full authority
  • a Financial Controller to work on development themes which were corroborated with his line manager and then, on successfully demonstrating his achievements to his line manager, he secured the promotion he wanted
  • an entrepreneur to develop and grow her business from start-up and in doing so she found the fortitude she needed to succeed
  • an HR Director to develop more resilience during a tough change program from finding the adjustments she needed to make through Pat being a sounding board to talk through new strategies and approaches
  • a global finance team to move towards cultural integration and;
  • a department head to implement headcount reduction and expenditure cutbacks.

Previous experience

Pat's career over the last 25 years encompasses Senior Leadership & Director roles across Finance in global corporations and central government departments, and includes Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Diageo and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). These roles involved responsibilities in audit, risk management and finance capability development, while leading teams of 40-50 people. And during this time Pat was able to successfully manage her career transition from private to public sector.

Education and qualifications

  • M.Sc. in Executive Coaching (Ashridge Business School)
  • Chartered Accountant
  • CIMA
  • B.Comm (Hons) in Information Systems
  • Masters in Executive Coaching at Ashridge Business School