Isobel McConnan, Assessor
“We all need welcoming spaces to pause and feel our feet on the ground so that we can show up at our best in the world – especially in these times of disruptive change.
In my coaching, I offer just this kind of space. Change can feel exciting – and it can also be unsettling, bringing up questions around our purpose, identity and belonging. I feel privileged to work with people at these thresholds of promise and potential, accompanying them as a ‘thinking partner’ on this part of their journey. I have experienced the vulnerability of unexpected change in my own life, and so bring empathy and understanding to the journeys of others, while appreciating the uniqueness of every individual story.”
— Isobel McConnan
Isobel is an experienced coach, facilitator and ‘thinking partner’ supporting individuals in their work to create a kinder, more equitable and sustainable world. Her clients include leaders and practitioners in the public sector and ‘purpose-led’ organisations working for change, and she is currently working as a coach for NHS doctors undertaking their medical training.
Clients have worked with her at moments of significant transition – developing confidence, presence and personal authority in their leadership; building resilience and wellbeing during change; developing relational and communication skills in a variety of contexts. Her approach blends practices that ground us in the present moment, with creativity and experimentation, inviting the intelligence of body and heart as well the mind into the conversation.
Isobel’s journey over the past 35 years began with voluntary teaching in Palestine, and from there to leading a UK-based international health charity. She then established her own consultancy, where she specialised in providing group and process facilitation for a wide range of international development and public sector organisations. She now dedicates her work to coaching and small group facilitation, and is an Assessor as part of the faculty team with Catalyst 14.
Along with action in her own community, Isobel sees her coaching practice as part of her contribution to the wider movements for social and climate justice, and nature restoration. She has a committed mindfulness practice, and her big loves are dancing, walking and being in Nature, and working in the forest garden with friends.
Isobel is a Senior Coach Practitioner (EMCC accredited) with an Advanced Diploma in Transformational Coaching through Catalyst 14. She also holds a Diploma in Organisational Gestalt and certification in Systemic Coaching and Constellations. She is a member of the European Mentoring Coaching Council.