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Dr. Cath Bishop

Dr Cath Bishop is a triple Olympian, former British diplomat, leadership and culture coach. Cath is the author of an acclaimed book about how we define success in sport, business, education and life: ‘The Long Win’, one of the FT’s top 10 Business books of 2020 and Daily Mail’s best sports books of 2020 – a revised edition will be published in May 2024. Cath teaches on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School, writes monthly columns on topics of culture in sport for The Guardian, and is an independent cultural advisor to British Gymnastics on the implementation of cultural change.

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About Cath Bishop

Cath competed in rowing at 3 Olympic Games, winning World Championships Gold in 2003 and Olympic Silver in Athens 2004. Now a renowned speaker, leadership and culture coach, facilitator and author, Cath works with leaders across sport, business and education to develop high performing teams, resilient and inclusive environments and sustainable performance cultures where people can thrive and do their best work.

As well as her sporting achievements, Cath worked as a diplomat for the British Foreign Office for 12 years, specialising in policy and negotiations on conflict issues, with postings to Bosnia and Iraq.

As a speaker and facilitator, Cath’s approach is one that both challenges and supports leaders to think differently, to trust and to adopt a human-centred approach.

Cath speaks at events globally on topics of leadership, performance and cultural change in business, sport and education.  Cath teaches on topics of leadership and culture on Executive Education programmes at the Judge Business School.  Cath writes regularly on topics relating to culture in sport for The Guardian, acts as an Independent Advisor on the Oversight Board for cultural reform at British Gymnastics and is a Trustee and Ambassador of Love Rowing, British Rowing’s charitable foundation that raises funds for projects to increase access to rowing, and is an advisor to The True Athlete Project.  Cath is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta and Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and Aberystwyth University.

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Speech Topics

Cath’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • ‘Long Win Thinking’
  • High performance
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • High Performing Teams
  • Performance Under Pressure
  • Negotiating
  • Reaching Your Potential (particularly for women leaders)
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Here you can find links to books by Cath Bishop. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

the long win book cover by keynote speaker cath bishop

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Testimonials

"Catherine has contributed to our leadership programme as a speaker. Her personal experience and stories on high performance leadership are truly inspirational and it has been a delight to work with her."

University of Cambridge Judge Business School

"We have worked with Cath for several years and she has collaborated with us at a number of events. We love working with Cath because: she always takes the time to fully understand her audience - their interests and challenges – in order to pitch her session perfectly; she is a great speaker – clear, articulate, accessible and fun, with a hugely impressive set of stories that really inspire her audience; and because Cath is an awesome collaborator, whether as a co-presenter, keynote, workshop facilitator or leadership consultant. We can’t recommend Cath highly enough and we’re looking forward to working with her again soon."

Strengths Partnership

"I cannot recommend Cath highly enough!. Having heard her speak at a conference, I felt she would really be able to provide inspiration and provoke deep thinking in the way we look at ourselves. An extremely well structured yet interactive session on the importance of mindset, focusing on marginal gains & continuous learning ignited great discussion amongst our group. This helped provide a meaningful platform for change."

ViiV Healthcare

"We’re always looking for ways to broaden our thinking, to gain from other’s insights and to be inspired. We got all of this and more from Cath when she came to speak to my teams about leadership and resilience. A perfect keynote speaker."

Network Rail

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