Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Diploma in Executive and Leadership Coaching, The Coaching and Mentoring Partnership, with accreditation from the Association for Coaching & LBCAI
  • Diploma in Personal and Career Coaching, IAPCM
  • Bachelor of Education (B. Ed Hons), St Patrick’s College
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (Level 9): Multiple Intelligences (Hons) Trinity College
  • Certificate in Coaching with Psychometrics, British Psychological Society
  • Association of Coaching
  • Numerous Leadership Courses/Seminars, IPPN, INTO, PDST, Flúirse, CPD
  • Numerous Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Positive Motivation Courses for Adults and Children
  • Psychology, Arden University, ongoing
  • Member of the Association for Coaching
  • Member of the Teaching Council of Ireland
  • Member of the British Psychological Society of Ireland
  • Member of Coaching Communities/Masterminds with Claire Zammit; Integral Life and Tony Robbins


As part of the Career Decisions/CDT team who have successfully coached over 400 School Principals, Carmel has coached many principals through the CSL Coaching Programme. She is an Executive/Business and Personal Coach, who changed careers, from her previous role as School Principal. She began her career in teaching in a non-DEIS school and subsequently spent many years in a DEIS Band 1 School. She served on various Boards of Management, becoming familiar from a very early stage of her career with the concerns of School Principals.

As a former School Principal and teacher, Carmel has first-hand experience of leading a team within a school setting. With a background in Education & Psychology and a profound understanding of the latest research and findings in neuroscience, Carmel has a deep understanding of those working in education at the present time. Carmel has an appreciation of both challenges and opportunities faced by senior leaders on a daily basis. She draws on the wealth and diversity of her experience, skills and values, working with clients to gain better insights into their issues. She facilitates the design, development and execution of practical and sustainable solutions. Carmel has an established reputation for delivering insightful coaching programmes which result in significant behavioural change, growth and development of senior leaders, building sustainable confidence, which is impactful upon the whole school community.

Carmel supports senior leaders one-to-one, through coaching, mentoring and training. Her specialist expertise includes strategy development and execution, corporate governance, communications skills, conflict resolution management, team development/coaching. Implementation of highly effective systems with constant and consistent re-evaluation of same. Through NLP empowering techniques, visualisation, dialogic/systemic coaching, performance management and motivational strategies, principal teachers achieve an awareness of sustainable work-life procedures and develop good habits, leading to a renewed enthusiasm for the role.
Carmel coaches teams in communication strategies (internal and external), improved performance and change management situations, inc. time management. Through the coaching process, the team members develop an awareness of self, their leadership capabilities and their role within the school system of distributed leadership. Resolving conflicts and improving interpersonal relationships lead to increased team performance and effectiveness. Carmel conveys real-world management, operational and leadership experience to each team coaching assignment.

Carmel has mentored/coached newly appointed Principals and teachers over a number of years. She also currently acts as independent assessor for leadership appointments in primary schools, interviewing staff in the greater Dublin area. Carmel has extensive experience in management, leadership and change management, particularly in the field of education. She has coached and developed individuals and teams in organisations. As an Executive Coach she has coached clients from a variety of organisations, e.g. Accenture, AIB, Apple, Deloitte and Touche and Google and provided training in Permanent TSB, Bord na Móna and RNLI. Carmel also provides One-to-One Executive and Personal Coaching to private clients from a wide range of backgrounds, including the private, public and Not for Profit Sectors.


“Engaging with coaching through CSL has been the best decision I made, both professionally and personally. It has had a huge impact on helping me prioritise my needs and perspectives, allowing me to identify and accept the type of leader and person I am, but also what I strive to be. From our first meeting, Carmel was an invaluable support, providing me with a sanctuary to think about the emotion and rationale behind my decisions for my school and for myself. She helped me reconnect with my values and provided me with an opportunity to plan sustainable, doable tasks. Carmel is kind, passionate and optimistic. She has a positive, constructive approach to coaching and I would highly recommend her.”

Principal Teacher

“Carmel worked with me to set personal goals and at each session she gave me the motivation and the encouragement to work towards them. I became more objective and I was able to use this skill in my personal and professional life. I got time to talk, to think, to argue, to listen and be listened to, with me being the priority, something I am not usually comfortable doing. My experience was thought-provoking, life changing and the chance to meet an incredibly genuine person. Finding the right coach is the key to achieving your goal and Carmel is an excellent coach.”

Principal Teacher