Qualifications and Affiliations

  • MBS in Business Practises (focus on Coaching Senior Management through Change Programmes), Irish Management Institute, 2018
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching, Irish Management Institute, 2018
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Leadership, Irish Management Institute, 2018
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Organisation Transformation, Irish Management Institute, 2017
  • Diploma (Level 7) in Human Resource Management, Technological University Dublin, 2014
  • Association of Coaches, UK & Ireland – Member Coach
  • CIPD member and Lecturer (including HR Management and Coaching)
  • Facilitator for Emotional Capital Report (Leadership psychometric assessment)
  • Lecturer in Dept of Lifelong Learning with Athlone Institute of Technology (School of Business)

Experience in one-to-one coaching

Joan is a highly experienced Executive Coach and is part of the Career Decisions/CDT team of Coaches who have successfully coached over 400 School Principals.
As a Lecturer, Joan has a deep understanding of the education sector and a passion for coaching leaders. Joan has successfully coached Senior Leaders, Professors, Department Directors and mid to senior level Executives on an individual basis. Her coaching experience ranges across the public and private sector and client organisations include Athlone Institute of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway, Bank of Ireland, Pfizer, Water Safety Ireland and more.
Outcomes reported from Joan’s coaching include improved interpersonal relationships with staff; increased confidence and self-awareness; more effective leadership skills; developed skills to conduct difficult conversations with his team and students; increased motivation to focus on key initiatives and develop new projects.
The wealth of Joan’s business leadership experience combined with her excellent coaching credentials and experience, make her an ideal partner to support change and best practises and effective leadership development. Joan’s style is practical and empathetic with a focus on improving results and empowering the client to resolve issues whilst developing their own knowledge and skills base as effectively and efficiently as possible. With vast experience of helping leaders and their teams cope with the many challenges, Joan is highly aware of the changing nature of work life balance in organisations.
As a Coach, Joan draws on a range of diagnostic tools and varies her approach to get the best from both individuals and their teams. As a practitioner, Joan shares her knowledge and experience to help leaders and their organisations achieve their strategies effectively with fair policies and best practises. She is an astute advisor who helps clients unlock their potential and develop their own tools which will stand to them and support them post coaching.

Her specialist expertise includes:
• Leadership and Performance Coaching
• Coaching for Development
• Building Relationships through effective Communication
• Coaching on how to conduct difficult conversations
• Change management


“Joan’s practical approach, with proven experience, gave an extra touch to her coaching. Growing a team, developing a strategy, and dealing with diverse characters in the business was a challenge. I needed consistency to drive the business forward. Joan is a great listener, and I was impressed how she understood the business so well which made the coaching even better. She helped me identify my blind-spots therefore I became a more capable and confident leader. Coaching with Joan helped me to build a robust team and meet our goals even better than expected. Joan is not afraid to challenge and asks questions which made the direction clearer. Joan helped me identify opportunities I didn’t even know existed”

Company Director