Pat O’Leary is a senior HR specialist in Performance Management and Coaching and holds a Masters in Change Management and Leadership from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He holds a Higher Diploma in Personnel Management from UCC, a BA, a Diploma in Life and Executive Coaching and a Certificate in Training and Development from UCG.
In 2007 Pat developed and began delivering the first Coaching programmes in UCC which were short courses in Coaching Practice. In 2010 he co-developed a Higher Diploma in Coaching / Coaching Psychology which is currently anchored in the School of Applied Psychology in UCC. In 2011, with the cooperation of the Department of Management and Marketing and Continuing Adult Education, he developed the first Masters at level 9 to be awarded from an Irish University in Coaching. He continues to teach and coordinate on the MSc, the H.Dip and the recently established Post Graduate Certificate programmes in Coaching. Pat is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He is a member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Having training in levels A and B in Psychometric Testing he is also recognised by the British Psychological Society as a competent practitioner in psychometric testing.
Pat is a founding member of the Centre for Personal and Management Coaching and is currently its managing director. He has recently established the Centre for Reflective Practice and Mindfulness. He holds a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy where his study specialised in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. In 2011 Pat delivered the first programme to be offered by UCC in Mindfulness and is currently co-director of a new Mindfulness Based Practice Certificate which, pending approval, will be launched and delivered in UCC in 2016.
As a strengths based coach Pat works with people in dealing with change, managing challenges and developing opportunities. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring in Oxford Brookes University in the UK and a Masters in Mindfulness Based Interventions in UCD. Later this year Pat will complete his Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Supervision through the Department of Psychology in Leeds University.