Pat O’Leary is a senior HR specialist in Performance Management and Coaching and works with businesses and organisations in developing and supporting effective internal coaching and coaching supervision structures. As a strengths based coach Pat works with people in dealing with change, managing challenges and developing opportunities in diverse settings. He has worked as an external Training Auditor with Engineers Ireland and acts as an adviser on training structures, accreditation, training delivery and training needs analysis to many companies throughout the country. He is an experience trainer in Mentoring and Coaching in the private, public and third sector and has served both as a director and on the Board of Management of several companies. His experience of working with large corporate organisations and in the SME sector gives him a clear insight into the challenges that many organisations currently face.
Pat’s work within organisational settings has seen him support businesses in the areas of change management, talent development, on-boarding skills and staff retention. Pat has also been active in the development of management and leadership skills within organisational settings and has supported companies in setting up strong coaching structures and establishing a coaching culture within the workplace environment. More recently Pat has been instrumental in delivering programmes in relation to building resilience and wellbeing for staff working on site and particularly for staff who work from home. Currently Pat is leading a programme to facilitate an effective ‘return to onsite work’ for employees who have been working off site for a prolonged period of time.
Pat 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. He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and is a member of the Association for Coaching (AC). Pat holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Supervision through the Department of Psychology in Leeds Beckett University and a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In 2007 Pat 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 in UCC.
In 2011 Pat delivered the first programme to be offered by UCC in Mindfulness and is director of the UCC MSc in Mindfulness Based Wellbeing. He holds an MSc in Mindfulness Based Interventions from UCD and is trained in the use of mindfulness in organisational settings through both Bangor and Oxford University. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring in Oxford.