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Developing leaders in higher education


News &

January 2024

CatalystHE joins Essentic 

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The CatalystHE partners are delighted to have joined Essentic, becoming Essentic HE, the division focused on developing leaders and teams within the Higher Education sector. This is a wonderful opportunity to combine our depth of expertise in the sector with the broader work of Essentic, unlocking potential and developing exceptional leaders and teams.

Read more about the work of Essentic, the Positive Method and Essentic HE.  

About Us

Our Manifesto

Higher education institutions are extraordinary. Their dual purpose of research and education results in cutting-edge solutions to global issues and develops the enquiring minds and critical analysis skills of the innovators and leaders of today and tomorrow. 

​They need extraordinary leaders, at all levels. In a rapidly changing and volatile world, the sector and their leadership must be flexible and ready to adapt to shifting needs and to anticipate future challenges. 

​CatalystHE focuses on developing leaders in the higher education sector.  We are passionate about the impact of universities in society, and want universities to succeed and thrive.

We come from universities, and we understand the ethos, culture and vagaries of our sector. We have each held leadership roles, as academics and professionals, in a range of universities in the UK and internationally. We understand the issues being faced, and can empathise with your staff as they grow and flourish in their roles.  Equality, diversity and inclusion within higher education are of key importance to leaders, and one that we recognise and can focus on.

We are fully trained and accredited coaches, and bring a considerable experience in leadership coaching and development to our clients. 

​Our purpose is to ensure that higher education institutions of all types develop the leaders that will help them prosper.

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What We Do

Developing leaders in higher education

Leadership coach engaging in one-to-one coaching.

Individual leadership coaching

face-to-face and online coaching, psychometrics, 360 evaluations

Leadership team coaching and development

leadership development  programmes, workshop delivery and facilitation, team coaching

Leadership coach engaging in team coaching.
Leadership interconnected circles with people skills, innovation and change, diversity of thinking, equality and diversity, ethics and leadership at the centre.

Thought leadership

strategy development and current thinking

Our Team

Emeritus Professor Andrew George, leadership coach and academic.

Andrew George

Steve Ludlow, leadership coach and experienced higher education professional services leader.

Steve Ludlow

Sarah Gledhill, MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change, leadership coach and philanthropy professional with experience leading teams in higher education.

Sarah Gledhill

Emerita Professor Susan Rose, leadership coach and academic.

Susan Rose

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