Cath Bishop

Cath Bishop

Cath Bishop Leadership Development
London

Notable Achievements

  • World Rowing Championships Silver medallist: 1998
  • Oympic Silver medallist in the coxless pair event: Athens 2004
  • British Indoor Rowing Champion: 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999
  • World Rowing Championships Gold Medallist: 2003
  • Participated for Cambridge in the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Women’s Boat Race:1991 and 1993
  • Bronze Medallist in the Women’s Eight at the Commonwealth Games Regatta
  • World Indoor Rowing Champion: 1999

Latest Podcast

Leadership Matters: Dr Catherine Bishop

Dr Catherine Bishop is a freelance speaker, facilitator and consultant on leadership and performance, trading under the Cash Bishop Leadership Development brand. She is a former diplomat for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, former triple Olympic Rower and world champion, and authored her own book titled ‘The Long Win.’

Dr Cath Bishop is a freelance speaker, facilitator and consultant on leadership and performance, trading under the Cath Bishop Leadership Development brand. She is a former diplomat for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, former triple Olympic Rower and world champion, and authored her own book titled 'The Long Win.'

Career Overview

From 1995 to 2004, Dr Cath Bishop competed for Team GB as an Olympic Rower. Around her degree studies, she competed at three Olympic Games [Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004] achieving a silver medal in the coxless pair event in Athens. She became a World Silver medallist in 1998 and took the gold at the World Championships in 2003. She also took part in the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Women’s Boat Race in 1991 and 1993.

Among her other rowing achievements, Cath took bronze in the Women’s Eight at the Commonwealth Games Regatta, became a World Indoor Rowing Champion in 1999, and was British Indoor Champion in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999.

After finishing her rowing career, Cath moved into full-time politics with Foreign and Commonwealth Office, having started as a fast-stream diplomat alongside her sports career in 2001. She spent two years initially [2004-2006] as political secretary in the British Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, before spending a year as political adviser to the high representative in the Bosnian capital. In 2009, Cath became deputy director for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Stabilisation Unit, a post which she held until 2011.

In 2013, Cath began her freelance work. She is today a keynote speaker, facilitator, consultant on leadership and performance to organisations and business schools across sectors, specialising in high performing teams, transforming, and developing performance cultures through a focus on mindsets, behaviours, habits and relationships at work.

Education

Cath completed three degrees over the course of the 1990s. She graduated Pembroke College, University of Cambridge with a BA (Hons) in German and Russian, and during her course was an active rower for Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club.

Following her graduation from Cambridge in 1993, Cath went on to attend the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she completed an MPhil in International Politics. While there, she also spent time as a part-time research assistant looking into German Politics.

Cath then proceeded to complete her PhD in German, specialising in the reunification of Germany, at the University of Reading, graduating in 1999. 

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