Patrick Callaghan 2021-02-06T15:38:32+00:00


Qualifications and Affiliations

  • MSc, Personal and Management Coaching, UCC 2015
  • MA in Change Management, University of Brighton 2001
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Research, University of Brighton 2000
  • Train the Trainers Certificate, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 2007
  • Diploma in Outdoor Education, College of Marketing and Design 1989
    Diploma in Youth Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth 1987
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University College Galway 1978
  • Board of Management Training, Joint managerial Body (JMB) 2014
  • Education Law Training, (JMB) 2014
  • Registered Member of the British Psychological Society as tester for Ability and Personality Assessments including 15FQ+ Personality Profiles, Values-based Indicator of Motivation (VbIM), Jung Type Indicators (JTI), and Emotional Intelligence
  • Certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Practitioner, OPP/ Myers-Briggs Company, 2004
  • Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Registered on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Qualifications in Test Use
  • Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (FIITD)
  • Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)

Experience in one to one coaching

As part of the Career Decisions/CDT team who have successfully coached over 400 School Principals, Barney brings over 35 years’ experience in leadership, coaching and management, enabling people to harness their unique strengths to improve their professional and personal performance and impact. He has experience, as a fulltime executive coach, coaching school principals and others in senior management positions in a variety of sectors. He has coached principals in primary and post primary schools, DEIS schools and urban and rural schools. Barney also has experience working with school principals, teachers, volunteers and young people as CEO of Gaisce – The President’s Award

He has worked as Chairman of the Board of Management of a Voluntary Secondary School and as a Board member of an Education and Training Board (ETB) School leading and managing the amalgamation of a Voluntary and an ETB School into a community college.

Specialist expertise includes:

  • Goal setting and managing time to best effect
  • Working with your management team and effective delegation
  • Strategies for achieving work life balance
  • Working effectively with difficult people and situations
  • More effective/harmonious staff relationships
  • Raising individual awareness and developing reflective abilities
  • Planning and identifying your high pay off activities
  • How to say no while keep channels of communication open and effective
  • Greater focus on leadership and enabling change through people

While his coaching style is person-centred and very supportive, it is challenging in that the principal is facilitated to achieve clarity on what they are trying to achieve and to name accurately what is happening in their personal and professional lives.


“As a coach Barney will forever have a positive impact on my approach to leadership. I found his perspectives thoughtful and insightful. My engagement with him began at a time when I found myself in a newly expanded leadership role and his experience and wisdom proved invaluable. My time with Barney enabled me to discuss confidential and specific situations with a trusted third party and to receive relevant, solid feedback which has guided my career journey and led to further career success. Thank you Barney.

Senior Leader, Large Telecommunications Company
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