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Finola Howe

Region(s) Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon

Qualifications and Affiliations

MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour incorporating Coaching, DCU, 2017
Accredited Coach with the Association of Coaching, 2017
Psychometric testing certification - Test User Occupational Ability and Personality (TUA &TUP), 2017
Mediation Accreditation, Friary Law, 2012
Executive Development Programme in General Management, incorporating Finance for non-financial Managers, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York, 2002
BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulster, 1994
Diploma in Industrial Studies, University of Ulster, 1994

Accredited Coach with the Association of Coaching
Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Accredited mediator specialising in workplace mediation and conflict coaching
Registered with the British Psychological Society for Psychometric testing certification - Test User Occupational Ability and Personality (TUA &TUP)

Experience in one to one coaching

As part of the Career Decisions/CDT team who have successfully coached over 400 School Principals, Finola has coached both primary and secondary school principals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Coachees include Principals from DEIS schools, rural schools, special needs schools, newly appointed principals and amalgamating schools and has provided consultancy to several third level academic institutions.

Finola has a clear understanding of the challenges faced by senior educational leaders on a daily basis. Drawing on the wealth and diversity of her experience across sectors, she works with clients to gain insight into the issues, facilitating practical and sustainable solutions.

Finola has established a network of contacts through her involvement in promoting STEM subjects within primary and secondary schools and has been a keynote speaker at Engineers Ireland and Women in Engineering events at numerous secondary schools. Principals and education leaders’ avail of Finola’s expertise as she offers a different perspective, combining technical and business backgrounds with knowledge of the education sector. She has an excellent reputation in enabling growth, new thinking and enhanced performance and motivation with school principal coaching clients.

Finola has 25 years global industrial experience at a senior level and has experienced many similarities between the challenges facing leaders in education and those in the business world. Discussing those challenges with that different perspective, helps clients to see things through a broader lens, enhancing the potential for identifying new possibilities.

“It was just wonderful to be able to converse with a professional not in the education sector as it brought a different view to the management and leadership role. I realised through working with Finola that I needed to relinquish some control. My staff were all young and I was trying to do everything. I wanted them prepared for when I retired. We are there.”

CSL is funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education (DE)
This service is managed by Clare Education Centre.