Catherine Brooks is a native of Ireland, but spent the majority of
her formative years in Cape Town, South Africa. Catherine graduated in
1991 with an Honours Degree from the University of Cape Town. She then
worked for ten years in an IT organization in South Africa in Sales and
Marketing, while also holding the position of Training Coordinator. Her
key role in the company was to provide training and support for
business development in Sub-Saharan Africa. During this time, she
obtained extensive experience in Sales and Marketing, as well as Event
Management, through the organization of international conferences aimed
at programmers, resellers and customers of the 4GL/RDBMS product.
Catherine then moved into a position as Administration Manager for a company in Cape Town, before relocating to the UK in 2001, where she lived for seven years.
Her first post in the UK was in the Sales Department of a food packaging company. In this role, Catherine gained experience in containment, protection, communication, functionality, environmental and safety issues. This position required patience and the ability to work individually, as well as part of a team. Excellent observational skills were needed to spot faults, and to ensure adherence to strict health and safety guidelines and quality procedures. Catherine believes that this experience helped her to consolidate her skills in effective management, and also to enhance the skills needed to get the maximum performance from a team.
During her time in the UK, she also qualified as a secondary teacher and held a number of key positions in UK educational establishments, including management posts in both the UK and subsequently, in Qatar.
In her education career, Catherine was rapidly moved up the management chain, partly due to her Counseling, Mentoring, and Coaching skills. She believes that an effective Educator / Trainer needs not just subject knowledge, but must be able to excel as a facilitator, presenter and listener. Catherine has also been involved in the development and implementation of a number of courses based on Microsoft Office products, and has a wealth of experience in delivering engaging ‘hands on’ technical information in a structured learning environment.
In 2008, Catherine relocated to Doha, where she held management positions in two leading Doha schools, as well as teaching students in English as an Additional Language. Her multi-cultural education experience in Qatar has helped her to understand the specific learning environments in the region, and how to tailor delivery, to the very special needs of the Gulf market. This has given her the practical knowledge and skills to deliver a range of courses, including Business Writing courses, with content and delivery that has empathy for the great cultural diversities of the region.
Catherine joined Spearhead Training, Qatar, in 2013, as a Senior Management Associate. She is committed to providing top quality training that engages and inspires participants, and empowers them with the skills necessary to make a difference in their organizations. She is a conscientious, passionate and enthusiastic facilitator, with excellent communication skills.
Catherine’s key areas of expertise include: