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Caroline Gourlay


Caroline is a Chartered Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of supporting people and organisations to thrive. Her primary fields of expertise are the assessment and development of executives. She has designed and delivered assessment processes, including full scale assessment and development centres.

Caroline carries out in-depth, psychological profiling of senior managers for selection, promotion and succession planning purposes. She has also assessed entire teams on behalf of private equity firms for Management Due Diligence exercises prior to acquisition or investment. She is qualified to use a wide range of psychometric instruments, including Cognitive Process Profile, NEO-PI, 16PF5, MBTI Steps I & II and Hogan Development Survey (‘shadow side’).

Additionally, Caroline holds a Diploma in Leadership Coaching from the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Certificate in Counselling Skills from the Spectrum Centre for Humanistic Psychotherapy. She is an experienced coach, who works with senior leaders and leadership teams and coaches on leadership development programmes at Said Business School, Oxford University. In 2014 her coaching work supporting the handover of a family business to the next generation was shortlisted in the Association for Business Psychology’s Workplace Experience Awards.

Caroline has worked extensively in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, in both large and mid-sized organisations, in a range of sectors from accountancy to a zoo. A sought-after speaker, she is able to put across ideas about the psychology of people at work in a straightforward and engaging way. She writes a popular blog on business psychology, which is written without “psychobabble”. 

Prior to retraining as a psychologist, Caroline had a successful career in IT, including business analysis and project management. She brings something of the analytical approach used in IT to her work as a psychologist and is adept at getting to the heart of the matter.

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