Coach / Pauline Mcgee

HFMA coach

Experience: Pauline is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in senior roles in the accounting profession. She obtained a degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales (ICAEW)  and has been a member of their Investigation Committee since 2014. This Committee hears complaints against ICAEW member firms and members.

She started her career as an auditor and over the years she has developed expertise in data protection, the GDPR, risk management, internal and external audit, financial accounting, regulation and audit quality. She has worked in a range of training roles, in the UK and overseas, including training for the professional accountancy exams, client training and internal training.

She is an experienced team leader and currently leads a team of 38 professionals. She is also an experienced and inspiring presenter, comfortable presenting to large, diverse audiences.  She has been a Partner in a Top 5 accountancy firm for 12 years where she has led diverse teams, including coaching and mentoring colleagues and supporting their progression.

She has also been a mentor for the 30% Club, whose aim is to increase gender diversity at board and executive committee levels. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and holds a Certificate in Executive Coaching from Henley Business School. She has coached people from a wide range of backgrounds and experience from CEOs to those who are starting out in their career.

She has navigated many challenges in her career and this gives her empathy and a good understanding of the challenges faced by those she coaches, including imposter syndrome, male dominance, prejudice, lack of confidence, systemic obstacles, inner critic and juggling motherhood with a senior role.

Style: Pauline firmly believes in the power of coaching to help people gain insight, build their confidence and unlock their potential.  Her coaching style is sensitive, open, honest and challenging. She adapts each coaching session to the needs of the individual and their objectives for the session. People she has worked with have commented on the safe environment she has created allowing them to gain significant insights during the coaching sessions.