About Us

So where did Beyond Horizons start? Where did it come from?  Who is behind it?  It's likely that you've come across Beyond Horizons by talking to a friend or colleague, maybe you've been to an event or maybe you have met someone involved in the event, or even me.  My name is Cathy Harshaw, a coach and professional working in the outdoor, I'm half of the people behind Beyond Horizons, the other half is my friend and colleague Ian Pitchford and it was Ian who came up with the idea.  Both working in and having a passion for the outdoors, it was during one of our many conversations on how to raise the professionalism of the industry that Beyond Horizons was born, Ian thought it was would be a good idea and I made a few phone calls, turns out quite a few people agreed with us, tutors and lecturers at our local colleges and universities were keen to bring their students along, a few were already running smaller 'employability days' in college, but they weren't really meeting the needs, others were encouraging their students to attend conferences however they were finding that apart from a few very motivated students few were doing so.  It also transpired that employers were very keen on the idea of employing students and graduates, and of sharing with them their own personal philosophies and stories of their own journeys.  So in November 2016 we ran the first Beyond Horizons event, and you know what?  It was as real success, attended by over 150 students, two amazing keynote speeches, 7 different workshops and nearly 20 employers...we couldn't not do it again, could we?

Since then we have continued to listen to the industry and react to what it needs.  We have run events in other parts of the country with different organisations, we have expanded who we invite to event to provide students with more choice and have introduced services to support both the organisations attending as well as the students and young people who are the future of the industry.

Ian Pitchford

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Ian is extremely passionate about the belief that we ‘are all better than we know’. As an expert NLP trainer and someone who is well on the way to becoming a Master Trainer he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is instrumental in changing peoples’ outlook on life. Ian can work with individuals, people wanting to become an NLP practitioner, corporate business clients or as a mentor or supervisor. Recent clients who have been able to soar after completing NLP courses include executive corporate clients. Through his experience in many commercial sectors he can help people to apply NLP to their daily lives to enable goals to be achieved.

After spending 12 years in the Royal Navy where he spent a large proportion of his time with Commando Helicopter Force and also held project management roles within the Ministry of Defence and worked as a leadership instructor at the Fleet Air Arm leadership school in North Wales.

In the last ten years Ian has been instrumental in the growth from his own company and has also completed an MBA, obtained a Diploma in Performance Coaching and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as being a Certified Master Coach.

Ian is not only a training deliver but is also a very active coach, supporting a vast array of people on their personal journey through life. Coaching face to face, via the Internet and telephone, Ian supports both individual clients and other coach’s. Whilst not operating exclusively in these arenas’ Ian has very successfully worked with sports professionals and leaders alike.

He draws upon his organisational development and change management experience to ensure all that he is involved in is grounded in the world of the client.

If he's not at work then you find Ian on a river or up a mountain


Cathy Harshaw

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Cathy loves people and finding out about them and their lives.  Having grown up on the west coast of Ireland the outdoors, especially the sea, is her other passion.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that she has connected these two passions to form a career in the outdoors.  She strongly believes in the potential of all people to be and achieve all that they want.  Cathy works as a freelancer alongside a number of organisations using the outdoors and adventurous activities as a vehicle for personal development.  Being a freelancer and having previously worked full time at a large multi-activity centre, Cathy has had the opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of the outdoor industry first hand. 

Cathy has always had a particular interest in working with young people with challenging behaviour, as a result of trying to understand how she could do this better she discovered the world of NLP and coaching and went on the training as a Master Practitioner of NLP and a Master Coach.  She has brought the approach to life and the skills she’s learned from this journey to her work in the outdoors.  

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