Catherine Moonan set up Communication Matters in 2002 to provide training in Communication and Presentation Skills. Since then, Catherine has trained individuals and corporate groups within a wide range of business sectors. Catherine is the Pitch Coach on RTÉ’s ‘Dragons’ Den’, having successfully coached over 500 contestants on all the series to date and helped them to secure over €4 million investment.
Catherine coaches entrepreneurs and graduates on many of Ireland’s established start-up programmes. These include UCD’s Innovation Academy, DCU’s Ryan Academy, DIT’s Hothouse Programme and several New Frontiers Programmes in the Institutes of Technology around Ireland. Catherine is also a mentor with Synbio axlr8r, Makers TV Accelerator and Bank of Ireland Accelerator Programme. Catherine is a Pitch Coach for DCU’s Hardware Hackathon, DIT’s Product Camp and Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE). Catherine’s website is www.pitchcoach.ie.
Catherine is a graduate of Dublin City University (DCU), with an Honours Degree in French and German and a Masters Degree in Journalism; she also holds a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin and a Teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama from London College. Catherine is a lecturer on the IMI’s Diploma in International Business Development.
Catherine is a broadcaster and journalist, currently co-hosting ‘Good Morning Dublin’ on Dublin City FM. Catherine regularly contributes to the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Newstalk, Today FM and BBC Radio Humberside. She has also carried out research for RTÉ’s political and business series ‘Prime Time’.
Prior to setting up Communication Matters, Catherine’s career background includes working as a member of Aer Lingus Cabin Crew, a French and German Secondary School Teacher and a Manager with Compaq Computers.