Marie Ferris

Thrive Coaching & Development


About Marie Ferris

Marie has 25 years experience of facilitating organisational and personal development programmes.

  • Accredited Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching, with a wide range of coaching experience.

  • Highly experienced Team Coach at senior level, with a Masters in Human Resource Management, focused on coaching in organisations.

  • Extensive experience of delivering Coaching and Mentoring Skills training, including ILM accredited programmes, and at postgraduate and Masters level, as well as developing internal coaching and mentoring networks. 

  • MBTI qualified, a Master NLP Practitioner and experienced in the application of a wide range of tools and assessment including team roles, 360 degree feedback, emotional intelligence, positive psychology and resilience.

  • Marie was an External Quality Advisor for ILM for 5 years, advising centres on leadership development and coaching qualifications across Ireland and Europe.

Before establishing Thrive, Marie was Professional Development Manager at Ulster University where she was responsible for designing, developing and delivering bespoke senior leadership development and leading on the delivery of organisational development initiatives, including programmes to support organisational change and re-structuring, and enhance employee engagement and wellbeing. She successfully implemented a range of coaching programmes across the institution, including delivery of accredited coaching programmes to University staff and students, establishing and developing an internal coaching infrastructure and providing executive coaching to senior leaders. Marie won an IITD National Training Award for Excellence in Coaching for the coaching programmes and services at Ulster University and co-authored a best practice case study for the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education, based on the work to create a coaching culture in the university.

Marie continues to work with Ulster University in an associate role, facilitating coaching modules in postgraduate and masters programmes.

Whilst much of her career has been in large organisations, her work with ILM since 2015 has given her the opportunity to work with SMEs and the voluntary and charity sector to provide support and advice on the development of new programmes and audit the implementation of existing leadership development and coaching skill programmes.

Marie is a longstanding and active member of the Association for Coaching, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Institute of Leadership and Management, as well as a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

She is passionate about the impact that coaching and development programmes can have for individuals, teams and organisations. She founded Thrive to help organisations build and capitalise on the power and impact of coaching, bringing tried and tested, proven approaches that work, but tailored to their specific needs.