Catherine Bishop (rower)

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Cath Bishop
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Cath Bishop presenting at a leadership event in Edinburgh in 2020
Personal information
Full nameCatherine Bishop
Born22 November 1971 (1971-11-22) (age 50)
Leigh on Sea, England
Medal record

Catherine Bishop (born 22 November 1971) is a former British rower. In partnership with Katherine Grainger she was World Champion in the coxless pair in 2003, and in 2004 they won a silver medal at the Olympic Games.[1] Following a career as a diplomat she is now a leadership speaker, writer and consultant.

Early life and education[edit]

Bishop was born in Leigh on Sea, England, and educated at Westcliff High School for Girls.[2] She has a BA in modern languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge, a master's in international politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a Ph.D. in contemporary German literature from the University of Reading.[3]



Bishop won medals at the World Championships twice, a silver in 1998 in the women's pair with Dot Blackie, and gold in 2003, again in the pair, with Katherine Grainger.[4] In 1999 she was the World Indoor Rowing Champion.[3][5]

Bishop presenting at an event at Edinburgh
Bishop presenting at an event at Edinburgh

She competed in the Women’s Eight in the Olympic Games in Atlanta (1996), the Coxless Pair in Sydney (2000) before going on to win silver in the 2004 Olympic Games in the Women's coxless pair with Grainger.[3][6]


From 2001 through 2014 Bishop forged a career with the Foreign Office, for whom she worked in London; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Basra Iraq. Her roles included : Political, projects and press officer at British Embassy, Sarajevo, from 2004; Political Adviser to the High Representative to Bosnia & Herzegovina from 2006; Head of the Political Section at the British Consulate in Basra from 2007; and Deputy Director of the Stabilisation Unit in London from 2009–11.[7]


Bishop now has a consultancy business specialising in leadership and team performance drawing on her successful sports career.[2]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Cath Bishop Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Election of Steward - Dr Catherine Tillett (nee Bishop) | Henley Royal Regatta". Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Sports Hall of Fame: Cath Bishop". The University of Reading. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Bishop, Catherine". River & Rowing Museum. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  5. ^ "British Indoor Rowing Championships 1998". Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Women's coxless pair results". 14 August 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  7. ^ British Government CV Archived 25 February 2015 at

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