About Me

Who is your professional coach at Best Mate Coaching?

Neil Gabbie,life coach in dublin,Achievement, goal, target, running, dream,half marathon,never give up

Best Mate Coaching was founded in 2015 (as Best Mate Dublin) by Neil Gabbie, a former senior finance professional with a blue chip organisation in Manchester and Dublin.


That's me, by the way, I didn't hire anyone to write this. Here's my story in brief...

I qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995 after the standard three years training with a Big 6 practice (yes, there were 6 back then).

Following qualification I joined a global FMCG company headquartered in my home town, and worked my way through various roles in the finance function. My career in Manchester was a story of rapid progression, taking on new challenges, winning promotions and rising through the levels of management. 

I was married in 2004,  and later that year took a relocation deal to move to Ireland, and settled into a new, but oddly familiar, life in North County Dublin. I had a stable and comfortable lifestyle, with decent money coming in to support my young family.


My career progression had slowed, but I was working hard, often long hours, doing my best to impress my employers and continue the climb up the corporate ladder.


The Pivot: From late 2011, things took a couple of (actually three) unexpected turns, and the events that followed brought me to where I am now, running Best Mate Coaching, as a professional executive coach in Dublin, based in Swords, the thriving suburban town to the north of the city.


I won't go into the details of those events here, but they certainly changed my outlook on many aspects of life.  You could say that I have seen it all, and been through most of it, myself.  I came out of that period with renewed energy and purpose. I realised that you don't have to sacrifice one part of you life for others. There is a way, in fact many ways, to find balance, and remain fulfilled in your career, personal life (including physical and mental health) and your family life. I found the way to #HaveItAll.


I am now a qualified executive coach, leadership coach and personal coach, and I work with ambitious professionals like you to find your pathway to success, in whatever form that looks (and it IS different for everyone).

So, that's my story. To see how I can help you change your story, hit the button below to book a FREE no obligation consultation.


Main picture...

In June 2013, I went on my first measured run since before I can remember.  I managed 2 km, it took me 14 minutes and I thought I would cough up a lung. But I didn't give up...

Just 15 months later, I ran the Dublin Half Marathon (21 km) in 2h 14m. It's inspired me to believe that anyone can make a positive change and achieve almost anything.

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