In this section, we feature a number of our recent articles and news items in full for non-subscribers to Coaching at Work.

PRESS RELEASE: COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2019 – For immediate release – 5 July 2019

A host of coaching and mentoring practitioners received accolades for their contributions in the Coaching at Work 2019 Awards, in what was one of the toughest years for judging given the high quality of those nominated. The winners were: Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner & Marta Filipiak (Best Article/s); Charmaine Kwame (Internal Coaching/Mentoring   Champion); Jeremy Gomm (External Coaching/Mentoring Champion); Peter Welch (Contributions to Coaching Supervision); Fiona Adamson (Lifetime Achievement), and David Gray (Posthumous Lifetime Achievement). Gina Lodge, CEO at coach training and consultancy business the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) announced the winners and those highly commended at the awards ceremony […]


Elaine Patterson from The Coaching Supervision Academy introduces ‘The 7Cs’, a lens for coaching and coaching supervision which shows how we can bring more of our innate human qualities to our work to free others to do the same, gaining new insights and fresh perspectives Our work as coaches and coach supervisors is people work. We are in the crucible of the relationships we create. Rocked by the waves of continuous change in our VUCA world, I noticed in myself, my work and life the limits of technical competencies. Something was missing. Edna Murdoch coined the mantra, “Who we are […]

PRESS RELEASE COACHING AT WORK AWARD WINNERS 2018 – For immediate release – 5 July 2018

A host of movers and shakers received accolades for their contributions to the coaching profession, at this year’s Coaching at Work Awards. The award results were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on 4 July, which was then followed by a reception sponsored by the online training provider the Wisdom Tree Academy to celebrate the awards. Craig G Howe from the Wisdom Tree Academy handed winners a plaque and those highly commended, a certificate. A full conference report, with photographs, will appear in Coaching at Work’s September/October issue of the magazine. “It’s been really […]


    This year’s Coaching at Work annual conference has the theme of creativity and innovation, which are much needed in our profession and in these challenging times. The conference brings together stimulating, respected and world-class speakers including Ernesto Spinelli, Louise Buckle, Maria Symeon, Lis Merrick, Thrive Partners, Rachel Ellison MBE, Louise Sheppard, Graham Lee, and Claire Breeze. The sponsors Once again, the event has been made possible in part thanks to the sponsors (full information about each organisation at the bottom of this release). These are:   GOLD SPONSOR Ashridge Executive Education   SILVER SPONSORS Academy of Executive […]


COACHING AT WORK INTERVIEWS   Karyn Prentice and Elaine Patterson talk to Coaching at Work’s Liz Hall about bringing greater creativity into coaching by working with the seasons Karyn Prentice and Elaine Patterson are Senior Faculty at the Coaching Supervision Academy International Centre for Reflective Practice and together are PattersonPrenticeDesigns bringing their creativity to the world of leadership and professional practice. They are experienced international executive coaches, coach supervisors, learning facilitators and writers as well as life long reflective practitioners. They have come together to share their love of creativity, reflection and reflective practices with coaches, coaching supervisors, leaders and people […]


With news of Sir John Whitmore’s death, you share some of your stories and comments on a pioneer of the coaching industry and renowned management consultant By Liz Hall   Julie Starr, author, The Coaching Manual My first meeting with John came as we were both speakers at a leadership conference. I was new to speaking and more than a little apprehensive. When I spotted No 1. author and coaching legend, Sir John Whitmore, in my audience, I felt imagined pressure from a likely critic and judge. All my projection, and all the garbage thoughts of a panicked mind. When I […]


Appetite is growing for greater professionalism and a more united structured approach to quality control and standard setting in coaching.

Almost half (46%) of respondents to a Coaching at Work survey favour external regulation while a quarter would prefer an alternative, such as the UK’s Professional Standards Authority’s (PSA) Accredited Register System. The PSA (formerly the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence) sets standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredits those who meet them. It is accountable to the UK Parliament.

Some 16.5 per cent of respondents are against external regulation and 11.5 per cent don’t know.

The survey, Shaping the Future of Coaching, was carried out to mark Coaching at Work’s 10th anniversary. There was a strong desire for more professionalism, including for coaching to become a recognised established profession (see page 23).

Professor Stephen Palmer said: “Let’s be pragmatic. The Government isn’t into unnecessary and/or over regulation of the professions because it costs money. So state regulation of coaching practice is not going to occur [yet]. Accreditation of professional body registers using the PSA system is the way forward if we want to do so. It’s already working for other professional groups. I informally recommended this move some years ago to various professional coaching bodies and at that time I contacted the PSA and their response was positive.”

Jacqui Bateson, Senior For Life Ahead proposition manager at Skipton Building Society in the UK, wanted “one professional standards body where all coaches work to the same standards and coachees have some certainty for their expectations”.

Paddy Ryan, director of coaching at Execoachingpm in Ireland wanted “regulation to prevent the watering down of the standards, but not by non-professional bodies”; Alison Dixon, owner/director of Success Coaching & Development in the UK, wanted “accreditation recognised collectively by the professional bodies so as to ensure consistent standards without it becoming overly restrictive or exclusive”, and coach/coach supervisor Eve Turner also wants coaching to be “regulated by collaboration between professional bodies”.

Some were open to a solution, such as the Register, but needed more information. “I would need to understand better how this works,” said Singapore-based Camilla Sugden, managing director of Niche Pte. Sugden saw “maintaining high standards without becoming unduly bureaucratic” as one of the greatest challenges for coaching over the next 10 years.

Others were in favour of regulation, but concerned that it would mean “huge financial overheads” and “prohibitive cost or red tape” for external providers.

“If any profession is to remain flexible and responsive then regulation has to match that need…. most often regulated industries become sources of bureaucratic red tape and forget what they are really there for,” said Bridget Farrands, director at Figure Ground Consulting in the UK.

Both Mike Hurley, director of Intuition Coaching & Mentoring, and Wendy Johnson, president of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches, preferred self-regulation.

Paul Brown, faculty professor – organizational neuroscience, Monarch Business School, Switzerland, warned that it would be a “disaster [for coaching] to be regulated by an external body – see the Health Professions disaster for a worked example. Independence is most crucial and self-regulation the hallmark of good professionalism.”

See the full report on pages 15-24

David Megginson, EMCC Ambassador, shares his experience of the 21st EMCC conference in Athens

David Megginson, EMCC Ambassador, shares his experience of the 21st EMCC conference in Athens 21-23 November 2013, Athens It was good to be at a conference at the beating heart of European civilisation, and close to the home of the protagonist of mentoring’s foundation story. The EMCC Greece team welcomed and guided us socially and also led some interesting sessions. We also had the glorious relics of Athenian architecture at the edge of our vision under golden floodlights or bathed in unseasonably warm sunshine. What follows is my story of the route i took through the maze of opportunities on […]