WOMAN OF THE PEOPLE – A PROFILE OF HEATHER COOPER

To develop a business you must also develop its employees, says Heather Cooper, chief people officer of financial services giant Hargreaves Lansdown. As an executive coach she is bringing new thinking to this vital role. Interview by Liz Hall Heather Cooper is possibly the first female executive coach in the UK to be made a director in a FTSE 100 company. In November 2015, Cooper was appointed to the new role of chief people officer at Bristol-based financial services company Hargreaves Lansdown (HL). She was made a director last February (2017), joining the ranks of the 29% or so women […]

PROFILE OF MARIA SYMEON – AN EXECUTIVE EDGE

‘Wait, watch, learn, engage.’ It’s a stance that has helped Maria Symeon get to the heart of the issue as coach, psychologist and OD specialist, both in her global work at PwC and now as she branches out on her own Award-winning coach, psychologist and OD specialist Maria Symeon can first come across as timid. But the former head of global development (partner & leadership development) at PwC is just sussing out the lay of the land before contributing. When she’s ready, informed by what the system tells her, her contributions pack a lot of punch, offering welcome insights and […]

PROFILE OF JUDIT ABRI VON BARTHELD: A PASSION TRANSLATED

Judit Ábri von Bartheld is Hungary’s only resident ICF MCC credentialled coach. It’s early days for coaching here, but Ábri von Bartheld’s drive and enthusiasm could help change that. Liz Hall reports When the pop band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury delighted their audience in Budapest 31 years ago with a powerful rendition of a Hungarian folk song, few knew that someone had used a coaching style to help him achieve it. This someone was Judit Ábri von Bartheld. “I helped Freddie with the translation of this famous folk song, which he then wrote on the palm of his […]

SPORTING BEHAVIOUR – A PROFILE OF KEITH ANTOINE

Keith Antoine is a rarity in the coaching world. As he prepares his athletes for the World Para Athletics Championships, he’ll be coaching business clients too. He explains to Liz Hall how having a foot in both camps benefits each discipline   This month (14-23 July) sees 1,300 athletes from 90 countries compete in the World Para Athletics Championships in London, with the support and challenge of top sports coaches. These include veteran sports coach Keith Antoine. But what distinguishes Antoine is that he’s also a coach and management trainer in business. “People tend to be either a coach in […]

IT’S ALL LUCK: A PROFILE OF ABOODI SHABI

What gives life meaning? It’s a question often pondered by Aboodi Shabi, executive coach and co-founder of UK ICF. Coaching, he tells Liz Hall, can help us find that meaning – if we approach it with compassion and humility   Aboodi Shabi, independent executive and personal coach and former head of coaching and training for Newfield Network Europe, isn’t one for preciousness or earnestness. He’s irreverent, witty, eloquent and fond of asking questions others won’t. He’s passionate, too – about being of service, and making meaning of life for himself and for others. Even when he was very young, Shabi […]

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. A PROFILE OF MARGARET CHAPMAN-CLARKE

Occupational psychologist, coach and supervisor, Margaret Chapman-Clarke’s love of learning has kept her one step ahead of the game, she tells Liz Hall   Margaret Chapman-Clarke has been described as a ‘quiet mover and shaker’. She’s often behind the scenes, observing, researching, integrating and, yes, shaking things up with insightful questions and innovations. A former HR director, Margaret’s an occupational psychologist, coach and coaching supervisor, and a prolific author and speaker in fields including emotional intelligence (EI), and now mindfulness and compassion. One client, Sarah Kivlin, organisation development lead – Talent Team, Group Human Resources at Cambridge Assessment, describes Margaret […]

PROFILE: GILL FENNINGS-MONKMAN – WORKING FOR JOY

Proudly working class and always striving, Gill Fennings-Monkman has turned adversity into positive energy, becoming chair of BACP Coaching and gaining an MBE along the way. She shares her journey with Liz Hall As a former professional dancer raised in a striving, working class family, hard work and discipline are core to outgoing British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Coaching chair Gill Fennings-Monkman’s approach to work and life. So too are building resilience and finding joy in challenging times, prompted, in part, by Fennings-Monkman’s traumatic experience of giving birth to a stillborn son, her later work with disadvantaged women […]

TWO STARS AND A WISH: A PROFILE OF RACHEL ELLISON MBE

Former BBC news correspondent Rachel Ellison MBE is known for her robust presence as a coach. Her challenging and direct approach is much admired by the many senior leaders she coaches. By Liz Hall “I hired you again because you’re the only person prepared to be rude to me,” one of Rachel Ellison’s CEO clients told her. Ellison has built a reputation for being challenging and direct in her coaching, an approach valued by her clients, many of whom are top executives. It helps, too, that Ellison spent time working as a BBC journalist in war-torn Afghanistan – she’s shown […]

BECAUSE I CAN: A PROFILE OF GILL SMITH

Gill Smith has worked tirelessly as chair of the Association for Coaching UK. She continues to live purposefully, despite her recent cancer diagnosis   Gill SmithBy Liz Hall Sharp, tenacious, hard-working, warm, inspiring, a consummate professional – these are just some of the ways Gill Smith, the Association for Coaching (AC) UK’s chair for the past three years, has been described. Smith, winner of the Coaching at Work 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Coaching, has worked devotedly in recent years to help professionalise the AC UK, and the wider coaching industry, and to boost collaboration across the professional bodies […]