Autumn 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the Autumn Newsletter

This week the Chapter Leaders from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are meeting in Lisbon to discuss how we support our members across the region.  In preparation for this meeting I have been reviewing the year and want to share our achievements with you all.

Let me start with some interesting facts. At the beginning of this month we have 1505 members in the UK ICF Chapter. Of those 831 hold credentials, meaning  credentialed members have grown by 24% in the past year.

A lot of work to support this growth has been done by the members who volunteer to the board.  I would like to introduce you to the great new team on the Board who bring new ideas, energy and expertise to our projects.  You may have seen the invitation to join the board which was sent out last weekend.  Please consider joining the team and working with us to provide value to the members of our Chapter.

I would like to draw your attention to some of the achievements this year and you can read more details of these below.  In addition, our goal this year is to establish the frameworks, systems and processes by which the Chapter is directed and controlled.  We are working to enable the Board to monitor progress towards providing the value for members which will support the growth and development of coaching in the UK.

Many of you will have had conversations and emails from Alison Hancock who has worked with us for over 6 years as the Chapter Administrator.  From July she and Steve have been more involved in the day to day running of the Chapter and will continue to do a great job keeping you informed. The additional tasks they are undertaking will free volunteer time offered by the board members to focus on new ways to offer value to you, our members.

Warm wishes,

Janet Wilson PCC
UK ICF Charter Chapter

CIPD Exhibition in London 11-12th May 

The CIPD Learning and Development Show is one of Europe’s most important events for HR people. It includes a conference and exhibition specifically exploring the challenges facing the L&D professional.   A core theme of the conference this year was ‘Leadership Development and Coaching – enhancing capability in your leaders and line managers to influence organisational culture and increase performance’

UK ICF was there for the first time at Olympia and our aim was to reach out to HR and L&D  professionals and coaching sponsors as well as new and established coaches.

Director John Freeman and ICF coach Helen Hambleton led a ‘topic taster’ session, showcasing recent ICF research into how successful organisations build a coaching culture.  They highlighted the increasing strength of the ICF as a global thought leader in research into the coaching profession.  Helen, MD of ‘People Untapped’ gave practical insights from her experience supporting global insurance group Swiss RE who were winners of the 2015 UK ICF Prism Award.   You can click here to see some of the latest ICF research in collaboration with consulting groups such as PwC and professional bodies such as Human Capital Institute

The jewel in the crown was our pro bono offer which was designed to further our goal of advancing the art, science and practice of professional coaching.  Visitors to the booth were offered a free 45 minute telephone coaching session and were able to select from a range of volunteer ICF credentialed coaches covering multiple languages.  85 people took up the offer to discover the power of coaching.  More than 200 ICF coaches had generously offered free sessions.

ICF President Janet Wilson said “The exhibition was a great demonstration of the power of the ICF with collaboration across the globe.  We had very interesting and stimulating conversations about coaching and many visitors to the stand walked away with the opportunity to experience it for themselves. Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and expertise to support this excellent event.’’


Standing room only….   Picture shows John Freeman and Helen Hambleton presenting the ICF research

2016 Annual Conference 17th May

Record numbers and a new venue provided the back drop for excellent speakers.    You can read more about the day and see some pictures here on the website.
Save the date for 2017 Thriving in a Time of Change  – Tuesday 16th May 2017

Global News

If you haven’t yet, you might like to see the exciting news from Global?

In the Annual Report you will notice significant increases in the number of members joining as well as the many new Chapters coming into the ICF fold.  Membership numbers now exceed 30 000 worldwide and continue to grow. Have a look at this link for the highlights.

Global Coaching Survey

The results from the survey have been published and a summary appeared in the latest copy of Coaching at Work. For those of you who missed it you might like to look at the summary on the Global website here.

Thanks to all of you who contributed, we have qualified for additional data specific to the UK and we are currently looking at this and will be presenting it soon.

Useful Information

We would like to highlight a few great articles from Coaching World and the ICF Blog, click on the titles for more details……

Core Competencies:
Resources on developing your business:
Other interesting articles in Coaching World are on coaching different cultures and the finding from the latest PWC Global survey on managers using coaching skills:

Professional Development

We have seen some great webinars and events so far this year and are continuing with a wide selection of inspired learning through the Autumn into Winter.

Andy Habermacher has just held a webinar series on brain coaching which was a great success. If you were unable to attend the live webinars they are available to purchase as a recording.

Chantal Cornelius will be focussing on marketing your coaching business in her webinar series Stop Wasting Money on Your Marketing, part one was on 13th October and part 2 on 15th November. Again there are recordings available if you are unable to attend the live webinars.

Unconditional Regard – What it is in Practice will be the focus of Rosie Miller, PCC on 17th October. We also have Coaching With Ethics with Janet Wilson, UK ICF President on 28th November and a Master Class with Sandra Wilson, MCC on the 2nd December.

For more details and to book these webinars or purchase recordings and see details of all events and training please click here 

Joint Events

We continue to work in joint collaboration with AC and EMCC and have already seen some really successful events this year.

In February we saw a live event on ethical dilemmas in coaching with speakers Dr Alison Hodge and Katherine St John-Brookes. There was also a webinar on multi stakeholder contracting with Professor Peter Hawkins and Eve Turner.

There is more to come:

Evening Event
Coaching: An emerging profession – or just a spanner in the HRD toolbox
Tuesday 8th November 6pm to 8pm
Presented by Professor David Gray

Professor Gray will deliver a short presentation on the findings of his global survey on the professional identity of coaches. After this, a series of questions will be posed for group discussions, getting you to explore your own sense of identity and connection with the coaching profession. This will be followed by plenary/discussion session where we will share perspectives and stories

For more information and to book, please click here

A Ridler Workshop: Transforming Leadership Through Group Coaching at Rentokil Initial
Wednesday 30th November 10am to 11am
Co – Presented by Clive Mann, Ridler & Co and Brigid Garvey, Rentokil Initial

Clive Mann will summarise the latest research into group coaching in the 6th Ridler Report following which Brigid Garvey will explain how group coaching has accelerated the development of the coaching culture which Rentokil needs to grow its people and grow its business.

For more information and to book, please click here

(Please note if you are unable to attend the live webinar you can purchase a ticket for the recording only)

Local Coaching Groups

We understand the importance and great value of networking with other coaches and as the largest local ICF Chapter, we appreciate and are fortunate to have members who have the vision to organise groups locally.

There are already many thriving Local Groups holding varied and stimulating events, full details can be found here. This year we have seen new groups in the South West, Shropshire and London area flourish and we will soon be advertising details of a new group in Leeds and in Somerset.

If you are interested in setting up a Local Group and would like our support in creating and sustaining a Local Coaching Group please do get in contact with the office –

 Member Benefits

As an ICF Member you have access to the many benefits both Globally and within the UK Chapter, as well as joining a community of coaching professionals in the UK and a wider community in more than 100 countries around the world.

Don’t forget to familiarise yourselves with the member benefits:

Global Benefits
UK Benefits