May 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the Spring Newsletter
Spring is here and on the 15th May we celebrate the start of International Coaching Week.  I think it’s time to tell you what’s happening in the ICF in the UK and beyond.
ICF Awards UK ICF Charter Chapter
We are delighted to report that our chapter received an award for recognition of excellence and inspiration at the ICF Global Leaders Forum held in Warsaw in March.  This award recognises the work we have done to provide value to our members which resulted in the excellent levels of renewal we enjoyed in 2016.  We have also done a great deal of work behind the scenes to improve our governance and are excited that this was acknowledged.

We now have 1709 members with 900 holding credentials.  While the rise in our membership numbers is always exciting, we are thrilled to report over 4% rise in credential holders.  This remains an area of focus for us in 2017.  Globally we have more than 30 000 members in 141 chapters.  20 000 of those hold credentials.

To support you in your path to credentialing we are running a 2 day workshop (11th&12th July) at the Institute of Directors in London.  This workshop will explore, develop and celebrate the way coaching competencies show up in our work.

International Coaching Week 15th – 21st May 2017

In the past few years we have chosen to hold our annual conference during ICW and this year is no exception.  The theme of this conference “Thriving in Times of Change” has attracted a record number of attendees and we have sold out.  This is as a result of fabulous speakers and a good range of topics.
We are collecting interest for our next conference which will be held in ICW in 2018.  Please do let us know if you are interested in attending.  You can get more information about the conference by visiting

UK ICF PRISM Award 2017

For the past 2 years we have taken the opportunity of the UK ICF Conference to recognise and award the UK PRISM Award.  The Prism Award honours businesses and organizations with coaching programs that fulfil rigorous professional standards, address key strategic goals, shape organizational culture, and yield discernible and measurable positive impacts.

This year we were delighted to receive 2 nominations and the coaching initiatives described in the nominations have been highly commended by the judges.  Nominations are judged by 3 independent judges all of whom hold “Global Head of Coaching” job titles within their organisations.  The panel has decided that high standards required across all the criteria was not attained in either of the nominations and as a result there will be no Prism award this year.  They have been offered feedback and we are looking forward to seeing these nominations and others next year.

We will be running this process again in 2017/8 and want to encourage you to consider putting together a nomination.  We are delighted to have the Global Prism Award winners, GSK,  as speakers at the conference during ICW.  Dr Sally Bonneywell and Ms Harriet Nelson will share their experience and take questions about their experience in building an award winning coaching operation.

Planned Activities Around the UK

Have you seen the wide range of activities that are being    run by ICF members across the UK? 

The Local Coaching Group in York has local organisations from the public, business, and voluntary sectors involved in the events they have planned to celebrate ICW. City of York Council have offered to co-sponsor the launch event and as part of their business focus for the week they will be offering coaching taster sessions to local entrepreneurs. For more information or to participate contact  They kick their events off on 15th May with a session on active listening led by Bernadette Cass PCC.

The Isle of Man LCG are planning a free early evening event on the 18th May – “Lumination in Action” an experimental taster of Hazel Russo’s coaching board game.

In London the LCG is running a special online coaching community offer.  The coaching round will commence on 17th May, and on the 23rd May Amina Aitsi-Selmi will be offering a workshop entitled “Do Organisations Dream? Transformational Coaching for Social Progress”.

The 3 Shires Coaching Group (based in East Midlands area) are planning a coaching walk and a pro-bono coaching offer during ICW.  The coaching offer will be made to staff, workers and centre users at a Vulnerable Women’s project as well as to the staff and potentially to the users of one of the Shelter centres.

The Group in Salisbury have scheduled a full week of activities which runs from 15th to the 19th May 09.00 to 16.00.  The activities include workshops and coaching opportunities and cover a number of very relevant themes.  You can see more of the detail here

The new Southampton LCG has their first event to be held during ICW on 15th May, for more details and to attend click here

New UK ICF Member Benefit

10% Discount on Membership to the Trusted Coach Directory

The Trusted Coach Directory was launched in November 2016 by Helen Isacke (Leadership Coach). The purpose of the Trusted Coach Directory (TCD) is to help the buyers of coaching find coaches who are suitably qualified, experienced and insured.  The TCD is undertaking events and activities designed to help professional coaches promote themselves and grow their business.

The TCD will be running regular local ‘Meet the Coach’ events nationally. The first was held in Maidenhead on 30th March, the next is in London on 22nd June. These provide the opportunity for coaches to meet potential clients and add to their CPD from speakers at the events.

The TCD is a sponsor at the ICF Conference in May 2017 and will be offering a 10% discount to coaches who want to register on the directory. This discount will apply to all ICF UK credentialed members, following a three month free trial.

To join the directory, go to and simply click on ‘Join Us’ at the top of the home page. Click on the Learn More tab for full eligibility criteria.

CIPD Conference and Exhibition

We have also booked our stand at the CIPD Conference and Exhibition being held in Manchester on 8th & 9th November – Save The Date!

Future of Coaching Collaboration

  We’re really excited to tell you about developments on a project we, the UK ICF, have been part of for the past few years.  Members of the UK ICF leadership have participated in a multi-stakeholder group which includes representatives from corporates and other organisations, leading professional bodies in the UK, academia, research institutes and Coaching at Work Magazine.  This group, known as Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), has grown out of The Accreditation Forum involving the Coaching Bodies Roundtable and  Coaching at Work  Magazine.  This was where the professional coaching bodies and others in the UK began to collaborate in bringing clarity to the coaching market on topics such as accreditation and supervision.

The FCC was launched in April 2015 with the aim of becoming a focal point for collaboration across the coaching system.  The group includes a variety of different stakeholders all of whom are working to support professional coaching so that we are able to face the future in a professional and thoughtful way.  The FCC’s purpose now is to act as a catalyst for dialogue, a creator of thought leadership and a convenor of the Big Questions facing this evolving industry in the UK.

You will find more on a web page hosted on the Coaching at Work  Magazine website, please click here.

You will also find a document which has been developed with the purpose of establishing principles and practices for coaching in organisations.  We welcome your feedback and thoughts to help us all achieve the goals we have for professional coaching.  The document can be found here.  Please send your feedback to

Joint Event 29th June in Manchester

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the Association of Coaching and the EMCC (European Mentor and Coaching Council) we are holding a joint event in Manchester with Robin Shohet.  We only have 40 places available so please sign up early.

Robin Shohet will be conducting a workshop, ”Love and Fear in Coaching”. He invites us to consider ways to create a safe climate for these topics to be talked about.  This day will also provide you with a great opportunity to network and have thought provoking conversations with coaches from the other professional bodies. This subject is of course relevant to other professions and people in general and you might like to invite clients or other colleagues to attend with you.

Membership Renewal

Renew your ICF Membership:

In the past 2 months you will have received communication from both the ICF head office and our office reminding you to renew your membership.  Thank you to all of you who have done so.  Can I take this opportunity to remind you gently to renew if it has slipped your attention.

ICF membership is an annual subscription which is paid by logging onto the Global website here.

This is different to the credential which is renewed every 3 years.

When you renew your membership be sure to affiliate with the UK ICF chapter to get all the benefits.


To support you in 2017 let us know what you want to hear more about from your UK Chapter.  Email us at

I look forward to meeting up with some of you at the conference, perhaps others at the joint event and the CIPD Conference and Exhibition in Manchester.

Warm wishes,

Janet Wilson PCC
UK ICF Charter Chapter.