President’s Newsletter – July 2018

Dear Coaching Colleagues

For most of us, the summer break approaches. We’d like to share some ICF news to reflect on, and wish you a time of restoration and new focusing for the future.

Congratulations to Henley Business School

We’re delighted that Henley Business School has recently been approved as an ACSTH – which, for those of you for whom acronyms do not easily trip off the tongue, is an Accredited provider of Coach Specific Training Hours. Most of the requirements for an ACC credential are met on two of Henley’s courses, leaving alumnae with a competitive advantage in the corporate market, where professional credentials are increasingly sought after.

Global Chair Tracy Sinclair presented a certificate recognising the accreditation to Steve Ludlow, Head of Executive Education at Henley Business School on July 5th.

Henley is the first UK university to become an accredited provider of ICF training and we hope the partnership will develop (and other universities will follow suit). Watch out for Professor Jonathan Passmore’s webinar on Ethics in December – and in the longer term, for an ICF/Henley research project into coaching in the Middle East.

Thank You for Renewing your Membership!

Congratulations to all those of you who renewed your membership with ICF globally and with the UK ICF chapter. The percentage of UK members renewing went up 10% to 83% this year – above the global average. It’s great to have you with us, and we hope you will continue to tell us about what will make your membership even more worthwhile. Please join the frequent free Member forums to meet me and other Board members, tell us your views and find out if we can answer your questions!

Bumper Conference – Can we better it in 2019?

This year’s conference attracted bumper numbers, in a beautiful venue on the banks of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. We had fantastic feedback – scoring a high level of satisfaction overall, 8/10, one third of delegates rating it 10/10 and giving us plenty of food for thought about how we might go to the next level in 2019. The date is set already as May 7th – it’s the day after Bank Holiday, which worked well for many people this year and is more affordable than later in the month, which is important as we run the event on a break-even basis.

ICF – the Gold Standard in Coaching

One of the 3 specific areas of focus for the Global Board this year is Credentialing – ensuring our gold standard. We’ve been discussing in the UK just what it is that makes the ICF standard gold. UK ICF Director Sharon Toye is building the case, asking corporates what they think, and gathering evidence about competences, assessment, membership thresholds, renewal requirements and ethics.

A distinguishing factor of the ICF approach to ethics is the Independent Review Body – the IRB – which considers allegations of breaches of the code of ethics and uses the learning from the process to support global, chapter and individual learning. Lily Seto, a Canadian coach who sits on the IRB, is presenting a series of webinars on ethics for us with her colleague Mary Prefontaine. The final one is on August 14th. A recording of the second webinar, on what happens if a complaint is made against you, is available from the website (go to the Events tab, then Recordings).

Website Problems

Apologies for any glitches you may have experienced with the website. We’ve changed to a bigger capacity server, though the data with coach profiles is still loading slowly and we’re looking for slicker solutions. If you do meet problems with the website, please let the office know on, explaining the nature of the problem and the time when you encountered it. This information will help us work out exactly where the crunch points are, so we can get them sorted.

With all best wishes


Sarah Gornall

UK ICF President

UK ICF Charter Chapter

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