Spring Has Sprung – President’s Newsletter March 2018

Spring has sprung – and I hope that the lighter, longer, warmer days will feed new energy for us all.

Welcome to new UK ICF Board members.  Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in joining the UK ICF Board in the recent recruitment round. We were delighted with the high standard of application and now have four new Directors. Other members are interested in being part of working groups. The new Directors are Rachel Daniel (Member benefits and retention), Britt MacFarlane (Public Relations), Penny Shapland-Chew (Professional Standards) and Sharon Toye (Corporate Engagement). Existing Board members have these broad areas of responsibility: Jane Kidd (Governance & 2018 Conference), Chris Billinge (Financial Health & Risk) Kaveh Mir (Market Strategy) and Karen Foy (Member Engagement). It’s exciting to be going forward with this dynamic team.

Part of a Global team. We are all also members of a global team, something I’m very aware of, having recently returned from the Global Leaders’ Forum in Vancouver. Did you know that there are now more than 32,000 members of the ICF, spread across 143 countries? Some of the 131 recognised ICF chapters are very small in comparison to the UK, though all are alive with commitment to professional coaching and inspiring in their energy.

There was learning of all sorts, all focused on enabling us to be better leaders, and lots of networking. It’s been great to put faces to names and to begin to build relationships which will, I hope, help UK ICF to move forward and enable us to contribute our ideas for the future.  I represented some of your views to ICF HQ staff, for instance on identifying team coaching competences, and on having more of a consultation process with training providers before credentialing changes are finalised.

2018 Global Priorities. The Global Board has 3 specific areas of focus for 2018. These are Credentialing – ensuring our gold standard; Relevance – being the most relevant professional organisation; and Thought Leadership, with impact on societal progress. Nationally and individually, we can all contribute to taking these forward.

Global Conferences. One of the benefits of belonging to ICF is the diversity and richness of international events. There are regional and global conferences in alternate years. The 2018 EMEA regional conference in Budapest on April 19-20 will focus on the Future of Coaching in Organisations. The next global conference “Converge” will be in Prague on October 24-26, 2019.  Both on our European doorstep, so cheaper to travel to than Australasia!

UK ICF Events. Of course, the annual UK ICF Conference also attracts speakers and members from other countries!  As a reminder, this year it’s on May 8th, has a “Dancing in the Future” programme and the Early Bird rate ends on March 31st. And our 2 day workshop “Enrich Your Coaching: Through Competencies to Quality” on April 17-18 in Birmingham is a great opportunity to brush up your coaching with brilliant facilitators and fellow coaches from across the country.

Let us know what you think. We want to hear from you so that we shape what we do in response to what you say you need. So, expect to see invitations to occasional surveys, member forums and new member webinars. Keep an eye out for dates in the events calendar and add your voice to the discussion.

With all best wishes


Sarah Gornall

UK ICF President

UK ICF Charter Chapter

01922 660088 or admin@coachfederation.org.uk