Presidents Newsletter – November 2018

Dear Coaching Colleagues

What has UK ICF been doing?

2018 has been busy! This year we have run 57 webinars and 3 live workshops; delivered our biggest conference in a prestige venue opposite Big Ben, attracting 338 attendees over half of whom rated it 9 or 10 out of 10; exhibited at the recent CIPD Conference in Manchester, to raise our profile with corporate buyers of coaching; pinned down the evidence for our claim to represent the gold standard in professional coaching –  and created a shift in our strategy which we think will benefit professional coaching overall and you as individual members. 18 active local groups have offered networking and learning opportunities around the country.

Future Direction of Travel

Our analysis of the future of coaching leads us to think that building relationships with corporate and organisational buyers of coaching is essential. We anticipate a growth in the use of internal coaching and technology. We’ve set up a working group with members from corporates as well as the UK ICF Board and we’re working with Global HQ on potential micro-credentials for team coaching, internal coaching and leaders as coaches. We also want to build relationships with training providers and universities and improve our own use of technology – and the website.

Board is Expanding – Can you help shape the future?

Is it any surprise then, that we are seeking to recruit a few more Board members? We’re particularly looking for experienced coaches who can lead on the professional development programme and local groups; contribute to the corporate work; support our commercial/financial growth and build our social media profile. If you haven’t seen the advertisement and think you or a colleague might like to work with us, contact the UK ICF office for an application pack, or access the documents here.  Applications close on November 16th.

Opt IN and Affiliate

The recent emphasis on data privacy has led to some unexpected outcomes. You may know ICF members in the UK who are not aware of what’s going on, of webinars, live events and other opportunities, because they have inadvertently opted out of emails or not affiliated to the UK chapter. You can manage your membership and change your preferences on the global website. Affiliation to the UK chapter means we get money from Global ICF to support our work with you, our members in this country. Please encourage ICF members who might not be aware of this to opt in and affiliate.

ICF – the Gold Standard in Coaching

UK ICF Director Sharon Toye has pulled together the evidence for the claim that the ICF represents the Gold Standard in coaching. There are 8 main areas of evidence. This is added value of membership of the ICF and is a useful badge of credibility to offer to potential buyers of your coaching. The Gold Standard document is accessible on our UK website here. Key distinguishing aspects are that you can only be a member if you’ve actually done some coach specific training (60 hours); the ethics review process is independent and robust; there are 25,000+ research articles available on the Global Research Portal (more than on Google Scholar).

HCI Report

Thinking of research, have you seen the latest research by the Human Capital Institute (HCI) and ICF on Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management? These great annual research reports are free to members – you have to log in to the Global ICF site first and order your report – for which you get a $0.00 bill. A key fact from this latest research is that of the various interventions used, coaching activities were rated as the most helpful in achieving the goals of the change management.

CIPD Conference, Manchester

Last week we took an exhibition stand at the CIPD Conference in Manchester. We did a number of mini-presentations on our stand, talked to lots of enquirers and gave a presentation to about 230 delegates together with Sam Howell from Aviva and Sharon Stone from Heidrick and Struggles on the question of “Can a Coaching Culture really Create an Outstanding Organisation?”. We had a great response. Thanks to all those who helped make this such a success, including Britt MacFarlane, who led the team; Barefoot Coaching and Heidrick and Struggles, our sponsors, and Aviva, who paid for the presentation slot. We think that opportunities like this put the ICF in front of large organisations, raise awareness of our professional standards and increase the chances of ICF coaches finding corporate work.

Bumping up your CCEUs to Renew your Credential

December is looming – time to renew my credential – and yours too maybe. You need 40 Continuing Coach Education Units (CCEUs) every three years, proof that you are continually growing and developing as a coach in service of your clients. If you want to bump up your CCEUs, join some of our upcoming webinars and get some recordings of the great webinars you’ve missed.

Thanks to Local Group Leaders – and Karen Foy

We have some goodbyes and thanks at the end of the year. Local group leaders Kim Gregory, Kish Modasia, Deborah Price and Lilith Flanagan, all of whom have done amazing things setting up and maintaining dynamic local groups of coaches, are all handing over to the next wave of coach leaders in their area. Thank you so much for everything you have done over the years, both locally and nationally.

And Karen Foy will be stepping down as a UK ICF Director as she takes up a new job as lecturer in coaching at Henley Business School. She’s going to be a big loss to the Board, though a great ambassador for the ICF. Karen, we wish you well. We’ll miss you.

With all best wishes


Sarah Gornall, PCC

UK ICF President

01922 660088