Presidents Newsletter – January 2019

Dear Coaching Colleagues

UK ICF President’s January 2019 Message

We start the year by welcoming two new members of the Board team – Liz Rochester, PCC, and Felicity Hodkinson, ACC. Both bring a lot of experience of working in corporates, one of our major focuses. Liz is already a very active member of the team coaching and corporate working parties. Felicity will be working on member benefits and a sustainable structure for the future. Rachel Daniel will now be leading on the professional development programme and local groups.

We are delighted to announce that after an internal Board election, Sharon Toye will be our Vice President for 2019. Sharon has contributed hugely to the chapter over the past year, taking the lead on corporate engagement and engaging with Global. Our intention is to expand the Board further in 2019. Please contact any member of the Board if you’d like to find out more about the responsibilities and benefits of being a UK ICF Director.

3 year strategy

We have huge ambition and aim to push coaching forward in the UK and globally. Our three key strategic aims for over the next three years, 2019-22, are to:

  1. Attract and develop independent coaches;
  2. Engage corporates and training providers with a compelling offer
  3. Be a sustainable and highly effective organisation

Find an overview of our strategy on our website here.

2019 Professional Development

Alongside a rich programme of webinars and workshops, we have a fabulous conferenceplanned for May 7th,Reimagining Coaching, with 5 different streams of learning alongside two plenary keynotes.

  • If you are interested in presenting a 10-minute open mike session at the conference, email
  • If you would like to offer expertise for a workshop or webinar, or join a PD working group, email
  • Keep an eye out for the PD newsletters on the first Friday of the month for CCEUs and great learning.

Corporate work

Our fantastic corporate working parties, initiated by Sharon Toye, MCC, have put two proposals to ICF Global. We are suggesting a Corporate Members’ Club, orientated to organisational needs, as well as micro-credentialing for internal coaches and certification for coaching cultures and leaders as coaches. We are also working on team coaching, identifying what skills, knowledge and attributes team coaches need to have, as the basis for potential future credential paths. Hundreds of hours of volunteer time have gone into the proposals. Thank you to everyone.

On May 8th, we’re also running a symposium CreatingCompetitive Edge through Coaching which will bring together corporates/ organisations, training providers and the UK ICF. The symposium will be open to all UK ICF PCCs and MCCs.


We have commissioned a new website which we hope will be easier to navigate and to upload coach profiles to. The aim is to go live in April. We will be looking for 10-20 members to test it out and give us feedback so please email you are able to do this. There will be a new section for corporates and organisations.

UK ICF Member benefits

Your UK ICF membership, gives you discounts on our webinars and workshops, your profile on the website, support for credentialing, membership of local coaching groups, access to coaching opportunities, discounts for insurance, fast track membership of the RSA and the chance to grow your knowledge and skills and impact on the profession through joining focused working groups and the UK ICF Linked In community. We will be sending out a survey over the coming months to find out what you value about your membership and what you would like us to offer if possible.

Affiliate to UK ICF for £50 pa

Every year when you renew your Global ICF membership you have the choice to affiliate to UK ICF for a nominal additional fee. The contribution to UK ICF from Global for each member is about £25 pa, so the UK fee is vital to our financial health.  This year, the fee increases to £50, up from £40, to contribute towards the increased focus we are giving to improving our UK website and taking a leading position in developing the corporate offer, both of which will offer you better support and development over the year ahead.

Free Marshall Goldsmith Event at Henley

Marshall Goldsmith is offering 30 free places on a day’s training at Henley Business School on Saturday March 16th. He will share basics of his stakeholder centred leadership development work and highlights from his books. Places will be offered on the basis of application to him directly, with a commitment to “pay it back”.
For more information click here.

Pro Bono Coaching Opportunity

Uprising, a national youth leadership development charity championing diversity and social mobility, is looking for 25 pro bono coaches for 16-25 year olds on their upcoming programme. You would gain experience and benefit young people’s lives. Sign up by Friday February 1st as a coach or supervisor on the UpRising website, stating that you have come through UK ICF when asked why you’re interested in coaching for UpRising.

Hoping this is a year of learning and well-being for you all,

With all best wishes


Sarah Gornall

UK ICF President