The SAGE Handbook of Coaching


Tatiana Bachkirova, Gordon Spence & David Drake

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    Editorial Board

    Dr Anthony Grant

    University of Sydney, Australia

    Dr Carol Kaufman

    Institute of Coaching, USA

    Dr Elaine Cox

    Oxford Brookes University, UK

    Dr Jenny Ferrier-Kerr

    University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Dr John Bennett

    Queen University of Charlotte, USA

    Dr Konstantin Korotov

    ESMT (European School of Management), Germany

    Dr Pansy Lam

    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Dr Sunny Stout-Rostron

    Sunny Stout-Rostron Associates, South Africa

    Professor Andrey Rossohin

    Higher School of Economics, Russia

    Professor David Clutterbuck

    Sheffield Hallam University, UK

    Professor Robert Garvey

    York St John University, UK

    Professor Harald Geissler

    Helmut Schmidt University, Germany

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    Notes on the Editors and Contributors


    Tatiana Bachkirova

    Gordon Spence

    David Drake


    Geoffrey N. Abbott is Director of Executive Coaching in the QUT Graduate School of Business in Brisbane, Australia. He facilitates and coaches across programs related to Leadership, including within the Executive MBA, and corporate leadership development programs. Geoff has expertise in global executive coaching. He spent three years coaching with multinational companies and conducting research in Central America and continues to have an interest in the region. Geoff’s executive experience is with the Special Broadcasting Service, Australia where he managed strategic planning. He is a Member of the Association for Coaching Global Advisory Board, and co-editor of the Routledge Companion to International Business Coaching (Moral and Abbott, 2011).

    Margaret Barr is Lead Associate (Scotland) for Growth Coaching International. Her career in schools included teaching business education and economics, head of department, head teacher of a city secondary school, and mentor for aspiring head teachers studying for the Scottish Qualification for Headship, and for new head teachers. She returned to university in 2012 to take an MSc in coaching psychology, and now works with school leaders as a coach and facilitator of coaching training programmes. She is a coach for head teachers on the fellowship programme of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership, and is a certified thinking partner. Voluntary roles include book review editor for the peer-reviewed journal Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, and communications co-ordinator for supervision with the Association for Coaching.

    Rona S. Beattie is a Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Department of Business Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. She has published widely, presented many papers at international conferences, and is a member of a number of journal editorial boards. While her teaching and research interests are diverse including healthcare management, employee engagement, voluntary sector leadership, and HRM in public service organizations, her first and greatest research passion continues to be coaching, mentoring and the role of line managers as facilitators of learning. She is also a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) both in the United Kingdom.

    John L. Bennett, PhD, PCC, BCC, is Associate Professor of Business and Behavioral Science and Director of graduate programs at the McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte (USA). He is past-president of the Graduate School Alliance for Educating Coaches (GSAEC) and chaired the 2012 Summit on the Future of Coaching. In 2010, he was named a charter Fellow in The Lewin Center and Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School. He is co-author of the book Coaching for Change (Routledge, 2013).

    Francine Campone, EdD, MCC, is the Director of the Evidence-Based Coaching Program at Fielding Graduate University and coaches leaders through personal and organizational transitions. Her coaching focuses on helping leaders to acquire the skills to clearly articulate vision, generate engagement and commitment, facilitate change within organizations; and to communicate clearly and effectively. Her recent publications include studies on the development of coaches, reflective learning and coaching/psychotherapy boundaries. She is past president of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching and a contributor to the Academic Standards for Graduate Coach Education. She is serving on the Academic Standards Committee of GSAEC in developing a peer review process.

    Michael Cavanagh is an academic, practitioner and consultant in the field of coaching and leadership development. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney and Visiting Professor at the Institute of work based learning at Middlesex University. Michael’s teaching focuses on preparing coaches to work with leaders and teams in complex settings. He is the principal author of the Standards Australia Handbook of Organisational Coaching – one of the world’s first ISO aligned National guidelines for the training of coaches and the provision of coaching services. Michael’s passion is assisting leaders and organisations to understand and address complex challenges in ways that increase the sustainability of the organisation, its people and the planet.

    David Ashley Clutterbuck is Visiting Professor in the coaching and mentoring faculties of Sheffield Hallam, Oxford Brookes and York St John Universities and adjunct faculty at Ashridge. Author or co-author of more than 60 books, he is one of the co-founders of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He chaired the EMCC’s research committee, in which he still participates, and is now EMCC special ambassador, with a role that includes spreading good practice in coaching and mentoring. His research agenda is driven by helping people and organisations have the quality conversations they need (which may be with themselves) and by seeking to question the evidence base for received wisdom. His co-authored book, Beyond Goals, is one example of this.

    Ron Collins is an Executive Partner in IBM’s Cognitive Solutions Team and he leads large and complex deals world-wide involving Big Data, Analytics and Cognitive Solutions. He specialised in data intensive industries particularly banking but also mobile telecommunications and the Public Sector. He has been involved with large scale data integration, warehousing, analytics and statistical modelling for more than ten years and has worked with major UK banks and with banks worldwide including the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. He is currently working on designing and implementing large scale data fabrics for major Banks (retail and investment) including a wide range of open source and propriety software (Hadoop, Spark, Atlas, Cassandra, Titan, etc.) designed to be cloud portable and to run on both pure and hybrid cloud architectures.

    Elaine Cox is Principal Lecturer and Co-Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University. As well as developing and leading the MA and the Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring programmes at Brookes and authoring many academic articles and books, she is the founding editor of the International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring. Elaine’s research interests include leadership coaching and examining the theoretical underpinnings of coaching and how these impact practice.

    Trevor Crowe, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he is currently Director of the Master of Professional Psychology course. He co-coordinates several research projects covering a range of topics including coaching in mental health and substance abuse recovery settings, trauma recovery, sports, and clinical supervision. He has developed several programmes to support recovery and psychological growth including families, people with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders, and clinicians. Trevor is a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Certified Addictions Counsellor with over 25 years clinical experience.

    Erik de Haan, PhD, is a leadership and organisation development consultant, psychodynamic psychotherapist, executive coach and supervisor. He is the Director of the Ashridge Centre for Coaching and programme leader of the Ashridge Master’s (MSc) in Executive Coaching, and the Ashridge Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Organisational Supervision. Erik is also Professor of Organisation Development & Coaching at the VU University of Amsterdam. He has written more than 150 articles and eleven books in different languages, among which are Fearless Consulting (2006), Coaching with Colleagues (2004, with Yvonne Burger), Relational Coaching (2008), Supervision in Action (2011), Coaching Relationships (2012, edited with Charlotte Sills), The Leadership Shadow (2014, with Anthony Kasozi), Being Supervised—A Guide for Supervisees (2015, with Willemine Regouin), and Management Pocketbook Team Coaching (2016). He serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Philosophy of Management and APA’s Consulting Psychology Journal.

    Mark A. Eckert, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Hearing Research Program of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a cognitive neuroscientist whose work focuses on the neurobiology of communication disorders in children with reading disabilities and older adults with speech recognition and hearing impairments. His research includes a focus on neural systems that support perception and optimize task performance.

    Andrea D. Ellinger is Professor of Human Resource Development in the College of Business and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler. She is the former editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly and is the recipient of the 2012 Academy of Human Resource Development Outstanding Scholar of the Year Award. She has presented and published her research nationally and internationally. She serves on several editorial boards including Management Learning, the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, the Journal of Workplace Learning, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and is a Consulting Editor for Adult Education Quarterly. Her research interests include informal learning in the workplace, organizational learning, employee engagement, evolving managerial roles, managerial coaching, mentoring, and the learning organization concept.

    Annette Fillery-Travis is an Associate Professor at Middlesex University where she is a senior coach educator, researcher and author. After a first career in the natural sciences she has followed her interest in professional development first leading the Professional Development Foundation and more recently the Professional Doctorate at Middlesex University and the EC funded Modern Doctorate Research Consortium. Her main focus here has been the development of doctoral provision for advanced practitioners and it underpinning research pedagogy and the accreditation of coach education within organisations. Her consultancy interests include working with organisations (including Fortune 100 companies and the public sector) on the development of their internal coaches and culture.

    Sophie Francis is a Coach who helps business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders shift into new directions, guided by their strengths. She is also a writer and Editorial Director for the Langley Group, specialists in positive psychology, emotional intelligence and neuroscience. An accredited R2 Strengths Profiler practitioner, Sophie supports the professional development of strengths coaches, human capital managers and leaders in R2 practitioner training. Her master’s research focussed on how people use their strengths in difficult situations.

    Judie Gannon is a Senior Lecturer in the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies (ICCaMs) at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Originally a manager in the international hotel industry Judie joined academia in 1994 after completing an MA in Industrial Relations (Warwick University). Her PhD (Oxford Brookes University, 2007) explored the resourcing and development of managers in international hotel companies. She also completed a PG Cert in Coaching and Mentoring during this time and has supervised students on the Doctorate in Coaching & Mentoring over the last 7 years. Judie has developed and supported several mentoring schemes across different sectors and has written and presented academic and practitioner papers in the areas of international human resource management, management development, coaching and mentoring. She reviews for several high profile academic journals, is a member of the EMCC and CIPD, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching & Mentoring.

    Bob Garvey, PhD, FHEA, FRSA is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of coaching and mentoring. Bob has extensive experience in working across many sectors of social and economic activity. He writes about coaching and mentoring in various outlets including books and journals. He delivers international Webinars on a variety of coaching and mentoring topics. Bob mentors/coaches a number of people from a variety of organisations and walks of life. He is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and its special ambassador for mentoring. He is also an honorary member of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) and honorary president of Coaching York. In 2014, the journal, ‘Coaching at Work’ awarded him a life time achievement award for contributions to mentoring. Also in 2014, Bob received the EMCC’s mentor award.

    Harald Geißler was Professor for Educational Science at Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg/Germany. Since the early 1990s his research is focused on organizational learning and business coaching. In his long years of experience as business coaching practitioner, in 2006 he developed the world’s first web-based coaching tool: ‘Virtual Coaching (VC) ( and started to build up an international e-coaching community. On this topic he published more than 20 articles and two books: 2008 E-Coaching and 2012 (with Maren Metz) and E-Coaching und Online-Beratung (E-Coaching and Online-Counselling). Using his research findings as well as his experience as an e-coaching practitioner he is offering an e-coaching education programme.

    Anthony M. Grant PhD MA BA(Hons) is a Coaching Psychologist. He is globally recognised as a key pioneer of Coaching Psychology and evidence-based approaches to coaching. In January 2000, Anthony established the world’s first Coaching Psychology Unit at Sydney University where he is the Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit. He has over 100 coaching-related publications. He is a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University; a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Business; and an Associate Fellow at the Säid School of Business, Oxford University. In 2007 Anthony was awarded the British Psychological Society Award for outstanding professional and scientific contribution to Coaching Psychology. In 2009 he was awarded the ‘Vision of Excellence Award’ from Harvard University for his pioneering work in helping to develop a scientific foundation to coaching. He was a 2014 Scientist in Residence for the ABC - the Australian National Broadcaster and in 2016 he was awarded the Australian Psychological Society ‘Workplace Excellence Award for Coaching and Leadership’.

    David E. Gray is Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Greenwich. His research interests, and publication record, include research methods, management learning (particularly coaching and mentoring), professional identity, action learning, reflective learning, management learning in SMEs and the factors that contribute to SME success. He has published books Doing Research in the Real World (Sage, 2014) and A Critical Introduction to Coaching and Mentoring (Sage, 2016) and articles on research methods, organizational learning, and coaching and mentoring. David has led a number of EU-funded research programmes including one examining the impact of coaching on the resilience of unemployed managers in their job-searching behaviours and another on how action learning can sustain unemployed managers in starting their own business. David is a member of the International Editorial Board of Management Learning.

    Siegfried Greif, MSCP, is member of the University of Osnabrueck (Germany) and Head of coaching and change management of a consulting institute ( He was Professor at the Free University of Berlin and had the chair of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Osnabrueck (Germany). Major fields of his research are stress at work, change management and coaching. He is editor of a book series on Innovative Management of the German Publisher Hogrefe (Goettingen). Among 16 books he has published one in German on Coaching (2008, Hogrefe), is co-editor of a handbook on key concepts of coaching (2017), many articles in journals and diverse book chapters. He teaches coaching at different Universities and gives courses to practitioners.

    Robert G. Hamlin is an Emeritus Professor and Chair of Human Resource Development at the University of Wolverhampton, and an independent management and organization development consultant. His research is mainly focused on managerial and leadership effectiveness, managerial coaching effectiveness, and mentoring effectiveness, and the findings have been published nationally and internationally in a wide range of academic and practitioner journals. He has authored/coedited two books, and has contributed numerous chapters to a range of other HRD-related textbooks.

    Ioanna Iordanou is currently a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Coaching and Mentoring at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She is passionate about researching coaching and mentoring and embedding the study and practice of coaching skills in her pedagogic practice. A historian by trade, she thoroughly enjoys tracing the roots of coaching and mentoring practices in the long-forgotten apprenticeships of the pre-Industrial period. She holds an MA, PhD, a Certificate, and a Diploma in Coaching, all from the University of Warwick, UK. She is the author of Values and Ethics in Coaching (Sage, 2016).

    Yossi Ives is a qualified life coach specialising in singles relationship issues and has a PhD in Coaching Psychology. He has written Relationship Coaching (Routledge, 2014), a landmark book on coaching for relationship success, and Goal-Focused Coaching (Routledge, 2012), on harnessing goals to raise performance. Yossi is the co-founder of JEP (Jewish European Professionals) that organises major events for young professionals from across Europe and beyond ( He is the founder and chairman of Tag International Development, a humanitarian organisation that shares expertise with developing countries (, and Tag Institute for Social Development (, a think tank and research centre that addressed pressing social challenges. He is also the author of Applied Jewish Values in the Social Sciences and Psychology (Springer, 2016) and There Must be a Better Way (Devora, 2008), as well as a Hebrew work on Jewish mysticism. For 15 years Yossi was a practicing rabbi. He lives in London and is married with seven children.

    Peter Jackson is a professional coach, supervisor, facilitator and academic. His coaching practice has a particular focus on the challenges of general management and the dynamics of individual change within organisations. At Oxford Brookes University he leads various practice modules and supervises research. His own research into physicality and embodiment looks at individual coaches in action in their natural working environment to explore the many ways in which the coach’s practice is inseparable from the experience of ‘being-in-the-world’. He has an interest in the intersubjective processes of coaching, reflective learning, professional development and the development of research methods. In particular, how to create robust, useful and applicable knowledge for practitioners.

    Meg Jordan PhD, RN, CWP, is Chair of Integrative Health Studies, Somatic Psychology and Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She is a clinical medical anthropologist, RN specializing in integrative and collaborative practice models, a behavioral health specialist, certified health coach, and grant recipient from Aetna Foundation to explore health coaching for underserved populations. She is author of several books including How To Be A Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach, The Fitness Instinct, and founding Editor of American Fitness Magazine; Co-President of the National Wellness Institute; and former Director of Integrative Practice at the Health Medicine Institute. She serves on the board of National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches. In addition to mentoring and teaching graduate students, she has a clinical practice in behavioral medicine, working with guided imagery, cognitive restructuring coaching, and helping people navigate integrative health options.

    Stephen Joseph PhD, is interested in the study of human flourishing. Known internationally as a leading expert in positive psychology, he is the editor of the ground breaking book Positive Psychology in Practice: Promoting human flourishing in work, health, education and everyday life. He studied at the London School of Economics, before going on to gain his doctorate from Kings College London Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience for his pioneering work in the field of psychological trauma. He is the author of What Doesn’t Kill Us. The new psychology of posttraumatic growth. A Professor at the University of Nottingham and a coaching psychologist whose focus is on applying ideas from positive psychology, he helps people overcome challenges and find new directions in their personal and professional lives. His most recent book is Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters.

    Stella Kanatouri is currently exploring the state of play in technology-assisted coaching through her doctoral research. Having created an online community with over a 1,000 members dedicated to technology-assisted coaching, Stella is endeavouring to narrow the gap between technology-assisted coaching research and practice. After completing her MSc in Psychology during her career in the Hamburg Ballet, Stella switched her focus towards academic work in adult learning approaches. She is currently working at the Helmut-Schmidt University in Hamburg, where she delivers lectures in coaching, organizational learning and community-based learning.

    Travis Kemp, PhD, is an independent Consulting and Coaching Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Centre for Business Growth at the University of South Australia. He is a registered Psychologist with practice endorsement in Organisational, Exercise & Sport and Counselling Psychology, a registered Teacher, an accredited Coaching Psychologist, a Certified Professional Manager and Company Director. Travis has held a range of senior executive leadership roles including MBA Director at the University of South Australia. He has published widely in the professional and research literature on leadership, executive performance, education and executive coaching and is co-editor of the international peer-reviewed journal, the International Coaching Psychology Review and Honorary Vice President of the International Society of Coaching Psychology.

    Konstantin Korotov, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Leadership Development Research at ESMT – Berlin, in Germany. His research is focused on leadership development, executive education, and coaching. He has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and dozens of academic and practitioner articles and award-winning case-studies that serve as a foundation for his teaching executives worldwide. He is also the creator of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia series – premier global events for exploring and challenging coaching approaches and practices.

    David A. Lane is currently Chair of Association of Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors (APECS). As well as contributing to research and the professional development of coaching Professor Lane has coached in a wide range of organisations including major consultancies, multinationals, and public sector and government bodies. He also pioneered the international development of work based masters degrees for experienced coaches. His contributions to counselling psychology led to the senior award of the BPS for “Outstanding Scientific Contribution”. In 2009 he was honoured by the British Psychological Society for his Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology. In 2016 the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons conferred an Honorary Associateship for his work developing general practice.

    Paul Lawrence, PhD, lectures on coaching at the Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong and is a Director at the Centre for Systemic Change (CSC). His research into coaching and change has been published in a number of journals including Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice and the Journal of Change Management. In 2014 his book Leading Change: How successful leaders approach change management was published by Kogan Page. Paul is a practicing coach, working with individuals, teams and groups, and a coaching supervisor. He also consults to organizations, helping them introduce coaching behaviors into the workplace.

    Carmelina Lawton Smith is a coaching and development specialist who combines her private consultancy practice with a lecturing role on the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes University Business School. In a consultancy role she designs and delivers development workshops for coaches and also offers one-to-one executive coaching. She works internationally with organisations wishing to develop a coaching culture, and has been instrumental in the development of the Spot-Coaching concept. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, and a member of the Oxford Brookes University Supervision Conference Academic Board. In addition she is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and a Consulting Editor for the International Journal of Stress Prevention & Wellbeing. Her recent research interests have focused on resilience in leadership and how coaching can help.

    Alison Maxwell is a practicing business and leadership coach, team coach and coach supervisor as well as Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University on the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice. Her research interests include the use of feedback in leadership development, coaching self esteem issues and the boundaries between coaching and therapy. She has been published in Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, International Coaching Psychology Review and has a chapter on supervising internal coaches in Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice.

    Almuth McDowall is Assistant Dean, Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics and Head of the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. She oversees a number of funded research projects on a range of work issues, including well being, rewards and career choices, directs an MSc programme, delivers education and supervises the research projects of PhD and MSc and students. Passionate about professional development, Almuth is a past chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology, and is both an assessor (where she trains others) and verifier (where she assesses other people’s programmes) in psychometric testing.

    Margaret A. Moore is a 17-year veteran of the Biotechnology industry in the US, UK, Canada and France. In 2000, Margaret founded Wellcoaches Corporation, in strategic partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine, which has trained more than 10,000 health professionals as health and wellness coaches in 45 countries. Margaret is co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and co-director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. Margaret teaches a science of coaching psychology program at Harvard University Extension School. She co-founded and co-leads the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches, delivering national standards and certification for health and wellness coaches. Margaret co-authored the Coaching Psychology Manual published by Wolters Kluwer (2009, 2015), and two Harvard Health books: Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life (2012), and Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life (2016).

    Adrian Myers is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University where he teaches on the doctoral and masters coaching and mentoring programmes. He is a chartered occupational psychologist and a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has an MBA (Nottingham Trent University, 2002) and an MSc in Occupational Psychology (London Birkbeck University, 2006). Adrian has an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages (John Moore’s University, 1984) and a degree in psychology (Open University, 1992).

    Sean O’Connor is a Coaching practitioner, researcher, and academic within the fields of organisational change and development, positive psychology and leadership coaching. Sean holds Masters degree in Coaching Psychology and PhD in Psychology from the University of Sydney. His doctorate research identified the coaching ripple effect, the first ever research assessing the indirect impact of leadership coaching on the wellbeing of others in a system. Dr O’Connor is a Lecturer and Researcher within the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney training, supervising a supporting hundreds of early career coaches. In practice, Sean brings an evidence based analytical, collaborative, and solution-focused approach to helping others to develop, which is embedded in the context of complex systems. He has helped executives, senior leaders, and middle managers to develop and strengthen their leadership skills through individual, group and team coaching and facilitative training approaches.

    Angela M. Passarelli, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, SC. Her research focuses on the psychophysiological dynamics of developmental relationships, particularly in the context of leader development and change. Supported by grants from the Harnisch Foundation at the Harvard Institute of Coaching and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, her work has been published in outlets such as the Leadership Quarterly, Consulting Psychology Journal, and the Academy of Management Learning & Education. Angela also maintains an executive coaching practice.

    Polly Parker is a Professor in Leadership and Director of Education at the University of Queensland’s Business School, Australia. She earned her PhD on career communities from the University of Auckland. Her current interests include development, particularly of women, careers and peer coaching. She applies her life-long interest in learning and teaching in academic and corporate settings, particularly in the fields of leadership and careers where she is known as originator and co-developer of the internationally used Intelligent Career Card Sort™. Polly is active in the areas of women’s leadership, and executive and career coaching.

    James Pritchard is an experienced executive coach, coach supervisor and coaching lead. Over the past four years he has led the Civil Service coaching and mentoring offer in the UK. He has 20 years independent experience as an executive coach and organisational development consultant. His career started in the oil industry, but interest in coaching arose from an earlier background in international sporting competition. He is a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher, and engaged in research at Oxford Brookes University on ‘Coaching for Mindful Action’, applying yoga philosophy and practice to leadership coaching. He is Director of Mindful Action Coaching Ltd.

    Raija Salomaa is one of the coaching pioneers in Finland with experience of coaching across a variety of industries. She has 20 years of professional experience in executive positions within international hotel industry and business travel services. Raija is a founder and ex-board member of International Coach Federation’s Finland chapter. Raija also works as a mentor coach for credentialing coaches and as a coaching skills trainer for corporate executives. Currently, she is completing her PhD thesis on coaching of international assignees at the University of Vaasa’s Business School, Department of Management.

    Hany Shoukry, PhD, is a Researcher/Practitioner in Coaching and Human Development, and is an honorary research associate at Oxford Brookes University. He has worked for over twenty years with individuals and groups living in socially challenging contexts. His research focuses on theories and approaches that link individual development and social change. He developed Coaching for Emancipation in 2011, and currently trains coaches on emancipatory approaches.

    Reinhard Stelter holds a PhD in Psychology and is Full Professor of Sport and Coaching Psychology at the University of Copenhagen and Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School (Master of Public Governance). He is Head of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen. Reinhard is an accredited member, Associate Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of the International Society of Coaching Psychology (ISCP), and between 2009-2015 he has been a Scientific Advisory Council member of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School. He is an active researcher and reflective practitioner in the field of coaching psychology. He works as coaching psychologist in his own practice and collaborates with the Copenhagen Coaching Center where he also teaches on a 2-year Master program in Coaching. His major text book Third Generation Coaching – a Guide to Narrative-Collaborative Theory and Practice has been published by Springer.

    Sunny Stout-Rostron, DProf, is part-time faculty at the University of Stellenbosch, School of Business in Cape Town, and Doctoral Supervisor at the Gordon Institute of Business at the University of Pretoria. Sunny has over 25 years’ international experience as an executive coach, and is Founding President of Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA). Sunny’s books include: Leadership Coaching for Results: Cutting-edge practices for coach and client (Knowres, 2014), Business Coaching International: Transforming individuals and organizations (Karnac 2009/2013), Business Coaching Wisdom and Practice: Unlocking the secrets of business coaching (Knowres, 2009/2012). She is a researcher and contributing author to a range of books and journals.

    Christian van Nieuwerburgh, PhD, is Associate Professor of Coaching at Henley Business School, University of Reading. Dr van Nieuwerburgh is Executive Director of the Henley Centre for Coaching and Behavioural Change. He is an active executive coach and highly-regarded academic with a number of publications and an international reputation. Christian is particularly interested in the application of coaching in different contexts and the use of coaching in educational settings. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.

    Ellen B. Van Oosten, PhD, is Assistant Professor for Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director for Executive Education at Case Western Reserve University. Dr Van Oosten is also Director of the Coaching Research Lab and Master Coach at CWRU. Her research interests include coaching, leadership development, emotional intelligence, and positive relationships at work. Dr. Van Oosten has published scholarly and practitioner articles, which cover topics such as coaching for change, leadership vision and leadership development in organizations. She teaches at the Schools of Management, Engineering and Law at CWRU and regularly delivers workshops for managers and executives.

    Simon Western is Adjunct Professor of the University College Dublin, President-Elect of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, Chief Executive of Analytic-Network Coaching ( Simon has international experience as a leadership coach and strategic consultant and delivers keynote speaking on the topic of ‘New leadership for new times’. His current focus is to train executive coaches to support ‘leaders to act in good faith to create the good society’. He is widely published with books including Leadership a Critical Text, 2nd edition (Sage, 2013), Coaching and Mentoring a Critical Text (Sage, 2012) and Global Leadership Perspectives Insights and Analysis (forthcoming Sage, 2016). His previous work roles include Director of Coaching at Lancaster University Management School and Director of Masters in Organizational Consultancy (psychoanalytic approaches) at Tavistock Clinic.

    Patrick Williams is a psychologist, author, speaker, and leadership coach, is a pioneer in the field of Life Coaching and founder of the Institute for Life Coach Training, and Coaching the Global Village. Dr Williams has been a developer of leaders for 3 decades. He founded Coaching the Global Village in 2006 to bring the power of the coaching approach to the underserved and resource-poor of the world. CGV associates provide leadership training to grassroots organizations and/or non-profits, NGOS or corporate social change initiatives. Pat’s message is that leadership is an activity, not just a position.

    Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, serves as the Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching through the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the School of Nursing. As an integrative health coach and clinical health psychologist, Ruth has internationally-recognized expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs for medical patients and those at risk for chronic disease. She is one of the elected leaders of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (, a non-profit organization whose mission is to professionalize the field of health and wellness coaching, bringing forth national standards and a uniform job definition that will clarify best practices and allow for rigorous study. Dr. Wolever is also a national leader in the study of mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change, and is the Chief Science Officer for eMindful.

    Alison Zarecky is a UK-based transition coach, specialising in helping people through periods of change in the workplace and their personal lives. She has worked with a wide range of organizations such as the British Army and Help for Heroes. She is also a volunteer for the European Coaching and Mentoring Council, helping promote high standards of coaching and mentoring in organizations. Her MA dissertation research focussed on the use of strengths coaching with transitioning military and how this can assist with finding career direction. She is an accredited Strengthscope® individual and team coach and a Fireworks™ certified career coach.

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