Members of Coaching York form a community of coaches - and coaching enthusiasts - who support each other and serve our community in a host of ways. Our focus is on building connections, supporting personal development, and helping release potential in ourselves and those we work with.
We are a fun and generous team who connect and share through a variety of formal and much less formal events, professional development opportunities and social media. We are an inclusive organisation, so please do join us
Individual summary biography details of our members can be found below.
As a social enterprise, we have an Executive Committee who work with members to run and set the direction of the organisation.
Sinead is a trainee coach working towards her ILM Level 5 qualification. She would like to add coaching a coaching offer to her established counselling practice, Serendipity York Limited, in order to widen the business offer to clients. Sinead has worked in both community and private practice for many years and understands that in order for people to realise their potential they sometimes need a supporting and guiding hand to help them. She believes that the answers are there, within the client, but need the right conditions to grow. Sinead is interested in reciprocal coaching at this time.
I am a theatre director with productions ranging from the Fringe First-award-winning The Container to operas in Selfridge’s shoe section. I now also use the skills I developed supporting and enabling artists in over 70 high-pressure projects as a coach (Relational Dynamics 1st accredited), communication and leadership skills trainer (ILM-qualified), and facilitator. I am a core facilitator with Flying Cloud, the University of York’s Strategic Leadership Program and People Create. The common thread through all my work is the conviction that if we provide the right support and encouragement everyone can reveal their own inner wisdom and unique potential.
Janet Dean is a writer and coach based in York. She has almost 40 years’ experience in the public sector as Director and Non-Executive Director with expertise in housing, regeneration, health and education. Janet has a Masters in Public and Social Admin and post-graduate qualification in coaching, as well as a Masters in Creative Writing. As Janet Dean Knight, her first novel The Peacemaker is due for publication in March 2019. Janet has ten years’ post-qualification coaching experience and is particularly interested in coaching people who are moving into freelance or creative self-employment, and in supporting communities and individuals to manage change.
The Authentic Spark was born out of my passion for supporting others including working with teams and individuals on visioning, creative collaborative thinking, skills development and personal growth. As The Authentic Spark, I harness my ability to see the bigger picture, to make connections and to enable others to reflect and utilise their own resources.
My background is in the heritage sector but I coaching with people from all walks of life. I love to use creative techniques and tools to encourage reflection. My super power is to help coachees find their SPARK, of creativity, of passion, of energy and motivation.
I am a qualified coach and counsellor (MSc Coaching Psychology; Grad Dip Counselling). I have been working with others in one-to-one helping relationships for over 15 years. I thrive on the unique and energising encounters I have with coachees. I cherish being a part of the life-changing, empowering transformations that are initiated in those settings. I work from a humanistic, developmental perspective and draw on the pluralistic approach. I am also a senior lecturer in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring at York St John University. In that role I have trained hundreds of individuals to empower both themselves and others using those skills. I am currently researching a PhD on coaching.
Bryony works with people through confidence, overwhelm and going well into their next chapter. She enables people to be more self-aware, so that they have more choice and power; allowing them to live life with more flow. Her experience in education, healthcare and family support has built on her knowledge of how to hold space for individuals and groups, and to 'be with' people wherever they are at. She works as a personal Coach and through organisations, particularly those wanting to create a culture of wellbeing and those providing frontline services in society.
Bryony's clients reclaim their anchor, find space to breathe and choose who and how it is they really want to be so that they can show up more courageously in life. Her style has been described as intuitive, spacious, playful, wise and creative.
Bryony is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and is accredited through the ICF.
My name is Natasha Sinclair and I am a results-oriented Psychology postgraduate with a passion for People Development through Coaching. I have over 10 years of working with people understanding patterns of behaviour to support individuals to achieve their personal goals and aspirations. This is done through a combination of my extensive experience in Mental Health, my Performance Coaching experience and my skills as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner.
I joined Coaching York in 2018 and I am also part of the Coaching Circle and enjoy being a part of a supportive network of Coaches in the York area.
Geraldine is a warm and compassionate accredited coach who specialises in supporting clients whose past is holding them back from making the most of their lives. Certified as an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist and Relationship Coach, Geraldine uses a psycho educational programme to help them let go of the pain caused by past loss. Once the energy taken to hold onto the past has been freed, her clients are able to open up to opportunities to design a life they love.
Geraldine worked for many years in the NHS prior to retraining as a coach.
Janet’s coaching style is both warm and supportive and yet challenging, seeking to explore what might be. She enables individuals to recognise and build on their strengths and challenge themselves to achieve more. Janet helps individuals be their best self and realise their potential.
Janet supports individuals along the coaching journey in a positive way, leaving individuals more confident and purposeful about the future.
Janet has been coaching and developing others for over 20 years, is an ILM qualified coach and master trained in the suite of TMSDI feedback Profiles which she incorporates in her coaching, as appropriate.
I am working as a coach-therapist and supervisor in private practice, based in Sheriff Hutton, near York. In my work with clients I draw on many years as a coach, counsellor, supervisor, trainer, group facilitator and as a senior leader in two UK Universities. My current coaching clients include CEOs of SMEs in the commercial sector and those with development and leadership roles in the public sector. I supervise coaches, counsellors and pastoral leaders.
I endeavour to balance work with family life, sculpting, gardening and helping to manage our local village hall.
Lindsay is an inspirational speaker and director of The Next Steps.
It’s her passion and mission in life to ensure people over 50 find their purpose and enjoy a fulfilling 3rd act when their primary working life is nearing its conclusion.
Lindsay works with individuals though prefers the dynamics and creativity within groups. She works with organisations to ensure they understand the business opportunities offered by our ageing society: understand how to achieve increased levels of engagement and productivity that positively impact the bottom line by constructive use of older workers’ expertise and wisdom and supporting their next stage life decisions.
I’m a resident of York since 1996. I’ve ten+ years’ experience as a freelance executive coach and supervisor. I’m also employed part-time as a faculty member of the Academy of Executive Coaching, teaching on their Certificate, Diploma and Senior coach training programmes; and I have a very part time role teaching leadership and management at the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights. My coaching focuses particularly on leaders and leadership development, in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors; and I write frequently about the practice of coaching on my website and on LinkedIn.
Susan has achieved a Masters (MSc) in Strategic Human Resource Management achieving Chartered member status of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (MCIPD). Susan is a dedicated HR professional, qualified Coach and PgDip Coach Supervisor experienced at working at operational and strategic levels in the public, private and third sectors. Susan has a proven track record designing and delivering Coaching and Mentoring training programmes, Leadership and Management and Equality and Diversity. Susan achieved her coaching PgDip supervision qualification at Oxford University. Susan believes in Positive Psychology and promotes continuous self development and recently became an Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.
Susan has an ability to initiate new ideas and implement innovative bespoke training solutions: one of which is the very successful Community Peer Mentoring Skills training programme for Ron Hogg, the Police, Crime, and Victims Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington. This Project was unique, the first of its kind in the UK. Susan was involved from the beginning and is now the established Lead Training and Partnerships Coordinator delivering Mentoring Skills to volunteers who wish to support vulnerable and isolated people across County Durham and Darlington. The Project is growing from strength to strength and continuing to attract interest from lots of different types of organisations.
Susan’s training delivery style continues to attract excellent feedback demonstrating her excellent communication skills, calm and methodical approach and her passion and enthusiasm to see things through to completion which has earned her respect and admiration from all her Community Peer Mentor volunteers.
Susan’s passion to empower individuals aligned with her fundamental core values of dignity and respect, friendliness and compassion has helped her to develop and build long lasting working relationships with all her peers and stakeholders who have come from all different backgrounds.
I create safe spaces to address the key questions that open up new career opportunities and life choices.
I specialise in transition coaching - the inner journey that underpins eternal change. I create partnership with clients to identify the indicators that a transition is imminent, to navigate the process, maintain forward momentum, to finally setting in place the condition for successful ongoing change. My work helps people explore the person they are becoming as well as the destination to which they are heading.
With Coaching York I build relationships between businesses and charities matching professional expertise with opportunities for service.
As a coach and trainer I am keen to help people address and act upon matters of importance, be it work, or non work, related. Coaching York is the vehicle through which much of this happens. I see our purpose being to extend the provision of coaching beyond the workplace and into communities, where the difference between productive and non productive outcomes is often determined by the quality of conversation. Coaches create great conversations!
I am an experienced communications coach and run Performance in English, which offers tailor-made coaching, using performance skills, embodied leadership, NLP, attentive listening, voice and presentation coaching, change management coaching where English is the lingua franca, job-oriented promotion coaching, negotiating, conflict management, cross-cultural communication, exam preparation and university academic coaching.
My background: designing, writing and delivering hundreds of successful outcomes-based courses in prestigious centres to professionals from all around the world; school management and mentoring, as HoD, DoS, and Centre Manager. Degree and Post-graduate teaching qualification, language teacher, sports coach, diplomas in NLP, Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy and Kinesics, with distinction.
As an experienced CIPD qualified HR practitioner and EMCC qualified business coach for more than 20 years, I can help you in the following areas:
– Developing and implementing your HR and coaching strategy
– Working with you to enable you to perform at your best
– Ensuring you and your teams make the most of the unique talents they have
My client base has included: BAA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Aviva, Bombardier, Siemens, Rolls Royce,Rugby Football League, Methodist Church, ICI, Sabic, DEFRA and Network Rail
I carry Professional Indemnity insurance
Shirley works as an Executive Coach with senior level people, helping them to be the best version of themselves on a daily basis. Her coaching approach is strengths-based and relational, and her personal style pragmatic, direct and empathetic. Able to challenge as well as support, she explores with clients how they perform in relation to colleagues, customers and stakeholders and holds them to account for the improvements they wish to make. Her aim is not only to address immediate issues but to develop her clients’ capacity to adapt and excel in the future.
Bob Garvey is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of coaching and mentoring. He is an experienced coach/mentor working with, for example, musicians, HR Managers, small business owners, young people, academics and executives.
Bob has great experience in a whole range of different types of organisations. These include large and small businesses, the public and private sector, voluntary organisation and NGOs. He has worked in many different industries including financial services, manufacturing, scientific, creative arts, education and health. Bob subscribes to the ‘repertoire’ approach to mentoring and coaching. He is in demand internationally as a keynote conference speaker.
Bob has a PhD from the University of Durham in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has published many books and papers on the practice of coaching and mentoring. He is a founding member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Honorary President of Coaching York. In 2014, the EMCC presented him with the Mentor award for services to mentoring and also in 2014, he received a life time achievement award for contributions to mentoring.
Joanne is a warm and intuitive coach with deep experience and understanding of how people work - plus a passion for growing new leaders. Her coaching philosophy is to be non-directive yet to offer her experience and challenge through the questions she asks and in what she notices. A former chief executive who has held a number of senior leadership roles, Joanne has worked as a qualified coach for 10 years. Her own specialist background was in communications/public affairs. She holds the ILM Level 7 qualification in coaching and is an executive committee member of Coaching York.
I am a highly experienced Personal Assistant and Office Manager who has worked at Chairman and CEO level in both public and private sectors and worked for businesses both large and small – as well as life managing a restaurant and being a travelling cook in Africa!
I established Kaleidoscope Executive Virtual Assistant Services in 2008 (we are now a team of 5) to provide professional PA support to self-employed Non-Exec Directors and Coaches. My mission is to help our clients save time and reduce their workload by becoming part of their team and allowing them to confidently delegate work that is non fee earning.
As a coach and facilitator, I support busy professionals, who face many competing demands on their time. I provide space to re-focus and find strategies to move forward with clarity, for increased effectiveness, reduced stress and a healthier balance in life.
Before starting my own coaching business, I worked in community development for 25 years. My professional experience has focused on supporting learning, skills development and increasing confidence. The common theme for me throughout has been about empowering people to move forward. It is about learning and development and making a difference in how we live our lives.
What inspires me as a coach is to work with individuals or groups to help them bring about positive and sustained change. I take a collaborative partnership approach to design the best intervention for each client’s specific needs. I provide support and challenge appropriate to each situation.
My career developed in finance with a global food manufacturer. I always loved people development and as I moved into leadership roles I was increasingly able to work on manager and leader development programmes. I set up my own coaching and consulting business in 2012.
I am a qualified NLP practitioner and have an ICF accredited coaching and neuroscience qualification.
Having left my HR and leadership career a few years ago, I am now fortunate to be able to pursue the things I love doing – coaching, volunteering, supporting people with learning difficulties, and some sporty stuff. My clients tell me I am a good listener, build rapport quickly and make them think for themselves. My aim is to release understanding and potential in individuals and teams. My beliefs fit well with those of non-directive coaching.
Chris specialises in executive development. Passionate about improving outcomes, he provides support that is tailored to the individual, the organisation and the situation. Having held senior leadership roles, he brings practical expertise to coaching others. He offers a sounding board, different perspectives and independent thinking. His experience adds value to a wide range of matters: from people to processes, projects to performance and the operational to the strategic. He enjoys working with those who are facing significant personal challenge - whether a new role, building influence or changing behaviour. His clients find him supportive, insightful and challenging.
Focusing on supporting Individuals, Teams and Organisations to change and develop, I am described as hugely thoughtful, practical, pragmatic and providing insightful depth of thinking for my clients.
With 25+ years’ coaching all levels of leadership, I understand the challenging business environments while having the empathy to allow individuals to grow and develop.
Part of the award-winning team achieving the ICF Prism Award for Excellence in Coaching 2016, I was also a finalist with the LPI for People Development in 2017.
A Chartered Fellow with CIPD and holding a Diploma in Coaching, I am a qualified psychometric assessor.
I am a freelance coach, writer, trainer and business communication consultant; and was a founding member of Coaching York before moving to Malta in 2014. I continue to provide business and life coaching to clients in the UK by Skype, charging reasonable rates both to people in work and to older people making the transition from full-time to part-time work or into full retirement. I am a qualified coach with an Institute of Leadership and Management level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Let me know if you’d like references from York people I have worked with: firstname.lastname@example.org
As HR director I have spent more than 25 years working with people for people, managing as a coach to became a coach. I like helping people to dare the best of themselves, increasing confidence.
Proven capabilities in Change Management, coaching, well being at work and industrial performance, industrial relations, negotiations, re-organizations.
Full HR spectrum in various business environments, multi-sites and matrix organisations.
Acumen and adaptability in moving environments. People tells me as a good listener & guide.
I coached successfully students, destabilized/desoriented people.
As an active international member, CY is a real opportunity to get on the adventure in cross-cultural aspects, coaching people on both sides of the Channel and sharing best practices.
I am a coach, energy healer and independent traveller.
I’m a mission; empowering women to ditch their fears, get out there, do their thing, have fun and live adventurously.
Being an independent traveller, I hear people say “oh you can do that, I wouldn’t be able to.” My answer is why not? If you want to, you can, but it got me thinking. What do you do if you want to go travelling and you’ve only ever been on a package holiday? Who teaches you the important stuff about getting your head in shape? These are skills for life not just for holiday. How do people get support to make changes in their lives, to move them from where they are, to who they want to be? For those wanting fulfilling lives with more fun and adventure, ExploreDiscover enables you to un-become everything that isn’t really you so you can be the thing you are meant to be.
NURTURING BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS. Developing, sustaining and challenging evolution. Improving performance & growth through new and better ways of doing things.
Tracey is an enthusiastic strategic business leader with a passion for nurturing, finding solutions and developing people and teams. She thrives in dynamic and challenging situations, works at Board and Director level and is commercially astute and driven to succeed.
A coach and mentor who challenges and motivates with a passion for nurturing individuals and businesses. Tracey can help people unravel challenges and encourage them to gain clarity on the pathway to successful outcomes and lasting growth and change.
Supporting individuals to reach their full potential quickly became a passion after successfully leading and developing a team within a large international bank.
My coaching intent is always to accelerate purposeful, authentic growth, and I look forward to working with any individual, no matter what their circumstances, who has a sincere desire to make a positive difference in their life and how it impacts those around them.
I am Certified in the use of Extended DISC, and have a Certificate in Professional Coaching representing Part 1 of the ICF’s Accredited Coach Training Programme. I am working toward full ICF accreditation.
A qualified Business & Executive Coach, Margaret coaches at Senior Management & Board Level, in all sectors, and has a strong, diverse Business and Operational Management background.
Creating a safe and secure environment, Margaret uses a range of established Coaching models and has also developed her own successful and unique Coaching Model which has shown effective results.
Margaret is a firm believer that coaching shouldn't end when the coaching sessions do and that Coachees should leave sessions with new found self-coaching skills and confidence to continue their journey.
Margaret is a full member of the EMCC, Fellow of CMI and IRP.
With over 25 years’ experience as a senior executive, I have worked with many individuals going through (often challenging) transitions, in their career, their leadership aspirations or the direction of their life. My starting point is ‘What choices are you making and how is this impacting on how you behave and feel?’ I then support you to make small, but significant, changes in your approach to explore other choices and challenge your assumptions. I believe the key to development is self-awareness, and that ultimately you know yourself better than anyone. I listen: and give you the space to hear yourself.
I’m an accredited coach (Relational Dynamics 1st), trainer, facilitator and consultant based in York and working nationally mainly with non-profits on organisational and individual learning. I’m also an experienced Action Learning facilitator. I train and supervise coaches, and train a wide range of people in coaching skills and leadership for Relational Dynamics 1st: a specialist training company working mainly in the arts/ non-profits. My particular passion is in enabling others to create ‘coaching cultures’ in their workplaces and supporting a coaching-style of leadership.
A qualified coach with a specialism for neurodiversity (dyslexia, ADHD Autism and Mental Health) workplace. I believe passionately (supported by many years evidence) that each and everyone one of us has the answer to our challenges within – and we can all engage with our hidden assets.
Following a highly successful 4 year career as Director of a CIC based in Sussex, who specialise in neurodiversity (award winning Employable Me BBC2) I am now following my work/ life balance goal to remain firmly in Yorkshire each day.
I have over 20 years experience as a leader in Training and Development within the Banking Sector, Retail and of course neurodiversity.
Neurodiversity is seen as an add on for employees (and indeed students) and I am committed to supporting Yorkshire businesses to create a culture and environment where those with neurodiversity no longer feel they are being singled out.
Jan is an executive coach, coach supervisor and facilitator with an interest in working with those in transition and supporting the building of resilience, mindfulness and compassion.
Her coaching clients are often executives, leaders or individuals who are looking for new meaning and purpose in their professional or personal lives, who want to stretch themselves or who need some space to work through significant issues that range from career transition to managing their own wellbeing. Her supervision clients value the light touch combination of safety, support and challenge that allow for a robust exploration of their own client work.
I help extraordinary people maximise their potential
I specialise in taking creative and passionate individuals who want to make a difference to their next level of success.
I love watching people grow and from my extensive career in the higher education sector, I have gained an in-depth understanding of how people learn, develop and connect, and what makes them step up and be seen.
I truly believe we are all capable of achieving so much more than we allow ourselves to. So often we are held back by our own self-limiting beliefs and the fear of failure. But these boundaries we create for ourselves can be challenged and demolished - and I can show you how.
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Meg is an ILM qualified Executive Coach, Leadership Coach and Career Coach/Mentor. With over 15 years experience in leadership development and over 7 years as an independent coach Meg has worked with many clients from senior leaders through to school leavers and graduates to help them find a job they love or perform brilliantly in the one they’re in.
Working closely with clients Meg supports individuals to help them fulfil their potential at work. She has supported people through career changes including; promotions, career moves, redundancy, retirement as well as navigating various challenges faced in the working environment. From being a neutral sounding board and listening ear, Meg uses a warm and supportive coaching approach whilst challenging people to raise aspirations and be at their best in their life and work.
Meg is fascinated by people and motivated by helping people achieve their goals. She enjoys enabling people to see new possibilities, tap into their true potential and find fulfilment or confidence to pursue their goals.
Meg is a member of the CIPD and EMCC, a qualified practitioner in MBTI, Thomas PPA, SDI.
Katie has a deep passion for enabling people reach their full potential, whatever that may look like to them. Whether it be determining future goals and dreams, or overcoming perceived barriers to personal or professional improvement, Katie will engage with a curious and supportive approach, helping uncover different perspectives to a situation.
Experienced in individual development, career, change, resilience and diagnostic coaching for both individuals and groups. She is currently working towards professional ICF Accreditation. Katie is also a mentor and team performance specialist.
Tamsin worked as a physiotherapist for 10 years before retraining as a coach, trainer and workshop facilitator. She has always been drawn to using metaphor in her work, and when a friend introduced her to Clean Language it wasn’t long before she was hooked. Here was a respectful way of working with the metaphors that is both resourceful and richly creative.
She is author of the book, The Listening Space: A New Path to Personal Discovery. This book gives you tools to change the way you listen by combining the principles of mindfulness with exploration through metaphor using a simple set of Clean questions.
Tamsin is due to publish her second book, Captured Moments: Poems Inspired by a Listening Space, in May 2019. This book of heartfelt poems includes a simple and fun activity that invites the reader to discover that source of creativity which surprises us again and again when we tap into it using Clean questions.
Lauren is passionate about coaching as a tool to unlock individual potential and creative ideas. She has a Masters in occupational psychology and has moved towards coaching and learning & development in the past couple of years.
Lauren is keen on creative coaching methods to suit the individual, including visual stimuli and coaching in the environment.
She has completed a postgraduate certificate in professional coaching & is now working towards accreditation with the Association for Coaching.
I am an experienced and qualified coach who specialises in personal and team development.
Clients regularly testify to my ability to support and challenge them in exploring their outer reality and inner world.
This enables them to more confidently and realistically set, or reset, their goals and ambitions.
Clients value how I adapt my approach and questions to what works best in the moment and for the topic we are coaching on.
I always learn from my clients and never lose the sense of privilege of serving others so they can in turn serve themselves more fully.
For several years I have supported Coaching York in its development ambitions and am now delighted to be a member of the Executive Committee.