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.
Joanne Rule Biography
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.
Catherine Adamson Biography
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.
Diane Benson Biography
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.
Fiona Smith Biography
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.
Hugo Welsh Biography
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 Lazenby Biography
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.
Margaret Inglesant Biography
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.
Terry Morden Biography
Mary Millar Biography
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.
Claire Antrobus Biography
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.
Cheryl Winter Biography
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 Brause Biography
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.
Geoff Ashton Biography
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.
Peter Lumley Biography
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!
Peter Zoeftig Biography
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.
Rob Cooper Biography
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 Collier Biography
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 Biography
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.
Janet Leonard Biography
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.
Steve Page Biography
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 Cameron Biography
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.
John Gray Biography
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 Abson Biography
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.
Dr Ira Laketic-Ljubojevic Biography
Margaret A. Chapman-Clarke Biography
Sinead Tingley Biography
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.
Tom Wright Biography
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 Biography
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.
Sarah Oswald Biography
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.