Coaching York celebrating the Impact and Potential of Coaching for International Coaching Week 2024

Our series of interactive webinars, a face to face conference and outdoor session during ICW are open to all with an interest in coaching and are free of charge to take part.

Click the individual session links to book through Eventbrite

Membership is a mere £36 + vat a year  (July1 - June 30) giving you free access to all the benefits of monthly meetings, online and face to face in York, mentoring, podcasts around coaching,  private Facebook group etc.

Connect with Coaching York: website and LinkedIN 

Monday 13 May - Online Event

Louisa Strain

Mental Health Coaching: Building Resilience led by Louisa Strain

10:00 - 11:15   Book here

This session will be a deep dive into how coaching can benefit mental health. It will explore:

  • the mental health continuum and how coaching can be a very effective protective mechanism to nurture mental health resilience.
  • Creating a safe space to nurture wellbeing and mental health.
  • The code of ethics and working within professional competencies and knowing where the difference lies between coaching and counselling.
  • When coaching isn’t appropriate as an intervention in a mental health context and whether whether coaching can sit alongside therapy for a client with a mental health illness.
  • How coaching can sit alongside Mental Health First Aid.
  • Coaching techniques we can adopt from therapeutic approaches: CBT, self-compassion, psycho-dynamic, transactional analysis etc.


  • Providing insight into the effectiveness of coaching as a tool to build mental resilience.
  • Raising awareness around the connection between counselling and coaching.
  • Empower coaches to upskill themselves in the use of therapeutic tools to adapt to coaching.
  • Encourage all coaches to train as Mental Health First Aiders or another mental health course.

Louisa is Mental Health and Wellbeing Partner at Maria Mallaband Care Group and a volunteer Coach at York Mind. She’s a Mental Health First Aid England Instructor Member and workplace wellbeing trainer and facilitator. She is an EMCC accredited coach, trained at postgraduate level, as well as a qualified personal trainer and fitness instructor.

She is passionate about improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and specialises in mindset and behavioural change to enable individuals and workplaces to thrive. She has studied CBT, self-compassion, transactional analysis and mindfulness.

Since 2018 she has worked with individual clients and organisations to foster resilience, confidence, self-esteem, emotional intelligence and skills of self-awareness, using a combination of approaches. She also has lived experience of overcoming several mental health and personal challenges.

Connect with Louisa: LinkedIn 


Monday 13 May - Online Event

Jane Barrett

How to Coach yourself to Maximise your Career led by Jane Barrett

13:00 - 14:00   Book here

Every wondered if you are fulfilling your potential at work? Or you’re confused as to what the next career steps are for you? No matter what career direction you decide to pursue, a clear understanding of what you have to offer and what you want from your career is crucial in determining your actions to make that happen.

Whether you are seeking to develop your career within your existing organization or seeking employment, if you can clearly demonstrate what you have to offer and where you want to head professionally you will be stronger at interview and make better career decisions

What will you learn?

  • An introduction to the Career Assessment Process –Understand what questions you should be asking yourself
  • Understand how to start your research, which will help you consider your options
  • How to move forward with your career strategy

Jane Barrett has been a Career Coach for over 20 years and is the founder of The Career Farm, an Executive Leadership and Career Coaching company. A former Chartered Surveyor who has made several career moves before focusing on coaching, she works with leading business schools in the UK and Europe including Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield University.

She coaches executives within many different organisations such as Amazon, Expedia and Prudential Plc to develop their career and leadership capability with a recent focus on purpose-driven organisations, particularly in the green tech space.

Jane is co-author of the book ‘Taking Charge of your Career’ published by Bloomsbury.

Connect with Jane: website and LinkedIn  

Tuesday 14 May - Online Event

Anne Marie Crowther

Endings - An exploration led by Anne-Marie Crowther

10:00 - 11:15   Book here

We experience endings continuously so you'd think we'd be really good at them by now. From the end of a phone call or day's end at one extreme through to the end of a business, relationship or a life at the other - this session explores what could help us to cross finish lines in the best possible way - both for ourselves and for our clients and offers a few tips along the way.

Anne-Marie Crowther is a group learning facilitator and integrated coach, blending various coaching, wellbeing and facilitation techniques with tools and approaches from hypnotherapy, trauma therapy, living systems and management consultancy. She has a background in the VCSE sector and has worked as a health and business consultant with startups through to corporates.

She loves beginnings and would prefer a continual state of newness but has yet to find a beginning that doesn't involve an ending. Having come to realise the extent of the potential impact an ending can have on a beginning, she is on a mission to help others improve their ends!

Connect with Anne-Marie: website and LinkedIN 

Wednesday 15 May - Face to Face event

 - led by Joy Richardson in smaller groupsConference - Celebrating the Impact and Potential of Coaching 

Venue:  Fulford Room, St Saviourgate CMC, York, YO1 8NQ

Book here


Do you want to know more about how coaching could support your organisation, business or community? Or perhaps you have already experienced the impact of coaching?

This conference is for anyone who is interested in coaching, whether as a coachee or a coach. Following an introduction of who we are as a community, there will be opportunity for discussion, learning, listening and asking. In the morning we will focus on what people get out of coaching and in the afternoon, we will look at The Coaching Journey - an insight into some of the key elements that support coaching at its most powerful.

This is a modular event, so you are welcome to attend a session or two, or stay with us the whole day - whatever suits you. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.   There will be a selection of helpful books around coaching on offer.

9.30am Doors Open

10.00am Welcome and Introducing Coaching York (CY Chairs)

10.15am The Potential of Coaching

Joy Richardson guides us in an open discussion to get to know each other better as we think about what kinds of coaches we are, the coaching we do, and what keeps us motivated. A collective opportunity to inspire each other about the potential of coaching and our personal potential as coaches.

11.15am Open Space Session

An opportunity to explore your areas of interest in smaller groups.

12pm Lunch

12.45pm The Coaching Journey

Starting with a conversation about Contracting - the foundation of honest and powerful coaching relationships, led by Bryony Rowntree.

1pm Coaching with Metaphors

What metaphors do you make most of when you coach? What metaphors do you notice your client’s using? Working with metaphors we bring with us on the day, Geoff Ashton will help us explore how to build coaching questions and themes around metaphorical language to really make the most of this rich and powerful language form.

2pm Comfort Break

2.10pm The Power of ‘Yes And. . .’

In this fun and interactive workshop, theatre maker, communication skills trainer and ethical leadership coach Tom Malcolm Wright will share lessons from Improvisation on the power of ‘Yes and’ to transform our thinking, coaching and leadership.

3.10pm Closing Well

Bringing the afternoon together and reflecting on how we close a coaching relationship well. Led by Bryony Rowntree

Thursday 16 May - Online Event

Kate Pearlman Shaw

Communication potential: exploring and improving personal impact - Kate Pearlman-Shaw

12:45 - 14:00  Book here

Our coachees are often puzzled about their personal impact - they usually have enormous good intent but their communications sometimes don't have the impact they expect. Organisational Transactional Analysis is a simplified version of TA developed at the Industrial Society in the 1980s and 90s by Abe Wagner that quickly explains the dynamics of such interactions and, most importantly, offers six communication choices to improve impact.  I will outline this model and its potential not just in coaching, for use in our everyday lives.

Kate Pearlman-Shaw, BPS Chartered Coaching and Clinical Psychologist. I help people to change their behaviours. I work mainly with leaders from NFPs through to large corporates. My work focuses on how they engage even better to ‘take people with them’ in today’s highly complex and demanding environments. I’ve been using Organisational TA for nearly 20 years, it’s the model I’m most asked back for. I’m told it doesn’t just help my coachees at work but at home too. This is a model that is barely talked about, yet has so much potential for coaches. I’m looking forward to sharing it during ICW.


Connect with Kate: website and LinkedIN

Friday 17 May - Outdoor event

Jessica Roy

Going wild with coaching - Jessica Roy

13:00-14:15  Book here

Visit Chaloner Pond, a tranquil wild swimming pond near Haxby. Jess will facilitate a discussion, with questions, where coaches can explore the link between coaching and wellbeing. There will be an opportunity to use the natural environment as inspiration and to explore the potential of coaching outdoors in nature. For those who are feeling adventurous, Jess will do a short talk about the process of entering cold water and how it links to Somatic and resilience coaching, and invites anyone into the pond who would like to have a go themselves!

An opportunity to share with and meet others interested in Coaching in the well-being space and be inspired in nature.

Jessica Roy is a member of (CHTC) Chapel House Training and Consulting team, based near York. Jess’ previous career in education culminated in being a Headteacher, her coaching journey starting many years before this. Since leaving schools in 2022, Jess trains delegates completing ILM Coaching & Mentoring and Leadership and Management qualifications, whilst also coaching within organisations. Previous freelance coaching work focused on supporting clients through break up and divorce and Jess gained a Psychological Trauma Informed Diploma to support this work.

Jess is a huge advocate for well-being support to build resilience and to help clients recognise this link to potential and impact in the workplace. A wild swimmer for over 7 years, she recently opened her own wild swimming pond. Jess encourages the link between cold water therapy, the outdoors and how clients experiencing nature and entering cold water can support resilience, reduce anxiety and improve self-confidence and belief.

Connect with Jessica: website and LinkedIN