Coaching at Work Annual Conference 2015: Onwards and Upwards

London, London
Wednesday, 01 July 2015

Alphabetical listing (by surname) of our speakers:

Dr Tatiana Bachkirova is an academic, coach and coaching supervisor. At Oxford Brookes University, UK, she is a Reader in Coaching Psychology and Co-Director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies. Tatiana is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with a specific professional expertise in coaching psychology and coaching supervision. She is an active researcher with wider areas of interest in the field of Human Development and facilitating development of individuals in organisations. Tatiana’ publications include four books including Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice (2011) and Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self (2011). She is also Founder and Chair of the International Conference in Coaching Supervision.

John Blakey   Over the past ten years, John has worked as an executive coach with over 120 CEOs/MDs from 22 different countries as well as with Olympic medallists and Team GB / England coaches from cricket, rowing and target shooting. He is a PCC credentialed coach with the ICF and co-author of the book 'Challenging Coaching' with Ian Day. John has presented at conferences around the world, including the ICF global conference, the NHS coaching summit and the World Business & Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS).  In his business career, John was an award-winning entrepreneur, FTSE100 international managing director and director of Team 121 Ltd, one of the UK's fastest growing private companies. His next book 'Building Tomorrow's Executive Leaders: How trust transforms leadership' will be published by Kogan Page in May 2016.
Louise Buckle
An experienced executive coach with a background in leadership and organisation development Louise has extensive experience across the health and consulting sectors in particular. She has operated in a variety of roles; in-house L&D, independent coach and OD consultant, and national and global consulting. Louise joined KPMG in 2009 as Lead Coach in the Advisory practice, working to promote and leverage coaching and in particular to ensure coaching is acting as a change enabler, adding value at system as well as individual level. Louise is one of a team of 6 in-house executive coaches working with partners and directors in KPMG. In addition to her own in-house portfolio of one to one executive and team coaching clients Louise runs the external coaching faculty and provides a coaching lens on change initiatives internally and with KPMG clients. Louise’s current role brings together coaching and partner development for the UK firm.  Having spent all her career in learning, development and change Louise is passionate about enabling people to surface and take advantage of the choices they have in life and work. She has a particular interest in how leaders engage with the personal, business and societal challenges arising from our VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous). Influenced by systemic, embodied and existential practices Louise is a challenging coach who helps clients find opportunities for creativity and collaboration. Louise has a Masters in Coaching, a Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching and is currently working towards a Professional Doctorate with Oxford Brookes. Her key areas of interest are the coaching sponsor role and the use of coaching insights within change initiatives. 

Christine K Champion is an experienced, qualified Executive Coach and Coaching Supervisor, and is passionate about the potential for coaching as an individual and organisational development intervention. She works through collaborative partnerships with client organisations from all sectors to design and deliver coaching programmes aligned with the organisation’s key strategic objectives.

Christine’s initial career was in retail where she held senior operational and trading roles with Marks and Spencer. She then went on to co-found a privately owned, entrepreneurial, niche international seafood business operating across global seafood markets. She founded city based acumen executive coaching ltd in 2003 and is proud to be a member of the academic faculty within the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes University, where she pioneered and led the launch of the International Centre for Coaching & Leadership Development.  Christine holds an MBA from Henley Management College, Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a number of post graduate coaching and supervision qualifications.  

Sam Chittenden is a coach and facilitator with twenty years’ public sector leadership experience, and runs the creative company Different Development, based in Brighton (  She is also an actor, director and poet, and author of Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of Leadership (2014) (  She leads the internationally renowned Mastery of Self Expression workshop (, and a variety of creative Masterclasses, including Being a Leader.  Sam also sings, pots, keeps bees and lives by the sea.  She is scared of heights and spiral staircases, yet has done a parachute jump and abseiled.  She believes we learn most on the edge of our comfort zones.

Jessica Chivers is a coaching psychologist, author of Mothers Work! (Hay House, 2011) and founder of the Talent Keeper Specialists ( Jessica and The Talent Keeper Specialists work with employers to help them keep, support and develop returning talented and valued employees - most notably at maternity time. Clients include Avanade, Oxfam, PayPal, Veolia, M3 and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  Her career started in the City before moving to work with The Mind Gym alongside her coaching practice, The Thinking Woman's Coach ( She describes herself as a running evangelist; a feminist who wonders why any right-minded person wouldn't be and community-minded helper (she does a LOT of litter picking and was elected to serve as a councillor for St Albans City & District in May). She has two sparky children, is married to a talented chap who combines an analytical mind with creative flair and has recently given a home to a whippet pup (third child substitute). 

Emily Cosgrove  
For over 18 years Emily has worked with organisations, teams and individuals on a national and international level to bring mentoring, coaching and action learning conversations to life.  Her passion for powerful conversations began almost 20 years ago when she won young Business Person of the Year for developing the people in her first business. As co-founder of The Conversation Space and founder of The Internal Mentor, Emily’s focus is specifically on the internal mentoring space.  She is passionate about growing strength from within organisations and through her experience of setting up and supporting innovative mentoring programmes in over 50 organisations, she has worked with thousands of mentors and coaches. Emily is a regular contributor to journals including Coaching at Work and Training Journal and to the most recent edition of Clutterbuck’s seminal book on mentoring; Everybody Needs a Mentor. She is a qualified Executive Coach-Mentor, Co-chair of the EMCC Special Interest Group on Internal Coaching/Mentoring, Internal Mentoring Special Advisor to the Association of Coaching Supervisors and member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council.  Emily proudly volunteers her support to the 50ft Women Mentoring Programme, a not-for-profit cross-industry mentoring programme for young women in the workplace.  With two teenage daughters, she is deeply committed to actively working for the equality of women in every aspect of life.  When not working, Emily can often be found recharging her batteries at the Kenwood Ladies pond, swimming outdoors throughout the year.

Claire Davey 
– Deloitte (UK & Switzerland) Head of Coaching & Leadership Development

As an Executive Coach and Development Consultant, Claire has worked in different countries for global organisations within professionals services, the financial sector, education, telecommunications and the world of elite sport. In Claire’s current role she is responsible for the development of all Deloitte partners and directors; identifying opportunities to further enhance leadership effectiveness and presence; and talent management. As part of her DUE Partner Journey role Claire designs, consults and collaborates globally on L&D initiatives. As part of her leadership role Claire drives the coaching agenda for the firm. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of coaching in all its forms and ensures Deloitte stay at the leading edge and deliver the best for its people. She is most proud of pioneering Executive Coaching into sport through our Elite Athlete Programme.  

Angela Dunbar is a highly experienced coach and coach supervisor, accredited with the Association for Coaching, a former council member, and now a lifetime fellow. As MD of her own training & development consultancy since 1994, Angela coaches people on all aspects of their professional and personal lives, with a special interest in confidence, creativity and communication skills. Having become a Master NLP Practitioner over a decade ago, Angela then discovered Clean Language, a powerful non-directive facilitation process that engages the coachee’s unconscious resources through the metaphors they use to describe – and also to structure - their thoughts. Since 2006, Angela has been teaching ‘Clean’ techniques for coaches through The Clean CoachingCentre:  Angela’s first book “Essential Life Coaching Skills” was published by Routledge in 2009 and her next book “Clean Coaching” is underway. Angela has twice been nominated for the AC’s coaching Honorary Award for “Impacting the Coaching Profession” in 2010/11 and 2008. Angela can be contacted at

Nicki Hickson has a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology and Physiology from Oxford University and a Masters in Human Resource Management & Business.  She has spent 20 years as an HR professional in multinational blue chip companies – BT, Asda and General Electric, and has worked in the UK, US and in Europe. She has been an HR Director at EY since 2003 and has more recently specialised as the Learning and Development Leader for UK & Ireland, and now the Director of Coaching for the business.  Nicki has gained extensive coaching experience throughout her career and has been doing formal executive coaching for the last 9 years. She is individually accredited as a coach, by the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) at Senior Practitioner level and is also a qualified internal supervisor. Nicki currently has a coaching portfolio of between 35 – 40 Partners and Directors within the firm.

Sarah Lapworth is HR Manager at Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd.  Oxford Nanopore Technologies Ltd is developing a disruptive, proprietary technology platform for the direct, electronic analysis of single molecules. The instruments MinION™, PromethION™ and GridION™ are adaptable for the analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins, small molecules and other types of molecule. Consequently, the platform has a broad range of potential applications, including scientific research, personalised medicine, crop science and security/defence.

Sarah joined ONT in 2013 (following a period of consultancy) at a time where the Company was experiencing significant growth in terms of people and the commercialisation of its technology.  She was responsible for the management and delivery of the rapid growth of the workforce enabling the acquisition of the right talent/skillset at the right time within key technical areas of the business. 

Sarah is an experienced HR professional and has enjoyed a successful career for more than 15 years’ within various roles, both national and globally, within the automotive, medical device and biotechnology industries.

Sarah’s HR career started as a Business Apprentice working for global car manufacturer Rover / BMW where she achieved a key operational HR role at the Oxford site.  She went on to progress her career at Abbott Diabetes Care (part of global company Abbott Laboratories) where she held a number of positions including HR Commercial Manager (Europe, Middle East and Africa/Canada) and HR Manager for a UK operational site.  Sarah played an instrumental role in the design and implementation of the transformational change program for the ADC UK business.  Sarah is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.  She holds a BA Honors Degree in Business Studies and Human Resource Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Dr Siobhain O’Riordan CPsychol CSci FRSA MAC MISCPAccred is a chartered psychologist, a chartered scientist and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.  She is an Accredited Member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology and a Principle Practitioner of the Association of Business Psychologists and a member of the Association for Coaching and Institute of Health Promotion & Education. Siobhain focuses her professional activities and interests within the coaching arenas of executive, health and well-being and life transitions. With an academic background she is also an experienced trainer, examiner and supervisor on graduate/postgraduate coaching and coaching psychology programmes.  She is an Associate Director of the Centre for Coaching and a Course Co-Director of the Centre for Stress Management.  She is currently also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University. Siobhain is the Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) and was Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (BPS SGCP) in 2006-7.  In 2010 she received the Distinguished Contribution to Coaching Psychology Award (BPS SGCP).  Currently Siobhain is Editor of The Coaching Psychologist, Coaching Psychology International as well as the International Journal of Health Promotion & Education.

Dr Carole Pemberton
has worked with individuals and organisations on issues relating to career and personal development for 30 years. Her clients encompass the public, private and not for profit sectors. Her career has encompassed career coaching with disabled school leavers, management development, research in a business school and working for an international management consultancy PA.  Since 1997 she has worked as a career and performance coach for high potential staff and senior managers. She has a particular interest in resilience based on her experience of working with talented individuals who have lost access to their resilience.  Her own struggles to do her best for her clients inspired her doctorate work. She is Visiting Professor in Business Coaching at the University of Ulster, a Fellow of the CIPD and of the Career Development Institute. She is the author of Coaching to Solutions which has been sold worldwide. Her latest book ‘Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches’ was published in May 2015.  
Dr James Pritchard is a Learning Consultant in Civil Service Learning, where he has lead responsibility for coaching and mentoring across the Civil Service.  He joined the Civil Service at the end of 2009 as Programme Director for the National School of Government with 20 years' independent experience as an executive coach and organisational development consultant, where he worked with senior clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors. His professional career started in the oil industry, where his roles ranged from building cross-country pipelines to senior analyst in strategic planning and representing Exxon on worldwide lubricant quality forums. His interest in coaching arose from an earlier background in sporting competition, where he competed at international level. He is co-author of an Oxford University Press workbook on teamwork for Primary and Shared Care.  He is a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher, and is engaged in research at Oxford Brookes University on “Coaching for Mindful Action”, applying yoga philosophy and practice to leadership coaching.

Darren Robson 
Living the dream, he has what is best described as a ‘portfolio’ career and is recognised for being a serial purposeful entrepreneur. He has found a way to do the work he loves and get well paid to do it, affording him the opportunity to freely contribute to organisations and causes he cares about. Often described as a M.A.D leader he will be sharing the pragmatic ways in which he has found his way to ensuring he helps his target clients and people who can’t afford his corporate services at the same time. Darren holds a leadership role in several organisations that all contribute to the profession of coaching, business and society. He runs his own successful CEO, Entrepreneurial and Executive Team coaching practice. He is a Director on the Global Board of the Association for Coaching and has been an instrumental part of the team since 2003. He runs Leadership Excellence an exclusive discussion group and forum for corporate leaders. In January 2012 he launched MOE Foundation a charity dedicated to his Mother with the intention of providing access to coaching & personal development to young people from less privileged backgrounds. MOE will have gifted £1 Million worth of professional development by the end of 2015. 

Tim Segaller  came to interpersonal work as a coach and a mindfulness trainer – after 13 years’ communications and project management experience in the private and voluntary sectors. Tim went on to become the first manager of Breathing Space, the London Buddhist Centre’s pioneering secular mindfulness for health programme. He has pioneered the fusion of coaching and mindfulness techniques, initially for Bethnal Green-based charity Quaker Social Action. Tim is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and completed a Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching with Coaching Development. He trained as a Mindfulness Teacher at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, the University of Bangor. He is also a certified Workplace Mediator (National Certificate in Workplace Mediation). He holds a First Class BA Honours degree in Classics from Oxford University.
Maria Symeon is an occupational psychologist and has over 15 years’ experience in organisation development.  She has worked extensively in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, talent management and development in the UK and across the PwC Network.  She is currently the Global Coaching leader in PwC and spends a significant amount of time working in Partner Development, both in the UK and other territories. She maintains an active executive coaching portfolio of Partners and Directors.  Maria has a strong track record of working in a coaching capacity with partners and directors across all areas of the business on a range of leadership, career transition, stakeholder, political and relationship issues. She helps people to develop skills and strategies to enhance their effectiveness and performance and to maximise their potential.  Maria’s approach is informed by a range of influences including Gestalt, bio-energetic, psychodynamic, and neuroscience orientations. She has a first degree in Psychology, a Masters in Occupational psychology and is trained in a range of tools including MBTI (Step I & II), Firo-B, Hogan, The Leadership Circle.

Dianah Worman OBE Chartered FCIPD has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for many years. She is the Public Policy Adviser on diversity for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which is the leading professional body in the UK on people management and development. She directs the Institute's diversity research programme and leads the development of good practice guidance on diversity to help employers make progress in this challenging and complex field. She also leads the Institute's public policy work on diversity to help shape Government policy and legal provisions such as the Equality Act 2010.She has driven a range of research on diversity and inclusion issues including managing diversity and the business case, tackling discrimination on the basis of age and disability, issues related to equal pay, harassment and bullying, as well as race, work–life balance and employing people with criminal records.  Recent work has focused on managing the challenges of an ageing workforce, the integration of talent management and diversity, practical guidance on gaining traction on progressing diversity and inclusion in business and framing the future of work through flexible responses to employment practices. A frequent speaker at events she has addressed audiences in many European countries and has undertaken work for the Singapore Government on managing an ageing workforce. She was invited as a global thought leader on diversity and inclusion by the Society of Human Resource Management in the United States to take part in an initiative to inform the progress of diversity and inclusion in business. In addition she frequently sits on Ministerial advisory boards and advisory boards set up to shape academic research in connection with diversity and inclusion. She was awarded an OBE, for her services to diversity, in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2006.

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