12th Annual

West Midlands Coaching & Mentoring Pool Conference

25th November 2019

@Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

[Our next Conference date: 23rd November 2020]

12th Annual

West Midlands Coaching & Mentoring Pool Conference

25th November 2019

@Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

Welcome to West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool

The West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference is aimed at anyone responsible for coaching and mentoring in their organisation, a manager supporting staff or a coach or mentor working with clients. Our aim is to have something for everyone.

Conference Overview

Many organisations are recognising the importance of employee wellbeing and using coaching as one part of the wellbeing strategy to help create healthier work force.

Evidence suggests that even a small improvement in wellbeing can help people to flourish and also help to decrease some mental health problems, therefore understanding the impacts of wellbeing and strategies to improve it can contribute to enabling people to reach their potential and improve their performance at work.

This years West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference focuses on the role work based coaches and coaching have to play in helping develop resilience and manage stress, the importance of connecting with others, choosing your attitude, and looking after yourself as a coach so you can help others. As well as touching on topics that may impact performance at work but often go unspoken, such as menopause.

Thanks to our key sponsor

ILM Logo - Sponsors of West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference
Delegates from the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference 2018
WME CEO at West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference 2018

Key Note Speakers

Welcome and Introductions - by Samantha Darby, Lead for the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool, West Midlands Employers (09:30)

Sam Darby Photo

Sam has been involved in the development of the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool since it began in 2007.

Passionate about supporting organisations develop coaching and mentoring cultures and improving conversations across the workplace, Sam loves bringing people together for the annual conference to support this cause.

Conference Chairperson - Kim Morgan

@BarefootCoaches Kim Morgan is MD of Barefoot Coaching, one of the most successful coach training businesses in the UK. Kim was a pioneer in the development of university accredited coach training and has over 25 years’ experience in the training and development of coaches.

She is a specialist in delivering mentor and coach education at all levels within organisations and has worked with many organisations to help them to develop and implement a coaching culture.

Kim holds a Masters in Coaching and Coaching Development and is a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Chester and lifetime Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Kim is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

Kim has been Coaching at Work’s peer-nominated “Coach of the Year” and is an ICF Master Certified Coach. Kim is author of the best-selling Coach’s Casebook and a monthly columnist in Psychologies Magazine.

Keynote Speaker - Sally Kettle

Inspirational & Motivational Speaker

Sally Kettle is an ocean rower and the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West. She competed in The Ocean Rowing Society Atlantic Rowing Regatta in 2004 with her mother, Sarah Kettle, becoming the first mother and daughter team to row an ocean. She competed in the 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race with the crew Rowgirls.

She is a Vice-President of The Children’s Trust, a UK charity for children with brain injury.

She is also an ambassador for Girlguiding London and South East England.

She launched the well-beginners podcast in early 2019: https://www.thewell-beginners.com/

Keynote Speaker - John Perry

Stress management, mental health and wellbeing – Reducing the fear of what you may face in coaching”

Lead for Healthcare Communication, University of Southampton

John Perry has delivered coaching, facilitation, training and consultancy to a wide range of world-class organisations, including financial services, media, manufacturing, government, policing, and health services. In addition to being a qualified Coach, John is also a qualified Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Supervisor. He holds four Masters degrees plus accreditations in Strengthscope & the Strength Deployment Inventory and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. John is a regular speaker at international conferences, including the International Conference of the Association for Coaching. He was the Academy of Chief Executives’ Speaker of the Year for 2017 and won the Vistage Speaker Bureau’s Rising Star award for 2018.

Keynote Speaker - Rachael Davidson

Rachael Davidson

General Counsel, National Grid Ventures and representative on the Government’s Thrive at Work Council

Rachael has worked in a range of roles in telecommunications for BT, O2 and Airwave. After initially qualifying in law in Australia, Rachael moved to the UK in 2000.

In January 2015 Rachael was appointed as National Grid’s UK General Counsel and Company Secretary and was responsible for the UK Legal function. In April 2018, Rachael moved to National Grid Ventures as their General Counsel, which is a global role within National Grid.

Rachael has a keen interest in health and wellbeing from both a personal and organisational perspective. She is the chair of National Grid’s Wellbeing Steering Group and drives both the physical and mental wellbeing agendas at a senior level. She also represents National Grid externally on BiTC’s Leadership Group and the Government’s Thriving at Work Leadership Council.  Outside work Rachael is married, with two young daughters and lives in Warwick.

Keynote Speaker - Ruth Steggles

Ruth Steggles

Director of Fresh Air Fridays

Ruth is an experienced coach who is passionate about supporting people to live their best lives. Having coached in her own business for more than a decade, Ruth became particularly interested in mental and emotional wellbeing after her daughter developed anorexia.

After discovering there are many things that can be done to support good mental and emotional health Fresh Air Fridays was conceived as a vehicle for people to experience and share that information.

Now having trained more than 25 facilitators nationally who provide programmes for organisations, Charities, Social Prescribers and individuals, Fresh Air Fridays is on a mission to support people to look after their own mental and emotional well-being.

Blog Posts

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Spotlight Interview with Sally Kettle

‘Putting into places strategies that enable you to feel at all times what you want to feel.’

To push yourself beyond the envelope of social norms and expectations, it takes a certain level of resilience and brilliance and Sally Kettle falls under that umbrella, she is no ordinary woman. An ocean rower and the First Woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West. She made one of these extraordinary journeys with her mum. We interviewed Sally, as we uncovered the building blocks that have enabled her to carry out such bold moves in life, along with her thoughts on well being, motivation and resilience.

This interview serves as a sneak peek to all this extraordinary woman has to offer, you’ll have to join us at the upcoming Coaching and Mentoring conference, to delve deeper with her on this year’s subject matter.

Enjoy the read…

The sweet spot of motivation…

I’ve been lucky enough to have chosen a career I enjoy, pursuing something I am passionate about, as an individual I’ve always been all out to achieve and a self-motivator, and that is something that is a part of my personality. If I am in role that I don’t enjoy I tend to grind to a natural stop. My advice would be to find things you are passionate about and motivation will come naturally.

A significant Mentor experience…

I’ve had several Mentors that have stood out to meOne being: In the past I went through a tough period I was going though IVF to conceive my daughter and I’d undergone some surgery and the aftercare was so awful I came out of the experience with PTSD. Unfortunately it left me with a great deal of anxiety, especially around the medical profession, and I had to go through several months of counselling. Importance of a mentor: Things at home can muddle into work, you carry who you are to everywhere you go. I was looking for a mentor, so I put in an application at my old school, (they run an alumnus mentoring programme) funnily enough my mentor turned out to be a doctor! She was amazing and we developed a good relationship because she allowed me to explain my previous situation, but I also told her what I wanted to get out of our mentor/mentee dynamic. I really wanted it to be business focused, she was so supportive and it also helped with the healing.

The first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West, and once with your mother! Motivation?

I wanted to prove something to myself and other people. I didn’t have the best relationship with my family and I was desperate for their approval, I wanted to show them that I am capable. The irony is I ended up going with my mum! I found out on the row that she had the same motivation! It proved to be the right challenge with the right person. This type of opportunity doesn’t just happen, so be able to do it at all was a huge privilege. We wanted to do something that would change our lives, and it did!

Resilience. Resilience. Resilience.

I’m at my best when things are at their worst, so you can rely on me when events go array! I think I’m pretty resilient too. Over the years I’ve learnt that leadership can be a lonely place. I always felt like I was getting things wrong. It taught me that a leadership mindset isn’t necessarily an innate skill set, it’s a learning process. I know now that I’m also terribly impatient! I’m lucky, because I’ve done monumental things, so I get asked how did I do it, and people are often impressed by how resilient I must be to achieve these things. I believe we all have a level of resilience within us, unfortunately when we’re stuck focusing on the mundane tasks or our every day lives we forget what we’ve been through.The reason why we don’t think we are resilient is because we don’t get the opportunity to be mindful of what I’ve learnt along the way. Sometimes just stopping and looking at how far we’re come helps us to realise how much we’ve been through.

What does well being mean to me?

On my Podcast, The Well Beginners, our first podcast guest and psychologist, Tadhg O’Seaghdha said, “Well being is enabling you to feel how you want to feel all the time more of the time”. This really made sense to me, the idea of putting into place strategies that enable you manage the downs, whilst appreciating the ups.

Celebrate your wins, it’s important.

I’m setting up a new charity called The Active Pregnancy Foundation. It’s funny, because whilst I’m going through the scary ‘set up phase’ I’m appreciating for the first time that I’m on the right path. When I was preparing for my first row everything seemed to come together really easily, however other challenges have not been like that. From what I’ve learnt maybe the reason why it feels like you’re banging your head against a brick wall, is because it’s not the right thing for you.  It’s important to acknowledge this, let it go and move on. It’s important to take a step back and process that journey… Taking risks allows you to learn new things and develop new skillsets, but you don’t become resilient to the knockbacks if you’re not prepare to stop, look back, learn from the mistakes and appreciate the wins… however small.


Sally Kettle will be sharing top tips on her podcast, The Well-Beginners! She’ll be inviting delegates to take part throughout the conference and would LOVE to hear from you! She’ll be asking the following questions:
“What do you see is a manager’s role and responsibility in supporting the well-being of their staff AND How far should a work based coach go to support a clients well-being?”

ILM: A Coaching and Mentoring Revolution

A Coaching and Mentoring Revolution

The way we work is different; people don’t stay in a job for life anymore. The rise of the gig economy, career breaks, and changing occupations mean businesses need to focus on how they can quickly and effectively integrate employees into their teams.

Our research shows that building coaching skills at every level of your organisation are the keys to unlocking potential and increasing productivity for the whole business. Through our ILM qualifications, we’re training coaches at every level to help support businesses through change, while boosting workforce engagement, performance and productivity.

We’ve started a coaching revolution – creating skilled coaches and mentors that can get the best out of people everywhere. And we’re proud to sponsor the 12th West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference this year!

Learn more at: https://www.i-l-m.com/

Book Stand

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Reading shapes you! and we’ve got a selection of books for you to choose from at sale price.

Payment Method: Cash Only

Limited copies on sale.


Conference Programme

There will be sessions aimed at Anyone interested in CoachingAdvanced/Experienced Coaches, and HR/OD/L&D Well-being Leads.

Full Programme Details
Time Session Location 
   8.30 – 9.30 Registration, network and view exhibitors Foyer, 2nd Floor
9:30 Welcome and Introduction 10 mins                                                       

Chair: Lesley Shore, West Midlands Employers
Intro: Samantha Darby, West Midlands Employers

Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
9:40 Keynote 1: Inspiration – Ebb & Flow, with Sally Kettle                                                 Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
10.25 Well-being in Action – Virgin Pulse
10:30 Keynote 2: Stress management, mental health and well-being with John Perry    Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
11:15 Refreshments, network and view exhibits 30 mins                                                   
Insights Sessions 45 mins  
11.45 Session A: Menopause matters with Lynda Bailey, Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching and HR/OD Location: Innovate 1

Session B: Coaching with the Earth in mind with Linda Apsey, Alison Whybrow and Zoe Cohen – Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching. Location: Innovate 2

Session C: Heart-led Development and Coaching with Kate Noakes – Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching. Location: Mercian 2

Session D: Building Resilience with Sally Sheen – Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching. Location: Mercian 1 

12.35 Keynote 3: National Grid: Using coaching to make a positive impact on mental well-being with Rachael Davidson & Sara Rawstron

Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching and HR/OD

Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
13.05 Making connections to your coaching    Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
13.15 Lunch, opportunity to network and visit exhibits 60 mins                                         Location: Foyer, 2nd Floor
Going Deeper 75 Minutes  
14.10 Session 1: David Love                                                                                                      Location: Innovate 1
Being committed to outcomes and prioritising well-being
Aimed at: Advanced Coaches

Session 2: Kim Morgan                                                                                                  Location: Mercian 1
Dealing with the end of familiar pattern of circumstances – Grief.
Aimed at: Developmental Coaches

Session 3: Caroline Quaife                                                                                            Location: Mercian 2
Somatic Coaching: Beyond the ‘Aha’ Moment into taking action
Aimed at: Developmental Coaches

Session 4: Zuma Puma, Nathalie Matysiak and Bob Garvey                                        Location: Innovate 1
The Clown in Business
Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching

15.25 Refreshments, network and view exhibits 15 mins                                                  Location: Foyer, 2nd Floor
15:40 Well-being in Action – Virgin Pulse Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
15.50 Final Keynote 30 mins
Well-being that works, Ruth Steggles, Fresh Air Fridays

Aimed at: Anyone interested in Coaching

Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
16.20 Closing Remarks & Prize Giving Location: Mercian 1, 2nd Floor
16.30 Conference Finishes


Insights Sessions (11:45 – 12:30)

Session A: Talking Menopause with Lynda Bailey

 Talking Menopause

Lynda Bailey

Who Is It For: Anyone interested in Coaching also very beneficial for HR/OD Professionals

Menopausal women are the fastest growing group of workers in the UK but despite it being a natural life process for women, the menopause – and how symptoms can affect employees at work – are rarely discussed. We can change that.
Coaching can provide a valuable space where individuals often open up and share things about themselves that they don’t feel they can share elsewhere. When it comes to menopause many women feel alone in the workplace and uncomfortable to talk about it. So equipping yourself as a coach to better understand the impact of menopause on people at work, both those going through it and those managing women going through it, can provide valuable tools to support your clients.

Our menopause workshop includes:
• Menopause Key facts
• Who is affected?
• What are the symptoms and how can they be recognised
• Impact in the workplace
• Practical solutions to manage menopause at work
• Open discussions including question and answers

Our sessions invite this conversation so delegates can leave knowing they are equipped with the accurate facts and feel confident, able and prepared to start Talking Menopause.

Lynda Bailey worked for West Midlands police for 30 years. She experienced menopause at work which had a crippling effect on her both personally and professionally. This was the driver for her to develop and introduce a successful Menopause programme in the workplace. Lynda won the West Midlands Police diamond award for diversity for her menopause work. Being keen to share her experience Lynda now works with both private and public sector organisations to deliver menopause awareness to the workplace, her company Talking Menopause is one of the leading providers of workshops, coaching, webinars and online programmes helping organisations to create and manage menopause friendly workplaces.


Session B: Coaching with the Earth in Mind by Linda Aspey, Alison Whybrow and Zoe Cohen

Who Is It For: Anyone interested in Coaching

Our beautiful earth is in crisis on many levels, including in climate and ecological crisis. In this thought-provoking and supportive session we will consider the debt that we owe to the earth and how we can choose to respond -and help others to respond – to this existential threat. We will explore together how we might shift ourselves and our practice to coach with the earth in mind, including what it might mean to have the idea of regeneration at the very core of our lives and our work.

Linda Aspey is an executive and team coach, facilitator, accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, coach supervisor and Time to Think global faculty.
Alison Whybrow is a facilitator, consultant, coach supervisor, chartered psychologist, registered occupational psychologist and coaching psychologist.
Zoe Cohen is an accredited executive coach, team coach, coach supervisor and carbon literate coach.

They had been talking together for some time about their concern for the earth, and so in August 2019 issued a call to the coaching community when they declared a climate emergency.

Session C: Heart-led Development and Coaching – Living ‘Above the Line’ by Kate Noakes

Who Is It For: Anyone interested in Coaching

Character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. This session is for those who are keen to better understand how to coach organisations, teams and individuals towards improved effectiveness and well-being through the lens of character development. The session will include an introduction to a powerful model that helps us explore and understand why we do what we do and looking at the neuroscience that sits behind it. There will be a chance to learn about a behaviour framework developed by HeartStyles that describes effective and ineffective strategies in both our personal and professional lives that can be measured, worked upon and then reviewed. Such insight allowing us all to unlock the most profound understanding of our inner-self in order to better master how we think and behave in a multiple of situations, leading to greater happiness, health and performance.

Kate Noakes is an engaging and candid leadership performance and development coach, with many years of experience helping organisations in the hospitality, travel and care sectors transform and grow. She has worked with many well-known names, including British Airways, the NHS, Pizza Hut, KFC, Cross Country Trains and West Midlands Police; enabling their leaders and teams to find meaningful purpose, connecting with their hearts to achieve breath-taking personal and professional journeys of success. Heartstyles is her ‘go to’ coaching tool, as it is accessible to all and enables limitless insight and personal transformation.

Session D: Building resilience: are the strategies the same at all levels of leadership? with Sally Sheen

Who Is It For: Anyone interested in Coaching also very beneficial for HR/OD Professionals

Session overview 

“Resilience may be the new criterion for professional advancement. In the current world of economic uncertainty and intense competitiveness, organisations that instill resilience in their up-and-coming leaders will have a clear advantage.” Accenture

Sally will share the findings of her research into leadership resilience and how this can be used to inform your coaching practice. Based on interviews with police leaders at all levels the research asked; ‘What most tested leadership resilience at each level? What personal resilience strategies were used and how were these adapted on progression?

The session draws together leadership and resilience thinking, informed by findings from the research and examples from Sally’s own experience of resilience coaching for leaders. It sets out what resilience is and the process of resilience building; the particular organisational and personal adaptive challenges facing those in leadership roles and the four critical tasks of leadership resilience coaching.

Throughout the session you will be invited to consider the findings in relation to your own coaching practice.

Sally Sheen FCIPD, MSc is a resilience and stress practitioner, executive coach and Trustee of the International Stress Management Association. She has carried out primary research into leadership resilience within the emergency services and has subsequently developed the “Inside-out Resilience Model” which she uses to increase personal and organisational resilience.
Sally has extensive leadership experience in CE, Director and non-executive director roles in the public, private and third sector. Her professional background is in Organisational Development, HR and Training. She a WME Associate and runs her own consultancy, supporting organisations with Resilience, OD, Leadership and Transformation, runs workshops and speaks on these topics at national and international conferences.

Going Deeper Sessions (14:10 – 15:25)
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Session 1 - Being committed to outcomes and prioritising Well-being with David Love

Who Is It For: Advanced understanding and significant experience (i.e. is a full time coach/mentor)

Session overview 

The remarkable growth of the executive coaching industry has been driven largely by the promise of improved performance at work. In other words, many people seek out coaching as a way of enhancing individual, group, team and organisational performance. This focus on performance characterises the stance of many executive coaches in the field today. Indeed, this attention on the ability of coaches to bring about behavioural change seems to drive the commercial success of business, executive and performance coaching.

While this focus on performance or behavioural change is welcome and appropriate, it is important to note that the early proponents of coaching weren’t advocating performance enhancement or behavioural change at all costs. The wellbeing of coachees is a primary concern from the outset, and this is either implicit or explicit in early definitions of coaching.

Positive psychology is the scientific study of what Whitmore identified as the purpose of coaching: ‘sustainable optimum performance’ (2009: 95) and has much to offer coaches in relation to promoting well-being.

This workshop will explore a tension for coaches that involves managing a strong commitment to performance outcomes while at the same time focusing on building coachees’ well-being. The masterclass will draw on a number of sources such as: behavioural theory, positive psychology (including self-determination theory and PERMA) and strengths-based coaching.

Session Lead

David Love is experienced coach with connections to the West Midlands Coaching & Mentoring Pool in its early days. He is a freelance executive coach, working with public service leaders and supervises in-house coaches in the NHS.    David is a Visiting Tutor at Henley Business School, where he tutors on the masters-level Professional Certificate in Coaching programme. He also coaches participants on with the Institute for Local Government Studies (Birmingham University) Total Leadership programme for aspiring chief executives.

With Christian van Nieuwerburgh, David has co-authored “Advanced Coaching Practice – Inspiring Change in Others”.

Session 2 - Dealing with the end of familiar pattern with Kim Morgan

Who Is It For: Moderate understanding ( i.e. has been on some form of coaching or mentoring training).

Change is an inevitable part of life and over the course of a lifetime, we and our clients will probably experience several significant life transitions.  Some of these will be initiated and planned for and others will be totally unplanned. Life changes can include: house moves, getting married, having children, empty nest syndrome, changes in family set-up, changes in health or wellbeing, changes to finances. Work changes can include: promotion, change of manager or team members, change of company culture, relocation, mergers and acquisitions.

Whether they are positive or negative changes they have an impact on us as they are often significant transformational moments in our lives.

In this workshop, Kim Morgan will draw on psychological models and literature to share some models and techniques which coaches can use to help clients manage the big and small (and inevitable changes) which life throws at us.

Session Lead: 

Kim Morgan is Managing Director of Barefoot Coaching, one of the most successful and fastest growing coaching and coach training businesses in the UK. Kim was one of the UK’s first executive business and personal coaches. Kim pioneered the development of university-accredited coach education in the UK and her lifetime contribution to the industry was recognised when she received Coaching at Work’s award of “Coach of the Year”.

Kim has over 25 years’ experience in the training and development of coaches. Kim holds a Masters in Coaching and Coaching Development and is a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of Chester and lifetime Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Kim is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

Session 3 - Somatic Coaching: Beyond the ‘Aha’ Moment into taking action with Caroline Quaife

Who Is It For: Moderate understanding ( i.e. has been on some form of coaching or mentoring training)

As a coach of 30 years, I have always wanted to make a difference, working with people to support them to get to the ‘aha’ moments. However, I noticed, that for some, those magical ‘aha’ moments haven’t always been enough to facilitate lasting change. Somatic coaching has enabled me to work more effectively with those who have discovered new ideas about themselves, even known ‘what to do’ but found themselves unable to actually take action and to do it.

Somatics comes from the Greek work ‘somas’ meaning the body in its wholeness and aliveness. Somatic coaching moves the centre of learning from our beautiful brains, into the body using all of our intelligences; intellectual, emotional and the physical.  Discoveries in neuroscience confirm that the somatic approach is the most direct route to developing the behavioural and interpersonal skills and growth and transformation that our coachees are often looking for. Working through the body using dialogue, mindfulness, noticing and physical practices, we feel first and then move to ground the thinking self into the knowing of the body. For our clients this gives them access to more information and more options and to move away from patterns if they decide that those thoughts, feelings and actions no longer serve them.

Session Lead

Caroline Quaife is an executive coach, organisational and leadership development consultant based in the West Midlands UK. Over the last 30 years she has worked with senior leaders and managers in private, public and non-government organisations.

Her methodology draws on self-embodied learning techniques and somatic work. She works alongside her clients, with compassion and curiosity, to rediscover the felt experience within one’s body and reintegrate this into thoughts and beliefs to realise a full sense of connection and energy.

She has a currently studying with the Strozzi Institute, is a Certified Adult Stage Development coach and has ILM Certificate in Coaching, Masters in Counselling, Post-graduate Certificate in Behaviour Change and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Session 4 - The Clown in Business with Zuma Puma, Nathalie Matysiak and Bob Griffiths

Who Is It For: Moderate understanding ( i.e. has been on some form of coaching or mentoring training)

“Every day we defend ourselves against the feeling we are not enough by not letting anyone see who we are. We armour ourselves up against judgement, criticism, fear, blame, ridicule and we think we are going to be safe” – Brené Brown

In today’s highly complex organisations, employees are invited to bring the ‘whole of themselves’ to work and enjoy the sense of belonging and purpose that their work can bring. This sounds fine in theory but in practise we often habitually block others from seeing who we truly are. While many of us never get beyond wearing our ‘suit of armour’ the Clown has a point of view which enables us to see beyond the protective shell we normally create for ourselves and find the way to deeper presence, connection, humanity and self-expression.

The workshop is designed for anyone who works with others who wants to take a risk, play and be seen. It is highly recommended for organisations who want more creativity and innovation from their workforce and to enhance presentation and communication skills.

Session Leads

Zuma Puma is a Canadian Clown, Neuro Linguistic programming Master practitioner, Speaker and the founder of Clownlife – a company that encourages happy healthy living using the vehicles of Clown, Improv, NLP and Mindfulness in life, work and the arts. Zuma works internationally facilitating intensive trainings with a variety of abilities/disabilities, ages and occupations ranging from CEO’s- to professional performers- to retirees.

Nathalie Matysiak is a coach and learning facilitator combining emotional intelligence with business acumen to help individuals and teams to develop, collaborate and thrive. With 20 years experience as an innovation leader in corporate business, master practitioner of NLP and Gestalt, she is passionate about supporting people to live and work accordingly to their values and purpose.

Bob Griffiths is a coach who has worked in the performing and business worlds for 35 years. He is fascinated by how self consciousness can cut off our joy and playfulness and prevent us from expressing who we are in the world. He uses a mixture of Inner Game work, mindfulness and positive psychology to free up life energy and help individuals enjoy more meaningful work and goals.

Event Registration

A great event and great value:

Discounts are available for all employees of organisations who subscribe to the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool (WMCMP) – if your organisation is listed on the following webpage, you are eligible for discounts: www.wmemployers.org.uk/coachingandmentoringpool

If 3 or more of you are booking together you get a further 10% discount on your conference booking.



WMCMP Coaches/Mentors £68+VAT (£81.60)
WMCMP Partner Organisations £165+VAT (£198)
Non Member £180+VAT (£216)

We’re sorry that places for this event have been sold out

However if you are interested in attending our annual Coaching & Mentoring Conference on the 23 November 2020, please email hub@wmemployers.org.uk

WME Values - IHEART sponsors of West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference
Image of WME Stand - sponsors of West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference

Exhibitors / Sponsors


ILM – Platinum Sponsor and Exhibitor

ILM is the UK’s leading provider of leadership, coaching and management qualifications and training.

We develop the leadership skills of over 95,000 managers each year.

The right mix of inspirational leadership and effective management skills can significantly boost your organisation’s profit, sales, growth and survival. 93% of employers see tangible increase in their managers’ capability after an ILM qualification.

More employers recognise our qualifications than any other provider, which is why 2,500 ILM Approved centres develop three times more leaders than our nearest competitor.

As part of the City & Guilds Group, we offer you unrivalled experience in the sector and our Royal Charter brings the highest level of prestige. 88% of our clients say they would recommend ILM as a key partner to work with.

Visit our stand at the conference to find out more about how ILM can support you and your organisation.

Find out more: www.i-l-m.com 

Follow on @ILM_UK

Virgin Pulse: Gold Sponsor & Exhibitor 

Creating Workforce Habits That Matter

Virgin Pulse’s employee well-being solution helps employees create habits that matter so they can be their best at work and at home. Leading the way in employee engagement, we fuse the science behind healthy habit formation with engaging, gamified content to create high performing workplace cultures.

Our flexible, culture-first technology solutions are designed to meet organisations wherever they are on their well being journey today and grow with them as their business and well being needs evolve. Each of the programmes have a unique offering that will complement existing employee well being and engagement strategies. Our platforms promote a ‘whole of person’ holistic approach to well being, empowering people to achieve success every day.

Find out more – https://www.virginpulse.com/

Follow on – @virginpulse

West Midlands Employers – Conference Organiser and Exhibitor

Come and meet the team to find out more about how West Midlands Employers can support you and your organisation to recruit great people, develop their effectiveness and ensure you can work to the best of your ability.

WME services include providing expert HR advice, coaching and mentoring training, leadership development, end to end recruitment including a successful executive recruitment offer and an associate consultant service to help build capacity in organisations.

Find out more: www.wmemployers.org.uk
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Barefoot Coaching – Exhibitor

Barefoot Coaching is a leading provider of coaching, coach training and coaching-related services for individuals and organisations. Our flagship product is our International Coach Federation / University of Chester accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Personal Coaching, which we run as open courses and in-house for organisations.

Our corporate services include supporting organisations to build a coaching culture, bespoke coach training and supervision for in-house coaches. We work across almost every business sector, both nationally and internationally.

We continue to support our coaches with supervision, conferences and rich programmes of CPD, including courses such as Coaching Skills for Parents and Team Coaching.

Visit our stand to access books, cards and resources to support your coaching and hear more about our programmes.

Find out more: www.barefootcoaching.co.uk
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At my Best® – Exhibitor

At My Best® is a range of beautiful, practical coaching tools, created by psychologists at Work Positive and loved by coaches around the world. Find us in the exhibitor area, where you can try these tools for yourself:

  • Strengths Cards – a hugely popular tool with coaches who want to empower clients to develop their own narrative around who they are at their best.
  • Good Question Cards – our brand new card deck, containing positively-oriented questions that help build an appreciative focus.
  • At My Best 360 – a unique online tool that enables users to discover which strengths other people appreciate in them.

Find out more: www.atmybest.com

Sally Kettle – Exhibitor

Join Sally Kettle and share your top tips on her podcast, The Well-Beginners! She’ll be inviting delegates to take part throughout the conference and would LOVE to hear from you! She’ll be asking the following questions:

What do you see is a manager’s role and responsibility in supporting their staff’s well-being AND How far should a work-based coach go to support a client’s well-being?

Coaching with the earth in mind – Exhibitor

Join Linda, Zoe and Alison. They’ll be bringing some leaflets, books, posters and resources about climate crisis.

Linda Aspey is an executive and team coach, facilitator, accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, coach supervisor and Time to Think global faculty. Alison Whybrow is a facilitator, consultant, coach supervisor, chartered psychologist, registered occupational psychologist and coaching psychologist. Zoe Cohen is an accredited executive coach, team coach, coach supervisor and carbon literate coach.

Venue for The West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool Conference

This year’s 12th Annual Conference is being held at The Birmingham Conferences and Events Centre (The BCEC):

The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
(Next to Holiday Inn Hotel)
Hill Street
B5 4EW

Getting there:
Easily accessible from the Birmingham Train Stations

(From Grand Central Station – John Lewis Southside exit)
Exit at John Lewis Southside exit
Follow the steps down
Cross the set of traffic lights
To the right is a second set of traffic lights, cross these
Walk left, past the NCP open air car park
Located just on the right hand side (Next to NCP Open air car park)

Get off at M6 Junction 6,
Continue for 2 miles using venue postcode in SAT NAV – B5 4EW

The venue do not offer car parking, however there are several car parks available within the area:

APCOA Multi-storey Car Park Chinatown
(£9 for up to 10 hours of parking) – Using the validating machine at The BCEC reception, you will be able to validate your parking to £9.00 for 10 hours. Payment is taken at APCOA Car Park on exit. Located on Wrottesley Street, B5 4RT.

NCP St Judes Passage
(£3 for an hour, £20.00 for 8 hours of Parking) – Please note that you will pay £6.50 as a BCEC guest for up to 10 hours by showing your ticket at reception who will give you a validation ticket to get this at a reduced price. Located on Hill Street, B5 4AN.

NCP Birmingham Grand Central
(£2.50 for an hour, £20.00 for 8 hours of parking) – This car park is located on Queens Drive, B5 4DQ.

Town Hall Multi-storey Car Park
(£1.50 for an hour, £8.50 for 6 hours of parking) – Located on Brunel Street, B1 1TA.

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Click to view the directions video from Birmingham New Street Station to the Conference Venue (The BCEC)

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