12th Annual
West Midlands Coaching & 

Mentoring Pool Conference
25th November 2019

@Birmingham Conference & Events Centre

Welcome

The 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 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

Keynote Speakers

Please expand the sections to find out more:

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

Sally_Kettle_Keynote_speaker

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.

Morning & Afternoon Sessions

We are working on the conference programme and will confirm speakers for our ‘Insights’ and ‘Going Deeper’ sessions in the coming months. There will be sessions aimed at Anyone interested in CoachingAdvanced/Experienced Coaches, and HR/OD/L&D Well-being Leads.

Book Now

A great event and great value:

Discount’s 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.

Fees

Delegate

WMCMP Coaches/Mentors £68+VAT (£81.60)
Early Bird Booking available until 15th September 2019
WMCMP Partner Organisations – Early Bird £150+VAT (£180)
Non Member – Early Bird £165+VAT (£198)
Standard Booking
WMCMP Partner Organisations  – Standard £165+VAT (£198)
Non Member – Standard £180+VAT (£216)

Payment information

Card payments can be made Tuesday-Friday between the office hours of 2pm-5pm
Booking forms must be completed prior to taking payment.

To make payment please call 0121 569 2070

Venue

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

Location:
The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
(Next to Holiday Inn Hotel)
Hill Street
Birmingham
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)

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

Parking:
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) – This car park is limited to 55 spaces with 1 disabled bay. 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.

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

Interactive Map

The BCEC


Morning & Afternoon Sessions

KEY: Session suitable for

(HR/OD) = HR/OD/L&D Well-being Leads
(All) = Anyone interested in Coaching
(Adv) Advanced/Experienced Coaches

Insights Sessions (11:40 – 12:25)

(Further information to follow)

Session A: Menopause Matters

MeWnopause Matters

Session C: Building Resilience

Session Overview TBC

Session B: Return to Work Coaching

What does a good return to work coaching conversation look like?

What impacts people when they return to work that will help them prepare and manage the transition smoothly?

Session D: Supporting Neurodiversity

(Adv)

Session overview 

What is neurodiversity?

How does it affect people in the workplace?

How can coaching help maximise the guifts of neurodiverse people?

How might it impact how you coach

TBC is experienced coach with c…….

 

Going Deeper Sessions (14:00 – 15:15)
Please expand the sections to find out more about these Sessions
(Further information to follow)

Session 1 - Being committed to outcomes and prioritising Well-being

(Adv)

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.

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 3 - Clean Language - getting yourself out of drama!

Session overview TBC

Session 2 - Dealing with the end of familiar pattern

(All)

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 4 - Our basic needs - its in the neuroscience!

What neuroscience tells us about our basic needs to function and to be well and most effective

Insights Sessions (11:40 – 12:25)

(Further information to follow)

Session A: Menopause Matters

MeWnopause Matters

Session B: Return to Work Coaching

What does a good return to work coaching conversation look like?

What impacts people when they return to work that will help them prepare and manage the transition smoothly?

Session C: Building Resilience

Session Overview TBC

Session D: Supporting Neurodiversity

(Adv)

Session overview 

What is neurodiversity?

How does it affect people in the workplace?

How can coaching help maximise the guifts of neurodiverse people?

How might it impact how you coach

TBC is experienced coach with c…….

 

Going Deeper Sessions (14:00 – 15:15)
Please expand the sections to find out more about these Sessions
(Further information to follow)

Session 1 - Being committed to outcomes and prioritising Well-being

(Adv)

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.

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

(All)

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 - Clean Language - getting yourself out of drama!

Session overview TBC

Session 4 - Our basic needs - its in the neuroscience!

What neuroscience tells us about our basic needs to function and to be well and most effective