Keynote Speakers

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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 - Ed Hollamby (09:40 - 10:25)
Ed Hollamby PhotoLessons from Me, Matt, Maya and McGee

Ed Hollamby
is a highly sought-after trainer, presenter and consultant. As well as personally training in excess of 10,000 Mentors, Coaches and Befrienders, he has been instrumental in setting up and developing hundreds of projects throughout the UK.

As well as running his own training and consultancy company, Ed continues to work in partnership with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations/Mentoring and Befriending Foundation as a trainer and Approved Provider Standard Assessor.

Ed is Certified Trainer for the Life Languages Institute and is proud to work closely with Paul McGee, author of the Sunday Times Best Selling Book, SUMO, as a keynote speaker and communications coach.


Session Description

As Anais Nin once said; “We see the world as ‘we’ are, not as ‘it’ is; because it is the “I” behind the ‘eye’ that does the seeing.”

In this session I will be sharing a few hints, tips and suggestions that I have picked up over the last 20 years which have helped me personally as a mentor, befriender and coach. Similarly, it will draw on training material I have produced based on ideas gleaned from a multitude of resources. More specifically, there are three people in particular that that have shaped the way I see those I work with from prisons to penthouses; school children to CEO’s.

I am really looking forward to a great conference and can’t wait to see you there as we laugh and learn together.

Keynote Speaker - Linbert Spencer (10:25 - 11:10)
Linbert Spenser PhotoEqual Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion: Why it Matters

Linbert Spencer specialises in inclusion; leadership; performance management; personal development and coaching and has consulted in several government departments – FCO, Cabinet Office, both Houses of Parliament and in commercial organisations. He has over 40 years’ experience facilitating seminars and workshops in more than 20 countries as well as in the UK.

A regular contributor to European Mentoring and Coaching Council conferences, author of The Diversity Pocket Book and How To Build a Multi Ethnic Church, Linbert has appeared twice on BBC Question Time, and co-authored Introducing the Business of Inclusion with Paul Anderson-Walsh, co-founder of The Centre for Inclusive Leadership. 

Session Description 

Inclusion is “feeling respected, valued, safe and trusted, having a sense of belonging and being able to be my best self and do my best work* “. How that feeling is primed, maintained and embedded into the culture of an organisation is the function of leadership, whatever level you are.

Linbert will take us on an engaging journey to understand how we got to where we are with regards to encouraging diversity in the workplace; and how we fail to get the full benefits of diversity if we don’t understand the need to manage inclusion.

* The Centre for Inclusive Leadership (2017)

Keynote Speaker - Maria Symeon (15:00 - 15:45)
Future of Coaching ImageDisruption, mega trends, future of work: Do they matter for coaching, why and how?

Maria Symeon is an organisation and executive development specialist and award-winning coach with over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of business contexts and international cultures (including China, Europe, Japan, Middle East, and the US). She has worked extensively in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development and talent management, and strategy.

Maria is a founding member and Director of the Future of Coaching Collaboration Group, meaning she is at the forefront of innovation in the world of coaching.

Maria was the Former Head of Global Development at PwC, and the founder of Future’s Edge and Executive Coaching Edge. In 2017, she was a joint winner of Coaching at Work Award for Internal Coaching / Mentoring Champion, where judges were looking for people who champions and innovates in their own organisation and beyond.

Maria holds a first degree in Psychology and a Masters in Occupational Psychology. She also holds a Certificate in Supervision for Coaching and Consultancy from the Tavistock Institute. Her approach to OD and professional coaching is systemically and psychodynamically informed.


Session Description 

Disruption is working its way into almost every aspect of organisational life. This session will explore some of the drivers of disruption and how they are impacting the shape of work. It will explore what the future of work and organisations could look like, what impact this will have on an ever-changing workforce, on career paths, on leaders and their identities. All this will be explored in the context of the future of coaching – what does disruption mean for coaches and their clients.

KEY: Session suitable for
(C) = Coaches
(M) = Mentors
(O) = Those developing coaching and mentoring cultures in their Organisations

Morning Case Studies

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Seminar A (11:30 - 12:30) - Adapting to a changing world through Peer Group Coaching
Henri Stevenson, Annie Metcalf and Karen Egan – City in Guilds/ILM

Adapting to a changing world through Peer Group Coaching (C) (O)

City and Guilds (of which ILM is a part), like many organisations, faces unprecedented uncertainty and ambiguity in the market and external environment.

There was therefore a need for an innovative approach to rethink business models and culture to create more efficiency, agility, and flexibility to support both short term (structural / efficiencies) and long term cultural (and constant) change.

There was experience of group coaching with good results and so the idea of Peer Group Coaching to support people through the change was born – based on a belief that if you bring people together and give them space to think, reflect and learn from each other – good things will happen.

Let us share with you this live project and
• how we identified the changes we want to see: dealing with ambiguity, able to flex, driving individual responsibility, breaking down barriers of hierarchy, departments, and function
• Our approach to the design and delivery of the programme to model these changes
• The recruitment & training process for peer group coaches
• The use of an innovative app which encouraged shared learning.

Take up of available places in Peer Groups was also very rapid and is expected to continue to increase – come and join us to hear the story and results so far.

Henri PhotoHenri Stevenson – As Leadership Development Manager at the City & Guilds Group, Henri has led numerous leadership development, engagement and culture change programmes. Passionate about the value coaching brings in supporting people and organisations to grow. Outside City & Guilds, Henri works as a personal coach and learning & development consultant for individuals and organisations.


Annie Metcalf Photo
Annie Metcalf
– Linking coaching to Organisational development has been Annie’s passion since her PhD in Organisational Change. Annie spends her time supporting organisations through leadership coaching and training internal coaches. She works with organisations to develop bespoke and innovative coaching solutions to address Organisational issue.


Karen Egan PhotoKaren Egan – With a background in Organisational and People Development in the public sector, Karen currently works as a Business Development Manager within ILM. Karen qualified through the WM Coaching and Mentoring Pool some 5 years ago and remains part of the pool today. She is passionate about helping people realise their potential through coaching and is a peer coach working internally across the City & Guilds Group internally.

Seminar B (11:30 - 12:30) - May the Force be with you
Nicki Bennett PhotoMay the Force be with you (C) (M) (O)

At West Midlands Police we have committed to proactively developing our staff supporting them to develop the skills that enable us to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need and importantly bringing to life our People deal and Leadership Promise. We have a diverse workforce that we need to connect with and cater for, with a wide variety of roles for both uniformed and non-uniformed staff. We recognised how coaching and mentoring can support us as a way to help to build resilience, improve performance and unlock potential. Over the last 12 months we created a coaching and mentoring pool, to improve organisational development and individual personal performance, giving us access to both internal and external coaches and mentors.

• Join our session hear about our journey and:
• Our approach to developing a coaching and mentoring culture
• What difference it is making and hear from some of those involved
• How we catered for our diverse workforce
• Lessons learnt and what we wish we had known when we started
• Where next and how we will maintain momentum

Nichola Bennett joined West Midlands Police in 2005 to become part of the Management Team for the Learning and Development after 4 years as an Officer in the Royal Air Force. After taking a career break following the birth of her 2 children, she joined the Development and Performance Team as a Learning & Delivery Manager in April 2017. She is the Force lead for Coaching & Mentoring and passionate about developing a coaching culture within our organisation. She enjoys supporting all to explore and reach their potential.

Seminar C (11:30 - 12:30) - A slice of the Millenial pie: A recipe for success
A slice of the Millenial pie: A recipe for success (C) (M)

Are the days of management hierarchies numbered? A generation of workforce are arriving in their mid-twenties to late thirties and have had radically different experiences of the world; growing up in a unique time in history – simultaneously, in the wake and midst of cultural, social, political and technological change; they have a different view on how things should be done. As they enter leadership and management roles they either expect things to be different or go and do their own thing; how can your organisation reposition itself to make the most of this opportunity? What needs to be in place to attract and retain talent from this broad generation for a thriving organisation in these interesting economic times?

This session looks at 3 key ingredients for successful navigation for business. Working with a Millennial viewpoint as their presence dawns on mainstream in decision making positions. We will explore tools to get those ingredients working to give your organisation an edge. Tools such as agile growth strategies & Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), the role of coaching and mentoring and more democratic management structures as potential next steps for taking your organisation through the next 50 years.

Using a range of case studies from early career leaders and models we look at what this generation typically need to thrive in order to contribute fully in the workplace.

Ed Moss is a change expert who works with organisations with big ambitions to make things work better. Ed believes in making space to make the important stuff happen. Whether that means making a change is in your team, your organisation, in your sector or more broadly societal; Ed will bring care and 15 years experience to identify what is important to make this happen. Ed works with people to make the very best changes as soon as possible, using the freedom gifted by creativity and empathy, with just enough structure to keep everyone aligned, collaborating, and on track.

Afternoon Seminars

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Seminar 1 (13:30 - 14:45) - Being present in this fast world – and enabling your clients to be the same
David Love PhotoChristian VN PhotoBeing present in this fast world – and enabling your clients to be the same (C)

“Presence is when you are no longer waiting for the next moment, believing that the next moment will be more fulfilling than this one” (Ekhart Toller, 2003)

It is a relentless fact that the world of work is fast-paced. For our own well-being and performance, and the health and success of our organisations, time out to inquire reflectively is increasingly vital. How do we practitioners avoid being sucked into the vortex of “do-do-do” – at the same time enabling clients to focus on their own and others’ “doing” more constructively? How do we help them create the space for reflection and re-invigoration so they are better prepared for futures that will continue to be challenging?

This workshop is for experienced practitioners wanting to strengthen their ability to be fully present with a client using this as a foundation for encouraging presence. Using examples from their own experience and beyond David and Christian will enable you to establish ways of developing “presence” that fit with your own authentic coaching style. Our aim is to help you develop a way of being that is congruent and experienced positively by your clients.

Christian van Niewerburgh and David Love are experienced coaches with connections to the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool in its early days.

Christian is Professor of Positive Psychology and Coaching at UEL. He is an executive coach and author publishing books on core coaching skills, coaching in schools and in Islamic cultures.

David is a freelance executive coach, working with public services leaders. He is an associate with the Institute for Local Government Studies (Birmingham University) and Henley Business School, where he tutors on post-graduate coaching programmes.

Together they are co-writing “Advanced Coaching Practice”, to be published in 2019.

Seminar 2 (13:30 - 14:45) - Creating high performing teams in the agile workplace
StrongsuitsDave Corbet, Strong Suits Ltd

Creating high performing teams in the agile workplace (C) (M) (O)

Many organisations are shifting to a more agile way of working. This is about much more than creating a flexible workspace and opens up the possibility of aligning the way people work with the most important needs of the organisation to maximise impact. Those that get the most out of agile working empower people to play to their strengths and reduce dependency on traditional hierarchical structures. This leads to higher levels of engagement, greater focus and increased productivity. However, the shift to agile working comes with its own set of problems; managing virtual teams working in different locations and making the transition to more flexible team structures to name two.

In this workshop Dave Corbet, from StrongSuits Ltd, will explore the benefits and challenges of creating a more agile workplace and give practical guidance on how anyone who is supporting others to adapt to agile working can help teams get the most out of all members of the team and deliver exceptional results.

Dave Corbet is an innovator, coach and author and has 25 years of experience in developing high performing teams at all levels and in a wide variety of sectors. Following a degree at Cambridge and training as a chartered engineer he had a successful career in the energy industry working alongside one of Britain’s top entrepreneurs and innovators, Tony Marmont. Dave founded Greengage in 1996 to pursue his passion for personal and organisational development. Dave is the creator of StrongSuites.

Seminar 3 (13:30 - 14:45) - Including inclusion in your coaching and mentoring
Linbert Spenser PhotoLinbert Spencer OBE

Including inclusion in your coaching and mentoring (C) (M) (O)

Following on from the exploration of the importance of inclusion in his keynote speech, Linbert will use this session to help participants delve deeper into how they can better manage inclusion and how, through coaching and mentoring, they can enable their ‘clients’ to specifically engage with the agenda on a day to day basis.

It will help coaches and mentors better understand themselves and how they can better help others in this area. This session will include tools that participants can take away and use.

Linbert Spencer specialises in inclusion; leadership; performance management; personal development and coaching and has consulted in several government departments – FCO, Cabinet Office, both Houses of Parliament and in commercial organisations. He has over 40 years’ experience facilitating seminars and workshops in more than 20 countries as well as in the UK.

A regular contributor to European Mentoring and Coaching Council conferences, author of The Diversity Pocket Book and How To Build a Multi Ethnic Church, Linbert has appeared twice on BBC Question Time, and co-authored Introducing the Business of Inclusion with Paul Anderson-Walsh, co-founder of The Centre for Inclusive Leadership.

Seminar 4 (13:30 - 14:45) - How safe is your moral compass?
Julia Duncan PhotoJulia Duncan, The Development Partnership

How safe is your moral compass? (C) (M) (O)

In this world of constant change, organisations and managers may act in certain ways that cause employees to reach out for help. Who do they go to for a safe and confidential discussion?

Often, they seek a coach or mentor to share their concerns with and so what do you do about it once you know? How certain are you that both you and your organisation are future proofing the right approaches to support your clients and your own ethical practices when you work within its systems as an internal coach or mentor?

This workshop explores some of the real ethical issues that may challenge us when coaching and mentoring within an organisation and what organisations and coaches/mentors should be aware of to promote our ethical maturity. It will enable you to work with others on ethical dilemmas and determine what you might/could do through applying a robust approach to your ethical decision-making processes.

If you are a coach or mentor who have felt challenged or vunerable about what a client has brought or may bring to your discussions, then this session is definitely for you. It addresses ethics in practice and explores your morale compass as a coach/mentor, helping you to determine a clearer path of whether to disclose or not when your client shares information with you that may potential cause greater issues for themselves, others or the organisation.

Julia Duncan is Director of The Development Partnership and is an inspiring leader, facilitiator and trainer who helps organisations, teams and individuals manage the complexity of change and develop their leadership potential to address a range of management issues and opportunities. Julia aims to provide a transformative and engaging experience with all her clients that will make the difference to their thinking, beliefs ans actions. She is a highly skilled, pragmatic, experienced business leader and coach who has trained more than 250 leaders to be professionally qualified coaches.

Seminar 1 (11:30 - 12:30) - Endings: the only way to start a journey by Philip Lloyd-Williams
Philip Lloyd WilliamsSeminar Description

In this one hour workshop we will look at the importance of endings in the coaching and mentoring relationship.  The workshop will give an outline of what we mean by endings and their significance and  will also look at some  practical tips and techniques that can help foster endings for coachees and  mentees.

So much of the spirits of coaching and mentoring sits within the paradigm of self renewal, self  understanding and the creation something new.  This workshop will emphasise the importance of having  facilitated, well considered and articulated endings before the journey toward a new beginning can  commence. In order to have a meaningful transition, a sense of journey making that leave something behind and closes that particular chapter or experience has to be fostered.

Seminar 2 (11:30 - 12:30) - The Art of Being Brilliant by Jon Peach
Seminar Description

Clients today live in a manic society where most people’s lives are on permanent fast-forward. The modern workplace is typified by a never-ending regime of restructures and budget cuts.

With all of this onslaught on our senses, how do we support clients on the journey to be the most brilliant version of themselves?

‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ provides clients a framework with which to recognise what that version of themselves looks like, feels like and sounds like – and so gives you, the coach, the territory in which to work.

The aim is to share some of the ‘secrets’ of Positive Psychology, focusing on learning new habits of thinking and behavior, that will sustain personal ‘brilliance’. It is about the ‘whole you’. As a coach it is important that in service to your client you turn up everyday as that very best version of yourself, but what does that look like?

Seminar 3 (11:30 - 12:30) - Coaching with your 3 Brains by Sue Frend
Sue_FrendSeminar Description

Change is inevitable, planned change requires more than thought alone, it needs clarity of the bigger picture. For this you require all of your intelligences. Science now shows we have three brains head, heart and gut. We each use these in conditioned ways that often undermine our best efforts. True alignment of your “brains” will bring forth wisdom from which right action can ensue, relationships improve and teamwork succeed. As an added bonus stress will be reduced!! Bringing health benefits. This session will show the science behind mBraining and give you an experience of the how to align.


Seminar 4 (11:30 - 12:30) - The Art of Shouting Quietly by Pete Mosley
Pete MosleySeminar Description 

This session is aimed at those who wish to become better at coaching those who are quiet, introvert, shy or lacking in confidence – the quiet souls. The masterclass examines the many ways in which ‘quiet’ manifests itself, from introversion through to the quietness that is driven by pain and distress. The class will also look at the nature of confidence and how to help those whose confidence has been knocked badly. Pete will introduce a number of ideas techniques for working with those who struggle to find words to start a productive coaching conversation. The content of this masterclass also applies to the many quiet but highly effective coaches that are out there in the field. 

Pete Mosley’s Conference Presentation:
Only available to Conference Delegates

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Seminar 5 (13:30 - 14:30) - Good Question, Wrong Journey? by Bob Garvey
Bob GarveySeminar Description
Have you ever noticed that there are times when and issue you thought your coachee/mentee had sorted returns, sometimes in another form?
This interactive and participative session  explores the questions  we ask and the journeys our coachee/mentee may take.
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Seminar 6 (13:30 - 14:30) - Immerse in a Diverse Experience by Michelle Lucas & Carol Whitaker
Michelle Lucas and Carol WhitakerSeminar Description

Have you ever found yourself in a tricky situation connected with your coaching work and wondered if you did “the right thing”?

Join us for this one hour workshop and find out how other coaches would handle some common coaching dilemmas. Typically we’ll discover as many different approaches as there are coaches involved. We believe you will come away with a diverse range of ideas that will inform your coaching practice in future. In our experience it’s less about doing the “right thing” and more about understanding why you did what you did.

Come and join Carol and Michelle in this facilitated interactive session and share a journey of discovery we will share with you our specially designed Dilemma Cards to stimulate discussion.

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Seminar 7 (13:30 - 14:30) - Narrative Approach to Coaching by Sue Macmillan
Sue_MacmillanSeminar Description

Everybody is a story. Everybody’s story matters; our true identity, who we are, why we are here, what sustains us is in this story.” Reman

Your story is important, it matters and how you tell it can make all the difference. Your story can be motivational it can enable personal change and transition and it can hold you back limiting your life journey. Stories are how we make meaning in the world they are part of the ongoing story – this is where their power lies.

This workshop will discuss the importance of story, metaphor and narrative and will touch on some of the neuroscience and theory that underpins the use of a narrative approach in coaching. It will be interactive and experiential with the aim of giving delegates tools they can use with clients. It is a taster and you will be signposted to where you can learn more.

Seminar 8 (13:30 - 14:30) - The Trusted Executive (Part 2): Working with the nine habits of trust
neil_atkinsonSeminar Description

This workshop will build on the keynote session from the 2016 WME conference where attendees learnt of the theory of building organisational trust from the author of the highly acclaimed book, ‘The Trusted Executive’, John Blakey.

In this workshop, the focus will shift from the theory of trust to the practice of trust. After a short re-cap on the theory, attendees will work with the nine habits of trust model to appraise their own leadership trustworthiness using a unique self-assessment questionnaire. They will then coach each other to dig deeper into the questionnaire findings and identify their own next step on the journey of trust.

Through working with the nine habits, attendees will learn how to coach senior leaders using the model and so contemplate the challenge of building organisational trust through the role-modelling of appropriate behaviours in senior leadership teams.

The workshop will appeal to those who wish to become champions of trust and use these skills to enhance their coaching presence and impact. With trust identified by all the coaching professional bodies as the bedrock of great coaching, this workshop is a rare opportunity to get beyond the hype and get into the detail of trust.’