Our vision and mission

Established in 2010, BACP Coaching promotes ethical, effective and professional coaching for the wellbeing and enhancement of individuals and organisations. Specifically, we aim to be:

  • transparent and consultative
  • generative and innovative
  • inclusive and collaborative
  • responsive and supportive
  • good value for money and financially viable 

Our Strategic Plan

Our Strategic Plan (2018 to 2020) includes the following objectives:

  • support the development of coaching competencies, a core foundation for the development of a Certificate of Proficiency, Coaching Register, Directory of therapists who coach and good practice guidelines
  • promote the unique offering of therapists who coach to relevant stakeholders, clients and within BACP
  • improve communication with members, and optimise social media channels for direct member engagement
  • work with BACP Events to offer regular CPD events for therapists who coach, including professional development days, and a BACP Coaching conference
  • support the development of coaching network groups throughout the Four Nations
  • support the development of effective supervision for coach-therapists
  • continue to support the collaborative work BACP Coaching undertakes with other coaching bodies, which enables BACP to remain a key stakeholder within the coaching profession
  • support the development of best practice guidelines for therapists who coach

Our executive

Carolyn Mumby - Chair

Carolyn Mumby

Carolyn is a qualified and experienced Gestalt Therapist, Executive coach, Personal Consultant, Trainer, Thinking Environment® licensed coach and facilitator and MBTI® Assessor. She provides Executive Coaching in organisations and Personal Consultancy for individuals, supervises coach-therapists and offers training and individual/group mentoring to counsellors who wish to become coaches.

Carolyn also writes about counselling and coaching and authored a chapter on working with young people in Personal Consultancy: A Model For Integrating Counselling and Coaching by Popovic and Jinks (Routledge).

Carolyn joined the Executive in 2018 and has been involved with BACP Coaching for several years, running a London network group and delivering the Professional Development Day, 'An introduction to building a coaching approach'.

Website: carolynmumby.com

Gill Fennings-Monkman MBE - Past Chair

Gill Fennings-Monkman

Gill has a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Distinction) and as a qualified lecturer has taught both coaching and counselling at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level. She has been BACP Accredited since 2005 and in private practice as a coach, counsellor and supervisor for 17 years.

Gill was chair from 2014 to 2017, having served on the Coaching Executive for the previous three years as Specialist for Diversity. She was awarded an MBE in 2010.

Website: counselling-for-a-change.co.uk

Michèle Down – Executive specialist for organisational coaching

Michele Down

As managing director of Michèle Down Dynamics Ltd, Michèle has been an executive coach and facilitator in the corporate sector for the past eighteen years. She specialises in working with senior executives and their teams, coaching individuals, running coaching circles and facilitating change, nationally and globally.

Previously a counsellor and supervisor in private practice, she is a qualified teacher and has written and provided counselling training to diploma level, trained qualified counsellors and college lecturers, and moderated counselling courses.

Website: micheledowndynamics.com

Tom Andrews

Tom Andrews

Tom has been working to support others throughout his working life, particularly using creativity as a catalyst for change. He is the founder of two influential charities: People United (pioneering artistic projects and research across the UK focusing on kindness) and Music for Change (promoting cultural understanding through participation in music).

His eclectic career has involved helping to establish a successful record label, working with the senior management team at the Royal Opera House, and teaching Tibetan refugees in Northern India. He now works as a coach, supporting leaders working in the cultural and third sectors, specialising in career transition, well-being and values, and as an integrative counsellor for a community counselling service and hospice. In addition, he is a facilitator and coach for the Clore Leadership Programme.

Tom will be working on developing the network groups and he has an interest in contributing to research across BACP and further afield.

Website: www.tomandrews.org

Karen Ledger

Karen Ledger

Karen is a leadership coach, therapist, expert witness and supervisor.  She is passionate about her relationships which are underpinned by the person-centred approach and influenced by Gestalt and the work of Irvin Yalom. Her coaching and organisational clients span the independent and public sectors within the UK, including the NHS and political sector. She has worked with a range of teams, including executive boards and senior management teams.

Her work focuses on building effective relationships and communication to achieve high performance. She has recently developed her practice to offer the option of working outdoors, using nature as an additional resource for her clients, coachees and supervisees. As well as delivering leadership workshops for a wide range of organisations, she has designed and facilitated workshops on diversity for staff working with dementia clients.

Karen will take a special focus on the Executive on supervision for coach-therapists.

Website: Kslconsulting.org.uk

Xeni Kontogianni

Xeni Kontogianni

Xeni is a qualified psychologist-psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist working with individuals and high-performing teams as a brain based coach. She works with organisations aiming to transform new leaders and shape more person-centred workplaces where mental health is de-stigmatised.

She also contributes to projects ranging from recruiting healthcare professionals to co-ordinating neuro-rehabilitation programmes. Influenced by cognitive behavioural approaches and applied neuroscience to human functioning, her main focus is on guiding clients in exploring how their beliefs are encoded in their minds, and on developing compassionate responses and coping methods to feel liberated and live a purposeful life.

Currently studying at the University of Amsterdam and participating in research leadership projects, she is committed to bridging the gap between academia and practice and applying modern scientific methodologies. As an Executive member, she will advocate and safeguard therapeutic coaching though social media in order to gain more visibility and engagement for various projects.