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, Trainer, Thinking Environment® licensed coach and facilitator and MBTI® assessor. She provides executive coaching in organisations and personal consultancy for individuals. She supervises coach-therapists and offers leadership training and individual or group mentoring to counsellors who wish to become coaches.

Carolyn writes about the integration of 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' before becoming Chair of the Division

Websites: carolynmumby.comWorking Titles Leadership

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

Michèle has been an executive coach and facilitator for the past 25 years. She works principally with senior leaders and their teams, providing 1:1 coaching, team coaching and cross function coaching circles (a model she created over 20 years ago). She facilitates organisational change, working at all levels, and is equally at home in the corporate world, public and not for profit sectors, and coaching and supporting CEOs of SMEs.

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 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 is now Head of Member Support at ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations), supporting leaders of charities and social enterprises nationally. He is a qualified coach and counsellor, and an active mentor.

Tom facilitates and helps develop the coaching division's network groups.

Website: www.tomandrews.org and www.acevo.org.uk

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.

Val Watson

Val Watson

Val is an independent counselling and psychotherapy practitioner, supervisor, coach, consultant and trainer. She has worked in education settings for over 30 years as a teacher, lecturer, coach and mentor and more recently as head of a university counselling service for students and staff. Her philosophy and practice are grounded in the person-centred approach and informed by trainings in group analysis and systemic practice.

Val has extensive voluntary work experience. She has a commitment to advocating for racial justice, equity and equality and an active interest in the arts, whole health practices and collaborative community work that can lead to social change. She has published chapters in edited texts on race and counsellor education.

As an Executive member, Val will take a special interest in coaching for social impact and the development of a coaching counsellor competency framework.