BACP Coaching promotes ethical, effective and professional coaching for the wellbeing and enhancement of individuals and organisations.

We aim to create a supportive, generative and informative forum for dialogue, networking, belonging, growing, learning and the development of coach-specific professional standards for BACP members. We will provide quality information about coaching to clients and purchasers of coaching and related services.

Specifically, the division aims to be:

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

Term of office

Executive members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years.

Time commitment

You'll need to attend up to four meetings a year, which will be held at our offices in Lutterworth or at a suitable location accessible to all executive members. You may also be able to attend remotely using Skype.

You'll also have ongoing tasks, which may include planning divisional events, or attending events to network and build the profile of the division.

General responsibilities

Your duties will be to:

  • implement divisional strategy and ensure it aligns with BACP organisational strategy, so promoting that counselling changes lives
  •  engage with our members to better understand their views and what they want from the division
  • work collaboratively with BACP staff
  • promote the division's area of expertise and bring best practice into the work of the division and BACP
  • network and represent BACP and our members to wider stakeholder groups, addressing counselling and psychotherapy issues and concerns
  • act as an ambassador and advocate for BACP and the counselling profession

Carrying out the role

You will be expected to:

  • devote time and effort and attend divisional executive meetings fully prepared, having read all papers and documentation. We set meeting dates 12 months in advance wherever possible.
  • adhere to our volunteer policies, procedures and code of conduct
  • adhere to and support the governance framework
  • attend the annual general meeting, where possible
  • maintain absolute confidentiality for any sensitive or confidential information you receive while carrying out the role
  • observe the seven Nolan principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Skills and abilities

You should:

  • be practising as both a coach and therapist or counsellor, either separately or in a way that integrates both approaches
  • be willing to devote time and effort
  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively and strategically
  • understand the responsibilities of the position
  • be IT literate: willing and able to use technology on BACP business

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • an understanding of organising events or CPD workshops
  • interest in promoting good practice and research
  • experience in social media - Twitter, blogs, Facebook etc
  • awareness of working with diversity issues
  • interest in developing network group meetings supporting local facilitator
  • awareness of the development of coaching competencies
  • experience of addressing needs across the four nations

If you have other unlisted skills you feel we could benefit from, we'd be happy to hear from you.


There is no remuneration for this role, however, reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the volunteering role will be reimbursed in line with our volunteers expenses policy.

To apply

For more information or to apply for this volunteering role, please send your cv and an application letter stating your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to We welcome applications from across the four nations of the UK. 

The closing date for applications is Friday 14 June 2019.