News and events

Coaching York is the gateway to all things coaching in York and the surrounding area.  On this page you’ll find a wealth of event and news items about coaching and related subjects. If you have an event which you think might be of interest to coaches, then send it in and we’ll publish it.

Transactional Analysis Peer Group Meeting Dates

York TA peer group

The focus for this group is as a peer led learning group where we engage in sharing our Transactional Analysis knowledge, offer each other informal TA supervision, and share our learning.  Many coaches use TA to analyse their client relationships, and to support themselves and their clients to be at their best.

The next meeting dates are as follows:

Tuesday 3 October 1.30 to 4.30

Tuesday 21 November 10am to 1pm.  The November meeting will be an exploration of Positive Games.

If you want to know more and check out if this is for you, then get in touch with Bernadette  –

Leadership Conference with Meg Wheatley

Coaching York members may be interested in an event organised by York coach and member John Gray.
Leadership in these times
A rare one day workshop in London with Meg Wheatley
A deep then-and-now inquiry into leadership and what is required for those how we move forward in these troubled times.
Meg Wheatley has inspired a generation of leaders to step forward and serve. She is co-founder and President of a global non-profit, The Berkana Institute (, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a writer.

John writes: The foundations for this event were laid 20 years ago, when Meg wrote a seminal article entitled “Beyond Command and Control”. I was introduced at about that time to Meg’s writings (all Meg’s articles, recorded talks etc  are freely available at by a consultant/coaching colleague, Penny Kay, and together we’ve kept in touch with Meg’s new thinking over the years.

So you can imagine our delighted when Meg accepted our invitation to put on a workshop next time she was in the UK. Leadership in these times on 9 November is the result.
The day offers a great opportunity for those who work with people in leadership roles, to be more aware of effective contemporary leadership, and to support leaders to reclaim a leadership which re-engages people and creates possibility even amidst disruption and distraction.
For more information and to book, visit

“Good leaders find it increasingly difficult to use the processes and practices that worked well in the past to evoke people’s inherent motivation, commitment, and creativity.  Yet if we notice who we’ve become, we can recommit to who we choose to be as a leader for this time.” Meg Wheatley

Some of Meg’s articles on leadership:

Transactional Analysis Learning Group

Transactional Analysis gives people a greater awareness of their working styles, the opportunity to extend their emotional intelligence and strategies to increase effective communication with others.  Many coaches use TA to manage their relationships with clients and to deepen their learning and develop creative working options

Members of this TA learning group are committed to ongoing learning and development, using TA as our theoretical framework to support us in our work.  Our focus is to be a peer led learning group. Participants do not have to be committed to a formal TA learning contract or programme.

If you’re interested or would like to know more please contact

Date: 10 July 2017 from 1.30 to 4.30 pm.

Location: To be confirmed

International Coaching Week May 15-19 2017

Building on the success of the last three years, we are running and promoting a number of events to join in the international celebration of coaching in May 2017. During the week we will be:

– celebrating York as a coaching City with City of York Council and York CVS;
– offering coaching taster sessions to businesses and residents in York; and
– running and promoting a series of professional development events.

See below for the emerging programme.

To keep up to date with news on International Coaching Week follow us on twitter @coachingyork.

Monday May 15th

Launch Event

York CVS Priory Street Centre Main Hall Arrive from 09.30 for 10:00-12.30

We are delighted to be partnering with York CVS, City of York Council, and TMSDI for our launch event this year.


Timothy Gallwey’s magic formula, P = P – I (Performance = Potential – Interference). What is the Interference (or types of barrier) that stands in the way of Coaching realising its true potential – not just in the workplace, but in the wider community? Contribute your insights and expertise to those of our four guest speakers who will be exploring these issues through the different lenses of Community Action, the world of academe, and the city’s main service provider that is the City Council.

Guest Speakers

Sarah Armstrong, Chief Executive, York CVS

Professor Bob Garvey, Hon President, Coaching York

Nigel Burchell, Workforce Development Manager, City of York Council

Joe Micheli, Head of Commissioning, City of York Council

NETWORK LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30 Sponsored by TMSDI

Take the opportunity to find out more about organisations in York and beyond following the “coaching way” and more about Coaching York. Our thanks to TMSDI for sponsoring our lunch again this year.

Active Listening Event York CVS 13.30 -15.00

Bernadette Cass PCC leads this session to enquire how we harness the power of listening and hear what is spoken and unspoken.  How do we use active listening to pay attention to the other person’s agenda and appreciate the impact of being fully listened to ourselves?

This interactive session is suitable for coaches and non-coaches.

Bernadette leads this Masterclass to deepen coaching skills on behalf of the UK International Coach Federation (ICF).  Fluency with coaching competencies informs us about who we are as coaches and enables us to meet our clients at our best, deepening awareness of our own style and approach, and strengthening skills and performance.

For coaches wishing to log CPD, International Coach Federation CCEUs have been applied for this event.

Click here to book a place

Visualise your future! York Army Museum, 3A Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB; 15th May, 2pm to 4.30 pm

Join The Authentic Spark for a fun, free, workshop to help you create your vision and develop your goals

Enjoy a hands-on and creative co-coaching session where you can bring your aspirations to life and create a route to making them happen. Open to anyone over 18. We have 20 places available.

Sarah Oswald aka The Authentic Spark is a coach, trainer and mentor based in North Yorkshire. She has worked for 20 years in heritage and museums but has found her purpose and passion in coaching and mentoring, using creativity wherever she can.

To book a place follow this event Brite link:

Part of York’s contribution to International Coaching Week. Supported by Coaching York.Venue generously provided by York Army Museum.

Tuesday 16th

York Coaching Group – What could Community Coaching look like? 
York St John University. De Grey Building Room 125 19.00-20.45

Peter Lumley and Geoff Ashton will lead this event in which we will explore the 
emerging landscape of community coaching. Informed by key findings from Coaching York’s research into community coaching, we will consider how new opportunities for coaching – delivered to residential communities and local communities of interest – can address some of our most salient social issues. Join us as we continue to shape our understanding of this developing area of coaching application.

Wednesday 17th

York Coaching Circle Black Swan Public House, 23 Peasholme Green, York YO1 7PR 18:30-20:30

York Coaching Circle offers inclusive and powerful learning for coaches of all levels of experience. We warmly invite you to discover how we work and the benefits of participation.  This event is open to new and former participants, or anyone who’d like to find out more.

Click here to register or for further information, please contactZoe Birch

Thursday 18th

Transactional Analysis Peer Group Gray’s Court Hotel 10.00 AM

Transactional Analysis (TA) gives people a greater awareness of their working styles, the opportunity to deepen their emotional intelligence and strategies to increase effective communication with others.

Members of this TA learning group are committed to ongoing learning and development, using TA as our theoretical framework to support us in our work.

Current group members have different backgrounds, between us having trained with TA specialists in the Psychotherapy, Organisation and Education fields in the UK and Europe.

For more information and to book a place contact

Fulford Library Coaching Taster Sessions 14.00 – 17.00
Fulford Library, St Oswalds CE School, Heslington Ln, Fulford YO10 4LX

An opportunity for people in the Fulford area on Thursday May 18th to drop in for a 45 minute coaching taster session. If you would like to join in, please either:

– leave your name and contact details at the Reception Desk at the Library; or
– ring 01904 555444; and

we will contact you to arrange a suitable time to meet.

‘You’ve got the answers, our job is to help you find them!’

Coaching with horse demonstration Gallabar Farm, Gallabar Lane, Marton-cum-Grafton. YO51 9QU (about 20 min drive form York)
10.00 – 12.30

An event for business owners, leaders and executives looking to develop their leadership and teamwork skills, and for coaches and consultants that want to consider adding this modality as part of their existing programmes.

Business is changing rapidly and the old style of business and leadership skills will no longer get you where you want to go.  What if I told you a horse could show you a new paradigm?  A way of acting and being that will serve you more effectively in the future.
As we move from the information era to the collaboration era horses can model for us how to work as a real team, one where the leadership is shared, where communication is authentic and where the vision is crystal clear. How would you like these traits in your business?
If you are intrigued to find out more then join me to celebrate International Coaching Week when I will be hosting a demonstration on how I help my clients develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills through coaching with horses.
What we will cover
A small number of volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work hands on with the horses to learn about their leadership style and how they show up in business. No horse experience is necessary.
This event is all about experiential learning so as an audience member you will also be participating providing feedback on what you observe.
What you can expect to learn:
•    How you need to grow in order for your business to grow
•    Leadng out of your comfort zone
•    How to use your leadership strengths to overcome barriers to success
•    The importance of body language and how to communicate with clarity
•    Creating a collaborative team
•    Negotiating conflict
•    and so much more………
Places are limited so please reserve your place (at this free event) and bring along family, friends, colleagues and your clients.

Register for this event here

Friday 19th

Fierce Conversations: A Coaching Approach to Difficult Conversations. 11.00-12.00 at York Associates Peasholme House, St Saviour’s Pl, York YO1 7PJ

Join Mike Hogan, Director at York Associates, for a facilitated session looking at the concepts and methodology of Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. Mike will share the key concepts followed by a group discussion looking at how we can support others in terms of effective communication in their own environments.

Celebration event at York Associates Peasholme House, St Saviour’s Pl, York YO1 7PJ 12.15-14.00

Join us as we round off the week with our annual celebration event. Please bring a contribution of £5.00 towards the cost of lunch

Mindfulness and Compassion at Work

One of our members, Margaret Chapman-Clarke, is jointly hosting a summit on mindfulness and compassion at work, in Madrid on 26 May. Margaret has agreed a special code to enable Coaching York colleagues to enjoy a 20% discount (“CYSPECIAL”).

Thank you Margaret and good luck with this valuable initiative.

A flyer giving full information is attached, and URL below

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Community Coaching Conference

Community Coaching Conference
3rd March, Principal York hotel, York

A conference for public sector, third sector and corporates with clear CSR agendas. Let’s extend coaching beyond the workplace and into communities – why should coaching be seen as appropriate primarily for people who reach certain levels of seniority within organisations? Surely the benefits of coaching could be much more widely experienced outside  and inside the workplace.

Building on the research into Community Coaching commissioned by City of York Council and conducted by Coaching York, this jointly hosted conference will table key findings from the research, illustrate some examples of Community Coaching, and provide workshops to explore facets of the subject. Our key note speaker is Professor Bob Garvey, hon President of Coaching York.

Reflections on International Coaching Week 2016

A continental perspective from Patricia Speltincx

I started with a question… Before attending the 2016 edition of the International Coaching Week (ICW), I was wondering if it was just by chance that York was the place where a few dynamic coaches had come together with the ambition of making their city the coaching capital of the UK.

Why I love York!

Patricia SpeltincxI love York and this week, more than ever before, I could feel how much York is conducive to personal quest and to self-fulfilment.  York is at the same time dignified and humble, vibrant and peaceful, wise and bold, soothing and energizing, confident and open, rich with experience and welcoming.  York offers a perfect space for growth and transformation.

Is this not what coaching is all about?

After this week, I know now that is not just by chance that it all happened in York.  York and coaching are just a perfect match.

So what did I think of ICW?

In a mature and friendly atmosphere, the 2016 ICW has been conducive to reflection, learning and growth, both at personal level and at a collective level, as a coaching community.  The experience was so rich that I could write a book on it!  Don’t worry (!). For now, I will limit myself to three main themes that emerged from the week.


The discourse, the language we use is a wonderful tool for organising our thoughts and communicating with others.  Our coaching discourse and its evolution over time has been identified as an indicator of the maturity of our profession, despite the fact that it is still at odds with today’s predominant managerial ethos.

The dangers and limits of language were covered during the week, and reminded us that discourse is nothing else than an imperfect and reductive mental representation of our experience.  It shapes our behaviours and has a massive influence on our experience of reality.  However, it is not reality.  The danger in not recognizing this is to get stuck in our mental constructs and miss what the real experience has to offer us in the here and now.  This is leading us to our second theme…


In a world where separation prevails, the need for integration has been emphasized and tackled from various perspectives: to reunite the being and the doing, to celebrate cultural differences, to open ourselves to new experiences, to investigate the overlaps between coaching, mentoring, counseling and psychotherapy.

It is interesting to notice that, although integration is about bringing together, it requires barriers to be removed, spaces to be opened, novelties and differences to be welcomed.  A condition to make integration possible is our third theme…

Reflective space

With a greater focus on the being rather than on the doing, coaching has definitely entered a new generation.  There is now less exclusive emphasis on pragmatic dimensions (e.g. problem solving, goal achievement, performance development…) and more emphasis on reflective, philosophical, narrative and even spiritual dimensions.  There is more focus on why clients do the things they do and who they become by doing them, than on what and how they do things.

Opening a reflective space for our clients enables them to achieve a higher level of consciousness, to let new meanings emerge from their experience and to redefine their discourse accordingly, to broaden their field of possibilities and choices, to go through a genuine transformation and to reinvent a new life narrative.

To be able to do this for our clients, we need first to do it for ourselves.  International Coaching Week has given us a great opportunity to do so.  A warm “thank you!” to all of those who made it possible, by organising or by participating in this memorable week.

And … rendez-vous next year!

  • Patricia Speltincx-Mann
  • June 2016
  • Patricia is a Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Speaker based in Brussels. Patricia’s passion is the exploration of the boundless human potential. Her goal is to contribute in raising the level of consciousness, wisdom and humanity in the business world.  Her passion and contribution permeate through all her activities: coaching, OD consultancy, conferences, workshops and writing.


Coaching in the media

Evan Davis explores coaching and mentoring for

The Bottom Line

In March, Evan Davis sat down with Gavin Patterson CEO of BT Group, Melanie Richards Vice Chairman and Partner of KPMG UK, and coach and mentor Jonathan Bowman-Perks to explore the growing interest among UK businesses in coaching.

The answers for your questions or the questions for your answers?

As a coaching professional, it was fascinating to hear what participants saw as the differences between coaching and mentoring. A nice distinction was that: “A coach has some great questions for your answers and a mentor has some great answers for your questions.” Both, in different ways, help “unravel what you’re thinking and feeling” whilst then “nudging and helping you get perspective.”

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Evan asked why, if coaches and mentors have such decisive expertise, companies didn’t just employ coaches and mentors to make decisions instead of senior leaders. Gavin and Melanie were clear that the decisions they made in their managerial roles were very much their own decisions. At senior level there is no shortage of people willing to give advice – the unique value of the coach/mentor relationship is that it’s one where the client is given the space to unpack the issues, evaluate the options, consider the trade-offs and blow away the smoke to allow them to see the landscape into which any decision will be taking them.

Manager decisions are scrutinised by their peers, staff, partners, and stakeholders. Particularly at senior levels every time a manager makes a decision it sends out a signal, and it’s not always easy for them to see the signals they are sending. It’s a point made also by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Microsoft, who is the on the record as saying: “everybody needs a coach” particularly because we are not good at seeing ourselves as other people see us. Coaches really help bring perspective to these issues.

Evan’s guests discussed the value of coaching and mentoring in career transitions. On promotion “People don’t arrive fully baked” and a coach can be immensely valuable in helping build confidence, set priorities, and empowering the client to get to grips with the new relationships and dynamics of more senior leadership.

Success factors in a coaching and mentoring relationship

So what makes a coaching relationship successful? Whilst a lot is down to the skill and competence of the coach, it’s crucial that the client wants to engage in the process. Some clients are keen to engage from the off, whereas others may take a little time to see the value. But engagement is crucial, and a good coaching-client relationship is one where both parties prepare well for their conversations and are open to putting their discoveries into practice.

Coaching for all

Is coaching and mentoring just for managers at the most senior levels? No! All the panelists agreed that coaching was valuable at all strata of a business (KPMG offers coaching throughout its organisation). The focus of the activity will differ depending on the employee’s role, but all can benefit from it.

How Coaching York can help you

For a confidential, no obligation conversation to explore how coaching and mentoring could benefit your organisation, please email us on or call Geoff Ashton on 07735 46 75 98, or any of the other Coaching York Steering Group members.

Coaching in Business Forum

  • Are you a Manager who would like to continue to develop your coaching conversational skills?
  • Are you looking to connect more effectively with your team and colleagues?
  • Are you looking to be more influential and successful?
  • Do you want to motivate and grow your team?
  • Do you want to improve your performance and that of others?
  • Have you completed a coaching skills programme or qualification and wondered how to keep on improving your skills?
  • Perhaps you are someone who runs an internal coaching or mentoring scheme and would value sharing and learning ideas?

Then we are offering you a solution!

We would like to provide a forum for people/managers from businesses small and large to come together and share their coaching experiences, develop their confidence, knowledge and skills and have some fun in the process.

We have ideas about how we might do this but we need your thoughts too.

So we are proposing to facilitate a workshop in September for all those who are interested to develop this idea further.

If you’d like to come along, please let us know of your interest by emailing:

  • Chris Lazenby –
  • Julia Pallant –

Let us know your organisation, role, location and how to contact you and we’ll be in touch