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Professor David Lane

As Co-Founder of the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University he contributed to leading edge research in coaching as well as supervising leading coaches undertaking Doctoral research with the Centre. David also developed a Masters programme in Executive Coaching, which is now available in the USA, South Africa and the UK and the first Professional Doctorate programme in coaching. These innovative programmes are work based and available to experienced coaches.

Through his associations with other bodies he has created accredited programmes for work-based development in a wide range of organisations including major consultancies, multinationals, and public sector and government bodies. 
He was Chair of the British Psychological Society Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy, and has served on committees of the BPS, CIPD and EMCC. He convened the Psychotherapy Group of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations.

David's work with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council has been concerned with Codes of Conduct and Standards and kite marking of coach training. Working with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches he researched and developed the standards for the Chartered Business Coach award. He co-founded the Global Coaching Convention. David's contributions to counselling psychology led to the senior award of the BPS for “Outstanding Scientific Contribution”. In 2009 he was honoured by the British Psychological Society for Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology.

Professor Sarah Corrie

Sarah Corrie is a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, a Chartered Psychologist specialising in coaching psychology, and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has extensive experience in both public and private sector services and runs her own coaching and therapy practice as well as working as a freelance supervisor and trainer. Sarah is an Academic Advisor for Middlesex University (Doctorate in Professional Studies) and a faculty and Advisory Board member of the Professional Development Foundation.

Her other roles include Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Diploma & MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy offered by Royal Holloway University of London and Central and North West London Foundation Trust.

Sarah is the author of numerous articles and four books: The Art of Inspired Living: Coach Yourself with Positive Psychology (Karnac), and conjointly with David Lane, The Modern Scientist-Practitioner: A Guide to Practice in Psychology (Routledge); Constructing Stories, Telling Tales: A Guide to Formulation in Applied Psychology (Karnac) and Making Successful Decisions in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide (Open University Press).

Martin Down

Martin is a professionally accredited Executive Coach, Consultant and Facilitator with a track record of coaching senior executives from different professions, industries and cultural backgrounds. He has 20+ years management and consulting experience with leading PLC’s, Public Sector and Consulting Organisations.

He has a particular interest in the Leadership of Complexity and expertise in Leadership, Strategy Implementation, Behavioural Change. Key differentiators are:

  • Strong business focus
  • Sophisticated model of practice - tailoring approach to client purpose
  • Depth of experience as facilitator, coach, consultant
  • Systemic approach i.e addressing the linked needs of the person, team, organisation.
  • Well developed connections with professional associations - supporting ethical and best practice
  • International experience linking with coaches worldwide

Nicola Hurton

During a successful first career as a violinist, Nicola also studied for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with the Open University. Subsequently, she decided to change career, and to train, and specialise, in Occupational Psychology.  Nicola has since acquired a Masters in Occupational Psychology from the University of London together with 18 years' varied consultancy / research experience in Individual / organisation development in both the public and private sectors.

She has developed specific interests and expertise in coaching and counselling individuals with their careers and professional development. This has, in turn, led to qualitative research interests in coaching and counselling, and in the influence of emotions on behaviour and decision-making.

Nicola's first consultancy project after graduating was with PDF. She has enjoyed a close association with PDF ever since.  PDF and David Lane have hugely supported her career and professional development, and she felt honoured and excited when, in 2010, David Lane offered her the opportunity to contribute more broadly to PDF and to the PDF team as Director of Programmes.

In 2008 Nicola co-authored with Sarah Corrie and David Lane a chapter on ‘How to Develop Your Career and Organise Your Continuing Professional Development’. More recently Nicola has published articles in the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

Pauline Willis

Pauline specialises in delivering programmes that link individual performance and potential with the achievement of strategic organisational objectives. She does this by aligning change programmes with core business objectives and supporting key individuals within the organisation to successfully negotiate the change process. Knowledge and skills transfer to individuals within the client organisation leads to sustained growth and change without creating a dependency on external consultancy support.

Pauline delivers a range of business psychology services including the provision of tailored, client focused coaching and mentoring programmes. The design, implementation and evaluation of coaching and mentoring practice is currently Pauline's core area of professional interest. Coaching clients are predominantly executives, leaders or 'high potentials' working within large blue chip companies. A number of Pauline's clients are leaders of strategic organisational change who are themselves acquiring advanced coaching or mentoring competence. Pauline also works with a small number of self-funded personal coaching clients. In 2002/2003 Pauline worked with 'Ruth', a personal coaching client on behalf of the BBC Radio 4 programme Nice Work as part of a media experiment to test the effectiveness of coaching as 'stressbusting' strategy.

Pauline has a strong professional background in business psychology and consulting with 14 years experience spanning a range of industries including health, energy, electronics and information technology both in Australia and the UK.

Marina Dieck

Marina Dieck brings 18 years business experience to Executive Coaching, Consulting and Facilitating teams to high performance. Formerly HR Director at Microsoft, she founded MD Management Consultants in 1997 and is an executive coach and independent consultant providing support at the individual and organisational level. She works with executives, managers, and professionals on strategic planning, building high performance teams, developing leadership skills and planning organisational change. She has extensive international experience, has trained with Corporate Coach University and is an assessor for the EMCC Quality Award and a member of the EMCC and ICF.

Lise Lewis

Lise has built on her first career as a Chartered Fellow of CIPD in Human Resources to develop an international coaching practice. Her client base is primarily leaders who seek to embrace the power of personal effectiveness as a catalyst for their success. She is also a coach supervisor and training provider for coaches and in-house coach supervisors of blue chip and high profile public sector services.

Lise's expertise in coaching benefits from contributing to the professionalisation of mentoring and coaching as President of the EMCC and as a Founder of the Global Coaching and Mentoring Alliance in cooperation with the ICF and AC. She is an EMCC accredited Master Coach Practitioner and is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Executive Coaching. The outcome of her research seeks to improve the activity of feedback in business performance management discussions and coaching conversations. Lise speaks at international conferences and is a writer of book and journal article reviews.