Coach Profiles

Gill Brabner FCIPD, MA, LGSM

In-world identity: Clara the Coach

Gill is an experienced Executive Coach and studied Coaching in the Organizational Context for her MA.  She has over 15 years’ experience of working as a coach and learning & development consultant with a wide range of organisations, including public sector and corporate clients across the UK.  Gill has coached directors, senior executives, elected members, clinicians, managers and front line staff.  She has a particular interest in supporting individuals to enhance their capability and performance through coaching and developmental feedback.

Gill is currently completing her MSc in Digital Education with the University of Edinburgh and focusing on learning in virtual worlds for her dissertation.

 Coaching issues

Gill’s coaching has supported clients to:

  • Develop greater self-awareness
  • Identify their leadership and management style and its impact on others
  • Develop influencing skills
  • Develop political astuteness
  • Improve personal impact
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Work collaboratively within the organisation and with external agencies
  • Understand emotional triggers and how to manage them

     Coaching style and approach

Gill’s coaching style is:

  • Empathic, challenging, insightful and genuinely wanting the best outcome for her client.
  • Based on the needs of individuals, working in partnership with her coaching clients to achieve the results.
  • Open and honest. Gill creates a confidential, supportive space in which her clients can reflect and reach decisions.

 

Julia Stallard, BA HONS, PGCE, ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring

In-world identity:  Verity Bell

Most recently I have been working with the public sector, coaching those in managerial roles who are only too aware of the challenges faced by the staff they manage. Working with these coachees has enabled me to further develop my skills and support managers to develop their own coaching style of management, leading to successful outcomes for them and their staff. Nurturing confidence and supporting reflective practice have been a key focus for many of these coachees in leading the way to change the organisational norms they and their staff work with.

Much of the last 10 years of my career has been about supporting and developing young people. Working in a college of further & higher education is a challenging environment; the young people we develop come from a wide range of social, cultural and economic backgrounds and each is unique, with issues and problems unique to them. It has been my job to develop these young people in their education, career path and to support them through some difficult and challenging personal experiences and the emotions these unleash. I also mentor students undertaking a PGCE, helping them to achieve their goals and become successful teachers. I find working with these young adults, at such a crucial stage in their lives, hugely rewarding.

My experience includes supporting and mentoring people with learning difficulties and disabilities, physical disabilities and with those on the autism spectrum.

Coaching objectives

My key areas of interest in the coaching process:

  • Developing greater self-awareness
  • Developing reflective practice
  • Identifying leadership and management style and its impact on others
  • Improving personal impact
  • Communicating more effectively
  • Increasing self-esteem and worth
  • Nurturing confidence

Coaching style and approach

The coaching style and approach that I aspire to is:

  • Based on the needs of individuals – both those I coach and those they manage.
  • Open and honest.
  • Encouraging, supportive and safe whilst challenging the coachee in order to secure successful outcomes.
  • Working in partnership with my coaching clients to achieve results.

 

Jane Gray MCOptom BSc (Hons), ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring

It is the moment that a coachee realises their inner potential for themselves that is the greatest thrill for me as a coach. Being a coach is central to my holistic approach to my professional career; it comes from my belief in lifelong learning.

I have coached people from diverse backgrounds and professions over the past decade. I have helped people make changes to their performance to satisfy organisational or professional requirements;  to enhance their careers within their own profession and for some, to make a significant change in their career direction. Coachee feedback suggests that I have helped them achieve their objectives and from this feedback dialogue they have helped me to develop as a coach. My involvement in the ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification has enabled me to support trainee coaches and further promote the benefits and practice of coaching for coachees, their organisations and other organisations considering coaching.

Coaching is integral to my professional life; it does not end with each coaching session, it is fundamental to the way I, as an optometrist operate within a hospital clinical team, run my optical practice and support students within my role as a post graduate Module Leader in Leadership at Cardiff University.

Coaching objectives

My key areas of interest within the coaching process are:

  • Develop greater self-awareness
  • Understand emotional triggers and how to manage them
  • Develop reflective practice
  • Work collaboratively within the organisation and with external agencies
  • Identify leadership and management style and its impact on others and team dynamics
  • Develop political astuteness within the professional setting
  • Develop influencing skills
  • Improve personal impact and confidence
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Develop career goals
  • Mentoring for optical professionals

Coaching style and approach

The coaching style and approach that I am developing and aspire to is:

  • Working in partnership with coaching clients to achieve their outcomes based on their individual needs.
  • Challenging, supportive and non-judgemental.
  • Encouraging open and honest dialogue facilitating robust action planning and feedback whilst maintaining a confidential environment

 

Tricia Mason, Coach and therapist

My background is in the care sector, and for the last fifteen years I have been a therapist working with children, young people, individuals, couples and families. I am a systemic therapist and this involves seeing people as the experts in their own lives and the central aim is the transformation of the stories they hold about themselves.

As part of my learning to be a coach I have really had to position myself as a coach and not a therapist. This is a very different style and is solution focused and not problem focused. The ILM level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring helped me develop the skills required to make the transition from counselling to coaching.

I coach sixth form students to support them with their goal of passing their A levels. I also provide coaching in life skills for younger students in education. I am passionate about the potential for coaching within the education sector to support young people to realise their potential.

I am interested in helping coachees to:

  • Develop greater self-awareness
  • Understand emotional triggers and how to manage them
  • Manage stress and anxiety
  • Develop reflective practice
  • Improve personal impact
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Develop career goals
  • Work collaboratively within the organisation and with external agencies
  • Identify leadership and management style and its impact on others

 Coaching style and approach

  • Empathic, non-judgemental, insightful and genuinely wanting the best outcome for the coachee.
  • Based on the needs of individuals, working in partnership with coaching clients to help them to meet their chosen outcomes and goals.  .
  • Open and honest. To creates a confidential, supportive space in which clients can reflect and reach decisions.