Lee Robertson

Lee joined the AoEC marketing team in late 2018. Working in PR and marketing communications since 2000, Lee has looked after the needs of a diverse array of brands including the National Business Awards, ExCeL London, Virgin Experience Days, Labelexpo, the Roundhouse and Chelsea Football Club. She has led high profile media partnerships with The Daily Telegraph and Scotsman as well as running successful international campaigns.

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Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “This coaching training has been a powerful life changing event! “

20th May 2024 by Lee Robertson

We are delighted this month to throw the spotlight on Araceli Canedo Bebbington who started her coach training journey with…

Article

Empowering coaches globally: inside AoEC’s transformative methodology

20th May 2024 by Lee Robertson

Just what exactly is it that makes people want to train on the AoEC’s popular Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching?…

Article

The significance of contracting in executive coaching

20th May 2024 by Lee Robertson

In executive coaching, success hinges on trust, understanding and clear expectations between the coach, client and where appropriate, the client…

Article

Revitalise your workplace – energy assessments and coaching combo

22nd April 2024 by Lee Robertson

Speed and productivity are key in today’s workplace, but could HR professionals make more use of tools such as energy…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I wanted to extend my professional network outside of the education sector”

22nd April 2024 by Lee Robertson

Sam Jayasuriya is an accredited PCC coach and Somatic coach endorsed by the ICF and a certified mBit Coach, NLP…

Article

New coaches and the vital role of supervision in executive coaching

22nd April 2024 by Lee Robertson

Embarking on the journey to become a professional accredited executive coach is an exciting endeavour filled with new opportunities for…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I was seeing the world differently through the conversations I had”

19th March 2024 by Lee Robertson

Boasting nearly 25 years of professional trading experience, Steve Goldstein held a diverse range of roles within investment banking businesses.…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma /

19th March 2024 by Lee Robertson

Boasting nearly 25 years of professional trading experience, Steve Goldstein held a diverse range of roles within investment banking businesses.…

News

AoEC Asia opens for business

19th March 2024 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is pleased to announce its continued expansion with the launch of AoEC Asia which is being headed up…

Article

Employee career development becomes a key priority for L&D professionals, study shows

19th March 2024 by Lee Robertson

As many organisations continue to focus their investment into learning and development initiatives, LinkedIn’s recently published Workplace Learning Report 2024…

News

AoEC appoints new partners at AoEC Switzerland

19th March 2024 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is pleased to reveal that Philip Atkinson and David Kesby have been appointed as its new global partners…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “The experience of the programme was powerful, and a Rubicon moment in my life”

20th February 2024 by Lee Robertson

Emma James came to coaching after a background in senior leadership working for a FTSE100 company in fashion retail. Having…

News

AoEC is delighted to unveil NEW Coaching as a Line Manager programme

20th February 2024 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is pleased to announce the launch of its Coaching as a Line Manager (CaaLM) programme. Running over four…

Article

The power of experiential learning in coach training

20th February 2024 by Lee Robertson

In coach training, experiential learning can be more impactful in embedding your learning. Unlike traditional classroom learning where you might…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I experienced a real sense of community”

20th February 2024 by Lee Robertson

Jason Collins comes from a prestigious background in investment management where he worked for brands including Wellington Management and Deutsche…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “I’m more able to show-up with a greater sense of self”

23rd January 2024 by Lee Robertson

Caroline Bottrell is an organisational development professional with extensive experience in helping strategic leaders and operational managers get the best…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The triple accreditation was a definite factor in choosing AoEC”

23rd January 2024 by Lee Robertson

Jon Palmstrom is now certified a career and leadership coach having worked for leading organisations in the financial services and…

Article

Six reasons executive coaching skills are indispensable for all people professionals

23rd January 2024 by Lee Robertson

We hear a lot about executive coaching going mainstream, but is that truly the case? Is the true meaning of…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “It has made me a more thoughtful questioner”

17th December 2023 by Lee Robertson

Helen Tuddenham is an accredited executive coach and L&D consultant with a 25-year career in professional services. Working predominantly with…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “There was so much emphasis on practice”

17th December 2023 by Lee Robertson

Genevieve Loaker is relationship consultant and executive coach with a focus on personal and leadership development. Genevieve very kindly gave…

Article

Cultivating a coachable mindset: the key to continuous growth

17th December 2023 by Lee Robertson

The significance of a coachable mindset cannot be overstated. It is the base upon which individuals can build lasting achievements,…

Book Review

Book review – The Three Companions by Joan van den Brink

4th December 2023 by Lee Robertson

I have the pleasure of working alongside Joan here at the AoEC, so when I heard she had written a…

Article

Are middle managers your secret weapon for effective talent development?

4th December 2023 by Lee Robertson

A new report published by talent management platform Beamery has discovered that middle managers are going unrecognised in addressing talent…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / “The richest and deepest coach training experience”

21st November 2023 by Lee Robertson

Jenny Williams is a Master Coach (MCC) and one of the first coaches in the world to be accredited in…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “It is crucial to have trained with a reputable company”

21st November 2023 by Lee Robertson

An accomplished executive coach, facilitator and experienced non-executive director, Glenda Marchant has over 25 years senior management experience in the…

Article

Coaching for breakthroughs – unveiling leadership insights

21st November 2023 by Lee Robertson

At the heart of the coaching-executive partnership lies a straightforward yet transformative dynamic. Coaches play a crucial role in helping…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “It gave me great confidence to set up my practice”

24th October 2023 by Lee Robertson

Nora Hutson has over 20 years' experience in HR, in both the public and private sectors, specialising in employee relations,…

Interview

Resilience Accreditation Programme / “I think it’s future-proofing”

24th October 2023 by Lee Robertson

London-based Johnny Hammond is a coach and consultant with over 20 years’ experience in digital business. Founder of Johnny Hammond…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “Be not afraid to go into the unknown”

24th October 2023 by Lee Robertson

Richard Roberts comes from a highly successful career with senior director positions in the software, technology and telecommunications industries and…

Article

Unlocking potential in the workplace through the art of coaching conversations

24th October 2023 by Lee Robertson

Traditional management styles are changing and gradually making way for more inclusive and empowering approaches. One such approach gaining prominence…

Article

From aspiring to accredited: the path to excellence in professional coaching

4th October 2023 by Lee Robertson

Accreditation is the cornerstone of the coaching industry and it is the definitive way to showcase your competence, credibility and…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I constantly felt supported and inspired”

18th September 2023 by Lee Robertson

Reshma Karia is an accredited executive coach and mental health employment advisor with 20 years of experience of providing one-to-one…

Article

Report calls on employers to reimagine work with a people-first mindset

18th September 2023 by Lee Robertson

Now in its fourth iteration, the latest EY 2023 Work Reimagined Survey is calling on leaders to adopt a people-first…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “The journey showed me how to tap into my talents”

18th September 2023 by Lee Robertson

Vinetta Archer-Dyer has enjoyed a 30+ year career in academia which has covered areas such as operational management, people and…

Book Review

Book review – Simplifying Coaching by Claire Pedrick

31st August 2023 by Lee Robertson

This is one of those books that all good coaches should own, or at the very least borrow if they…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The most transformational training I have ever undertaken”

22nd August 2023 by Lee Robertson

Gary Reed has over 25 years’ experience in higher education, both as a published management academic and director of research…

Article

Elevating C-Suite excellence through team coaching

22nd August 2023 by Lee Robertson

As a member of the C-suite team, what would you do if your mid-level managers, senior leaders and even CEO,…

Book Review

Book review – Coaching for Optimal Energy by Viv Chitty

2nd August 2023 by Lee Robertson

This book caught my eye because it is subject matter that probably does not get the full thought and attention…

Article

The new face of employee development: Social learning, supportive managers and skill-building reign supreme

2nd August 2023 by Lee Robertson

New research from Degreed highlights the need for more social learning, supportive managers, and practical opportunities to build skills when…

News

AoEC certifies as a B Corporation – paving the way for social impact

25th September 2023 by Lee Robertson

AoEC is delighted and proud to announce it is now a Certified B Corporation™. AoEC is a triple-accredited global coach…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “AoEC was a natural next step in validating existing skills”

17th July 2023 by Lee Robertson

Priya Chandra-Rogers is a qualified coach having studied with the AoEC. Working as head - talent and leadership at Sage,…

Article

Gallup report calls for action on UK employee engagement

17th July 2023 by Lee Robertson

According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2023 Report nearly 90% of UK employees are disengaged from their job…

Article

Leadership on hold: addressing the L&D gap for emerging leaders

3rd July 2023 by Lee Robertson

New data has revealed that nearly a quarter (23%) of employers are overlooking the development of their new young leaders…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “Go into the coach training with an open mind”

19th June 2023 by Lee Robertson

Vinna Tsang is a managing consultant for Korn Ferry’s Professional Search Team in North America. She has a combined of…

Article

Employers are listening more to employees, despite uncertainty

1st June 2023 by Lee Robertson

Research from employee listening and people analytics firm Perceptyx has shown that organisations that listen to their employees and act…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The real value is the learning journey”

22nd May 2023 by Lee Robertson

Andy Maddock is a leader, performance and executive coach and sports commentator. Having worked in high performance sport for seven…

Article

UK workers are running on empty

22nd May 2023 by Lee Robertson

New data and economic modelling published by AXA UK and the Centre for Business and Economic Research (Cebr) has revealed…

Article

Data shows coaching industry is in good health

27th April 2023 by Lee Robertson

Data from the 2023 ICF Global Coaching Study (GCS) has revealed that the coaching industry is in good shape with…

Interview

In conversation with Karen Smart

19th April 2023 by Lee Robertson

Karen Smart heads up the AoEC’s consultant coach team who provide a range of coaching services for companies. After pursuing…

Article

1 in 3 managers find leadership more challenging in the hybrid era

19th April 2023 by Lee Robertson

Home working is at its highest ever level, but the shift to hybrid working is causing headaches for one in…

Article

Why are we missing the mark on mental health at work?

20th March 2023 by Lee Robertson

88 per cent of people believe stress at work can significantly decrease quality of life. 61 per cent agree experiencing…

Interview

Certificate in Climate Coaching / “Being part of the first cohort felt pioneering”

20th March 2023 by Lee Robertson

Pulling from 30 years of corporate experience and 14+ years of executive coaching practice, Claire d'Aboville is PCC level ICF-accredited…

Article

Unrealised potential is detrimental to engagement and business

1st March 2023 by Lee Robertson

A new study from employer brand agency, Chatter Communications, has revealed that only one in ten people believe they have…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “It was one of the best investments I have ever made”

20th February 2023 by Lee Robertson

After starting her career as an audit trainee at KPMG, Claire Davis went on secondment into KPMG’s learning and development…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “Not many training organisations offer triple accreditation”

20th February 2023 by Lee Robertson

Gavin Sharpe is a UK qualified psychotherapist, relationship/psychosexual therapist and executive coach. Based in Monaco, where he runs Riviera Wellbeing,…

Article

Cutting training budgets in tough times is a false economy

20th February 2023 by Lee Robertson

As 2023 is likely to see a continuation of economic challenge and uncertainty, we look at some of the reasons…

Interview

Resilience Accreditation Programme / “The programme can stand on its own and has a lot to offer”

24th January 2023 by Lee Robertson

Rudi Kindts is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director, senior executive mentor and integral development coach. Having developed a…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The impact has been that I am a better listener”

14th December 2022 by Lee Robertson

Emily Gale is a certified executive coach whose aim is to help her clients build confidence and strengthen their leadership…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “It has had a marked effect on how I communicate with and relate to others”

28th November 2022 by Lee Robertson

Jon Hazan has worked in many different management environments over the past 25 years. Originally serving as an army officer,…

Article

How do we slow down in a world speeding up?

15th November 2022 by Lee Robertson

The average CEO of a Fortune 500 company gets just 28 uninterrupted minutes a day. Most of those working in…

Article

Corporate purpose: a force for good

15th November 2022 by Lee Robertson

We have reached a stage where organisations can no longer rely on old playbooks of putting profit before people or…

Article

Every executive board needs a good horse

15th November 2022 by Lee Robertson

A wise woman once said that every board needs a good horse. A horse? Yes, curious? Then if you want…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I wanted to be qualified with a credible organisation”

25th October 2022 by Lee Robertson

Sam Heighway has enjoyed a 25+ year career in HR, people and change management, leadership development and coaching in the…

Interview

In conversation with Mark Powell

25th October 2022 by Lee Robertson

Mark Powell is the AoEC’s lead consultant coach in Asia Pacific region and is working with organisational clients on leadership…

Article

Employers prioritising training to tackle recruitment struggles

25th October 2022 by Lee Robertson

A new survey has found that 50 per cent of UK employers are investing in upskilling their employees in a…

Article

Research finds just 25% of employees are confident about their career at current organisation

28th September 2022 by Lee Robertson

Only one in four employees is confident about their career path at their current organisation according to new research published…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / “I now follow a path that is much more fulfilling for me”

28th September 2022 by Lee Robertson

Julianna Czifra is a work and organisational psychologist, internationally certified business coach (ICF PCC), and a licensed workplace mediator. Based…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The diploma really gave me confidence as a coach”

28th September 2022 by Lee Robertson

As a trainer and coach, Marlien Ligtenberg helps young professionals to thrive. Her mission is to make young professionals the…

News

AoEC announces its Great Leadership Reset conference

31st August 2022 by Lee Robertson

We are delighted to announce plans for our first virtual conference - ‘The Great Leadership Reset: the wealth of human…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / “I am privileged to be able to help heroes and heroines become heroic teams”

31st August 2022 by Lee Robertson

Davo Ruthven-Stuart is currently working as head of OD consultancy for Health Care Solutions at NHS Arden & GEM CSU.…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I wanted to consolidate my coaching skills by gaining a reputable qualification”

31st August 2022 by Lee Robertson

Alex Mullings is an accredited executive coach and chartered health and safety practitioner. Having previously worked for organisations including ENGIE…

Article

Data suggests high employee turnover damages workplace culture

31st August 2022 by Lee Robertson

A report has found that high employee turnover is damaging to workplace culture with nearly two thirds of businesses experiencing…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “It has transformed who I am”

19th July 2022 by Lee Robertson

Haseena Farid is a consultant working in the arts, charity and creative sectors and professional executive coach. She provides organisational…

Article

Major partnership to probe how the workplace is changing

19th July 2022 by Lee Robertson

KPMG and the University of Cambridge have announced a new five-year partnership on the ‘Future of Work’ which will examine…

Article

Lack of skilled talent threatens businesses worldwide

19th July 2022 by Lee Robertson

When asked what will impact their organisations in the coming year, the lack of employees and leaders with key skills…

News

Our gratitude to Gina Lodge as she leaves the helm of AoEC

21st June 2022 by Lee Robertson

Gina Lodge has decided to leave her role as chief executive officer (CEO) with the AoEC after 14 years with…

Article

L&D undergoes a renaissance as it shows its true worth to organisational success

21st June 2022 by Lee Robertson

The latest Workplace Learning Report from LinkedIn has revealed that the field of learning and development has been enjoying a…

Article

What do I need to do to become an executive coach?

21st June 2022 by Lee Robertson

One of the most frequently asked questions here at the AoEC is ‘what do I need to do to become…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I wish I had done it years ago”

21st June 2022 by Lee Robertson

After a long and rewarding career in the military and senior leadership roles with organisations including Babcock International, Adam MacMillan-Scott…

Article

It’s time to take pride in your workforce’s diversity

21st June 2022 by Lee Robertson

One thing the Great Resignation has made clearer is that attracting and retaining top talent goes far beyond offering a…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “My coaching model has evolved from being one-to-one, to one-to-many”

16th May 2022 by Lee Robertson

May Ireland is an experienced HR professional and certified executive coach specialising in leadership and enhancing organisational performance. She has…

Article

Coaching skills in times of organisational change

16th May 2022 by Lee Robertson

For a generation of leaders, Covid-19 brought overwhelm, uncertainty and ambiguity. As the health crisis became a pandemic, coronavirus became…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “As a coach I’ve blossomed”

26th April 2022 by Lee Robertson

Lucy Day is an accredited executive coach and International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach. Coming from a background in service…

Article

Survey shows professional qualifications are worth the effort

26th April 2022 by Lee Robertson

A survey conducted by CoursesOnline has found that over two thirds of people (67 per cent) think that professional qualifications…

Book Review

Book review – The Art of Enough by Becky Hall

11th March 2022 by Lee Robertson

Why are we out of balance in so many areas of our lives? How can we find a way of…

Article

A third of employees only have performance conversations once a year

21st March 2022 by Lee Robertson

The Performance Management Report 2022 shows that people performance and development strategies are still out of kilter with the needs…

Article

Auditors warn against ‘organisational culture crisis’ in UK businesses

21st March 2022 by Lee Robertson

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) is urging boards to ‘get a grip’ on unhealthy corporate cultures in response…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The biggest benefits come from really deeply involving yourself”

21st March 2022 by Lee Robertson

Kerry Freeman has worked in human resources for over twenty years. After working as head of culture at RBS where…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I’d prioritise this coaching training over any other kind of professional qualification”

22nd February 2022 by Lee Robertson

Describing herself as a team builder and growth accelerator, Geraldine Butler-Wright is chief people and culture officer at Healthily and…

Article

Is a coaching approach the antidote to decision-making paralysis?

22nd February 2022 by Lee Robertson

Humans often struggle with decision-making when it comes to uncertain outcomes. Habitually, we will make familiar choices under time pressure…

Interview

In conversation with Bart Weetjens

22nd February 2022 by Lee Robertson

We had the special privilege of speaking to social change maker Bart Weetjens. Here he discusses his personal journey from…

News

AoEC adds Certificate in Personal Growth for Coaches to its coach training portfolio

7th February 2022 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC has revealed details of its new bespoke Personal Growth and Wellbeing - A Certificate in Personal Growth for…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “The positives are people, content, and format”

20th January 2022 by Lee Robertson

Neil Mackinnon came to executive coaching following a hugely successful career in the arts where he worked in tour management…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “Helped to develop my personal brand”

20th January 2022 by Lee Robertson

Tom Shaw is a qualified executive coach and masters-educated HR professional with over 25 years domestic and international experience across…

Article

Three resolutions every business leader should be making in 2022

19th January 2022 by Lee Robertson

As we enter 2022, there is still a high degree of uncertainty surrounding what the new year will bring. Covid-19…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “Just do it”

13th December 2021 by Lee Robertson

With a background in human resources, Alex Ong is head of organisational and staff development at Middlesex University. Completing his…

Interview

The Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “A transformative experience”

13th December 2021 by Lee Robertson

Caroline Beeston is a senior assessment/development consultant and accredited executive coach with a 20-year track record of helping companies solve…

Article

Survey finds one in four managers has never had management training

13th December 2021 by Lee Robertson

The leadership qualities of managers are crucial to how employees ultimately perform and engage with work, yet a recent poll…

Article

Report calls on industry to prioritise racial justice

13th December 2021 by Lee Robertson

Is coaching an inclusive and diverse industry? Can and should coaching contribute towards racial justice and equity? These are just…

News

AoEC announces new How to ‘be’ a Coach Supervisor: A Certificate in Executive Coaching Supervision

22nd November 2021 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC has announced the launch of its new three-day Certificate in Executive Coaching Supervision programme ‘How to ‘be a…

Interview

Resilience Accreditation Programme / “One of the timeliest decisions I have ever taken”

22nd November 2021 by Lee Robertson

Louise Schubert is an executive coach, mentor, facilitator, coach supervisor and a member of the Global Accreditation team for the…

Article

Mental health talk needs to translate into action and change

22nd November 2021 by Lee Robertson

With statistics like one in six adults experiencing some form of depression in summer 2021, we see that world events…

Article

Data shows covid has accelerated the shift to greater employee listening

22nd November 2021 by Lee Robertson

New research conducted by WorkBuzz shows that the covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to greater employee listening as employers…

Interview

Certificate in Climate Coaching / “I am not just prepared to participate in the status quo”

1st November 2021 by Lee Robertson

Johnny Parks is founder and director of TOWARD Ltd and Chief Strategy Officer at coaching platform Hoolr. Working with clients…

Article

“For us the destruction of the planet is personal”

1st November 2021 by Lee Robertson

When you think about climate change mental health might not be the first thing that springs to mind. Afterall the…

News

AoEC unveils climate coaching programme

1st November 2021 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is delighted to announce the introduction of its Coaching in the Climate Crisis – a Certificate in Climate…

News

AoEC shakes up coach training with gamified simulation offering

21st October 2021 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is pleased to announce the launch of a new innovative gamified simulation programme which will allow organisations of…

Article

Young workers are our future, but are businesses getting it right?

21st October 2021 by Lee Robertson

Back in November 2020 we reported that those aged 25 or under were most likely to be the hardest hit…

Article

John Leary Joyce to focus on Gestalt and Tango business launch

21st October 2021 by Lee Robertson

After launching the AoEC 22 years ago, company founder John Leary Joyce has unveiled his plans to create a new…

Interview

Team Coaching Fundamentals / “It’s a worthwhile investment in YOUR capability”

21st October 2021 by Lee Robertson

We spoke to Andy Duncan, head of Team Effectiveness at NatWest Group about his personal experience of the Team Coaching…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I can change people’s lives for the better”

16th September 2021 by Lee Robertson

Bruce Stewart has been engaged in launching and growing a wide variety of companies which enables him to provide strategic…

Article

Study suggests wellbeing classes don’t improve mental health at work

16th September 2021 by Lee Robertson

Recent analysis shared at a British Sociological Society conference last month suggests that classes for stress management, relaxation and mindfulness…

Article

Can technology help redefine skills development?

20th September 2021 by Lee Robertson

Technology was already being integrated into our ways of working before the pandemic struck, but what about our ways of…

Article

What is the purpose of coaching in the workplace?

23rd August 2021 by Lee Robertson

Executive coaching is widely recognised as an effective business tool, but we make no bones about it, the flexibility coaching…

Book Review

Book review – OPUS by Jude Jennison

1st September 2021 by Lee Robertson

Jude Jennison’s third book OPUS takes us into the realm of teams and team leadership and while there are many…

Article

Vanguard or Laggard: which one is your organisation?

23rd August 2021 by Lee Robertson

New global research indicates that the future workplace will be defined by a continuous state of flux. Wanting to know…

Article

World’s first international standards published on workplace mental health

23rd August 2021 by Lee Robertson

As we begin to come out of the other side of the Covid pandemic, there has never been a more…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I’ve become a better coach with more resources & techniques”

23rd August 2021 by Lee Robertson

Gabriela Narcue started her career with Reading College as head of modern languages before moving into a talent management role.…

Interview

In conversation with Jude Jennison: Coaching with horses

19th July 2021 by Lee Robertson

We had the honour of speaking with Jude Jennison who has just published her third excellent book Opus. Here she…

Article

Lionheart of a leader: Gareth Southgate

19th July 2021 by Lee Robertson

While the England Football team was winning the hearts and minds of fans all over the country in the run…

Article

How do I know if I need executive coaching?

19th July 2021 by Lee Robertson

Executive coaching is something by which all individuals can benefit from using at any stage in their career, but how…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I wanted my instinctive approach to be professionalised”

19th July 2021 by Lee Robertson

Stephen Tolfree completed the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with the AoEC in 2015. Working within the civil service alongside…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Certificate / “This process is growing me into the best version of myself”

18th June 2021 by Lee Robertson

For the past 15 years, Thuli Segalo has worked with prominent leaders both in business and government to optimise team…

Article

What will be hot in workplace learning in 2021?

18th June 2021 by Lee Robertson

How has the pandemic impacted learning and development professionals during the last year and how has it influenced their priorities…

Article

Thriving after Covid: why every organisation needs a chief empathy officer

18th June 2021 by Lee Robertson

In leadership and management, is showing empathy an ethical choice or a moral responsibility? Can taking a softer approach really…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / That was my A-HA moment – “this is what I want to do with the rest of my life”

18th June 2021 by Lee Robertson

A former entrepreneur and business leader, and now executive coach, Julian Saipe’s work encompasses leadership coaching and executive education, with…

Article

4 reasons why your coach training choice should be accredited

14th May 2021 by Lee Robertson

It is probably the thorniest issue facing the coaching profession and was recently cited as the second biggest obstacle to…

Article

Study reveals leaders lack critical skills

13th May 2021 by Lee Robertson

Data from DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2021 shows only 28 per cent of leaders are being developed in critical skills…

Article

A journey to the centre of you

13th May 2021 by Lee Robertson

What complicated puzzles us human beings are. We are probably the single most important subject that we have never learned…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I felt I had found ‘my people’”

13th May 2021 by Lee Robertson

Looking for a new direction in her professional life after 13 years as a stay-at-home mum, Marie Wright found coach…

Book Review

Book review – Purpose Ignited by Alise Cortez

30th April 2021 by Lee Robertson

Cortez comes with a strong pedigree as a management consultant developing leaders and organisations and host of her own ‘Working…

Article

Sending an SOS to CEOs everywhere

16th April 2021 by Lee Robertson

When Monzo founder and CEO Tom Blomfield announced his departure from the challenger bank in January owing to struggles with…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / “The Diploma was like having the best supervision you could ask for”

16th April 2021 by Lee Robertson

With over 20 years’ experience in executive career and performance coaching, Tony Bond specialises in career and performance interventions for…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I’m very fortunate to have answered the ‘what next’ question”

16th April 2021 by Lee Robertson

Iain Blatherwick came to executive coaching from a hugely successful background in law. As a partner with Browne Jacobson, Iain…

Article

Are you brave enough to question the status quo?

22nd March 2021 by Lee Robertson

A year on from the first lockdown, the coronavirus pandemic has exposed deficiencies in the 20th century vision of leadership.…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / “If you don’t feel stretched and uncomfortable it’s not real learning!”

19th March 2021 by Lee Robertson

Anne Stenbom is a global executive coach and intercultural specialist. With expertise in developing leaders and their people in international…

Interview

In conversation with Liz Hall, Coaching at Work

19th March 2021 by Lee Robertson

We had the pleasure of speaking to Liz Hall, editor of industry bible Coaching at Work. Here she talks about…

Article

AoEC launches new certificate in team coaching

15th March 2021 by Lee Robertson

Experienced coaches, team leaders and people management professionals are now able to enrol on the new ICF-accredited Team Coaching Fundamentals…

Article

A word on learning

22nd February 2021 by Lee Robertson

As we face the toughest job market in a generation, how can changing our approach to learning help minimise the…

Interview

“There are precious insights to be gained”

22nd February 2021 by Lee Robertson

For more than 25 years Talita Ferreira has led and inspired either finance or “people”/HR teams, helping to transform team…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “I got goosebumps. That was it.”

22nd February 2021 by Lee Robertson

Jennifer Herren is a Swiss/Spanish expat living in London. Coming from a background in international B2B sales, Jennifer now runs…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “Probably the best investment I’ve made in my career”

18th January 2021 by Lee Robertson

Hailing from a background in executive support and marketing, Edinburgh-based Lisa Paris completed the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with…

Interview

Resilience Accreditation Programme / “I have totally rebooted myself”

18th January 2021 by Lee Robertson

Having over 11 years of experience as a managing consultant across all industries, and specifically the automotive industry, Cheshire-based Diane…

Article

Mind the (trust) gap

18th January 2021 by Lee Robertson

A new survey from Catalyst has found that fewer than half of European employees feel they are trusted at work.

Article

Three questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about training as a coach

18th January 2021 by Lee Robertson

Coronavirus has made us question who we are, how we live and why we go to work. If you are…

Article

Lessons from Covid-19 for the future of management

14th December 2020 by Lee Robertson

While the global coronavirus pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on modern business, what has become evident is the difference good…

Article

ICF announces team coaching competencies

14th December 2020 by Lee Robertson

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has announced its team coaching competencies as it recognises the growing need for team coaching…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “This is the start of the most amazing journey”

14th December 2020 by Lee Robertson

Penina Wieder has graduated from several of the AoEC’s coaching programmes, most recently the Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching.…

Book Review

Two good reads for your Christmas list

11th December 2020 by Lee Robertson

If you are looking for Christmas present suggestions for yourself or to fill the stocking of a loved one but…

Book Review

Book review – The Resilience Dynamic® by Jenny Campbell

24th November 2020 by Lee Robertson

The Resilience Dynamic is Jenny Campbell’s first foray into the world of print, and it does not disappoint. She has…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “There has never been a greater need for coaching”

2nd November 2020 by Lee Robertson

We had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing Mark Mulligan who completed the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with the…

Article

‘Generation covid’ needs a different legacy

2nd November 2020 by Lee Robertson

International Stress Awareness Week has never been more important as we continue to face the disruption and challenges Covid-19 has…

Article

Survey shows workplace resilience increases with experience of Covid-19

2nd November 2020 by Lee Robertson

The Global Workplace Study 2020 has found that only 17 per cent of workers worldwide are classed as highly resilient…

Article

The Management Shift Accreditation Programme for Coaches now open for enrolment

9th October 2020 by Lee Robertson

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) is pleased to announce the addition of the Management Shift Accreditation Programme for Coaches…

Article

Covid survey exposes the human side of leadership

5th October 2020 by Lee Robertson

New research from LinkedIn provides a candid insight into how senior leaders have fared during the global pandemic with more…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “Growing as a coach is a life-long development process”

28th September 2020 by Lee Robertson

John Lockett comes to coaching from a background in financial services, food retail and leadership development and assessment. Here he…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “I learnt to coach with love and compassion as well as intellect and skill”

11th September 2020 by Lee Robertson

Priya Farish comes from a background in senior HR and talent management positions with companies including Costa Coffee. Graduating from…

Interview

In conversation with Professor Vlatka Hlupic, The Management Shift Consulting Ltd

11th September 2020 by Lee Robertson

We had the pleasure recently of interviewing our honorary professor Professor Vlatka Hlupic. As one of the world's top 11…

Article

Talent and purpose top priority list for CEOs in wake of Covid-19 pandemic

11th September 2020 by Lee Robertson

The KPMG 2020 CEO Outlook Covid-19 Special Edition pulse survey reports that senior leaders consider hiring and retaining talent to…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “One of the best leadership development programmes I’ve experienced”

11th September 2020 by Lee Robertson

Mary Morgan is director: strategy, performance and service transformation at NHS National Services Scotland. With past roles in nursing and…

Article

Why businesses with happy employees thrive

25th August 2020 by Lee Robertson

When businesses closed their offices and switched to remote working in March, little did they know they would be opening…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “It literally changed my life”

25th August 2020 by Lee Robertson

Coming from a background in management consultancy, Trassa Meegan provided coaching and coach training in-house with Boston Consulting Group (BCG)…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “My ‘Why’ is making a difference to individuals’ personal growth & development”

25th August 2020 by Lee Robertson

Suzanne Pullen came to coaching from a background in senior leadership and people management positions. Graduating from the AoEC’s Practitioner…

Article

Can leadership development pass the covid-19 test?

20th July 2020 by Lee Robertson

One of the best ways to better company performance is to improve the impact of an organisation’s leaders and managers,…

Article

What every team leader can learn from Jurgen Klopp's leadership style

20th July 2020 by Lee Robertson

The architect of Liverpool Football Club’s rise to the pinnacle of professional English football after a 30-year wait, Jurgen Klopp’s…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / "Coaching becomes both an applied skill and simply who you are"

20th July 2020 by Lee Robertson

Sian Ferguson has a rich background of working as a people professional with organisations including Nationwide and the SHL Group.…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “An incredible journey of personal discovery & professional learning”

20th July 2020 by Lee Robertson

Peta Simey graduated from the AoEC's Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching in 2019. We caught up with her to find…

Article

Why learning strategies must play to our human strengths

22nd June 2020 by Lee Robertson

Events of the last few months have seen the ‘future of work’ arrive sooner than expected and along with it,…

Interview

In conversation with Katherine Tulpa, Association for Coaching

22nd June 2020 by Lee Robertson

We caught up with Katherine Tulpa, CEO of the Association for Coaching to get a sneak preview of what is…

Article

What virtual working means for teams

22nd June 2020 by Lee Robertson

Is remote working having any impact on the effectiveness of our teams and what challenges does virtual working mean for…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / “More impactful than all the learning experiences I’d done”

22nd June 2020 by Lee Robertson

Cécile Guinnebault is a graduate of the AoEC’s Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching. Based in Paris, she runs her…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / "The rewards come from the client"

22nd June 2020 by Lee Robertson

Sam Redman completed the AoEC’s Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching before going on to set up her own coaching practice…

Article

Now is time to prioritise mental health in the workplace

18th May 2020 by Lee Robertson

There has undeniably been an amazing show of employers caring for their employees’ physical wellbeing since lockdown began, but we…

Article

Why psychological safety is the key to successful teamwork

18th May 2020 by Lee Robertson

We talk a lot about the demise of hero leaders and rise of team-based leadership, but how healthy is the…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / "Everyone needs a coach, especially coaches!"

18th May 2020 by Lee Robertson

Leon Taylor combines mentoring and high-performance experience with a passion for mental wellness to deliver sustainable high-performance built on long-term…

Article

How to rebuild confidence around the coronavirus crisis

21st April 2020 by Lee Robertson

The coronavirus crisis is bringing a lot of changes quickly and is accelerating many of the trends associated with the…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / "Pushed me to be braver in my coaching styles"

21st April 2020 by Lee Robertson

Robin Chu is the CEO and Founder of CoachBright, a national social enterprise, and an executive coach. Using coaching, his…

Book Review

Book review – Mentor Coaching by Clare Norman

14th April 2020 by Lee Robertson

Written for coaches by a coach, Clare Norman’s Mentor Coaching is a great addition to your book collection.

Article

Coronavirus – a litmus test for leadership

17th April 2020 by Lee Robertson

In a time of unprecedented uncertainty as world leaders deal with the intricacy of how to best manage the situation…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / “Coaching has helped me tap into who I am”

24th March 2020 by Lee Robertson

Prior to setting up her own practice the Lucidity Coach in Dubai at the start of 2020, Lucy Russell spent…

Article

The faulty towers of leadership

2nd March 2020 by Lee Robertson

What does decision making for the future of business look like? Who will be calling the shots and what, if…

Article

Professor Vlatka Hlupic appointed Honorary President at the AoEC

5th March 2020 by Lee Robertson

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Vlatka Hlupic to the role of…

Article

Top reasons why Brits go to work

27th February 2020 by Lee Robertson

New research has found that workplace culture is of high importance to 83 per cent of working adults living in…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / “The most practical training I have done”

17th February 2020 by Lee Robertson

Steliana van de Rijt-Economu is based in the Netherlands and runs Mothers as Leaders and Ithaca Coaching as a source…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / "Authenticity has been key for my journey"

17th February 2020 by Lee Robertson

Kate Hunter describes herself as a mother, recovering perfectionist, former teacher and corporate high achiever turned executive coach. Having graduated…

Article

AoEC Singapore opens for Business

1st January 1970 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is pleased to announce that it is now operational with a hub opening in Singapore. Offering professional coach…

Article

Workplace learning priorities for 2020

21st January 2020 by Lee Robertson

If you are already using AI or looking to move to automation sooner rather than later, just how prepared is…

Interview

Resilience Accreditation Programme / Resilience is a key enabler for sustainability

21st January 2020 by Lee Robertson

Istanbul-based Buyce Tarhan is a facilitator, coach and consultant with over 20 years’ experience working in the organisational, leadership, management…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / "It will benefit you in all parts of your life"

21st January 2020 by Lee Robertson

Photo credit: Michaela Simpson We caught up with AoEC Scotland alumnus Jimmy Paul and asked him about his time on…

Book Review

Book review – The Journey Inside

13th January 2020 by Lee Robertson

The Journey Inside aims to take your coaching prowess to a more powerful level by exploring themes around the human…

Article

Why we need to reinvent our *accidental managers

17th December 2019 by Lee Robertson

Accidental managers are having a profound effect on the UK’s economy according to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). With four…

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / "Becoming a coach has fundamentally changed the way I manage"

17th December 2019 by Lee Robertson

Jenny Challenger graduated from the 20th Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching earlier this year. Working at eg+ worldwide as…

Article

Do you need to rethink your performance management?

25th November 2019 by Lee Robertson

How do you use and monitor performance management within your organisation? Are your managers accountable for their team’s performance? Do…

Interview

“A fascinating experience”: Nancy Spreckley on the AoEC’s Practitioner Diploma

17th December 2019 by Lee Robertson

Nancy Spreckley has over 25 years senior management experience and completed the Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching with AoEC Scotland.…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / "In order to coach I needed to have credibility"

25th November 2019 by Lee Robertson

Peter Waggott has very kindly shared his experience of training with the AoEC having completed the Practitioner Diploma in Executive…

Article

Is burnout the next crisis facing the workplace?

25th November 2019 by Lee Robertson

Are we doing enough to look after our employees?

Article

Is your organisation a talent magnet?

24th October 2019 by Lee Robertson

Workplace culture and employee experience go together, but do you understand the powerful relationship between the two?

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / A great place of learning for me: Gary Buxton on coach training with the AoEC

24th October 2019 by Lee Robertson

Gary Buxton MBE, studied the AoEC's Practitioner Diploma Programme and is a Manchester-based executive and leadership coach and facilitator who…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / The AoEC has upgraded my approach - Annette Kledal on team coaching

24th October 2019 by Lee Robertson

Annette Kledal is a PCC ICF-accredited coach based in Denmark and is the founding partner at Expand.nu. She studied the…

Article

Are managers in danger of extinction?

11th October 2019 by Lee Robertson

A recent survey published by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has uncovered an alarming level of dissatisfaction amongst managers and a…

Article

Why a coaching culture brings out the best in teams

25th September 2019 by Lee Robertson

Bringing coaching into an organisation can not only transform your talent management strategy, but if scaled to cover your team…

Interview

This is a long-term vision we are building

25th September 2019 by Lee Robertson

We met the very inspirational coach Aga Kehinde at the recent Coaching at Work Conference. Here she gives a candid…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / They get freedom and so do I: Elise Finn on training with the AoEC

25th September 2019 by Lee Robertson

Elise Finn has spent 30 years in some of the most challenging work environments creating and leading transformational growth initiatives.…

Article

From Brexit to beyond – why organisations need resilience

10th September 2019 by Lee Robertson

We’re on the brink of recession. Robots are going to steal our jobs. There’s a global skills shortage and Brexit…

Interview

The big issue is almost always trust: Philip Atkinson on team coaching

27th August 2019 by Lee Robertson

Philip Atkinson has over 25 years’ experience in develping high-performing teams at Sanofi, Novartis and Roche. He recently completed the…

Interview

"Imagine what kind of workplaces we’re creating for the future": Q&A with Charlie Stainforth

27th August 2019 by Lee Robertson

Charlie Stainforth graduated from the AoEC’s Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching this year. We asked him about his experience of…

Interview

In conversation with Marva Sadler, WBECS

27th August 2019 by Lee Robertson

Part three of our “In Conversation With…” interview series features Marva Sadler, CEO of WBECS. The full WBECS Summit is…

Article

6 benefits of effective communication

19th August 2019 by Lee Robertson

Strong interpersonal skills are highly sought after when recruiting, but just how good is the communication between managers, team members…

Article

Is coaching your passport to an agile future?

27th August 2019 by Lee Robertson

As pressures mount on businesses to become leaner and quicker to adapt to change, what new competencies do business leaders…

Article

What do students want from employers?

1st August 2019 by Lee Robertson

As a fresh influx of university graduates prepare to enter the job market, student marketing agency Hype Collective and the…

Article

Why coaching skills for managers are a gamechanger

24th July 2019 by Lee Robertson

According to Harmonic’s 2018 Future of Global Work survey, the third most significant people challenge facing organisations right now is…

Interview

An insight into high-level sports coaching - Q&A with Greg Baker

24th July 2019 by Lee Robertson

We are very honoured to have been given the chance to speak with the very inspirational Greg Baker who is…

Article

Why the sense of belonging is crucial to teamwork

18th July 2019 by Lee Robertson

We’ve all been there, asking ourselves ‘Do I belong here?’. Whether it is first day nerves from starting with a…

Article

What does a positive workplace look like at the top?

1st July 2019 by Lee Robertson

What do a retirement home building firm, life insurance provider, construction company, pub and restaurant operator, internet hosting company, marketing…

Book Review

Book review – From Mercenaries to Missionaries by Martin Murphy

25th June 2019 by Lee Robertson

This is the latest publication from Martin Murphy who is an international coach and trainer specialising in leadership, teamwork and…

Article

Supporting young professionals to succeed

24th July 2019 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is delighted to announce that it will be collaborating with Circl.org which provides a unique leadership experience to…

Article

Five effective ways to re-engage disengaged workers

20th June 2019 by Lee Robertson

When an employee starts to feel disconnected from the brand they work for they can behave much like a disgruntled…

Article

What’s keeping your CEO awake at night?

25th June 2019 by Lee Robertson

What business challenges keep the average CEO awake at night? And what, if anything might these issues mean for HR…

Article

What is self-awareness and why does it matter?

10th June 2019 by Lee Robertson

You’ll hear a lot about self-awareness within the context of executive coaching, but what does it mean, why does it…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / Adventures in systemic team coaching

25th June 2019 by Lee Robertson

Trevor Comyn works as director of learning, knowledge, learning and development at legal firm Mills & Reeve. We caught up…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / Interview with Justin Leigh

21st May 2019 by Lee Robertson

We caught up with Justin to ask him more about his move into the world of executive coaching. Justin studied…

Interview

In conversation with Peter Duffell, EMCC UK

21st May 2019 by Lee Robertson

Part two of our new quarterly series “In Conversation With…” features Peter Duffell, board member for governance with EMCC UK.…

Article

Five reasons why organisations need to unlock the power of teamwork

21st May 2019 by Lee Robertson

As the command and control leadership concept continues its fall from favour, we consider some of the key reasons why…

Interview

Systemic Team Coaching® Diploma / Interview with Sue Coyne

29th April 2019 by Lee Robertson

Sue Coyne is an executive coach and specialises in leadership coaching and development. As a graduate of the AoEC’s Advanced…

Article

Why coaching skills are the new currency for the workplace

29th April 2019 by Lee Robertson

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived and as more organisations adopt automation, cognitive technologies and AI, the workplace is transforming…

Interview

Practitioner Diploma / Interview with Claire Singers

27th March 2019 by Lee Robertson

Claire Singers is an executive coach, consultant and public speaker on diversity issues. As a graduate of the AoEC’s Practitioner…

Article

Six reasons why coaches work with today’s teams

27th March 2019 by Lee Robertson

Where team building exercises and away-days have historically been popular for team development, the results are seldom long-lasting or profound.…

Article

Nailing change management by using coaching

27th March 2019 by Lee Robertson

Mergers and acquisitions, global expansion, political influences such as Brexit, a change of leadership or the roll out of new…

Article

Five misconceptions about executive coaching

18th March 2019 by Lee Robertson

While executive coaching has grown in its recognition as being an effective development tool for personal and professional development, there…

Article

Celebrating International Women's Day 2019

8th March 2019 by Lee Robertson

The AoEC is proud to celebrate International Women's Day 2019. We asked some of our very own senior female leaders…

Article

Sisters are doing it for themselves

26th February 2019 by Lee Robertson

With International Women’s Day just around the corner on Friday 8th March, it’s a little dismaying to see analysis published…

Article

What’s next for team coaching?

26th February 2019 by Lee Robertson

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

Interview

In conversation with Sarah Gornall, UK ICF

26th February 2019 by Lee Robertson

A new feature for 2019, our first 'In Conversation With' article catches up with Sarah Gornall, president of the UK…

Article

How could executive coaching create positive change in your business?

20th February 2019 by Lee Robertson

Utilising an executive coach’s services has become common with research showing 76% of organisations expect to increase their use*. Organisations…

Article

The five hottest coaching skills you need to master

14th February 2019 by Lee Robertson

One of the most important attributes of being a good coach is that they want to help the coachee to…

Article

Why an internal mobility strategy makes good business sense

6th February 2019 by Lee Robertson

An ultra-competitive labour market and skills shortage are leading to organisations taking longer to recruit with some reports of businesses…

Article

Mental health – why we need to break the culture of silence

24th January 2019 by Lee Robertson

Mental health is an issue organisations can no longer afford to ignore.

Interview

Advanced Practitioner Diploma / Interview with a master certified coach

21st January 2019 by Lee Robertson

Iona Ledwidge, executive director of Spear and AoEC graduate, is the youngest ICF-accredited Master Coach in the UK and one…

Article

Why team resilience is a workplace priority

21st January 2019 by Lee Robertson

Resilience has been something of a buzzword in recent months. Thinking back to late last year, for a period there…

Article

Three workplace trends to look out for in 2019

21st January 2019 by Lee Robertson

In 2018 we grappled with issues such as the lack soft skills, being able to trust big name businesses with…

Article

New year, new you?

17th December 2018 by Lee Robertson

The prospect of becoming self-employed, changing careers or upskilling can be daunting especially against the uncertainty Brexit brings. The days…

Article

Graduate unemployment down, but employability skills still need work

14th November 2018 by Lee Robertson

The graduate unemployment rate may be at its lowest level in 39 years (source: ISE), but there is still an…