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Coaching


We can all benefit from time to reflect on our current roles and responsibilities and consider our future direction, career path and what we need to do for our own personal development and fulfilment.

As part of our commitment to you, we are able to offer one-to-one coaching support to colleagues. Coaching can be of particular benefit to those who have undergone organisational change; are new to our University or a role; or simply want to maximise performance. Our University has a network of internal workplace coaches who are able to offer coaching as a facilitative process.

Here you can find out more about coaching, how you might benefit from coaching and the process involved.

Interested? Please email the People and OD Team on POD@leedsbeckett.ac.uk to express your interest in coaching and for more information.

Plus Icon What is Coaching?

Coaching enables colleagues to develop their thinking and expertise in order to enhance their performance. Our internally-trained pool of coaches draw on a range of methods and techniques to support colleagues in exploring practical ways to develop their performance beyond its current position. Coaching is non-directive and the coach will ask relevant questions to help you find your own solutions, rather than providing you with the answers.

It is a partnership in which both parties are committed to your advancement. It is important that you feel comfortable in this relationship and that a high level of trust is established. The coaching process is all about asking questions, to help challenge perceptions and belief systems, at work and in life, and to enable different ways forward to achieve a goal.

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The coaching focuses on topics and challenges chosen by you that have an impact on your ability to fulfil your role and responsibilities effectively. Your coach will guide and focus you, offering stimulation and challenge and, perhaps most importantly, high expectations. Coaching gives you an ideal opportunity to reflect, raise self-awareness and set your own direction. As the focus of coaching is enhanced performance there are also benefits for the wider organisation.

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After expressing interest, we will send you a ‘coaching contract’ document, which asks you for some objectives for the coaching. There will then be a matchmaking process whereby you will be offered a coach from a different faculty or service from your own, taking into account any potential conflict of interest. You might also be matched with a coach from the NHS or Leeds City Council, who we have a coaching partnership with.

Typical coaching relationships last for four to six sessions over four to six months, though sometimes one session with a coach is sufficient, particularly before a job application or interview.

Following your sessions you will be asked to revisit your coaching contract in order to evaluate the process. This evaluation process is crucial, giving you a chance to fully reflect and evaluate the impact the coaching has had. You will be asked for your feedback straight after your coaching ends and again after a three-month period to assess the transfer of learning into the workplace and how any changes have been embedded and to identify any further development needs you may have.

Please refer to the Coaching Process for details of the full process.

Plus Icon Career Coaching

Do you know that our University offers colleagues access to career coaching? Any member of staff can request a career coach, which can be of particular benefit to those of you who have undergone or are about to undergo a process of organisational change; or you simply want to work out where to go next in your career! We have both internal coaches, and coaches from Leeds City Council and Leeds NHS Trusts, all of whom have undergone ten months of intense training to equip them with the skills to coach effectively.

Our coaching is non-directive, so your coach won't tell you what to do, but will act as a sounding board and ask you some useful questions to encourage you to think about things in a different way. You will define the agenda for your coaching.

All we ask is that you set some coaching goals prior to your coaching, which clarifies what you hope to get out of it, and re-visit these after your coaching has finished to evaluate the impact of the coaching.

For further information please contact us at POD@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Meet some of our Coaches

Kathy Ashton
Kathy Ashton Arrow Right

Head of Organisational Development

I have worked in the field of learning and organisational development in three different sectors for the past 17 years. I have been coaching since 2004, have 2 coaching qualifications and also deliver coaching supervision across the Leed city-wide coaching network, which I chair.

I have coached in many sectors and love to support people with both 1-1 and team coaching. It is brilliant to observe people grow and find their own solutions. The approach also supports my day job perfectly!


Dr Faye Didymus
Dr Faye Didymus Arrow Right

Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology

I qualified as a workplace coach in 2014 and have been coaching at Leeds Beckett University since then. My first degree was in sport and exercise science and I then went on to study sport and exercise psychology at doctoral level.

Qualifying as a workplace coach was a natural progression and the role complements my day to day work as a senior lecturer and as an applied practitioner. Coaching is one of the most fulfilling aspects of my role and it is a pleasure to watch coachees develop in the time that we have together.

Dr Divine Charura
Dr Divine Charura Arrow Right

Course Director

As a Chartered Psychologist, psychotherapist and coach, I have an interest and experience in facilitating the exploration of individuals' motivations, skills, levels of performance and self understanding.  An important aspect of my approach to coaching is my commitment in helping individuals to become more self-aware, and to challenge thought processes which limit them and get in the way of them working efficiently or successfully towards their desired goals and change.

Over the last 14 years I have worked in different settings and have acquired various qualifications, all of which have been useful in understanding psychological development and patterns of relating to self and others.  Whether I am working with an individual or a group, it is always fulfilling to witness the break through and change which emerge from coaching.


Katie Cliff
Katie Cliff Arrow Right

Employer Engagement Consultant

I have a background in HR and more specifically have developed my specialism in recruitment and development.  This is driven by my passion for supporting individuals to grow, develop and fulfil their potential.  I have worked across a range of different sectors including not-for-profit, manufacturing, retail and professional services.  Here at Leeds Beckett, I work as part of our Employer Engagement Team, connecting our student and graduate talent with employers and supporting them as they progress their own career journeys.

I am an ILM qualified coach and have previously managed a team of internal coaches.  The coaching programme here at Leeds Beckett is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to be the best that they can be, and to do so in a supportive environment. 


Pam Flynn
Pam Flynn Arrow Right

Head of HR Strategy & Policy

I have worked in the HE sector for 19 years, mainly in senior HR roles, but also with some time as a senior manager in a university faculty, which gave me a great perspective of wider university practice!

I qualified as a coach 8 years ago and have been coaching ever since, working with colleagues across our city-wide network. Coaching is such a positive and powerful technique and I really enjoy using it to work with others, enabling them to find solutions and a way forward with things that they are finding a struggle.


Jason King
Jason King Arrow Right

Lead Principal Learning Officer

I have been involved in outdoor leadership and leadership development for the past 16 years. I have been a coach since 2014, involved in both 1-1 and team coaching and development.

I have a masters in leadership and management and a coaching qualification. I currently primarily provide coaching in personal and career development.


Mary Strode
Mary Strode Arrow Right

Principal Consultant

I qualified as a coach in May 2013 and have been regularly coaching since, in schools and with health and local authority staff.  In my role and working with school leaders, I’m fortunate to be able to utilise coaching on so many levels.  I also deliver training to organisations on embedding a coaching culture and on enabling staff to utilise coaching effectively within their role.

I love to coach and see this as a privilege.  Trust and ownership are crucial to coaching and it is tremendously rewarding to be part of a process that enables and empowers others to become more self-aware and efficacious.  A key value of mine is learning, development and growth and I regularly attend coaching-led training and network events including supervision to reflect and further develop my own coaching knowledge and skills.

Claire Aydogan
Claire Aydogan Arrow Right

Head of Student and Graduate Futures

There are two things that have happened over and over again in my life. One is that people have asked me and trusted me to help them with their direction (with positive results). And secondly I love doing it! Who said "It should be no surprise that we become good at the things we enjoy doing!"?

I came across coaching in 2008 and it changed my life, in 2010 I qualified as a coach and then set up a coaching business working within public and private sector organisations. My career has been in management, leadership and people development and I have had the pleasure of coaching people across all levels in a workplace. There is nothing quite like those light bulb moments…


Teresa Brayshaw
Teresa Brayshaw Arrow Right

Principal Lecturer

I’ve worked in Higher Education and Performing Arts for the last 3O years. I’m a teacher, a theatre practitioner, a researcher and I qualified as an ILM coach in 2014. I am also a fully certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and offer group Awareness through Movement classes and 1-1 Functional Integration.

Essentially, across all the work I do, I’m interested in raising awareness about making choices and activating change through developing creative environments and practices in which people can learn to explore their innate potential and become healthier and happier as a result. My own experience of working with a coach gave me the time, space and opportunity to make some important realisations and decisions which continue to serve me really well.


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