Association for Coaching undergoes management shake-up

The Association for Coaching (AfC) is undergoing a management shake-up as it seeks to become a more global organisation.

Katherine Tulpa, who has chaired the AfC for many years, will head the organisation’s global board, with Gladeana McMahon, one of UK coaching’s highest-profile figures, taking the AfC’s UK chair.

The AfC has a presence in 40 countries but the bulk of its circa 2,000 membership is in the UK and Ireland. It has also formed a global advisory board featuring some of the most prominent names in UK coaching, including Sir John Whitmore, professor Stephen Palmer and Carol Wilson.

At local level, the AfC will be managed by a country-level council, which will be supported by an advisory panel. The aim, it said, is to operate with a “local-global” governance model.

Meanwhile, the AfC has announced that its fourth bi-annual international conference will be held in London on 11 and 12 March 2010. Among the keynote speakers will be Julio Olalla, a transformational coaching specialist, who will talk about the difference between a “good life” and a “better life”.

University of Pretoria professor Dr Reuven Bar-On will give a keynote speech on emotional intelligence. For more details go to

Last month, the AfC released details of a survey of its membership and that of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council and the International Coach Federation.

Some 70% of the 626 respondents said their business had either grown or stayed stable during the slump and that the most common request from clients was for discussions around career transition and managing through a recession.

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