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Where is the psychology in coaching?

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Time: 5.00pm - 7.45pm
Venue: Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free

Where is the psychology in coaching?

This is the first event for the 2015/16 Kingston Business School's Occupational and Business Psychology MSc 'Engaging with the Profession' series. This quarterly networking and discussion series will seek to address key issues in our profession and provide a vital opportunity for discussion, development and networking to students and practitioners alike.

This event will explore the role and importance of psychology processes and practices within coaching. The evening will involve a panel discussion with questions taken from the audience. The evening will end with drinks and canapés.

Event speakers

  • Nancy Doyle (CPsychol, AFBPsS), Director and Founding Partner at Genius Within Ltd.
  • David Webster (MBA, CPsychol), Managing Director, Centre for Teams
  • James Brook, Joint Managing Director, Strengths Partnership


  • 6.00pm – Networking, tea and coffee
  • 6.30pm – Welcome by Dr Joanna Yarker
  • 6.45pm – Panel discussion and Q&A
  • 8.00pm – Networking, drinks and canapés

Speaker biographies

Nancy Doyle (CPsychol, AFBPsS)

Nancy Doyle is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and the MD of Genius Within CIC, a social enterprise providing specialist coaching support for adults with neuro differences in work, in custody and in the community. Nancy is also a part-time PhD candidate at City University research the impact of coaching as a disability adjustment for dyslexia. Nancy has been a coach since 2003 as is a loyal member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology, and co-convenor of the Neuro diversity in employment working group for the Division of Occupational Psychology.

David Webster (MBA, CPsychol)

I am a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with a fascination for teams. I have been coaching senior leaders and their teams, and training and supervising coaches since 1997.

I established Centre for Teams, an independent coaching psychology practice in 2003 where together with a small network of experienced coaches and psychologists we work with large-scale national and international organisations in the public and private sectors. Our purpose is to create with our clients, a sea change in sustainable team performance, engagement and well-being in what we see as a new reality forteams in a modern connected world. Core to our approach is the creation of an action learning rhythm for teams in order that they can continue to create and sustain high performance in themselves and those they lead.

In the 1990s, together with Myles Downey (as Managing Director 1999–2003) I helped establish the School of Coaching, which was then perhaps the leading coach development organisation in Europe. I was also a board member of the then newly re-founded EMCC when coaching standards were being established. I was on the NHS Register of Coaches serving CEOs, Board and Functional Directors for eight years, and an Associate for several years for the Center for Creative Leadership, the global leadership development organisation.

James Brook (MBA, FCIPD)

James is co-founder and director of Strengths Partnership Ltd, a specialist provider of strengths-focused assessment and training services.

An accomplished executive coach, facilitator, consultant and speaker, he has over 15 years experience developing high performing leaders, teams and organisations through helping people optimise their distinctive strengths and competencies.

James has strong international experience and has run consulting, training and coaching projects for a variety of organisations including Allen and Overy, CareerBuilder, Foster Wheeler, ING Direct, Kellogg's, Brown and Root, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Tesco, Shell and Yahoo!

James has a Masters Degree in Industrial & Organisational Psychology and an MBA from the University of Maryland in the U.S.A., as well as an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), and is also a member of the Association of Business Psychologists.


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Contact: Taslim Tharani


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