Member’s Profiles

Catrin MacDonall

An entrepreneur at heart, Catrin enjoys questioning the status quo and encouraging others to see things from a different perspective.  She uses her study of resilience and positive psychology in her coaching as well as bringing a creative, innovative approach. She has worked with business start ups and fast growth companies with their founders and CEOs, listening with fascination about their journeys. More recently her work has been with larger organisations both private and public sector, supporting senior managers who appreciate space to explore different ways of thinking and working especially where better communication and more commercial awareness is needed.. She delivers masterclasses for Academi Wales, the Welsh Government’s training provider for all public sector managers and leaders as well as management and resilience training for private businesses and charities. 
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The majority of Geoff’s career has been in human resources in large corporate organisations operating across the full range of H.R. disciplines. He developed a deep interest in people development and on leaving corporate life worked as an independent consultant specialising in coaching and counselling. He has now retired but maintains his interest in coaching through the Critical Coaching Group (CCG) and the occasional pro bono coaching session mainly in the field of career counselling.

He appreciates the intellectual stimulus the CCG meetings provide and enjoys the open, honest way members discuss and probe the topics raised.

Dr Christine Eastman

Dr Christine Eastman is currently a senior lecturer at Middlesex University’s School of Business. Prior to this, she worked as the Director of Applied Professional Practice and as a literature lecturer with a special interest in nineteenth-century American literature at the University of Kent, both on the Canterbury and Medway campuses. She has over thirty years’ experience in education which include developing and running the Applied Professional Practice programme at the University of Kent, facilitating a comprehensive study skills programme at the University of Sussex, offering literature classes for the WEA in East Sussex and for MIND in London. More recently she has worked with corporate client groups from the Halifax plc, Nationwide US, SAP, Sonymobile, and ToshibaTEC.

She has been an adviser on the Doctorate in Professional Studies as well as conducted workshops on writing and criticality for doctoral students. For the past three years Christine has been a programme leader for the MSc Professional Practice in Leading Sales Transformation and for the Nationwide Coaching MA.

She holds a post-graduate coaching certificate from Nottingham University and has a book on coaching Coaching for Professional Development: using literature to support success coming out with Routledge in June 2018. Her current book Improving Workplace Learning by Teaching Literature(Springer, 2016) details how she endeavours to support professional practice students, both at postgraduate and doctoral level, to express themselves in a personal way with verve and vigour

Daniel Doherty   

1147 UofE Business School

Dr Daniel Doherty has 30 years experience of strategy consulting and executive coaching to blue chip corporations across a wide diversity of countries and cultures. He has a powerful track record in innovating strategy and people development processes designed to ensure the human side of organisation is aligned with business purpose. He has travelled widely across Asia Pacific for a variety of major strategy assignments; and lived and worked in South Africa between 1993-1998, working at executive team level with a variety of corporates as well as with the transitional government.He has worked in Higher Education settings for the past twelve years, both as an educator, module leader and as programme director. At the University of Bristol he was Programme Director for the MSc in Strategic Management 2008 – 2011, and also taught at Exeter Business School, where he won student-based awards for innovative teaching practice; while at Middlesex University in 2017 he was awarded the student-led prize for ‘outstanding feedback’ across the whole university.

A practicing and EMCC qualified Master level coach, he is also a Fellow of the CIPD.  For the past twelve years he has founded and then led the acclaimed Critical Coaching Group (CCG), and until December 2012 was Research and Ethics Director for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council UK.Over the past thirty five years his coaching practice has been wide and various, often aligned run support of major strategic interventions at high levels in the organisation.  Most recently he has worked with clients in financial services; in building design practice in Dubai; In Higher Education at the highest level in UK; in central government at executive level; in sports coaching and management; and most recently working with Judy Ravenscroft and Louise Hardy of the CRG on a Leadership Programme for junior hospital doctors.

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Jen Gash, Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and coaching creativity facilitator

Jen Gash is a minimalist coach and artist

Professor Bob Garvey

Bob Garvey is obsessed with coaching and mentoring in all their forms. He is an experienced coach/mentor working with, for example, musicians, HR Managers, small business owners, young people, academics and executives.

Bob has great experience in a whole range of different types of organisations. These include large and small businesses, the public and private sector, voluntary organisation and NGOs. He has worked in many different industries including financial services, manufacturing, scientific, creative arts, education and health. Bob subscribes to the ‘repertoire’ approach to mentoring and coaching.  He is in demand internationally as a keynote conference speaker.

Bob has a PhD from the University of Durham in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has published many books and papers on the practice of coaching and mentoring. He is a founding member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and Honorary President of Coaching York. In 2014, the EMCC presented him with the Mentor award for services to mentoring and also in 2014, he received a life time achievement award for contributions to mentoring. 

Keri Phillips

has enjoyed exploring and writing about organisational dynamics and relationships for several decades. Recently he has had a particular interest in the rapidly evolving roles of the coach and coaching supervisor as agents of organisational change. As part of this he has examined feelings such as betrayal, anger, vulnerability and envy. His early background in training as a transactional analyst proved invaluable. 

Monika Kostera

is Professor Ordinaria and Chair of Management at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and Linnaeus University, Sweden. She holds two titular professorships awarded by the republic of Poland: in economics and the humanities. She has also been professor and chair at Durham University, UK. She has authored and edited over 40 books in Polish and English, including her last book, Management in a Liquid Modern World with Zygmunt Bauman, Irena Bauman and Jerzy Kociatkiewicz (Polity), as well as and a number of articles published in journals including Organization Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and  British Journal of Management. Her current research interests include organizational imagination, disalienated work, ethnography and critical organization studies. She has published two collections of poems in English with Erbacce Press and her Polish poetry collection is currently in press with Oficynka. 

Philip Crocker
Philip’s purpose is to encourage and facilitate useful behavioural change: realising potential for individuals, their teams and the wider organisation. He believes successful personal and business development are based on having the right conversations with the right people at the right time – conversations aligned with desired strategic outcomes. Outcomes underpinned by sound internal and external relationships that generate effective leadership in competitive and creative work environments. He works with senior leaders and also those in transition from ‘technical expert/specialist’, all of whom are now responsible for ‘growing the business’ – relationships with clients, colleagues, innovation in new business opportunities – building high performing teams, working across silos – growth which enhances capability, capacity and influence.
Personal Philosophy
Most motivated by realising potential for individuals and teams – with integrity (wholeness), everything belongs – context and desired outcome are key. ‘Busyness is an all-round killer!’
Business Experience
Broad hands on experience – Commercial and Public Sector – as client and service providerInitial corporate career in Banking – HSBC London, Paris, SingaporeAffinity Marketing Services consultancy – founded 2000 – regulated market sector – exited 2013 Business Development Consulting – current founded 2000 – strategic planning, leadership, executive coaching 1:1 and teams, business development for the non- specialist.Developing coaching and mentoring programme with Ministry Development Officer Diocese of CanterburyDivisional MD of successful FM services London based plc – P&L responsibility, operations, business development and innovation. (1000 + employees). Sold to International Services co. 1991.Co-founded specialist FM property services co. in Financial and Professional Services Sector – sold to competitor 1999.

Critical Coaching micro seance at Jen Gash’s gallery

late in April, 2019, Jen Gash of our number, and Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018, displayed all of her mesmeric work created for the show at a local gallery in Thornbury. Michelle Armitage and Daniel Doherty had the extreme pleasure of a CRG viewing – and a glass of wine – therein. Be like Jen. Create great things.

Katherine Long’s latest paper

Katherine has agreed to join us for our meeting on 20 November 2019, which is excellent news. I am looking forward to welcoming her back among us after two years or so away. Here is the latest version of her paper, ‘Supervision and the 7th Eye,’ soon to be published in final form. her session will not concentrate solely on supervision, but will take a critical, open systems view of the profession.