Members’ Profiles

Catrin MacDonell

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 also designs and delivers original, thought provoking workshops challenging participants to think more deeply about management skills, behaviours and attitudes. She has delivered 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 UK government, private businesses and charities. 

Catrin MacDonnell Coaching 07785 996917

Geoffrey Pye

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 with his work, and coached many people along the way. He has worked in Higher Education settings for the past twelve years, both as an educator, module leader and as programme director. He maintains his independent coaching practice at

A practicing and EMCC qualified Master level coach, he is also a Fellow of the CIPD.  For the past thirteen years he has founded and then led the acclaimed Critical Coaching Group (CCG).  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 CCG on a Leadership Programme for junior hospital doctors.

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Jen Gash

Jen Gash is a minimalist coach and artist

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year and coaching creativity facilitator.

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

Monika 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.

Business Experience

Broad hands on experience – Commercial and Public Sector – as client and service provider. Initial corporate career in Banking – HSBC London, Paris, Singapore. Affinity 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 Canterbury. Divisional 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.

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!’

Louise Hardy

Louise usually considers herself to be an interloper at the CCG meetings.  An experienced leadership development professional, she works half the week for the University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine where she is Programme Lead for a highly successful MSc in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation.  The remainder of the week is spent in leadership consultancy, ranging from team and board development, leadership training and mentor training.   She enjoys the challenge of facilitation, particularly where a team or organisation has knotty and intractable problems on offer.  She loves mentoring and in particular the longevity of it.   Why an interloper?  For years she has avoided calling herself a coach,  not having done any ‘formal’ training.  She prefers instead to describe herself using a range of interesting metaphors which avoid the C word but which offer the same positive intentions of the coach. 

Mick Sital-Sing

Mick is a Director of Cygnet Business Development Ltd whose focus is on leadership and team development. Cygnet is an Approved Centre with the Chartered Management Institute and is able to deliver CMI accredited qualifications up to Post-graduate Level 7.

Mick’s primary skill–set and motivations lie in developing senior and middle level leader-managers, identifying and strengthening their skills in leadership, teamwork, and general management. This has included working with a number of Senior Management Teams and Boards, and advising organisations on how to develop key staff to achieve their organisational objectives.

Mick has worked with a variety of leader-managers from the private, public and charities sector to develop their leadership, facilitation, coaching, inter-personal, team leading and people management skills. 

Mick is a skilled and experienced coach- mentor, consultant, facilitator, and mediator. Mick has coached leaders from across the sectors in one-off sessions right through to maintaining the coaching relationship over several years.

Mick has recently gained an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffied Business School, and is accredited by the EMCC as a Senior Practitioner Executive Coach. Mick is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Coaching approach

Mick adopts a blend of directive and non-directive coaching and would describe himself as a Development Coach with a leaning towards Gestalt but will operate as appropriate to the client and organisational needs. Mick favours a holistic approach, taking into account a person’s whole life even though the focus is on job performance. To do so, Mick employs a range of psychometric tools to promote greater self awareness in the client so that self management and motivation can be enhanced.

Jo Beckett

Jo Beckett
Jo is a qualified ILM level 7 Executive coach and has over 25 years’ experience in leadership and management roles, growing organisations and developing income streams. 
She began her career in media working for ITV, Channel 4 and the Capital Radio group. For the past decade, she has worked in the education and charity sectors.  As CEO for the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE), a charity and professional membership organisation specialising in engagement and professional fundraising in schools, Jo leads IDPE’s partnership and income generation strategy and has turned the charity around from deficit to profit. Alongside her role, at IDPE, sh coaches CEO’s, Head Teachers, Directors and Managers in the education, not for profit and public sectors. 
As a leader, Executive coaching has helped her to overcome many challenges from managing the financial pressures of a relatively small charity, to finding ways to be more strategic to overcoming hard-wired limiting beliefs. Personally, coaching has helped her to move out of her comfort zone, to develop her life vision and live more fully with intention. 
Her approach to coaching is based on positive psychology. She combine walking, using objects and drawing within her coaching practice to elicit ‘whole mind thinking and whole being awareness’ as she finds that this opens up different perspectives and new possibilities for clients. 
She has worked and lived in London, the United States and Australia and is based in Bath and Devon. 

Ros Hitchen

An experienced leadership coach and facilitator, Ros draws on over 25 years of business experience in leadership, organisation and talent development as well as project, programme, change management and consultancy.  Her experience spans from the large multi national, IBM, to small entrepreneurial businesses. Currently she is working in Learning and Development at the University of Bristol where she runs leadershipprogrammes, workshops and peer learning communities supporting both professional services and academic staff to develop their skills and potential.

“Ros was a breath of fresh air to our organisation, challenging our conventional thinking and coaching senior managers to approach specific challenges in new and unfamiliar ways. 
Her main interests are challenging people to see things from a broader or different perspective. She enjoys the challenge and new insights she gains as part of the CCG.

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.