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Speaker Biographies  

Nancy Kline

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Nancy Kline is President of Time To Think, an international coaching and leadership development Company. Time To Think has offices in the UK, South Africa, the USA and Australia. Nancy teaches coaches and leaders to become experts in creating Thinking Environments with their clients and their teams.

Nancy began piecing together the Thinking Environment in 1973 when she co-founded Thornton Friends School near Washington DC. She and her colleagues set out to answer the question: What does it take for people to think for themselves - with rigour, imagination, courage and grace?

The answers, pointing ultimately to the behaviours known now as the Ten Components of a Thinking Environment®, eventually led to an understanding of the sequence of questions the human mind seems naturally to ask itself when it is breaking through. This process is now called The Thinking Partnership Session® and is regarded by many as essential Coaching expertise.

Nancy continues, in collaboration with the 50 Time To Think Coaches globally, to discover and refine this breakthrough process, and to work with coaches to refine its use in executive coaching and team coaching.

As a coach herself, Nancy values most the journey the client takes to their own, independent thinking. As a teacher of coaches she finds that creating these conditions for thinking are among the most challenging aspects of professional coaching and the most rewarding.

Nancy is author of several books including the best-seller Time To Think: Listening To Ignite The Human Mind, and the newly launched More Time To Think: A Way Of Being In The World.

Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and spent the first part of her adult life in Washington DC. In 1990 she married Christopher Spence and moved to England. They live in Oxfordshire.

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Liz Macann

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Liz Macann is Head of the BBC's in-house Executive, Leadership and Management Coaching Network which won the 2008 International Coach Federation Prism Award.  Co-creator of the BBC Coach Foundation Course, (accredited through the EMCC and ICF) Liz is responsible for the selection, training and development of approx 80 coaches and the service they provide. 

Nationally, Liz takes a leading role in the development of Coaching as a profession, participating in the activities of APECS, the Association for Coaches, and the International Coach Federation and sits on the editorial board of Coaching at Work.

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Tatiana Bachkirova

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Dr Tatiana Bachkirova is an academic, a coach and a coaching supervisor with a background in Organisational Psychology and Counselling. At Oxford Brookes University she leads postgraduate programme in Coaching Supervision and teaches on the MA and Professional Doctorate programmes in coaching and mentoring practice. Tatiana was the first co-editor in chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice and continues to serve as a member of academic boards in three journals. She is a co-editor of The Complete Handbook of Coaching and the author of Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self.

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Paul Brown

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Professor Paul Brown is a clinical and organisational psychologist by ancient training and long-standing practice who teaches and practices widely as a psychologist and executive coach from the perspective of the applied neurosciences.  He has been Honorary Secretary of the Clinical Division of the British Psychological Society, Chairman of APECS, the Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision, and is a coaching supervisor.

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Evan George

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Evan George is a partner and founder member of BRIEF, an independent therapy, coaching and training organisation situated in the centre of London, between Smith fields and Barbican. He has been part of a team refining the solution focused approach over the past 20 years and is the author of three books, including ‘Brief Coaching - a solution focused approach' (Routledge, in press). His training work has taken him to the USA, Abu Dhabi and Lebanon as well as across Europe and the whole of the UK and Ireland.

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Edna Murdoch

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Edna Murdoch, Director of the Coaching Supervision Academy, pioneered the first Supervision Service for coaches in the UK in 2001. Through CSA, Edna provides supervision and Advanced Training programmes for major coaching companies, and for coaches working in organisations. Edna trains Executive coaches in Coaching Supervision, runs supervision groups for coaches both face-to-face and on the telephone. CSA's Advanced training programmes for coaches include - TA and Gestalt for Coaches, Presence under Pressure, Coach and Counselling Borders, Coach as Energy Manager, Coaching Mid-life, Who You Are is How You Coach, Mindfulness in Coaching.

Edna has presented at EMCC, BASPR, and ICF conferences.

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Miriam Orriss 

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Miriam Orriss is a Director of the Coaching Supervision Academy. She has worked as a supervisor for over 20 years in a variety of contexts: Supervision-on-CallTM, coaching projects, supervising senior managers, senior management teams, front line practitioners, psychotherapists and counsellors. She has supervised both individual coaches and teams of coaches. 

Miriam, together with Edna, has pioneered Coaching Supervision in the Coaching Community, delivering advanced workshops, supervision groups, individual telephone and ‘live' coaching supervision.   Miriam also specializes in working with coaches in Education and in training coaches in Peer Supervision Skills.

Miriam has presented at EMCC, BASPR, ICF, AC, AMT, and ICOS conferences.

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Viv Ahmun

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Over the last quarter of a century Viv Ahmun has developed many private sector and not-for-profit companies. He has always maintained close links with those in the poorest communities whilst simultaneously adopting a strategic approach to campaigning for economic and political equity.

He is a passionate and inspirational international speaker, coach and social policy expert. He is known as someone who gets things done whilst making simple sense of seemingly complex and emotionally charged socio economic and political issues.

Mr Ahmun has successfully developed many interventions that have enabled some of the most challenged people in our society to come to terms with the harsh world in which they are expected to function.

He has worked tirelessly to support professionals primarily in the public sector and not for profit sectors, although in recent years his ability to come up with uniquely appropriate corporate social responsibility (CSR) related solutions has endeared him to an increasing number of corporations.

Mr Ahmun describes himself as a social entrepreneur and coach specialising in social policy and workforce development, which encompasses the development of systemic approaches to supporting those in greatest need, effective communication is the golden thread that runs through everything he does.

Email: Ahmun@coreplanuk.com

Website: http://www.coreplanuk.com/

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Nash Popovic

Dr Nash Popovic is an educational consultant and also a counsellor in private practice. Nash has developed the Personal Synthesis Programme, a systematic and comprehensive approach to issues such as emotions, reasoning, confidence, coping, motivation, relationships, etc. It has been implemented in a number of educational institutions in the UK and abroad (usually as a part of PSHE or Pastoral Care). Nash is also a co-founder of Personal Well-being Centre, a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to promote the well-being and growth of individuals, organisations and communities (for further details see: www.practicalpsychology.org). He authored Personal Synthesis, has presented at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally, and was a consultant for the series Happiness Formula, shown on BBC2. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London in the Field of Psychology.

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Debra Jinks

Debra is a freelance coach, trainer and BACP accredited counsellor. She has a degree in counselling and an MSc in coaching. She is an executive specialist with BACP Coaching for coaching children and young people. Debra's current work is a varied combination of providing consultancy, training, coaching and clinical supervision to organisations and individuals. She has an enduring interest in the welfare of children and young people, which is reflected by her role with BACPC and many of the projects that she has been engaged in. She is employed as a specialist sessional lecturer at the University of East London where she is module leader for cognitive behavioural approaches on the BSc Counselling and BSc Counselling & Coaching. The module is designed and delivered both for ‘pure' counselling students and those taking the broader ‘applied' programme and reflects her interest in integration of the disciplines of coaching and counselling.

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Val Sampson

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Val Sampson is a qualified executive coach and a Relate-trained couples' therapist who runs a private practice in Surrey.  She developed the approach to business coaching now known as Dual Coaching and is writing a book about the process.  She is a Master NLP Practitioner and the author of four non-fiction books published in the UK, USA and Europe.  She is also an experienced broadcaster, contributing to programmes on the BBC, ITV, Channel 5 and national and local radio.  Her corporate clients include: Ernst & Young; King Sturge; Two Four Television and SSL International plc.

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Malcolm Hurrell

Malcolm Hurrell is a qualified leadership coach with 20 years' experience in large, corporate organisations.  He now runs a successful leadership coaching business working across all sectors, involving one-to-one coaching, leadership team development and training in coaching skills.  He is qualified in a range of diagnostic tools and has a certificate in Guidance and Counselling,  Recent clients include BAe Systems, Co-op; Bentley; Abbott; and  Rolls Royce, as well as working with leaders in the public sector.  He began his career as a teacher and now enjoys working with senior teams in schools to develop coaching skills, exploring the connections with learning.

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Lynn Howell Macwhinnie

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Lynn Howell Macwhinnie MSc FBACP is the originator of 9performancepi®  which integrates her academic and  metaphysical background and 35 years international career experience, working with senior executives across sectors and industries.

Lynn is an experienced leadership coaching consultant, mentor, team facilitator and executive coach supervisor, who has delivered presentations and training  in many countries including The Netherlands, Middle East, Australasia and North America.

Formerly, Hon Vice President of the Association for Coaching, founding Head of AC Accreditation, Trustee/Board Member of BACP and Chair of ACW (BACP Workplace) she has significant understanding of the issues facing members of professional bodies.

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Becky Wright

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Becky Wright is a senior accredited member of BACP. She has presented at numerous conferences and also became a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Woman of Achievement Awards for her work in education. She was co-awarded the "Innovation in Training Award" by Pavilion Publishing. She is a Fellowship Winner with the Winston Churchill Trust and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her coaching work been commissioned by the NHS to carry out workplace coaching for the past few years. She has successfully built two private coaching practices, Harley Street Coaching and New Leaf Life Coaching.

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Kate Anthony

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Kate Anthony, DPsych, FBACP, is a leading expert on the use of technology in therapy and coaching. She is a qualified psychotherapist, and has trained practitioners and organisations worldwide in working online for over ten years. She is co-editor and co-author of three textbooks on the subject, as well as numerous articles, chapters and journals. She is a Fellow of BACP and Past-President and Fellow of the International Society for Mental Health Online. She is also Executive Specialist for Online Coaching for the BACP Coaching Division.  She is co-founder of the Online Therapy Institute and the Online Coach Institute, and Managing Editor of TILT Magazine (Therapeutic Innovations in Light of Technology).

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Keren Smedley

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Keren is an accredited counsellor, executive, and corporate coach who also works as a mentor, facilitator, life -coach and trainer.  She has worked with individuals and organisations for over 25 years.

Her philosophy is to enable individuals, teams and organisations to find better ways to manage themselves and their work, to enhance both their working practices and personal lives.  She assists individuals through challenging periods offering counselling or coaching to explore difficulties, help them see things with a different perspective, overcome challenges and meet their goals. She enables organisations to increase staff motivation through high quality coaching and seminars.

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Margaret Adams

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Margaret Adams MA Chartered FCIPD is an expert in business communications and social media marketing who specialises in helping professionals to develop their abilities to market, promote and to sell their practices' services.

Margaret holds a master's degree in public and social administration.  She is an NLP master practitioner, a published author and a successful businessperson with an academic background. 

Her insights into the challenges coaches, counsellors, therapists and people in related professions face when building their businesses will be relevant to conference attendees looking to ensure their practice succeeds in a changed and evolving economic environment.