We are the Ireland Chapter of the International Coach Federation, the global organisation dedicated to excellence in coaching
Professional Coach Thomas Leonard started the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 1995 as a non-profit organisation for fellow coaches to support each other and grow the profession. The following year, a president was appointed and a board of directors established. The first ICF Chapter was established, and by May 1996, there were more than 60 ICF Chapters worldwide.
With more than 20,000 professional personal and business coaches representing more than 100 countries, the ICF is the voice of the global coaching profession. ICF Ireland is a Chartered Chapter and plays an active role in helping our members to develop their coaching by putting on regular events, providing timely communications and creating regional networking opportunities.
Our Chapter is run according to the following Byelaws
Siobhan Boucher – Co-President
Owner at New Shoes Coaching, Siobhan has been coaching clients on career and personal goals since 2010. She is powered by the belief that we already have everything we need to experience life to its fullest, it’s only a matter of how aware we are of this. Our experience of life is created from within, designing and executing a life plan becomes easy when we understand why life appears the way it is for us.
Siobhan has a special interest in working with women and couples to create their family. She has run a Fertility Support group in the community and more recently online.
She has 14 years corporate experience in hazardous waste management and IT implementation. She has a BA in Public Administration, a Diploma in Business & Personal life coaching from the Irish Life Coach Institute. Siobhan has also completed Career, Relationship & Parenting Coach Training, is a trained facilitator in the evidence-based Parenting Your Teen Program, a 3 Principles Facilitator and is a Skills Assessor with the ILI coach training program.
Orla Carolan – Co-President and Director of Finance
Orla holds an Accredited Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching graduating in September 2015. Orla is also a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and a member of the Business Leaders Forum for ACCA Ireland. Orla is an Associate Director in the Grant Thornton People and Change Consulting Practice based in Dublin. In her role, she works with clients around performance management, performance coaching, workforce & succession planning, board effectiveness, development of leadership and learning and development programmes and uses psychometric assessments for teams and individuals including The Risk Type Compass, DiSC and Emotional Intelligence (EQi 2.0 and EQi 360).
Orla has over 17 years’ experience in the financial services sector and held a Senior Management position at JPMorgan Bank Ireland as Head of Financial Reporting and Audit until June 2016. Orla has extensive corporate experience in people and team management, development and engagement, outsourcing, strategic management, change management and finance. Orla has also volunteered with Jobcare as a Career Coach and as a Mentor on the Trinity College Grad-Link Programme.
Paula O’Kelly – Vice President
Paula has almost 30 years’ experience in Health and Social Care in a variety of roles. She specialises in learning and development. She currently holds a senior and executive role in HSC Leadership centre, having worked with the organisation since 1997.
A BA Honours graduate with a Masters in Public Administration, Paula takes the lead for leadership and team development including coaching. She works closely with her clients to deliver their organisational development plans that include senior leadership development programmes, team effectiveness initiatives, developing and implementing coaching strategies and leading and facilitating quality improvement projects delivering real change and improving patient care.
Due to her HR background and skillset, Paula is often requested to undertake organisational and service reviews. From a personal development perspective, Paula is a qualified executive coach and supervisor and works with individuals and teams in these roles.
Michael Stafford ACC – Director of Events
Michael is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) working towards Professional Coach Certification (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. He currently volunteers as the Director of Strategy & Events on the ICF Ireland Chapter.
Michael is the owner of The Chapter Coach Training and Consultancy Services Limited. A one-stop shop for HR, L&D Consultancy and Coaching. His current list of corporate clients are in the areas of Personal Effectiveness, Team engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Coaching as Leaders, Mentoring, Mindfulness, Motivating Teams and Team Development.
“I work with my personal coaching clients to celebrate and embrace change, with the belief that they will find the best within themselves once they are comfortable with being uncomfortable. My clients walk away with a renewed sense of purpose and a sustainable growth journey.”
Michael has extensive corporate experience in both private and public sectors, with over 20 years’ experience in the HR and Business field in particular HR, Learning and Development and Health and Safety, in Europe and North America. He is married to his husband John and they live in North Dublin. He has a particular interest in Mental Health and works with Aware as a Support Line volunteer. He is passionate about giving back and works with the unemployed to assist those finding careers. He was a guest speaker at Job Expos in Dublin and Cork on career advice.
Irene Harris ACC – Director of Membership
Irene is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) working towards Professional Coach Certification (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) with over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources. She also holds a MA in Learning and teaching. Irene is a skilled trainer and facilitator and is a trained Coach Mentor and Coach Supervisor.
Irene was the Nominating Coach for the prestigious 2018 global ICF Prism Award Winner (Health Service Executive).
Irene strongly believes coaching can make a positive difference to our personal and professional lives. Coaching is a key element of her work in the public sector. She also coaches in a voluntary capacity.
Brian Armstrong – Director of Sub Committees
Brian Armstrong has 30 years executive and business experience working with Global Blue Chip media companies including CNN, The BBC and Siemens in a variety of roles. He understands the challenges that executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, project managers and businesses face.
Leaning on this wealth of real experience, underpinned by professional training, Brian brings a passion for Executive and Leadership Coaching to help and support clients in unlocking their potential and maximising their performance. His style involves helping clients build awareness of themselves and others with the intention of gaining clarity about their objectives and moving them toward action at the same time creating behaviours for growth, confidence and fun.
Elaine Rogers – Virtual Administrator
Elaine is a virtual assistant, providing technical and administrative support to the board and members of ICF Ireland Chapter. She is an IT graduate who completed her Coaching training in Ireland in 2008. She blends her soft and hard skills to provide support for her clients and maintain an understanding of the coaching industry.
Having run her own training and coaching business in Ireland for many years, Elaine has relocated to France to pursue her personal and professional goals.
The Chapter was set up in 2003 by founding President Pemo Theodore. We celebrated our tenth anniversary in 2012. To mark this occasion, one of our members Emer Doyle, PCC, created a birthday video outlining key moments for the Chapter:
2003/4 Pemo Theodore
2004/5 Andy Harte
2005/6 Tom Hatton
2007/8/9 Monica Ross and John Reid
2010/11 Alasdar Browne
President terms changed to align with ICF Global
2012 Lily Murphy
2013 Mary O’Rafferty
2014 Mary Anna Wright
2015 Clodagh Swanson
2016 Eoin McCabe
2017 Eilish McKeown
2018-2019 Orla Carolan and Siobhan Boucher
Our Vision – Values, Vision & Strategy
Our mission is shared with ICF Global, which exists to lead the global advancement of the coaching profession. Following the stellar work and efforts of previous boards, we continue with the vision that ICF Ireland is recognised as a leading voice of coaching in Ireland. We are committed to advancing the science and practice of coaching. We work with the ICF definition of coaching, which is: To partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.
This vision continues to be supported by the GIVE Proposal.
Growth – to increase our membership levels, our financial security and presence in Ireland to promote Coaching Circles and sponsorship and the use of Advocates.
Influence – to be a credible Chapter of a global organisation, to be an influential voice in Ireland’s coaching community and strengthen our presence on the island of Ireland.
Value – to ensure members maximise the value of their membership by offering events that are linked to CCEUs (Core Competency Education Units).
Excellence – to raise the standard of coaching through CPD and accreditation of our members through the promotion of credentialling.
This new focus reflects our evolving priorities and relationship with ICF Global and our members both north and south of the Border. This speaks clearly to our vision and will help amplify our voice.
In summary, the three pillars of our work are:
- Deliver a Gala Awards evening every two years that celebrates coaching in Ireland.
- Create a calendar of events, master classes and AGM that support our members and deepen our sponsors’ knowledge and impact of coaching.
- Ensure events are linked to CCEUs.
- Support regional group meetings and encourage the development of new groups, in particular, Coaching Circles.
- Establish and Support Pro Bono Initiatives.
- Hire a Virtual Assistant to assist with the day-to-day running of the chapter. This also provides support for new board members and continuity for the chapter year on year.
- Use social media to encourage connection and discussion amongst Chapter members and encourage new members to join.
- Annual member survey to evaluate members’ needs.
- Support for credentialling and CPD.
- Build links with other coaching bodies (EMCC) and partner with organisations that promote coaching.
- Regular updates from the Chapter.
- Implement our communications strategy to overcome barriers to the growth of the profession and the opportunity to increase awareness of coaching.
- Increase understanding of the benefits of coaching.
- Raise the profile of ICF Ireland through activity through partnering with Corporations.
- Demonstrate the benefits of credentialling and what it offers for coaches, organisations and individuals.
In addition to working according to ethical guidelines, the board is committed to developing and growing the profile of the ICF Ireland. We are passionate about the profession of coaching. In our role as coaches in service of humanity flourishing, we are seeking ways to support local communities in Ireland. To this end, we are developing an outreach initiative supporting peace and reconciliation work which will show the power of coaching for change.
Please take some time to reflect on this vision and contact us with any feedback and suggestions. Our primary aim is to serve you, our members, and strengthen the profession that we are all a part of.
The ICF Ireland board has a strategic plan to help realise the vision set out above. This plan sets out objectives for the period 2018-2020. It has four main goals:
ICF Ireland focuses on an all-Ireland approach incorporating our members in all provinces with events focusing on CCEUs held across the Country.
ICF Ireland is recognised as a leading voice of quality coaching in Ireland and increase its partnership opportunities with Sponsors.
Members are engaged with, benefit from and value their membership. Increase new members and membership retention.
ICF Actively engage and support members in appropriate CPD and events. Increase accreditation levels.
Within each main goal are smaller milestones that the board will focus on over this period.