We are the Ireland Chapter of the International Coaching Federation, the global organisation dedicated to excellence in coaching

Professional Coach Thomas Leonard started the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as the International Coach Federation 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 35,000 professional personal and business coaches representing more than 143 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


2023 Team

Eileen Jameson - ICF Ireland President 2023

Eileen Jameson – President

Eileen is the Director of Coaching with WJP Coaching Partners. (www.wjpartners.eu) Over her long career in public service, it became evident to her that many everyday conflicts are reduced when individuals feel appreciated and healthy and are enabled to use their potential to add value for themselves, their team and their environment. While in a business context, daily challenges of management are facilitated through recognition and use of team members’ strengths, cultural potential and constant nurturing of emotional intelligence. Eileen helps individuals, teams and executives to unlock their full potential, improving their performance and wellbeing through harmonious positive action.

Eileen is passionate about learning, development and emotional expression. She aims to provide impact through top performance and results, continuous improvement and positive adaptation to the changing global context.  Eileen was certified as an executive coach with TPC Leadership and was first credentialled by European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) in 2015. She is now a credentialled coach with ICF at the PCC level and with EMCC as a Senior Practitioner. 

A firm believer that change comes from within, she holds specialized coaching qualifications in Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Coaching; Marshall Goldsmith Global Leadership of Future psychometric testing, Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching and EQ -i2.0 psychometric testing and is also a certified Team coach, Career Counselor and Health and Nutrition coach. Eileen is also a certified Coaching Supervisor and provides both Supervision and Mentoring support to Coaches and Managers.  

As President – ICF Ireland, Eileen aims to support the development of coaching cultures in Organizations across Ireland.

Roel Wuite – Chief Operating Officer

Roel, a Dutch national, settled in Ireland after a long international career.
He has over 30 years’ experience in senior management and leadership roles internationally, 25 of which with the World Health Organization. He currently runs a coaching company together with his Irish wife.

Roel is passionate about supporting people to grow and strive so that they realise their full potential and learn how to add value for themselves and their organisations. Having lived in many different countries and different cultures,  Roel has a special interest in intercultural complexity issues.
Convinced of the benefits of coaching, Roel strives to make coaching accessible to everyone in whichever way he can contribute to that vision.

In his role as Chief Operating Officer he intends to continue to ensure sound financial management of the Chapter’s funds and ensure operational and governance support to the Chapter.

Roel holds a Master’s degree in Management and Leadership. He is a certified coach with Erickson Coaching International and is working towards his ACC accreditation. Roel is passionate about learning, speaks multiple languages and is pursuing an MSc degree in lifespan and positive psychology.

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Barbara Edwards – Director of Projects

Barbara Edwards has been self employed for over 15 years and has worked across a broad range of industries. Along with her coaching qualifications, Barbara also holds qualifications in marketing, fitness, and music. These fields have overlapped more than once in her coaching practise Be Coached.  Barbara is also a trainer for Rural Enterprise Skillnet where she has designed and delivered training programmes focused on social media marketing.

In 2020 Barbara, like so many had to pivot her business which gave her the opportunity to focus more on the wellbeing elements of coaching. She began a live weekly webcast focusing on mental health and wellness. Such has been the popularity of the webcast, that she also hosted a free Workplace Wellness Summit to help those adjusting to the new ‘work from home’ reality. 

Throughout her career Barbara has also delivered team building workshops to youth groups, active age, community groups and the corporate sector. It is in these settings that she draws on her background as a musician and music teacher, using music as a team building tool.

“Music is a great leveller, when you see someone jump for joy because they wrote a verse, or created a rhythm, you also witness a light in their eye. They are not just connecting as a team; they are connecting with themselves too in equal measures.”

Having studied with Kingstown College, Barbara is looking forward to returning to further her studies with the Diploma in Mental Health Coaching in 2021 with the goal of progressing to ACC.

Clodagh Swanson- Director of Member relations

Clodagh Swanson – Director of Member Relations

Clodagh Swanson is an executive leadership coach, mentor and supervisor with over 20 years experience in both public and private sector. Working at all levels but specialising in CEO and Director level. Working with organisations to develop high performance teams and leadership strategy. A LEO clinic advisor and mentor who has coached business leaders nationally and internationally. A passion for people development and learning. Has over 20 years experience as an educator and learning development professional. A challenging coach who is not afraid to ask challenging questions.

Industry sectors include banking, retail, the arts, medical, Pharma, education, sport, engineering, cultural and many more.

A primary degree in Education from NUIG and a Masters in Business from the Irish Management Institute. A career coach, qualified in psychometric tester to A and B standards with the British Psychology Society. A qualified NLP practitioner.

Author of the life coaching book Time To Shine.

Board Member of ICF Ireland 2012 to 2015 and President. Passionate about building a better world through coaching.

Key skills, Leadership development, Business Strategy, Networking and People Developmnt.
Currently studying a Masters in Psychology.

Stephen Clements ICF Relations

Stephen Clements – Director of ICF Relations

Stephen is an accredited Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and works full-time as an executive coach, coach mentor, coaching supervisor and coach trainer.   With an extensive background in technology and leadership, he has worked for several large multinationals in various senior roles ranging from Senior Engineering to Head of Product Development.  In March 2022, he left Accenture to focus solely on his coaching business and has never looked back.

Since discovering coaching, Stephen has become a bit of a learning junkie,  developing expertise in systemic coaching and constellations, emotional intelligence, working with our head, heart and gut intelligences, and coaching for mental fitness and resilience.   He loves partnering with fellow head thinkers to escape the constraints and limitations of being stuck in their heads!

Annette Tully Director of Marketing

Annette Tully – Director of Marketing

Annette is a certified coach with over 25 years of marketing experience in various industries. As a brand consultant, trainer, and coach for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organisations, and services agencies, she has:
● Helped individuals in retail and telecommunications strengthen their brand and sense of self, develop a confident executive presence, and achieve their professional goals.
● Developed brand and marketing strategies in electronics, energy, and food retail to increase brand awareness and deepen consumer connections.
● Designed and delivered large-scale, global learning programmes in financial services and food manufacturing that aligned team members to new brand strategies and processes and upskilled them to deliver on new brand promises.
● Optimised marketing and sales processes in advertising, professional services, and consultancies to expand service offerings and improve pricing consistency, profitability, and resource planning & allocation.

At Truth Brief Coaching + Consulting, she works at the intersection of L&D and brand management to help people and organisations clarify, put words to, and walk the talk of their leadership truth and values. As our Director of Marketing, Annette commits to helping raise awareness of the positive impacts of coaching in Ireland, growing the chapter’s membership, and strengthening ICF’s global brand. Annette was born in Japan, raised in Virginia in the US, and lives in Newbridge, Co. Kildare with her Dublin-born husband Andrew and their rescue German Shepherd named Jess.

Siobhan Bradley Director of External relations

Siobhán Bradley – Director of External Relations

Siobhán Bradley as Principal Coach and Consultant in OpenTalk, brings over 20 years experience building leadership capacity and capability for change in individuals and organisations, initially in UCD Business School and then through executive education in the IPA. Siobhán has worked extensively across the public sector in Ireland, with a broad range of civil service, state agencies, local government, education and health organisations, augmented by work in various private sectors, e.g., engineering, professional and financial services.

Her experience leading cross government collaborations while in DFA; leading a flagship local government programme and designing the first cross agency collaborative programme for the whole Criminal Justice sector prompted her to establish OpenTalk, specifically to help organisations develop more open, collaborative and innovative ways of working, to deliver strategy and enable people to thrive through their work. Taking a systemic approach, she interweaves her qualifications in change and OD, HR Strategy and mediation/conflict with her experience and passion of supporting individuals, teams and organisations through a coaching approach.

Her previous career in PR and Communications consultancy (San Francisco) and marketing in entrepreneurial software companies in Ireland and the US developed her passion for impactful communications. She enjoys facilitation, teaching and contributing to research and has brought her experience to international work in South Africa, the Seychelles, EU and the UK.

She is accredited with ICF and EMCC and is a trained Mediator, qualified Conflict and also Well-Being Coach. She is also on the Board of the Mater Foundation.

Marianna Rolikova Director of Social Media ICF Ireland

Marianna Rolikova – Director of Social Media

Marianna has 13+ years of experience in transforming global businesses and bringing change through building and leading Centres of Excellence focusing on operational excellence, performance, lean, change & comms, and learning & development, incl. coaching and mentoring for individuals, teams, and leadership.

Marianna is a ICA Certified Transformation Coach & Group/Team Coach and Positive Intelligence Coach (Shirzad Chamine teachings). With passion for personal growth and development, Marianna’s focus lies at the intersection of learning & development, self-mastery, using understanding of neurodivergent gifts and benefits of many to understand how to shed legacy behaviours and build habits that have a transformative effect on us as individuals, teams and leaders.  

Marianna comes from Slovakia, yet is a blend of eastern & western sensibilities and perspectives. She has a cross-cultural international working experience with having worked in Slovakia, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Belgium, The Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland

Carmel Harney Director of CIO

Carmel Harney – Director of Coaching in Organisations

Carmel Harney is the Director of CH Coaching (https://crharney18.wixsite.com/chcoaching/). She is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC): and Coach Supervisor with the ICF.

Carmel is also a Certified Systemic Team Coach accredited by AOEC.

Carmel is passionate about empowering people and teams through coaching to embrace change and achieve new growth at individual, team, organisational and societal level. A value driven leader with a career-long commitment to making a difference at all levels, including partnering with more vulnerable groups and communities. Carmel is recognised for creating alliances for whole systems working to strengthen collective leadership, diverse and integrated working practices.

Carmel has more than 25 yrs experience of working in the HSC in NI., working cross-border and nationally. As a qualified Occupational Therapist she practised within Mental Health and Disability, incorporating research and quality improvement collaborations with both Ulster and Queen’s Universities Belfast.

She was the Co-Director for AHPs and Director of Mental Health and Disability Services within the SHSCT.

Carmel played a key role in supporting the culture, structures and professional practice for coaching across the SHSCT and HSE as part of a joint CAWT approach, promoting excellence in management, performance, professional development, an engaged and collective leadership culture, positioning our organisations well to thrive in a highly complex and ever-changing environment. She is one of the proud authors for the first Trust Coaching Strategy, Vision and Governance Policy promoting excellence in coaching practice. 

Carmel is:-

  • A Director on the Council of the RCOT. 
  • An Associate Consultant with The HSC Leadership Centre, NI.

As Director of CIO Carmel aims to:-

“strengthen the support to existing and new member organisations to build and enhance excellence in their coaching culture, optimise shared learning and development, expand our network for a thriving coaching society.”

Carmel’s philosophy holds that Coaching builds excellence, supports growth, understanding and acceptance for self and others;  it is truly empowering leading to life changing adaptations and behaviours at a personal and group level; reinforcing that each of us has within us the resources and potential for self-understanding and change”

Sara Rochford Virtual assistant and business management

Sara Rochford – Virtual Support

Sara is a Virtual Assistant and Business Manager providing technical and administrative support to the board and members of ICF Ireland Chapter. Sara has a background in childcare where she worked in different roles, including management. Sara began her business as a Virtual Assistant in 2021.

Sara has a passion for supporting business owners with their ever growing workload so they can focus on the tasks that make their business tick.


History

The Chapter was set up in 2003 by founding President Pemo Theodore.

Chapter Presidents

2003/4 Pemo Theodore
2004/5 Andy Harte
2005/6 Tom Hatton
2007/8/9 Monica Ross and John Reid
2010/11 Alasdar Browne
Presidency term 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 Orla Carolan and Siobhan Boucher
2019 Orla Carolan and Siobhan Boucher
2020 Michael Stafford
2021 Michael Stafford
2022 Paula O Kelly


ICF Ireland Mission

ICF Ireland exists to lead the Irish advancement of the coaching profession.

ICF Ireland Vision Statement

Coaching is an integral part of a thriving society in Ireland and every ICF Ireland Member represents the highest quality of professional coaching.

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.


ICF Ireland Strategic Goals

The ICF Ireland board has a strategic plan to help realise the vision set out above. This plan sets out objectives for the period 2021-2023. It has four main goals:

Goal 1
ICF Ireland Coaches are associated with excellence

Goal 2
Members of ICF Ireland have a sense of family

Goal 3
Strengthen partnerships to benefit coaching in Ireland

Goal 4
Irish society thrives through coaching

Within each main goal are smaller milestones that the board will focus on over this period.