ICF Ireland 2023 Award Winners

On the enchanting evening of Saturday, 11th November 2023, within the illustrious Dining Hall at Trinity College, a sense of anticipation and camaraderie filled the air. It was a night unlike any other—a night where the Irish coaching community converged to celebrate our shared journey. We were graced by the wisdom of Professor David Clutterbuck, who illuminated the path of coach maturity and underscored the vital role of a systemic approach, especially in the context of the ever-evolving landscape marked by the rise of AI. Amidst the grandeur of the evening, we also commemorated a significant milestone—20 years of the ICF Ireland chartered chapter. However, the true stars of the night were the winners of our prestigious 2023 awards, whose dedication and excellence continue to inspire us all.

We are therefore delighted to announce the winners of this year’s awards:

On the enchanting evening of Saturday, 11th November 2023, within the illustrious Dining Hall at Trinity College, a sense of anticipation and camaraderie filled the air. It was a night unlike any other—a night where the Irish coaching community converged to celebrate our shared journey. We were graced by the wisdom of Professor David Clutterbuck, who illuminated the path of coach maturity and underscored the vital role of a systemic approach, especially in the context of the ever-evolving landscape marked by the rise of AI. Amidst the grandeur of the evening, we also commemorated a significant milestone—20 years of the ICF Ireland chartered chapter. However, the true stars of the night were the winners of our prestigious 2023 awards, whose dedication and excellence continue to inspire us all.

We are therefore delighted to announce the winners of this year’s awards:

🏆 Coach of the Year: Kathleen Fanning 

🌟 Rising Star of the Year: Caitríona Farrell 

🌍 President’s Award: Place-Based Leadership Development Initiative

These exceptional coaches and initiatives truly embody the essence of coaching excellence, and their contributions to our profession and society are nothing short of remarkable.

Kathleen Fanning- Coach of the Year 2023

In a field of inspiring nominations, Kathleen Fanning stood out for her energy, passion for coaching, and, above all, her humanity. Her dedication to core competencies, values, and ethics was evident in every aspect of her practice. Kathleen’s commitment to continuous learning and development has not only benefited her clients but has also had a profound impact on the wider coaching community and society. Her ability to touch lives through her coaching is a testament to the art of coaching itself.

Caitríona Farrell- Rising Star of the Year 2023

Among several impressive Rising Star nominations, Caitríona Farrell shone brightly. Her depth in self-reflection and self-awareness, coupled with her unwavering commitment to growth and development, set her apart. Caitríona’s holistic approach to coaching and her dedication to authenticity are truly admirable. As a Rising Star, she has already begun sketching a path towards a future filled with promise and potential.

Place-Based Leadership Development Initiative – President’s Award

The Place-Based Leadership Development Initiative emerged as a stand-out candidate for the President’s Award due to its ambitious scale, replicability, and potential impact on Irish society. With coaching at its core, this initiative has embarked on a journey into complex territories, transforming the way community leaders work and collaborate. Its potential for wider transformative change is undeniable, showcasing how professional coaching can positively impact the places we live and work.

While we celebrate these exceptional award winners, we also want to acknowledge and pay tribute to all who were shortlisted and those who applied. The high standard of coaching excellence within our community is a testament to the dedication and passion of each and every one of you. The thriving Irish Coaching community we have today is a result of the collective work and commitment across our profession.

As we continue to grow and evolve as a community, let us draw inspiration from the remarkable individuals and initiatives that make our coaching landscape richer and more vibrant. Thank you for being part of our journey, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for us all.

Con, from Con Photography, who was the official photographer on the evening, has created an online gallery of the images taken on the evening.  You can view and download the pictures here:  https://gallery.conphotography.ie/-icfireland/gallery

Please use these photos, along with any others you might have taken, to spread the word about just how vibrant our coaching community in Ireland truly is.

ICF Ireland Coaching Awards 2023

We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the ICF Ireland Coaching Awards for 2023. We are accepting nominations for the following categories:

Coach of the Year

Rising Star of the Year

President’s Award

This year we have changed the nomination process to make it more streamlined and approachable. Eligible applications will be judged by an external panel of credentialled coaches from outside of ICF Ireland to ensure fairness and impartiality in the judging process.

Deadline for Nominations

Applications will be accepted up to 5 pm (Ireland time) on the 1st of September 2023. There will be no extensions to this deadline. Applications received after this time will not be accepted. The judging panel may also decide to withhold an award if suitable nominations aren’t received.

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Nomination Process

Read through each of the descriptions below for the three different award categories. Please pay particular note to the eligibility requirements stated. To start the nomination process, click on the relevant link below and complete the online form as fully as possible. When completing the nomination form, if you are logged into Google, you will be able to save your nomination form as you work through it.

What’s the benefit of winning an Award?

Winners will be presented at an event in November (details to be confirmed shortly) and will receive a visually stunning award and certificate! In addition, ICF Ireland will provide logos and materials that can be used to promote their award, along with showcasing the winners on our various social media platforms. Winners will be featured in future newsletters, the front page of the ICF Ireland website and offered the chance to host or speak at an ICF Ireland webinar or live event.

The Coach of the Year Award focuses on the Coaching profession. Individuals nominated will demonstrate exceptional commitment and competence to coaching and its practice by clearly explaining how they have supported the wider coaching profession.

Eligibility

This award is open to any coach who:

  • Is an ICF Ireland member
  • Currently in good standing
  • Holds either a current ACC, PCC or MCC credential

Application Process

Coaches may self-nominate themselves for this award by completing the online application form. Coaches may also provide the contact details for their coaching supervisor (if they have one) and up to five clients who will be contacted to provide a testimonial in support of their nomination. Please ensure you have agreed permission and consent from each person before completing the application form.

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The Rising Star of the Year Award recognises the efforts and development of newly qualified coaches.  Nominees will be individuals who have started or completed their first formal coach-specific training of more than 60 hours within the previous two years and have demonstrated strong coaching competencies and coach development.

Eligibility

  • Open to any new coach and regardless of whether they are an ICF Ireland member.
  • Who has completed or started their first formal coach-specific training (of at least 60 hours) within the previous two years
  • Whose practice is based in, or mainly supports clients based in, Ireland.
  • Has an ICF Ireland member endorsing and supporting their application

Application Process

Coaches may self-nominate themselves for this award by completing the online application form. Coaches must provide the contact details for the ICF Ireland Member who is supporting their application. They may also provide contact details for up to five supporters of their application. These supporters may be clients, coach trainers, a coach supervisor or organisational representatives who will be contacted to provide a testimonial in support of their nomination. Please ensure you have agreed permission and consent from each person before completing the application form.

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The President’s Award focuses on the impact of coaching within Ireland and is open to any individual, circle, education provider or other organisation.  It covers a broad range of initiatives, ranging from internal organisational initiatives, educational initiatives, or initiatives focused on society.  The key requirement is that any initiative must demonstrate how coaching has impacted an organisation, society or sector within Ireland.

Eligibility

  • Open to any organisation, individual, coaching circle, or collection of individuals who have run or are running an initiative that can demonstrate an impact on some aspect of Irish society (or organisation) through coaching.
  • The initiative must be currently running or have been run within the previous 18 months.
  • The application must be endorsed by an ICF Ireland member in good standing.

Application Process

Applications may be submitted by any ICF Ireland member who is in good standing. They may also provide contact details for up to five supporters of the application. These supporters will be contacted to provide a testimonial supporting the nomination. Please ensure you have agreed permission and consent from each person before completing the application form.

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