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DIRECTORS OF TRAINING & CONSULTANCY

The Centres have a number of key experienced and qualified Directors of Training, trainers and consultants. The list below does not include all of our consultants. 

Professor Stephen Palmer BA (Hons) PhD CPsychol CSci CMIOSH FAC FIHPE FISMA FRSA

The Founder Director of the Centre for Coaching and Centre for Stress Management is Professor Stephen Palmer, an award winning Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. He is also a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner.

He is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at City University, London, UK, and Director of their Coaching Psychology Unit; the first Visiting Professor of Work Based Learning and Stress Management at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, an Association for Professional Executive Coaches & Supervisors (APECS) accredited Executive Coach and APECS accredited Executive Coach Supervisor, REBT and cognitive-behavioural accredited therapist, and a UKCP registered psychotherapist. 

Currently, he is Honorary President of the Association for Coaching, Past Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology, Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Coaching Psychology, Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Honorary Vice-President of the International Stress Management Association (UK). In 2004-2005 he was the first Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology. He is Co-ordinating Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review and Executive Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.

He has authored or edited 35 books on stress, management, coaching, counselling and includes the Handbook of Coaching Psychology (2007) with Whybrow. He has lectured in Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong and China on a range of subjects and regularly appears on radio and television programmes. He is Co-editor with Gladeana McMahon with Averil Leimon of the Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge book series published by Routledge. 

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Peter Ruddell BA (Hons) DipREBT AdDipREBT FAREBT MISMA MIHPE MRSH

Peter Ruddell, a Coaching Psychologist, is the Training Director of the Centre for Coaching. He helped set up the Centre for Coaching in 2001. Peter is accredited as a cognitive and behavioural psychotherapist by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and is registered as a cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). He is accredited as a REBT therapist by the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy. He is on the Editorial Board of The Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist and is Commissioning Editor of Stress News. He is a Council Member and a Director of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and a Council Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education. His book Brief Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Curwen and Palmer was published in 2000.

Dave Ellis BA DipAdEd CBiol MIBiol FRSH

Dave Ellis is Associate Director of the Centre for Coaching. He was previously Vice-Principal of the Bromley Adult Eduction Service. He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered Biologist.

Nick Edgerton MSc CPsychol DipCACP

Nick Edgerton is Co-Director of the Coaching programmes and is a Chartered Psychologist and Accredited REBT Therapist. He is attached to the Faculty of Coaching Psychology. He developed the cognitive behavioural SPACE model of coaching, counselling and stress management which he teaches at the Centre. 

Gladeana McMahon FAC FBACP FIMS MISMA MIHPE

Gladeana McMahon is Co-Director of the Coaching programme. She is a Honorary Vice President of the Association for Coaching.She is a BACP accredited counsellor and supervisor, a BABCP accredited psychotherapist and a UKCP registered cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. She is also an experienced industrial trainer. She is News Editor of CPJ, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and Editor of the Journal of The International Stress Management Association (UK Branch). She has published articles on counselling and an interactive handbook Setting Up Your Own Practice. Her recent books include Client Assessment (1997) and the Handbook of Counselling (1997), both co-edited with Stephen Palmer, and Understanding Trauma (1997) with Doggart. She is Co-editor with Stephen Palmer of a new coaching book series for a leading UK publisher. In 2008 the Association for Coaching awarded her an Honorary Fellowship.

Michael Neenan Dip REBT AdDipREBT DipCACP

Michael Neenan is Co-Director of the Coaching programme. He is a Honorary Vice President of the Association for Coaching. He is an AREBT accredited REBT counsellor, a BABCP accredited therapist and a UKCP registered cognitive-behavioural psychotherapist. He is also an experienced industrial trainer. He has published articles and books on REBT including the Dictionary of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (1994) with Dryden, Counselling Individuals: A Rational Emotive Handbook (1999) with Dryden and Yankura, and Life Coaching: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach (2002) with Dryden.  He is former Co-chair of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapists and Co-editor with Stephen Palmer of their journal. 

Dr Siobhain O'Riordan PhD CPsychol CSci MSCP FRSA

Dr Siobhain O'Riordan is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She is the Research Director of the newly launched UK Centre for Health, Safety and Wellbeing. In 2007 she was Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is now Acting Chair of the Society for Coaching Psychology. She is a doctorate supervisor at City University, London.

Jennifer Liston-Smith MA (Oxon) MSc (Psych) MISMA MIHPE FRSA

Jennifer Liston-Smith is Associate Director of the Centre for Coaching. Jennifer specialises in coaching, training and organisational stress management consultancy, working at all levels, including senior management and Board level. She draws on a broad training.

Kasia Szymanska MSc CPsychol AFBPsS MSCP

Kasia Szymanska is Director of Distance Learning Programme. She is a Chartered Psychologist, a UKCP registered cognitive-behaviour therapist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is Editor of The Coaching Psychologist published by the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) and Ex-officio Member of the SGCP Committee. She is former Editor of Counselling Psychology Review.

Irene Tubbs

Irene Tubbs is a health educator and experienced stress counsellor. She is also a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and an AREBT Accredited Rational Emotional Behaviour Therapist. She has written a number of books on health.

Dr Alison Whybrow PhD CPsychol

Dr Alison Whybrow is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an experienced Coaching Psychologist. She is currently Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology. She Co-edited with Stephen Palmer, the Handbook of Coaching Psychology.