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Rachel Hawley

Bridging the gap: sharing the learning from an investigation into the gap between coaching and mentoring practice and research

Theme: Coaching in context
Area: Coaching
Type: Research & how it could be applied in practice

Session on Friday, Jul 8th, 11:50
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Rachel Hawley has over 25 years experience of working with a wide range of public sector organisations in England at local, regional and national and European levels where patient, public and learner engagement have extensively underpinned my experience. Holding a Masters degree in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffield Business School she is currently working towards her Doctorate in Professional Studies. As researcher, coach, lecturer and author with teaching experience in the fields of healthcare leadership and management she is experienced in managing high profile national projects, skilled in providing expert consultancy, leading organisational and cultural change in complex organisations with a proven track record of working through ambiguity to develop and translate national policy into local goals and practice. Her personal and organisational approach is underpinned by collaborative style, working with people to simplify the complex and find innovative and practical solutions to change for service improvement.

Together Ioanna Iordanou and Rachel Hawley share a passion for ‘bridging the gap’ between coaching and mentoring practice and research. Together they are currently co-authoring the first UK book on values and ethics in coaching.


The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), with its vision to be the ‘go to’ body for coaching and mentoring across the globe, considers research to be a cornerstone of its strategy to spur the enhancement of practice, to spur innovation, and to drive the highest standards in professionalisation. Working towards this aim, the EMCC has spearheaded the ‘Bridging the Gap’ agenda.

This session presents findings from an investigation into the gap between coaching and mentoring practice and research. A short presentation on the findings from the research and recommendations will provide and introduction to an interactive and group discussion on the topic of ‘Bridging the Gap’. Using and experiencing an Appreciative Inquiry approach participants will build on this learning; towards the development a professional-reseach practioner network.

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