ILM7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors Cohort 7

Date: Friday 26 Apr - Thursday 7 Nov 2019
Time: 12:30 - 15:30
Location: West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU
Event Fees:EELGA Member Authorities & associated Fire Authorities and SCMP Coaching Pool Members - £1,575.00 (Ex VAT)
Non Members - £1,750.00 (Ex VAT)

The post-graduate level programme has been designed by The Training Spa in collaboration with the East of England Local Government Association and Accredited by the ILM. 

 Aims and Objectives

To provide the opportunity for participants to develop executive  and senior level coaching and mentoring skills.

By working with colleagues in a series of interactive workshops, delegates will:

  • Understand the strategic purposes of coaching and mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Analyse the knowledge, skills, behaviours and practices necessary for effective coaching or mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Plan, deliver and review own effective coaching or mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Learn why reflective learning is important for own professional practice
  • Be able to plan own future professional development activities as a coach or mentor operating at an executive or senior level

Course Leader

Stephanie Allen is a highly respected and sought-after Leadership Development Facilitator, Mentor and Coach.

She has an enviable reputation as a Leadership Development specialist working with managers at all levels to help them grow. Although much of her current work involves designing and delivering accredited programmes so that clients may gain internationally respected qualifications through her consultancy, The Training Spa, she also creates learning opportunities for clients who need specific skills without a qualification and works as an Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor to many senior leaders.

Steph supports a broad range of clients in both public and private sectors across the UK and Europe as well as delivering an annual HR Strategy Masterclass in Shanghai.  In addition, she has built up a very specific niche within UK Universities; currently working with staff in eleven HE Institutions and supporting them whilst they gain leadership or coaching qualifications. Steph has a passion for helping people develop and this is clearly seen in her highly interactive facilitation style.

Delivery process

Seven highly-interactive workshops are held to encourage sharing of existing skills; debate organisational context; learn coaching & mentoring skills and practice these in a safe environment.   On-demand, ongoing support is offered and delegates are encouraged to contact the facilitator by phone or email to seek guidance and discuss issues throughout the programme. All material and research content will be uploaded to a closed ‘Dropbox’ site.

The recommended text ‘techniques for coaching and mentoring’ by David Megginson and David Clutterbuck as well as "The Coaching Manual" by Julie Starr, will be provided to each participant.


The programme is accredited and therefore if completed successfully, will qualify participants in the ILM Level 7 Certificate for Executive and Senior Level Coaches and Mentors.

The accreditation process will involve successful completion of the following:

  • Participation in all Facilitated Learning Workshop Sessions
  • Participation in at least one Supervision Session
  • Completion of at least 20 hours Executive Coaching and / or Mentoring (in addition to the workshops)
  • Completing of three assignments:*
    - a paper setting out the strategic context of executive or senior level coaching & mentoring
    - a coaching diary portfolio
    - a reflective journal

*The assessment process includes a research document on coaching & mentoring within organisations; a coaching diary covering 20 hours coaching and a reflective log.  It is estimated that this will require around two hours work per week in addition to attending the workshops. The programme facilitator will support in offering formative feedback on all draft assignments.


The programme runs over seven interactive workshops and will offer participants plenty of opportunity to share and learn as well as to practice their coaching or mentoring skills in a safe and confidential environment. Participants are encouraged to devote additional time to developing their skills through action learning, reflection and practical implementation both during the course and beyond. Coaching supervision is a vital ongoing support mechanism for all practicing coaches and each participant will be expected to participate in these.

The following three units are delivered:

  • Understanding the principles and practice of effective Coaching and Mentoring at an executive or senior level
  • Undertaking Coaching or Mentoring at an executive or Senior Level
  • Reflecting on Your Ability to Perform Effectively as a Coach or Mentor practicing at an executive or Senior Level  

All delegates are encouraged to contact the programme facilitator to seek guidance and support throughout this programme. Please note: When booking a place please make sure you can attend all 7 sessions and the introductory session.

 Induction session: Friday 26 April 2019 (12.30 - 15.30)

  • Introduction to programme and outcomes
  • Discuss practicalities; finding coachees; time management; recording coaching practice
  • Induction to the ILM
  • Learning styles and development needs
  • Coaching culture in Local authorities

Session 1: Thursday 30 May 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • Organisational benefits of coaching & mentoring
  • An introduction to organisational development
  • Defining organisational culture
  • Feedback and Review

Session 2: Thursday 13 June 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • The ethics of coaching & mentoring
  • Skills and behaviours of coaches & mentors
  • Introducing coaching & mentoring skills
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 3: Thursday 11 July 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • Contracting with clients
  • Building coaching & mentoring relationships
  • Coaching & mentoring skills development
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 4: Thursday 1 August 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • The coach’s duty of care
  • Coaching & mentoring skills development
  • Record keeping & creating your coaching diary
  • Creating a coaching culture
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 5: Thursday 5 September 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • Record keeping & creating your self-reflection log
  • Coaching & mentoring skills development
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 6: Thursday 3 October 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • Developing self-reflection skills & self knowledge
  • Using psychometrics and other tools
  • Supervision
  • Feedback and review

Session 7: Thursday 7 November 2019 (10.00 - 15.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • Supervision
  • Self management and your development needs
  • Your image as a coach & mentor
  • What happens next?

Supervision session TBA in January 2020

 All assignments to be submitted by 28 February 2020

Workshops are limited to approximately 12 participants to ensure a rich and diverse learning experience for all.

Please note: When booking a place please make sure you can attend all 7 sessions and the introductory session.

Venue will be held in the East of England but may be subject to change depending on geographical location of delegates, in order to make it easier to travel to. Current provisions are booked for a venue in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

If you have any queries please contact Hilary Jarrett-Firat, HR Advisor, East of England LGA email:

Cancellations, substitutions and transfers

Calendar days notice before the start date of the course

Refund applicable

30 calendar days or more

Full refund

Between 15 and 29 calendar days (inclusive)

50% refund

Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive)

No refund will be given

Failure to attend

Treated as late cancellation and no refund given

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