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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 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 former Honorary President of the Association for Coaching, Past Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology, Honorary President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, Honorary Vice-President of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, Honorary 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 Founding Executive Editor of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice.

He has authored or edited over 50 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 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 former Commissioning Editor of Stress News. He is a former Council Member and a Director of the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, and a former 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. 

Michael Neenan Dip REBT AdDipREBT DipCACP

Michael Neenan is Co-Director of the Coaching programme. He is a former 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. In 2007 she was Chair of the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology and is Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology. She is a doctorate supervisor at City University, London.

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 former Editor of The Coaching Psychologist published by the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP). She is former Editor of Counselling Psychology Review.


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