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Building a Coaching Culture: HR Forum

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The HR Forum brings together research, latest thinking and practical insights to support HR practitioners in addressing their most challenging HR issues.

Evidence from leading professional bodies (ILM, CIPD) and academic research concludes there are a many benefits to coaching for organisations, including: helping embed culture change, improved communication, increased engagement, higher performance and better productivity. Yet implementing a coaching culture can be difficult, and often relies heavily on the manager’s capability to adopt a coaching style of leadership.

Who will it benefit?

This event is intended for senior HR practitioners who are implementing and supporting a coaching culture in their organisation. We also welcome managers who are adopting a coaching culture in their function.

It is not intended for independent HR consultants.

  • From: Tuesday 26 June 2018, 8.30 am
  • To: Tuesday 26 June 2018, 1.30 pm
  • Registration: 8:30 am
  • Location: Newton 48, Newton 48, Newton building, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 22 June 2018, 12.00 pm
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Event details

The HR Forum is hosted by Dr Suzanne Ross and Dr Zara Whysall from Nottingham Business School (NBS) and provides a blend of research, latest thinking and practical examples to explore how organisations can approach the building of a coaching culture.

Throughout the morning we will explore:

  • The benefits and challenges for HR and Managers in embedding coaching in the organisation supported by evidence-based research
  • How Nottinghamshire Fire and Research Service (NFRS), with a more traditional ‘command and control’ style of leadership, approached the introduction of coaching within their organisation presented by Matt Sismey the OD and Inclusion Manager for NFRS
  • Latest research from the NBS Centre for People, Work and Organizational Practice how coaching can be used to address barriers and enable workplace creativity and innovation.

Facilitated sessions will provide opportunities for you to learn from others in light of your own challenges.

Lunch will be provided.



Dr Suzanne Ross

Dr Suzanne Ross is a Senior Lecturer in the HR Division. She has a practitioner background in Talent Management and Leadership Development. An experienced Executive Coach, member of the International Coaching Federation and Master Practitioner European Mentoring and Coaching Council, Suzanne supports organisations in developing their leadership and management capability and in particular, their ability to Coach. Her research interests are in leadership talent, success, resilience and derailment. She retains a balance between academia and practice working part-time at NTU and as founder of 2thrive Consultancy.

Dr Zara Whysall

Dr Zara Whysall is a Senior Lecturer in the HR Division, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  Zara is an experienced applied researcher and consultant, having held consultancy and training roles in the public and private sector. She continues to bridge the academic and practitioner worlds by balancing her part-time academic role at NTU with a part-time role as Head of Research at Kiddy & Partners LLP, talent assessment and development specialists.

Matt Sismey

Starting as the Equality and Diversity Officer back in 2008, Matt Sismey is now the OD and Inclusion Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. He is responsible for employee engagement, Service values, coaching, the Service’s Aspiring Leaders and Leadership Level 1 Programmes and the inclusion agenda at NFRS.

The Service’s coaching journey began in 2015 after previous false starts and it now has formal and informal coaching, executive coaching and CPD/Supervision sessions taking place throughout the year.

Professor Helen Shipton

Helen Shipton is Professor of HRM at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, having been Senior Lecturer at Aston Business School 2003- 2013.  Helen leads the Centre of People, Work and Organizational Practice in NBS and is interested how to build sustainable organizations that draw out employees’ creative ideas.  Her research is funded by research councils such as the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust, and various blue-chip corporate clients.  Working with the CIPD on a project entitled ‘Structuring Employee Voice,’  Helen has published in top journals including Human Resource Management, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management Journal,  Journal of Organizational Behaviour and the International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Dr Margarita Nyfoudi

Dr Margarita Nyfoudi is Lecturer in HRM and Organisational Behaviour at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. She researches and advises organisations on coaching, workplace learning and performance. Her award-winning thesis focused on the coaching relationship between the manager and the members of the team. She is an elected member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Council, Chair of the BAM HRM Special Interest Group, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Member of the CIPD.

Location details


Newton 48
Newton building
Nottingham Trent University


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