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  • Welcome to Oxford Brookes Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS)

    The aim of the Oxford Brookes University Coaching and Mentoring Society (OBCAMS) is to bring together researchers and practitioners of coaching and mentoring in order to explore evidence based practice and areas of interest to the field.

    OBCAMS meets monthly throughout the academic year. It provides collaboration and networking opportunities for academics and professionals from a wide spectrum of coaching and mentoring interest. We introduce a range of coaching and mentoring topics in an informal setting and stimulate lively discussions and debates. The society has approximately 80 members, comprising academics, students and practitioners from across the region.

    The society meets monthly on Friday evenings, usually in the Clerici Building Room number CLC.G.18 at the Headington Campus, between 4.45 pm and 7.00 pm unless otherwise stated on the programme. The evening begins with refreshments and a talk or discussion with guest speaker(s) and concludes with opportunities for networking. Click here for directions and map.

    Joining OBCAMS

    Membership of the Society is available to anyone interested in their own professional development as a coach or mentor (practitioners, students, academics etc). Annual membership costs just £30, which covers the cost of refreshments at meetings. The membership runs from September to August. The Society sends out mailings to its members to advise them of forthcoming events, usually by email.

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    New members are always welcome. 

    OBCAMS Events 2017 - 2018

    Our meetings will take place between 4.30 - 6.00pm in the Clerici Building, room number CLC.G.18. Please see upcoming events OBCAMS dates details below.

  • In this disruptive session Dr Glenn Wallis will encourage you to explore the ‘truths’ you hold about coaching generally and your own practice particularly, in order to help you reflect, assess and if you deem it appropriate, to re-frame. In this light-hearted, interactive session you will be challenged to de-stabilize long-held myths about coaching.

    Dr Glenn Wallis is a passionate coaching practitioner. Director of the boutique leadership consultancy, Wallis Partnership Ltd., Glenn works with many senior teams and executives to help
    them improve organisational performance, through developing increasingly capable leaders. His interests lie in the future of work and by extension the future of leadership. Following the completion of his first book, How to become a Talented Performer: A formula for early career success with writing partner David Pilbeam, the two have recently been offered a publishing deal with Pearson Publishing for a book that presents their leadership thinking, to be released in the Summer of 2018. Glenn completed both his MA and his DCM at Oxford Brookes.
    We will explore coaching supervisees’ experiences of fear and anxiety, power relations and learning in coaching supervision.  
    Firstly, by reflecting upon our experiences at different stages of development using metaphors and secondly by sharing the findings from her doctoral research.  Louise will provide practical suggestions for welcoming fear and anxiety during supervision, establishing a balanced relationship and reviewing the relationship so that supervisees are encouraged to step into their authority.
    Dr Louise Sheppard is an executive coach and coaching supervisor with over 20 years of coaching experience in 50 organisations globally.  Her background is in business, leadership development and change management.
    Louise is a Doctor of Coaching and Mentoring (Oxford Brookes University) and her research was on the supervisees’ perspective in coaching supervision.  She is accredited as an executive coach and coaching supervisor (APECS). She is on the advisory board for a social enterprise, Rising Minds, which provides coaching and mindfulness services to commercial organisations and to those who cannot afford it in the community www.risingminds.org.uk

    This insightful presentation will explore the need to connect and motivate your coachee in their ‘language’ and not yours. Language in this context does not mean technical or national language, but rather the language of perception. The award-winning model of Dr Taibi Kahler, on which the Process Communication Model is based, is constructed around the premise that our interactions with the world are primarily influenced by one of six perceptions, although we have all six perceptions within us. These perceptions manifest themselves in our words, tones, gestures, posture and facial expressions and influence our preferred physical and social environment. The model has identified predictable responses when the speaker moves from an OK:OK position to somewhere else in the ‘OK corral’.

    These interactions can be recognised on a second-by-second basis, and because the responses are predictable, it is possible to connect, motivate and invite coachees out of distress which leads to better relationships, and more effective and targeted coaching.

    Those attending will gain an insight into their own preferred perception, and the positive and negative impact that this can have on their effectiveness as a coach.

    Gareth Lock has been involved in developing people for more than two decades. He spent 26 years in the RAF as a senior manager, instructor and flying supervisor before retiring in 2015. After leaving, he set up his business to teach human factors and human performance across a number of fields including the oil and gas, healthcare and business sectors, as well as high-risk diving teams. He holds a MSc in Aerospace Systems and is only one of four active certified Process Communication Model trainers in the UK.

    Rob will join us from Cass Business School to talk about how mentoring and coaching is being used to support their commitment to Responsible Management Education (RME).

    Cass has recently been accredited by PRME, the United Nations initiative to promote responsible learning and the promotion of Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education, as a Champion institution. One of the key reasons for this is a flagship mentoring and coaching programme which sees undergraduate Management and Business Studies students going out into the community to mentor and coach school children in deprived parts of London as part of their study programme.

    Students on the programme study an elective Mentoring and Coaching module as an accredited element in their second year BSc programme. It delivers an innovative practical experience for the student mentors, helps our beneficiary schools and pupils by developing knowledge and raising aspirations and connects our students with London communities they would not otherwise engage with. It’s a win, win, win…

    But. Why has this not been done before? How did Cass make it happen? What have been the key challenges and how can it be improved? Rob will tell the story of how the project has developed over the last two years and call for your feedback on how to grow the programme beyond Cass. 

    Rob and the team at Cass are focused on making the project as well as possible and sharing both academic and practical insights. The aim is to find a model which can be replicated by other universities and can prove that mentoring and coaching can be the vehicle which links students to communities for mutual benefit.

    Rob Compton worked in business and the charity sector for 15 years before coming to Cass Business School as a Visiting Lecturer and Corporate Responsibility Manager.


    In business he designed and managed training programmes including mentoring for staff development and working for Business in the Community he managed employee volunteering across the organisation. This involved delivering mentoring programmes connecting employees to voluntary sector groups and schools as well as exploring accreditation pathways for volunteer mentors.


    As well as teaching corporate responsibility and now mentoring and coaching at Cass, Rob arranges student placements themed on ethics and responsibility. For the last two years, he has worked alongside Professor Paul Palmer, Associate Dean for Ethics and Social Responsibility, to develop and deliver the Schools Mentoring Programme, which sees students mentoring in schools as a formal element of their study programme.

    Rob is also a School Governor and volunteer mentor currently working with teachers and charity professionals.

    In this session we will be exploring some of the key themes and ideas informing team coaching practice for coaches & team leaders. Current & emerging trends explored in this session will span the application of diagnostics and evaluation as well developing your capabilities as a Team Coach. We will update you on latest trends in integrative practice for working with different kinds of teams along with approaches to engaging team leaders in the successful implementation of team coaching in organisations.

    Working from the perspective of an Integrative Systemic Team Coach, Pauline  Willis is a thought leader and expert in applying diagnostics & evaluation in coaching programmes as well as developing leadership & peer coaching capabilities in all types and levels of teams. As an Organisational Psychologist, Pauline also provides consultancy services for designing & implementing companywide coaching & mentoring programmes which integrate Individual & Team Coaching. Through her company Lauriate Ltd, she provides certifications for both individual & team diagnostics tailored for Coaching or Team Coaching processes. She is also an expert in the applications of both Psycho & Socio diagnostics in this context and is a contributing author to the upcoming Handbook of Team Coaching. Pauline has a long association with OBCAMS as one of the original external advisors for the programme and as a current member of the Business Advisory Group.   

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