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Professor David Lane

As Co-Founder of the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University he contributed to leading edge research in coaching as well as supervising leading coaches undertaking Doctoral research with the Centre. David also developed a Masters programme in Executive Coaching, which is now available in the USA, South Africa and the UK and the first Professional Doctorate programme in coaching. These innovative programmes are work based and available to experienced coaches.

Through his associations with other bodies he has created accredited programmes for work-based development in a wide range of organisations including major consultancies, multinationals, and public sector and government bodies. 
He was Chair of the British Psychological Society Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy, and has served on committees of the BPS, CIPD and EMCC. He convened the Psychotherapy Group of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations.

David's work with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council has been concerned with Codes of Conduct and Standards and kite marking of coach training. Working with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches he researched and developed the standards for the Chartered Business Coach award. He co-founded the Global Coaching Convention. David's contributions to counselling psychology led to the senior award of the BPS for “Outstanding Scientific Contribution”. In 2009 he was honoured by the British Psychological Society for Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology.

Professor Arnon Levy

Arnon Levy is a chartered clinical psychologist, psychoanthropologist and existential life coach. Dr. Levy has extensive clinical experience as a psychologist and supervisor for psychologists for mental health and psychotherapy at the Israel Health Ministry. He was the director of a youth clinic and has extensive experience in various types of psychotherapy and culture sensitive psychopathology and psychotherapy.

Dr. Levy is the past chairman of the Israel Association for Psychotherapy and was the founder and academic director of the Coaching Training Programme for Psychologists at Tel Aviv University running successfully for seven years. Last year Dr. Levy founded the NECP - New Existential Coaching Psychology Academy of which he is current chair and the IACP - Israel Association for Coaching Psychology. He is a member in the international board for the Coaching Psychology International congress and an honorary vice president of the International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Professor Julie Hay

Professor Julie Hay has over 40 years managerial, consultancy, teaching and coaching experience across the public and private sectors, and has been working internationally for much of that time. She is internationally accredited as a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst specialising in Organisational and Educational applications and internationally licensed as an NLP Trainer. She is a past president of both the European and the International TA associations.

Julie is the Academic Dean and Programme Director for the PG and MSc in DTA run in association with PDF and Middlesex University. She is a prolific author (see for details and downloads) and is Editor of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research (

Julie has a PG Diploma in Management Studies and an MPhil for research into the characteristics of effective managers. In recent years she has trained as a psychotherapist and has specialised in working in high security prisons with violent male offenders. She is a Chartered Fellow CIPD, Chartered Manager CMI, and Member BACP.

Doctor Peggy Gosling

The general aim of my career as an educationalist has been promoting positive outcomes for the most disadvantaged learners. My early appointment as a “Disruptive Teacher”, with the vague remit to “do something“ about behaviour, set the challenge and direction of a learning journey of more than forty years. David Lane and PDF have accompanied and inspired me on that journey of work based learning from the start, and the principles of research and evidenced based practice have informed that journey.

I have been fortunate in my managers and learning advisors and throughout this journey my professional experience continually intertwined with my training, postgraduate studies.research, and writing to achieve greater understanding of what could be done, not just for the most vulnerable, but for all learners. As in earlier phases of this journey, my doctoral research in the real world of behaviour support was informed and informed my subsequent practice as service manager, trainer and local authority officer, and national contributor to the local and national agenda of theory, training, policy and practice in this field.

Stepping back from bad behaviour in 2008, I enjoyed and subsequently began work with PDF as learning advisor and programme director, alongside my other interests in creative education, consultancy, research and writing.

Dr. Noreen Tehrani

Noreen is a chartered occupational, health, counselling and coaching psychologist.

She has worked as a medical researcher, a sales administrator in manufacturing, a retail operations director the brewing industry and as a senior manager in the postal service where she managed a team of 100 professional staff to provide psycho-social support to protect the psychological wellbeing of 200,000 employees.

She formed her own organisation in 1997 (NTA Ltd) to assist organisations and employees to maximise their effectiveness and efficiency. Noreen combines her commercial, psychological and counselling knowledge and experience to develop an approach to supporting employees, which meets the needs of both the organisation and the employees.

Noreen uses her commercial approach to develop ethical products and services which meet the needs of the organisation for which she works.

Dr. Chris Whipp

Chris Whipp has more than thirty years’ experience in clinical practice, fifteen with coaching and mentoring and twelve with collaborative learning. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Vet Learning Ltd, serves on the Board of Studies for the Professional Development Foundation as well as their Appeals and Ethics subcommittee. He assesses courses in Advanced Veterinary Practice, Coaching and Mentoring and Neuroscience of Leadership for Middlesex University. He currently works clinically in first opinion practice and offers collaborative learning solutions to clinical professionals and within the business sector.

Advisory Panel

Professor Michael Cavanagh

Michael is an internationally recognized Academic, Practitioner and consultant in the field of coaching psychology. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor at the Institute of work based learning at Middlesex University (UK).

Michael's teaching focuses on preparing coaches to work with leaders and teams in complex settings. As a practitioner and consultant, he has coached leaders and managers at all levels from a diverse range of public and private, national and multinational organizations, both in Australia and internationally. He is a coach supervisor and teaches coaching supervision at postgraduate level.

He is also the principal author of the Standards Australia Handbook of Organisational Coaching - one of the world's first ISO aligned National guidelines for the training of coaches and the provision of coaching services. A registered Psychologist, Michael a member of the Australian Editorial Board of the International Coaching Psychology Review - an academic journal he co-founded in 2006 and in which he served as Australian Co-ordinating editor until January 2014.

Michael's passion is assisting leaders and organisations to understand and address complex challenges in a changing world in ways that increase the sustainability of the organisation, its people and the planet.

Professor Sarah Corrie

Sarah Corrie is a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University, a Chartered Psychologist specialising in coaching psychology, and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. She has extensive experience in both public and private sector services and runs her own coaching and therapy practice as well as working as a freelance supervisor and trainer. Sarah is an Academic Advisor for Middlesex University (Doctorate in Professional Studies) and a faculty and Advisory Board member of the Professional Development Foundation.

Her other roles include Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Diploma & MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy offered by Royal Holloway University of London and Central and North West London Foundation Trust.

Sarah is the author of numerous articles and four books: The Art of Inspired Living: Coach Yourself with Positive Psychology (Karnac), and conjointly with David Lane, The Modern Scientist-Practitioner: A Guide to Practice in Psychology (Routledge); Constructing Stories, Telling Tales: A Guide to Formulation in Applied Psychology (Karnac) and Making Successful Decisions in Counselling and Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide (Open University Press).

Martin Down

Martin is a professionally accredited Executive Coach, Consultant and Facilitator with a track record of coaching senior executives from different professions, industries and cultural backgrounds. He has 20+ years management and consulting experience with leading PLC’s, Public Sector and Consulting Organisations.

He has a particular interest in the Leadership of Complexity and expertise in Leadership, Strategy Implementation, Behavioural Change. Key differentiators are:

  • Strong business focus
  • Sophisticated model of practice - tailoring approach to client purpose
  • Depth of experience as facilitator, coach, consultant
  • Systemic approach i.e addressing the linked needs of the person, team, organisation
  • Well developed connections with professional associations - supporting ethical and best practice
  • International experience linking with coaches worldwide>

Nicola Hurton

During a successful first career as a violinist, Nicola also studied for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with the Open University. Subsequently, she decided to change career, and to train, and specialise, in Occupational Psychology.  Nicola has since acquired a Masters in Occupational Psychology from the University of London together with 18 years' varied consultancy / research experience in Individual / organisation development in both the public and private sectors.

She has developed specific interests and expertise in coaching and counselling individuals with their careers and professional development. This has, in turn, led to qualitative research interests in coaching and counselling, and in the influence of emotions on behaviour and decision-making.

Nicola's first consultancy project after graduating was with PDF. She has enjoyed a close association with PDF ever since.  PDF and David Lane have hugely supported her career and professional development, and she felt honoured and excited when, in 2010, David Lane offered her the opportunity to contribute more broadly to PDF and to the PDF team as Director of Programmes.

In 2008 Nicola co-authored with Sarah Corrie and David Lane a chapter on ‘How to Develop Your Career and Organise Your Continuing Professional Development’. More recently Nicola has published articles in the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

Professor Sunny Stout-Rostron

Sunny coaches at senior executive and board level, having a wide range of experience in leadership development and business strategy. With over 25 years’ international experience as an executive coach, Sunny believes there is a strong link between emotional intelligence and business results - she works with executive leaders and their teams to help them achieve individual, team and organizational goals. Sunny has played a leading role in building the emerging profession of coaching, and her passion is to develop the knowledge base for coaching through research and the critical reflective practice of dedicated practitioners.

She has developed a range of international programmes for leaders and business coaches in the corporate, legal and education fields. She is Executive Director of Sunny Stout-Rostron Associates, an Advisory Board Director with PDF.NET, a Founding Fellow and Research Advisor at the Institute of Coaching at Harvard/McLean Medical School, and Founding President of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa). She completed her doctoral research in Executive Coaching with Middlesex University London, and continues to lecture and supervise coaching research at several graduate schools of business to contribute to the development of executive and business coaches.

Sunny’s most recent include: Business Coaching International: Transforming Individuals and Organizations (2009 / 2013), Business Coaching Wisdom and Practice: Unlocking the Secrets of Business Coaching (Knowres, 2009 / 2012)

Client Manager

Carole Ferro

Carole’s early career was predominantly in newspaper sales management and event organisation for a large national media corporation where she received training in leadership development. She also gathered experience from other business sectors, including engineering and food manufacturing industries, before joining the Professional Development Foundation 7 years’ ago.

Her organisation skills prove invaluable in her role as Client Manager as she provides customer support to Collaborative Partners and assistance to Programme Directors. She is also secretariat of the triannual Assessment Panels. However, her main function is to work with candidates from enquiry to graduation to resolve their queries and to monitor their journey, which she finds immensely rewarding. She is usually the first point of contact with PDF.