Liz Hall has been the editor of Coaching at Work since it launched in 2005. Formerly owned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Liz mounted a successful management buy-out of the business in 2009. She won the Association for Coaching’s 2010-11 Award for Impacting the Coaching Profession.
Liz presented her research on Mindfulness in Coaching at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s annual research conference in July 2012. Her first book, Mindful Coaching, was published by Kogan Page in April 2013.
Her coaching client work focuses on areas including meaning and purpose, career transition, work/life balance, stress management/ wellbeing & resilience, emotional intelligence, embodied leadership and authenticity. Mindfulness, transpersonal and somatic coaching are all major influences for Liz.She has worked with clients from a range of backgrounds, from organisations including Green Alliance, Sustrans, KPMG, NCR, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the NHS, Portsmouth University, Boundstone College (now the Sir Robert Woodard Academy) and Reed Business Information.
She has run/is running events on mindfulness, including one-day or half-day CPD events, for organisations including the NHS, the BBC and i-coach academy. She runs Mindful Coaching workshops in the UK- one-day events for coaches to explore how to work mindfully in their practice.
She is in demand to speak on coaching and mindfulness , speaking at events including Henley Business School’s coaching conference (2013), OCM’s annual CPD event (2013 and 2011), Association for Coaching Ireland (2013), Coaching at Work´s annual conference in 2012, the Instructional Coaching Conference in Kansas University in 2012.
Liz is currently working on her second book, on coaching in times of crisis, and has written other publications including the Employers Guide to Employee Screening. She is contributing a chapter on mindfulness to Developing Mental Toughness in Young People for the 21st Century by Doug Strycharczyk and Peter Clough. She collaborates with her husband Ray Freeman, a trained .b teacher (Mindfulness in Schools Project) to foster mindfulness in young people.
Liz is a graduate of the i-coach academy Certificate in Coaching Practice programme (accredited by EMCC at Senior Practioner level), Performance Coach Training’s Open certificate and the Centre for Coaching’s Primary Certificate in CBT. She is a licensed career coach (Firework and holds a Primary Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). CPD and supervision are very important for her. One of her supervisors is Eunice Aquilina. Every year, Liz attends numerous coaching courses and conferences, with particular interest in mindfulness, somatics, narrative and transpersonal coaching .
Liz has a background in business, HR and health journalism spanning 25 years. She is an award-winning journalist, having won or been shortlisted for awards including from the Periodical Publishers Association and Reed Business Information. She has written for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Observer, Campaign, Hospital Doctor, Doctor, Occupational Health, Spirituality & Health, Mandala magazine, Employment Law, Personnel Today, People Management, Community Care, and Practice Nurse. She has worked as editor/deputy editor/features editor/news editor on publications including Personnel Today, Recruit, Doctor, Hospital Doctor. She enjoys creating and developing successful editorial products; networking, and nurturing, managing and motivating creative teams.
“I found the Mindful Coaching workshop, like the book, insightful and inspiring. It has opened an invigorating avenue for exploration as I continue to evolve as a professional coach. I am particularly interested in what mindful practice can offer coaches and their clients in building resilience. Thank you”
Tamsin Slyce, Director, Talking Talent
“Liz helped me improve my effectiveness in leading a cross-functional team, improve my self-awareness and address a number of challenging situations involving multiple stakeholders.”
John Newton, Former Global Sales Learning Director, NCR (now Head of Learning & Development at State of Flux)
“At the time of the coaching, I was managing a team with a significant number of new staff, and was in the process of executing a new organisational strategy. Several specific line management challenges had emerged which we focused on during the sessions. Liz is an attentive listener, good questioner, thoughtful, approachable.”
She is a highly experienced, outcome focused coach who was adept at facilitating an open and flowing conversation as well as encouraging me to identify specific areas to explore in-between sessions. This helped me to embed changes in my behaviour / approach in my normal working practices outside of the coaching session.Key outcomes included a more stable, cohesive and motivated team. I learnt a fair amount during the coaching sessions through a number of key insights about the people I managed and the way I was managing them. Liz created a positive environment for these insights to happen”
Tamsin Cooper, deputy director, Green Alliance
“Receiving coaching from Liz helped me to make sense of my priorities in life. After just one session with her I found more confidence from within: I developed a sense that I not only already had the knowledge of where I wanted to be professionally and personally, but also that I had the power and ability to make it happen. I was willing to try different techniques, and she took me through some excellent visualisation processes – the results of which I still draw upon today more than three years later. I had a period of about 18 months when I didn’t receive coaching from Liz, but when I needed a ‘top-up’ she was accommodating in terms of location and time, and had clearly remembered everything about me – which made that ‘refresher’ session very productive. She is happy to share a little of herself in her sessions, which makes the interaction feel more real and honest than other coaching experiences I have had. I cannot recommend Liz’s coaching highly enough.”
Amy Wilson, Youth Music
“Liz is supportive but also clear and analytical, warm and caring …she has an immensely gentle approach, but at the same time – and this is what I value almost more than anything else – she won’t let you off the hook. She returns consistently to the central issues, and encourages me to look at them and consider the ways in which they might be addressed”
Published fiction writer
“I felt you were incredibly non-judgmental, I felt you were really listening and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather talk to about these issues”
Ian, Sales manager
“Thanks so much for your “gritty and challenging” gems of wisdom – you (and the other coach) both gauged so well just what I needed…Your words of wisdom often ring in my ears as I face challenging situations.”
Associate director, professional services organisation
“Being coached by Liz is a fascinating process, and an enabling experience which makes it possible to address seemingly stale and permanent “issues” that have been bogging me down for years”
“The coaching freed me up to have more genuine interactions with the children…. I feel more genuine and more useful …the kids are getting the message I am there to help them move forward, not to tell them off. For me it’s not necessarily about being happy with where I am now but accepting where I am and feeling freed from shackles.”
Secondary school teacher