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EMCC Coaching

EMCC Coaching

Some courses teach coaching theory. We develop coaches.

Solace are delighted to be working with Developing Success to bring you this acclaimed and experiential executive programme accredited by EMCC as part of its coaching offer.

Developing Success is a market leader in delivering accredited coach training programmes to EMCC Foundation, Practitioner and Senior Practitioner levels, with an emphasis on ‘the psychological dimensions of coaching’.

This nine-day EMCC Accredited Practitioner Programme is designed to be a powerful and experiential programme for people who quickly want to accelerate their coaching experience and skill in an environment conducive to rich learning and development. This professional programme holds a European Quality Award assuring you that it meets rigorous standards.

One of the things that makes our programme stand out from the crowd is the amount of contact time we offer trainee coaches, both in understanding the theory, and applying it practically to their coaching.

In addition we believe that the large amount of skills practice on the course, coupled with powerful  personal development gives you a point of difference in this increasingly competitive industry.

Stuart Rennison-Price Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Care Limited

“I enrolled in a coaching programme with Sue and Rebecca expecting to learn about the theory of coaching with some practical application thrown in for good measure…

What actually happened was quite life changingly different. The programme, whilst rich in theory, was more a learning experience of self discovery, enabling delegates to deeply understand themselves, in order to effectively work with clients.

The result of this awareness was that I was then able to work more effectively with others. Sue and Rebecca’s ability to work at a technically competent level, coupled with a closeness to develop trusting relationships was the magic in this incredible programme which I will never forget!”

Lisa Haywood, Independent Coach and OD Professional

“For me, studying business and executive coaching with Sue and Rebecca of Developing Success was a deeply rewarding, and in some ways transformational, personal and professional development experience.

With their different but complementary styles Sue and Rebecca created a learning environment that mirrors the coaching space itself – supportive yet challenging, working with process as well as content, and drawing on the knowledge and experience in the room to further the learning of the group as a whole.

The programme was practical, highly experiential and prioritised depth over breadth of coaching theories and methodologies, supporting delegates, whether experienced or new to coaching, to improve their capability. The tutors brought theory to life with their own insights and examples from their extensive coaching knowledge and experience.

This, along with their evident passion for coaching and its value in developing others, made for a rich learning experience and role modelled for us the very qualities that sit at the heart of effective coaching practice.”

Your delivery team

Sue Featherstone and Rebecca Cain, the delivery team, are highly experienced business and executive coaches. They have each been coaching for 20 years and training coaches to an accredited standard for 12 and 15 years, respectively. Sue and Rebecca take an in-depth psychological approach to the work they do. Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and Relational Coaching methodology form the basis of their approach which involves raising awareness to stimulate change.

Sue and Rebecca do not just coach at a transactional level, but work at a deeper level with individuals, to deliver transformational changes in the work place.


Sue Featherstone

Sue is passionate about coaching helping her clients to see new possibilities and ways of working. She has been coaching for 20 years and training coaches for the last 12 years.

With the capacity to both support and challenge clients in an empathetic manner, Sue often works at key transitions or turning points in their life. Words frequently used to describe Sue are empathetic, perceptive, authentic and supportive.

As Director of a coaching consultancy, Sue provides executive coaching, coach and management training, alongside providing team coaching and facilitation to board and leadership teams. She has lectured in coaching and team coaching at Leeds Beckett University and University College Dublin. Her earlier career in manufacturing management and corporate HR and Learning gives her a clear understanding of the challenges of leadership.

Recent Clients
• NHS Trust (Various)
• Search Laboratory
• Kirklees MBC
• Morrisons
• Community Gateway
• Greater Manchester Councils
• Sheffield University

• Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology
• Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching
• Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management
• Master Practitioner in NLP
• EMCC Senior Practitioner EIA
• Transactional Analysis – coaching and leadership practice (2-year qualification)

Rebecca Cain

Rebecca is a highly experienced business and executive coach. She has been coaching for 20 years and training coaches to an accredited standard since for 15 years. She enjoys working with clients at key times to provide support, challenge and a space to reflect and grow.

With the capacity to both support and challenge clients in an empathetic manner, Rebecca adds real value to executives in their roles. In addition she has been told she brings warmth, humour and an ability to get to the heart of the matter.

As Director of a coaching consultancy, Rebecca provides executive coaching and coach training, alongside providing team coaching and facilitation to board and leadership teams. She has lectured at Post Graduate level in Business and Executive Coaching and in Coaching Psychology both for Leeds Beckett University and University College Dublin. Her early career was in FMCG where she worked both in HR and L and D in Senior Management roles. She has recently (2020), become an Associate Tutor on the University of Manchester’s faculty for the Elizabeth Garratt Anderson Masters leadership development programme for key NHS leaders.

Recent Clients
• Mott MacDonald
• Kirklees MBC
• Search Laboratory
• Emerald Group Publishing
• Greater Manchester Police
• Greater Manchester Councils
• NHS Trust (various)
• Sheffield University

• MSc Organisational Development (1st)
• EMCC Senior Practitioner EIA (pending)
• Post Graduate Certificate in Business and Executive Coaching
• Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Psychology
• Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching Supervision
• Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Three years Foundation level training)

Programme aims & benefits

The aim of the programme is to develop highly competent and confident business and personal coaches, fully prepared with the knowledge, skills, and accreditations that they will need to work independently or as an advanced coaching resource within an organisation.

It is designed to develop a sound understanding of coaching, encompassing classic coaching models and more specialist and highly relevant concepts relating to coaching in organisational systems, coaching leaders and a range of behavioural change methodologies.

A specific element of the programme is to train participants in Gestalt and Transactional Analysis approaches to coaching, and to develop skill in applying psychological theories and methodologies.

Additional programme benefits include:
• Developing self-awareness and awareness of your presence and impact, enabling you to work with the psychological and relational aspects of coaching
• Providing a holistic understanding of personal coaching style enabling delegate to develop a ‘signature’ style to their coaching
• Creating a close-knit network of coaches who have journeyed together through the course and who can continue to draw on each other for support, co-consultancy and learning

who should attend?

Delegates come from a broad range of backgrounds and organisations. A typical group usually includes:

Individuals from organisations:

• Leaders and line managers who want to develop coaching skills as part of their management and leadership style

• Senior Leaders who want to focus on their own development, developing coaching skills with others of a similar calibre, in a safe environment

Internal HR, L&D or OD professionals seeking to:

• Expand their coaching knowledge and skills

• Build formal coaching capacity in their organisation

• Find new ways of delivering change

• Develop themselves and their teams

Practicing coaches seeking to develop their practice by:

• Gaining a highly creditable accreditation with professional recognition

• Improving their coaching skills and coaching methodology

• Learning to work with the psychological dimensions of business and personal coaching

• Learning to coach senior leaders and to understand the applications of coaching in organisations


• Seeking to add Executive Coaching to their portfolio of consultancy activities

Independent practitioners:

• Who want to become a coach, and who want to train on an advanced course right from the start

Aspiring coaches:

• From related professional backgrounds (such as counselling, psychotherapy, teaching, business psychology), seeking to enhance their coaching capability

Content & Approach

Each workshop includes theory, practice and reflection.

The theoretical inputs draw on up to date coaching and coaching psychology disciplines, giving participants a thorough grounding in business and personal coaching.

The workshops cover the following key areas:
• The Fundamentals of Coaching
• The Psychological Dimensions of Coaching
• Coaching for Behavioural Change
• Coaching in the Organisational Context

The theoretical aspects of coach education are a vital aspect of learning to coach effectively, but theory alone does not produce an excellent coach.

That is why our programme has been carefully developed over years to incorporate the very best in developing coaches.

All workshops will include:
• Up to date coaching theory – taught by experienced business and executive coaches
• Live coaching demonstrations – bringing the course content to life
• Extensive practice and skill development – working on your coaching skills in small groups, led by an experienced coach practice tutor, with a maximum of 4 delegates per group. Coach practice is not role play. It is a genuine coaching encounter based on a live situation brought to the practice session by another delegate. All delegates get to be coach, coachee, and observer in these sessions, providing a rich learning experience
• Personal development – the whole programme is designed around Gestalt principles of awareness raising. Our many previous delegates say the personal development element is one of the best, and most surprising parts of the programme
• Supervision – this is built into our workshop structure, and is a fundamental part of the way we work
• Coaching ethics and good professional practice
• Coaching models tools and techniques – to use with your clients
• Real-life practical coaching examples from our extensive experience working in businesses and organisations

Outside the workshops, delegates are asked to build up a case-load of coachees in order to build up their coaching hours for the award. These coachees may be drawn from the work environment of the delegate, from their personal network or from general business development.

In order to complete your Practitioner Level programme, you will be required to complete pre and post course work:- reading, assignments and 36 hours of client coaching.

OD Lead, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Trust

"Rebecca and Sue delivered a number of post graduate year long and foundation level accredited 5-day coach training and train the trainer programmes for our trust over a 3 year period. They are both highly skilled and competent coaches, trainers and facilitators as well as professional, responsive and committed to organisation needs.

The deeper psychological approach (being as well as doing) to coaching that Sue and Rebecca teach and model was different to many other coaching programmes we considered which were focused purely on coaching skills. This was important in supporting our organisation to bring about positive culture change."

Director, Oldham Council

"I would highly recommend Rebecca as a coach. She worked with me at a significant crossroads in my career and was able to help me more fully understand the position I was in and explore the basis for making decisions about my next steps. My coaching relationship with her was one in which I felt very supported but also appropriately and intelligently challenged about the approach I was currently adopting. Most importantly, I was able to reach a position where I could move forward with confidence- as a consequence my coaching experience has left me in both a happier and more professionally rewarding place!"

Senior Pharmacist, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

"Sue has been my trainer and coach on both a foundation level coaching course and inspired me to progress to the PG Certificate Executive and Business Coaching Programme. Sue is a great trainer; able to explain complex psychological concepts as well as hold a room of delegates with
apparent ease. Sue brings her warmth and authenticity to individuals she works with, having the courage to share her own vulnerabilities in the interests of the delegates development. Sue has enabled a personal transformation in me through her careful questioning, use of techniques and brilliant timing which has allowed me to find a number of ‘aha’ moments!"


Entry requirements

You are committed to your personal development and have the capacity and enthusiasm to want to learn about coaching.


October 2023 Intake (In-Person)

This intake will take place in person in central Leeds (The Studio, Leeds) with sessions running between 9 AM–5 PM.

Workshop 1: 10–12 October 2023
Workshop 2: 5–7 December 2023
Workshop 3: 27–29 February 2024

Supervision on Zoom: 9 November 2023 + 24 January 2024




Workshop 1: 12–14 March 2024
Workshop 2: 30 April–1 May 2024
Workshop 3: 4–5 June 2024
Workshop 4: 17–18 July 2024

Supervision: 2 April + 13 June 2024


The total cost of the programme including all tuition, materials and EMCC accreditation is £3,295 plus VAT.

Get in touch

For more information, please contact Helen Houman, Programme Manager using the button below or call her on 07903 711089.

If you decide to apply, please contact us for a pre-programme questionnaire, after which we will book in a one-to-one call to get you registered as a delegate.

A non-returnable deposit will be taken to secure your place on the programme.