Your ILM Centre

Welcome to the programme.

I am delighted you have made the investment in yourself, to become a qualified coach or mentor. I have no doubt this will be invaluable, not just in the qualification itself but in the new tools and resources you will have at your disposal and what it will do for your career or business.

I have put together some video content just to give you more information on how we run ILM as a centre.  We are approved by ILM to administer the qualifications and in fact we have ‘Direct Claim Status’ (meaning we can claim certificates without further ILM checks) and this reflects our processes and the way we approach our learners.

Here you will find out:

  • Your ILM registration
  • What you need to do and the different elements of the qualification (whether L5 or L7)
  • Where you can find all the ILM units/assessments and the handy templates provided to help you
  • How to submit work and what happens next
  • ‘What happens if I don’t PASS?’
  • How we help you get your qualification

Of course, we will be on hand every step of the way and our regular Tutorials and Supervision events will keep you on track for success.

ILM Centre and your Registration

ILM What do I need to do?

What happens when I submit work?

Winning Strategies

Learners often ask ‘how long will it take me?’ and the answer is, ‘it depends’.

It depends on you, how long you want it to be and how much commitment you want to make to achieving it.

Here are my 7 top tips for passing in good time (9-12 months for cert, 12-18 months for diploma).

  1. Download the ILM Journal on Dropbox; Password: Passmyilm
  2. Familiarise yourself with the contents of the Journal and the 3 Units you need to achieve
  3. Start researching now, there is a handy reading list in the Journal so immerse in some reading on anything coaching and mentoring related
  4. Start telling people what you are doing and seeking out people to coach/mentor – ideally find people who have a need and can invest time in themselves
  5. Plan your study; where, when and how often you will work on your ILM
  6. Attend our Tutorial and Supervision sessions (we will announce regular dates) – people who show up for these get the Qualification we find
  7. Enjoy the process and treat it as part of building your coaching practice rather than a task you have to get done.

If you follow these you will be in great shape to qualify. Our mission is to get you qualified in 2022 and we are looking forward to awarding those certificates.

ILM Approved Centre

ILM Approved Centre


NEW: Heriott Watt University

We are delighted to announce we are now working with Heriott-Watt University to deliver the Welcome to Leadership programmes for their managers. The university has a large international presence with an ambitious strategy and we are looking forward to working with their Professional and Organisational Development team. Heriott-Watt is the latest University to join our growing list of valued customers within Higher Education and we are grateful for this amazing opportunity.

New ILM Coaching & Mentoring Programme – May 2022

Due to the ongoing success of our ILM Coaching & Mentoring Programmes, we have now scheduled in a second cohort for 2022.

The programme is already receiving plaudits and as a result we are growing our community of ILM Coaches and Mentors progressing towards an internationally recognised qualification.

Watch out also for our special preview events ‘Take Your Coaching To The Next Level’ running throughout March, April and May.

Information on the programme can be found here.

ILM Coaching & Mentoring May 2022

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ILM Coaching & Mentoring September 2021

We are looking forward to starting our new cohort joining The Coaching Programme, leading to qualifications in Coaching & Mentoring from ILM at Level 5 and Level 7.

The programme begins on Friday 17th September 2021 with our ‘Coaching Foundations’ session.  All learning is done remotely, making our programme accessible wherever you are.



John's Blog

Why be a coach or mentor?

I am a little biased but I love both coaching and mentoring. I used to enjoy being the ‘trainer’ which satisfied the performer in me but as I get older there is something that I find deeply satisfying in being a coach or mentor.

More than that, I find it a privilege to work with people.  People that trust you enough to share their greatest challenges, dearest hopes, deepest fears and core beliefs about life. I can think of few professions in business that afford you such intimacy. I feel lucky and grateful each and every session I get to spend with my clients. (more…)

Speaking Truth to Power

For those afraid of speaking …

(But) TED is a tough, pressured, hugely stressful gig, even for experienced public speakers, and I’m not that. Standing in the wings waiting to go on, I told the stage manager that my heart was racing uncontrollably and in an act of great kindness, she grasped both my hands and made me take breath after breath. And what you don’t see in the video – deftly edited out – is the awful, heart-stopping moment when I forgot a line, followed by another act of collective kindness, a spontaneous empathic cheer as I composed myself and found my cue. “That’s when the audience came onside,” an attendee told me. “You were human. That’s when you won them over.”  Guardian April 2019


This from Carole Cadwalladr, a journalist at the Guardian who has in this last year investigated the role of tech corporations and their platforms in influencing the workings of our democracy.  What makes her TED talk so compelling is because here she is facing those very same technology giants on their turf.  And speaking truth to power.


Coaching: Deep Impact

This week I had the chance to attend a seminar at the Leeds Coaching Network featuring renowned coach, writer and speaker Julie Starr.  You may be familiar with some of Julie’s work including; ‘The Coaching Manual’, ‘The Mentoring Manual’ and ‘Brilliant Coaching’ and the session was everything you expected it to be. (more…)