Ashridge Centre for Coaching

The Ashridge Centre for Coaching (ACC) works in partnership with leading academics and practitioners to conduct research in coaching outcomes and practice.

About ACC

The Ashridge Centre for Coaching (ACC) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the field of executive coaching. We work in partnership with leading academics and practitioners, and offer research fellowships to visiting researchers.

The centre focuses on relational coaching and consulting for organisational change. Its research and standards feed into the Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching as well as the Ashridge Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Coaching and Organisation Development.



The centre hosts an annual summer research conference on the themes of relational coaching and coaching supervision.

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The ACC team

The centre is led by its Director, Erik de Haan, and is supported by a number of specialist faculty, consultants and executive coaches, all expert practitioners within their field.

Ashridge faculty and associate researchers have worked together on projects including: Coaching Outcomes (Anna Duckworth, Claire Jones), Coaching Supervision (David Birch, Liz Wiggins, Jenny Bird and Cathy Reilly) and Critical Moments in Coaching (Christine Neiss, Charlotte Sills and Andrew Day).

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Projects and publications

The centre has an enviable publications record. We have published a minimum of ten research articles per year in recognised journals, and a book every other year. Our most recent book (published in 2014) The Leadership Shadow draws on insights from psychiatry and psychotherapy to reveal how derailment occurs and how to avoid downfalls.

Other recent book titles include Behind Closed Doors: stories from the coaching room, and Supervision in Action.

Please search the full list of our coaching publications via the publications database.

Ashridge Centre for Coaching events

News and events

The Centre for Coaching hosts a range of events, conferences and workshops each year.

On 13 July 2015, the centre will host the 3rd International Relational Coaching Conference, with keynote speaker Ernesto Spinello. Further details to follow.

We are also running a series of three workshops to explore different perspectives on relational coaching. The themes of the workshops include: Relational Psychodynamics, Relational Transactional Analysis and Relational Gestalt. Please check the event page for further details.